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Celebrate the Season at Theme Parks across the U.S.A.

Christmas theme parks

All across the country, theme parks are being transformed into winter wonderlands to the glee of children and families. These are special and time-limited events. Trekaroo wants to make sure that you know a few of the ways to spend the holidays at theme parks across the U.S.A.

Disney Parks

Disney Parks Holidays at Theme Parks

Disney Parks know how to celebrate the season with an amazing amount of Mickey magic. So much so, we have an entire article devoted to all things Holiday Disney.

Busch Gardens

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Photo by: Flickr/jared422_80

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is hosting “Christmas Town.” Christmas Town opens on November 25th and is open Fridays-Sundays through December 2016 and weekdays between December 19th-31st. Sing carols while riding on the Christmas Town Express. Visit with Santa. Watch “Elmo’s Christmas Wish”, and enjoy holiday décor throughout the park.  Trekaroo families praise the park for its attention to detail catering to families of all ages. New for 2016, families can now meet Rudolph and the cast of the 1964 movie.

Meanwhile, a little further north at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, “Christmas Town” opens on November 25th and is open Fridays-Sundays from the opening day through December and weekdays between December 12th-January 2nd. During their visit, guests can eat a meal hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus, ride the Peppermint Twist, or watch the ice skating show ‘Twas That Night with Elvis Stojko. Trekaroo families rave about the holiday lights.

Cedar Fair

Theme Park at Christmas

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Cedar Fair Entertainment Company runs amusement parks across the country and they are gearing up to bring some incredible holiday fun.

As shown in this historic photograph of Santa riding the log ride at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, Knott’s knows about winter holiday fun. It transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm starting November 19th. Guests will love seeing Snoopy light the Christmas tree every night, and watch the Peanuts crew in a holiday-themed ice show.

Northern California’s Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park comes alive with thousands of lights for the Lumination display, Santa, and ice skating from now through the holidays.


(AP Photo Sandy Huffaker, Legoland)

Photo Courtesy of: AP Photo Sandy Huffaker, LEGOLAND

Join families as they experience “Christmas Bricktacular” at LEGOLAND Florida. Available December 18th and 19th as well as 24th-30th, the festivities include an incredible Christmas tree and accompaniment made of LEGO and Duplo bricks.  Also, join the hunt for LEGO Santas. For families who like to venture out on New Year’s Eve, you are in luck. LEGOLAND Florida will be hosting a fireworks display for “Kids New Year’s Eve” with a full party just for younger kids including a ball drop.

On the other side of the country at LEGOLAND California, come explore Brickacular . Take a picture with LEGO Santa. Eat holiday themed treats. Enjoy holiday entertainment. Join LEGOLAND California for the “Kids New Year’s Eve” as well.


SeaWorld Christmas

Photo by: Flickr/Theme Park Mom

All three SeaWorld parks, located in Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego, are offering a variety of winter-themed events for young and old. All three parks are participating in “SeaWorld Christmas Celebration”. They will be featuring several Christmas Celebration shows including: “Shamu’s Christmas: Miracle,” which will showcase the park’s most famous residents in shows set to holiday music. Trekaroo families especially enjoy the decorations and shows during the holiday season. The dates of the holiday events do vary by location.

SeaWorld Orlando’s celebration will happen November 25th-27th and December 2-4th, 9th-11th, and then daily from the 16th-31st. SeaWorld Orlando is also offering families an all-you-can-eat dinner show with Santa.

SeaWorld San Antonio’s holiday events will run on select dates from November 19th- January 1st including all of Thanksgiving week as well as the week before and after Christmas. Families will enjoy five million holiday lights, Santa, and Rudolph.

SeaWorld San Diego will be taking on the holiday spirit between November 19th and January 1st. Families visiting SeaWorld San Diego can also see Rudolph and for an extra cost having a meal with Shamu and Santa!

Check out the SeaWorld Park in your neck of the woods for park-specific information and tips:  Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego.

Six Flags

Sylvester: Photo Courtesy of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

The Six Flags amusement parks are gearing up for the holiday season. With shows featuring the holiday spirit and visits with Santa, Six Flags is sure to pack a punch of its namesake exhilarating rides, all with a holiday spin. Santa and his reindeer will be at Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Six Flags Fiesta Texas has a holiday train, carolers, and a live nativity. Trekaroo families bragged about the Looney Tunes and Christmas characters and the “Holiday in the Park” experience.

“Holiday in the Park” is available at the following parks November 19th, 2016 through January 2nd, 2017. The parks have varied operating dates and hours that are subject to change so please double check prior to planning your trip. Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, TX, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA accommodate the holiday cheer with the temporary closures of some of the usual attractions.

Universal Studios

Universal Florida Macy's

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Universal Studios Orlando offers an unique experience for families. New York City Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade floats and balloons make their way down to Florida each year. Universal Studios then adds its own flair, and voila, a parade of epic proportions without the chill of NYC. Catch the parade on December 3rd, 2016- January 1st, 2017. Universal Studios Orlando puts on two holiday-themed shows for families: “A Barney Holiday” and “The Blues Brothers Holiday Show.” In addition, the legendary holiday musicians, Manheim Steamroller, will be performing on select dates.

Universal Islands of Adventure (next door to Universal Studios Orlando) is putting on “Grinchmas”: a tribute to the Grinch and the Whos of Whoville. Take a picture with the Grinch and catch a holiday themed play. Guests can have breakfast with the Grinch.

Adding a visit to a theme park may just add the little sparkle to your family this holiday season.

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