California’s Great America to Debut WinterFest in 2016

Note: The photos in this article are from the Holiday In The Park events at Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags Over Georgia. 

This winter, California’s Great America will be introducing WinterFest, their own version of the ever popular winter holiday events at many parks around the country.


The park will be magically transformed into a winter wonderland during WinterFest where guests can skate in front of the iconic Carousel Columbia, admire magnificent displays of lights and décor, view spectacular live holiday shows, experience 18 rides and attractions, see Santa’s workshop and Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, and enjoy scrumptious holiday foods at numerous locations.


Some of the open rides at Six Flags Great Adventure’s Holiday event.

The 18 WinterFest rides include Gold Striker, Star Tower, Rue Le Dodge, Celebration Swings, Carousel Columbia, Delirium and many of your Planet Snoopy favorites.

The winter scene will be dominated by one of the Bay Area’s tallest Christmas trees adorned with hundreds of twinkling lights accompanied by giant toy soldiers greeting guests.

The event will November 25 for weekend operation. Daily operations run December 19-23 and 26-30.


The holiday season will be evident with 100 decorated trees, 7 uniquely lighted sections of the park, a main midway light show, a reindeer petting station, Charlie Brown’s Tree Lot and much more.


The Jack Frost show at Six Flags Great Adventure

Live entertainment will include a nightly tree lighting ceremony, carolers performing on a holiday trolley, a Merry Christmas Snoopy ice show, Santa’s Elves stage show and face painting.

In addition to everyone’s favorite Peanuts characters, Great America guests will delight in seeing Frosty, Jack Frost, Jingle Bell, the Gingerbread Man, Sugar Plum Fairy and Santa’s Elves, Holly, Lolly and Jolly. Even Scrooge will have his spirits raised at WinterFest.

Season pass holders are free to go, while pricing for non-passholders has yet to be announced.

California’s Great America will be the 2nd Cedar Fair park to do a holiday event. Knott’s Berry Farm has been doing theirs for a while now. Hopefully, this type of event will expand to more Cedar Fair parks, such as Carowinds, Kings Dominion, Worlds of Fun, etc.

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