By Laurel Busby
The sea of amusement parks in Southern California spice things up to attract holiday visitors this month.
Aside from its splash of holiday decorations, Six Flags Magic Mountain offers a new attraction, Santa’s Wild Sleigh Ride, a virtual reality roller coaster that debuted Nov. 19. The park describes the ride as an adventure where Santa and his reindeer battle a mischievous elf. In addition, Six Flags will have over a million holiday lights, a tour of Santa’s workshop and new food options, such as hot cocoa.
Knott’s Berry Farm becomes Knott’s Merry Farm through January 8. Holiday decorations and lights will provide a new look for the park. Visitors can meet Santa and enjoy a variety of new shows, including a Peanuts Christmas pageant, a Snoopy ice skating spectacular, and Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In addition, Ghost Town will feature carolers, and each night will include a light show synchronized to the song “Let It Snow,” which will also have falling snow.
At Disneyland, the park will be decked in holiday finery, and the shows and parades get a Christmas rebooting. The parade becomes a Christmas fantasy parade, while Christmas decorations are sprinkled among the rides. It’s a Small World also temporarily sings tidings of joy, instead of its usual tune.
Next door at California Adventure, the World of Color nighttime light show becomes a “holiday fantasy,” and Santa and his elves are there to hear Christmas wishes. In addition, a Latin flair will be part of both its ¡Viva Navidad! Street party through January 8 and Three Kings Day festivities from Jan. 5-8.
Legoland will also get into the spirit with a life-size Lego Santa, reindeer and Christmas tree, plus holiday treats like churros con chocolate, hot chocolate and peppermint milkshakes. Holiday decorations and a holiday show in the Lego Friends area will also enliven the park, while New Year’s Eve will feature a Lego version of the Times Square ball drop with a fireworks display and a giant Lego brick dropping 22 feet in the air at 6 p.m.