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Six Flags Great America’s ‘Holiday in the Park Lights’ returns as ‘Holiday Light Experience’

by Susan and Simon Veness

As the 2020 holiday season kicks into gear, Six Flags Great America’s third annual “Holiday in the Park Lights” has morphed into the “Holiday Light Experience” for a health and safety conscious event that is no less magical.

Although Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., has been closed due to the ongoing pandemic, their annual holiday event will return as the walk-through “Holiday Light Experience” on select dates from Nov. 27 – Dec. 27, featuring over two and a half million dazzling lights, twinkling light displays, and more.

The focus this year is firmly on guest and team member well-being, and the park’s 300 acres encourages attendees to spread out and enjoy world-class entertainment in an open-air setting designed to allow for social distancing.

Indulge in holiday-inspired treats, experience special surprises, and have cameras at the ready, because costumed characters will also be on hand for socially-distanced photos.

“Visiting Great America’s Holiday in the Park has become a much loved family tradition and we look forward to welcoming guests back to our park to celebrate the season,” said Six Flags Great America in a statement. “As always, the safety of our guests and team members is our top priority, and our new health and wellness protocols create an environment that allows everyone to safely experience the magic of the holidays. We greatly appreciate the support of Gurnee Mayor Kovarik and Governor Pritzker throughout this reopening process.”

As part of that process, extensive team member training, sanitizing protocols, and advanced technologies have been put in place to help ensure all guests and employees are protected. They include state-of-the-art thermal-imaging temperature checks for all guests and team members, advanced security screening technology for touchless bag checks, and expanded mobile food ordering with touchless transactions and modified menus.

Shows and dining outlets will have limited capacity to allow for physical distancing, and frequent sanitizing procedures will take place in restrooms, dining areas, and high-touch locations. And, of course, alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations and hand-washing locations and will be available throughout the park.

In addition, visitors will be required to acknowledge and abide by the company’s health policies, including not entering the park if experiencing symptoms or after recent exposure to COVID-19. Social distancing will be strictly enforced, and all visitors ages 2 and up must wear face masks throughout the event. Forgot your mask? Don’t worry. Replacements will be available at the front gate.

Six Flags Great America has long been known as “the Thrill Capital of the Midwest” for its 17 roller coasters, 20-acre Hurricane Harbor Chicago waterpark, extensive children’s area, spectacular shows, and more than 30 attractions, but for the safety of all visitors, the rides, attractions, and waterpark will be closed during the event.

“Holiday Light Experience” will run from 4-9 p.m. on Nov. 27-29, and December 5-6, 12-13, 19-23, and 26-27. Tickets must be purchased in advance to assist with limiting capacity, and arrival times will be staggered to aid in distancing at the park’s entry. Admission is included for Season Pass and Membership holders, but all visitors must have a Park Reservation to attend.

To make park reservations, guests will be required to complete the following steps:

  • Enter their online order number, ticket number, or Membership/Season Pass number
  • Select the day and time they would like to visit
  • Acknowledge they have read and understood the company’s health policy
  • Watch a brief video describing the park’s new social distancing and sanitizing procedures

Single-day tickets for “Holiday Light Experience” are $19.99 per guests, and parking is included.

For more information visit SixFlags.com/GreatAmerica.

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1 comment

Carmine Crincoli November 18, 2020 - 4:51 am

COOL!

In addition to Six Flags Great Adventure’s Holiday in the Park event, Six Flags Great Adventure should do an annual drive-through holiday light safari event in the space holding the Safari Off-Road Adventure attraction complete with light displays of various animals including lions, zebras, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, crocodiles, baboons, cheetahs, and various other exotic animals to create an immersive drive-through jingle jungle holiday light safari expedition!

That could make for a festively awesome holiday one-two punch with both Holiday in the Park and the drive-through holiday light safari adventure!

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