Holiday Lights: Holiday in the Park at Six Flags, Magic of Lights Drive-Thru at PNC Bank Arts Center


Experience holidays lights and give your kids plenty of thrills and chills at Holiday in The Park, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, weekends through January 2.


While the holiday lights are a big draw, this is really an opportunity for a family with kids who want to jump on thrill rides, eat holiday treats and take photos with Santa and wintry characters.

Among the highlights are:

  • Light Shows – Every 15 minutes in Merry Market Place, Merry Light Show trees come to life as their lights “dance” to a whimsical soundtrack. Nearby, kids can ask Santa Claus for holiday wishes, and pose beneath the three-story inflatable Stewie the Snowman. I

  • Winter Wizard – This seasonal sorcerer will join the Royal Court, ready to conjure up frosty charm as he meets guests in Deck the Halls;

  • A Celebration of the Season, an LED light show on the park’s 5-story tree

  • Festive fire pits for toasting s’mores;

  • Decking the Halls with Doc Swan – Master illusionist Doc Swan will bring his signature magic and eye-popping surprises to Deck the Halls as he makes the season merry and bright;

  • Jersey Devil Coaster & Lil’ Devil Coaster – The massive newest roller coaster with its iconic name and its counterpart, the Lil’ Devil Coaster, are open.

Reservations are not required for Holidays in the Park. There is ample space to social distance, including the ride lines. Tickets are $24.99. Children 2 and under are free.


Dress warmly! Although there are heated indoor restaurants and cafes, most of your time will be spent outdoors.


Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience

Returning for its second season, Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience offers a chance to enjoy the lights from the comfort of your cars when Holiday in the Park is not operating, particularly weeknights through Jan. 9, 2022. Reservations for this journey are required, and consumer cars, SUVs and pickup trucks are welcome. Large and commercial vehicles are not permitted – exclusions are available at sixflags.com.

The drive-thru includes a course that weaves through the 10 themes sections of the park, with a special greeting by the frosty Winter Wizard as vehicles as pass through Gingerbread Junction on the way to Joy to the World.


After the drive, guests can exit their cars to visit Merry Market Place. Dramatic lighting, traditional wreaths and garland, and decorated trees adorn this section. Holiday Feastival serves piping-hot holiday fare. Guests can warm themselves by the fire pits and toast s’mores, shop for great stocking stuffer gifts or play holiday games.


Magic of Lights, PNC Banks Arts Center,

Experience holiday lights through a 2.5 mile course with favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season. The lights are divided into easy to understand sections such as zoo animals, holiday traditions and strangely, dinosaurs! It's a well-organized drive through with space for two lanes of cars and lights consistently displayed throughout the park.


The show is similar to other Magic of Lights displays throughout the country. Unlike last year when lines clogged the Garden State Parkway nightly, there was no wait when we recently visited on a Sunday evening.


Tickets are $25-30 per carload depending on the day. Buy tickets in advance to save money and time. The show continues through January 2 from dark to 11pm nightly.


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