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America's Best Amusement Park for Christmas and New Year's Eve Holidays 2018

Go to the holiday spirit with a lot of cheers at the cutting-edge amusement park. Potterheads who want to experience a little magic this season can celebrate in the famous amusement park. At Christmas at Harry Potter's Wizarding World, families on both beaches can enjoy spectacular seasonal goggles, light shows and decorated Hogwarts. In addition, all areas of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will feature holiday decorations and special seasonal foods and drinks such as butterbeer. But Wizard World is not the only amusement park that enters the holiday spirit. If you enjoy an occasional roller coaster along with seasonal events and light shows, check out one of the holiday events coming to an amusement park near you this season.

Busch Gardens

Williamsburg, Virginia, and Tampa, Florida

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More than 8 million lights, hundreds of Christmas trees and wreaths and many bouquets of holiday make Christmas City Busch Gardens, held annually at the amusement parks of Williamsburg and Tampa. Tampa Busch Gardens reinvented the European-inspired Christkindlmarket, with Christmas Town Village selling a variety of woodcarvings, ornaments, and paintings. While Busch Gardens in Williamsburg offers holiday photos with the famous Clydesdale horse. In addition to displaying bright light, most of the roller coasters and park attractions stay open with little or no waiting. Celebrate your New Year's Eve more lively here.

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Anaheim, California

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Two amusement parks in Disneyland, hotels and shopping and entertainment areas are all out for the holiday season, and Sleeping Beauty Castle is a sight that can be seen in the lively greenery. During the Holiday Festival Today, families can enjoy live concerts and performances, from swing bands to mariachi to acapella groups. There's also Disney \ Viva Navidad! Street Party, full of music, dance, and Disney characters. What's more, the Festive Food Marketplace offers a sense of leisure from all over the world in 12 market stalls. The Festival of Holidays ends with the celebration of the Three Kings Day, from January 4-7, 2018, honoring the arrival of three wise men who bring gifts in Epiphany.


Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Dollywood's legendary Christmas Eve. In 2016, Dollywood adds a $ 2.5 million Parade of Many Colors that celebrate holidays with lights, buoys and decadent characters. The park also offers live entertainment, with singers and dancers performing a favorite holiday in the hometown accompanied by a group of musicians in "Christmas in the Smokies," as well as a musical version of "It's a Wonderful Life." Dollywood is very shimmering with 4 million Christmas lights that adorn the building and grounds, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and all his friends.


Hershey, Pennsylvania

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If Christmas means sugar plum, candy, and fudge, then Candylane Hersheypark's Christmas is the place for you. During the holidays, the park is adorned with 4 million lights, plus light shows that are choreographed and synchronized with music. Take the air tram to go up into the peaceful sky above the lights. More than 50 candy-themed rides like Triple Tower Hershey, Cocoa Cruiser, and five other roller coasters are open for Christmas Candylane. Better still, Hersheypark has added a new holiday event, The Enchanted Journey.

New year celebration more lively than the previous year. Outside the amusement park, in a city with Hershey Kiss streetlights and chocolate lights in the air, the 2-mile Hershey Sweet Lights attraction brightened the night.


West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

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Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh covers its history as a National Historic Landmark. The park began at the turn of the 20th century, which was founded in 1898 as a "trolley park," attracting residents to climb to the end of the lane. Kennywood became the tallest Christmas tree house in Pennsylvania, up 90 feet, with a 10-foot tree ornament and decorated with about 250,000 LED lights.

However, the headliner is a Kennywood Holiday Lights show that takes place every half hour around the lagoon. Welcome your bright new year's day ahead here. Flashing lights choreographed to holiday songs, culminating in the classic rock version of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

Kings Island

Warren County, Ohio

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With 5 million lights, ice skates and Christmas trees inspired by the Eiffel Tower, WinterFest Kings Island aims to please and admire it. What's more, 17 rides and attractions will be opened including Mystic Timbers, wooden roller coaster park for your new year celebration. Events will include Christmas Cool Yule, holiday singalong, music, Spectacular Christmas Charlie Brown and more.

Kings Island is part of the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, and WinterFest can be found at other Cedar Fair parks, including Carowinds in North Carolina and the Worlds of Fun in Missouri.

Knott's Berry Farm

Buena Park, California

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Southern California's Berry Knott Ranch transforms into Merry Farm around Christmas time, filled with delicious food choices and festive occasions. The ghost town of agriculture is merged and converted into the Village of Christmas Crafts with pop-up stores and merchants selling greeting cards, leather goods, and artwork. Carolers also wandering the grounds of singing classic Christmas. Inside the Christmas, Cabinet Santa is full of Saint Nick himself, with fantastic treats such as Santa's homemade cake and milk, cupcakes, warm baked beans, eggnog and hot chocolate. The Birdcage Theater also offers two vacation events: Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" and "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry and new year day band.

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Carlsbad, California, and Winter Haven, Florida

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Towering Christmas trees, bright lights and Lego Santa's life-size, sleighs and deer all form the Legoland Christmas Bricktacular in California and Florida. The 30 foot-tall Christmas tree is built from over 245,000 forest-green bricks and adorned with over 400 ornaments and 11,000 LED lights.

In Florida, Christmas carols played by Lego Brickettes, and California showcases Lego Friends' live holiday show at Heartlake City, along with a live bluegrass brass band. Legoland California also offers a German-style Christmas market with traditional food, including bread, grilled sausages, great Bavarian pretzels, and more. Which will make New Year's Eve 2018 you are more lively and memorable.


Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego

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SeaWorld Sea Park offers a unique perspective on Christmas. The celebrations of Christmas and New Year's Eve 2018 at SeaWorld Orlando include Sea of Trees flashing on synchronized music in the lagoon, San Antonio featuring Merry Mariachis, and San Diego offering Santa's Christmas Village.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends found time to visit the three parks of SeaWorld, as well as the event of the killer whale of Shamu Christmas Miracles. In Orlando and San Diego, visitors will also find O Wondrous Night, retelling the story of his birth with dolls and live animals.

Sesame Place

Langhorne, Pennsylvania

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Sesame Place is the only amusement park in the U.S. who devoted entirely to preschool, "Sesame Street." For the holidays, Jim Henson's Muppets celebrate a very Furry Christmas with millions of twinkling lights, holiday ornaments, festive occasions and character meals. Young children will find their favorite friends, including Elmo, Rosita, Grover, Cookie Monster, Rudolph, Santa and more.

The 1-2-3 Tree Tree Tree displays a countdown to the spectacular Christmas tree lights, and there is a Night Party Neighborhood parade full of character and dance. For New Year's Eve, Count takes over the party to do a countdown to the new year.

Silver Dollar City

Branson, Missouri

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The new Christmas Midtown Light Spectacular will include 1.5 million lights, plus tunnels, flying angels, wildebeest, moving trains, trees as high as 90 feet and a giant world ball. In addition, the family can enjoy the Light Christmas Christmas Rudolph Parade, musical adaptations of "A Christmas Carol" and "It's a Wonderful Life" and Toy Shop Tinker Junior exhibition.

Plus, you can take special holiday items, including hand-blown glass ornaments and holiday food gifts, from prime rib to fruit cake.

Six Flags

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Many Six Flags amusement parks across the country celebrate Holidays in the National Park, including New Flags Six Flags Great Adventure of New Jersey. Holiday in the Park includes lights, performances, rides and festive characters that meet each other. Other Holiday in the Park events can be found at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Discovery Kingdom, New England, St. Louis and Fiesta Texas, among other Six Flags locations.

Six Flags has partnered with Hallmark Channel to host the Six Flag Flag Day on December 9, and invites families to participate in the world's largest snowball fight across the country. As well as celebrating new years day band.

Walt Disney World Resort


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If there's one thing Disney does well, it's Christmas. In the amusement park, there are many ways to celebrate Christmas, including Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot's Candlelight Processional, the outstanding decor at the resort hotel and Christmas Tree Trail Disney Springs. By 2017, Walt Disney World is stepping up its holiday deals at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park with a bright view along Sunset Boulevard.

There's also Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! yuletide performances, songs from "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" are added to Sing-Along Frozen Festivities, character food and meet-and-greet with Santa Claus at the Once Upon a Time toy store. Celebrating New Year's Eve 2018 with family here will be a memorable for the whole family.

Universal Orlando Resort


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In addition to Christmas in Harry Potter's Wizarding World, visitors can experience a Who-bilation vacation. Grinch makes a fuss in the Islands of Adventure theme park at the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, a tale retelling "How Grinch Stole Christmas." At Universal Orlando Resort, the streets begin life with live buoys and balloons from Macy's Holiday Parade in New York City. Plus, Universal Studios Florida has buoys and balloons designed specifically for the park, including the Donkey of "Shrek" and also the character of "Despicable Me." Even better, you can end your holiday celebrations at Universal Orlando Resort with live concerts on the music plaza. Celebrating New Year's Eve 2018 with a costume party will definitely be more fun.

Plus, Universal Studios Florida has buoys and balloons designed specifically for the park, including the Donkey of "Shrek" and also the character of "Despicable Me." Even better, you can end your holiday celebrations at Universal Orlando Resort with live concerts on the music plaza. Celebrating New Year's Eve 2018 with a costume party will definitely be more fun.