Six Flags announces ‘Holiday in the Park’
by Rachel Gray
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A rendering of plans for Six Flags’ ‘Holiday In The Park,’ which was announced Monday. The six weeks of Nov. 22 to Jan. 4 will be a must-see spectacle with more than one million LED lights and Christmas trees. <br> Special to the MDJ/Courtesy Six Flags over Georgia
A rendering of plans for Six Flags’ ‘Holiday In The Park,’ which was announced Monday. The six weeks of Nov. 22 to Jan. 4 will be a must-see spectacle with more than one million LED lights and Christmas trees.
Special to the MDJ/Courtesy Six Flags over Georgia
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AUSTELL — Half of the off season at Cobb’s premier theme park will now be filled with sparkling lights, along with thrilled screams, during the most magical time of the year.

Six Flags Over Georgia announced plans Monday to host “Holiday In The Park” this winter.

The six weeks between Nov. 22 to Jan. 4 will be a spectacle with more than one million LED lights and Christmas trees.

“Guests have said they want lights and holiday decor like they have never seen before,” said Six Flags Atlanta Properties Park President Dale Kaetzel.

Kaetzel said the Six Flags Over Georgia park is the perfect background to present the anticipated holiday gift.

“This park is beautiful during all seasons,” Kaetzel said, adding that even guests who have been visitors for decades will see the venue in a new way.

Along with glowing lights decorating the historic 1910 Riverview Carousel, Holiday in the Park will feature festive shows, tasty culinary treats and, of course, Santa Claus.

Although Kaetzel said he will not don the red fur-lined suit.

“I don’t fit the profile,” Kaetzel said.

In his time at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Kaetzel said the holiday offering in northern California created new family memories.

“You could literally see it become more and more of a holiday tradition passing each year,” Kaetzel said.

He anticipates the same enthusiasm in Cobb, with extended family traveling to the area to attend the holiday spectacular.

A thrilling Christmas season

Even with the new holiday offerings, Kaetzel said guests of Six Flags over Georgia still want an incredible ride package to keep the thrills rolling through the winter.

Holiday in the Park will extend the season by 26 days, meaning the park will only be closed during January and February.

That means the days of operation being offered to season pass holders and members is “18 percent more than they got last year,” Kaetzel said.

Some of the rides that will be operating around the holidays include roller coasters, such as Goliath and Georgia Scorcher.

The vantage point on top of the Goliath will allow riders to look down on the “tableau of lights” painted across the park’s trees and structures.

The Christmas offerings at Six Flags Over Georgia is in addition to the annual Fright Fest, which runs on the weekends from the end of September through October.

In the fall, the day events are focused on family fun, but at night, it is a pre-eminent fright experience.

Last fall, Fright Fest was bigger than ever, with three new mazes and five more scare zones haunted by zombies, vampires and ghouls.

“We are truly committed to the region and Cobb County,” Kaetzel said.

Also this year, Six Flags Over Georgia will open Hurricane Harbor, featuring the world’s first hybrid zero-gravity slide, an 800,000 gallon wave pool, multiple slides and a children’s interactive playground.

Hurricane Harbor, the largest investment in the park’s history, will open May 23 to be included free with park admission.

“We are thrilled to offer our guests the opportunity to cool off this summer with our all-new water park Hurricane Harbor and then complete the year with a trip to the North Pole,” Kaetzel said.

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