Favorite Christmas event?What theme park has the best Christmas Event?
From Anthony MurphyWe all know how exciting Halloween can be at the parks, but what about Christmas?
Posted December 17, 2010 at 11:07 AM
What is your favorite Christmas event at a theme park?
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From Nick MarkhamI always watch the Disney Christmas PArade on TV and would love to go to it either at Disneyland or Walt Disney World one day!
Posted December 16, 2010 at 9:27 PM
From Dan BabbittUmm Hello! Candlelight Processional!
Posted December 16, 2010 at 9:51 PM
But that was an easy answer for! ;)
From James KoehlIt's not actually an event, but going around to all the resorts at WDW and checking out the different decorations.
Posted December 16, 2010 at 10:15 PM
From Rob PI agree with James. We love going on a tour of the Resorts and seeing what they've done.
Posted December 17, 2010 at 2:32 AM
From Nick MarkhamCould you tell me more about this candlelight prossesional. I thought it was literally just some choir or something singing while some candles were lit or something, but I am guessing I am wrong, as everyone sounds to like this Candlelight Prossesional.
Posted December 17, 2010 at 7:22 AM
From Anthony MurphyIt is a telling of the Christmas story according to to Luke (which, is my favorite version because it tends to be more descriptive) with a choir made up of Cast Members and usually a youth choir. There is a celebrity that reads the story as well with the choir singing hymms and Christmas Songs. In my opinion, its one of the more religious events at WDW, but is beautiful and, more importantly, FREE!
Posted December 17, 2010 at 11:08 AM
I just put one in that exmplifies what is great about it with the singing, the story, etc.
NOTE: This is not my video
From James KoehlDan, can we see you anywhere in the posted video?
Posted December 17, 2010 at 2:56 PM
From Frank ForresterMy favorite is Christmas Town at Busch Gardens. The main reason I love it is unlike the parks in Florida where only one section is decorated for Christmas they have the entire park decorated with lights with each country decorated differently.
Posted December 17, 2010 at 3:15 PM
From Anthony MurphyLOL, I don't think Dan is in the video because it is from a few years back.
Posted December 17, 2010 at 4:37 PM
I picked this video because it was the most clear and had all the elements of of the processional!
From Bill LohrI love the Disney parks for Christmas and even more love Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg but for me by far the top Christmas event is the Smokie Mountain Christmas event at Dollywood. It has it all. Great lights, food, many great shows and so much more. This is a small part of one of the shows from the parks event. (Dollywood has given me an ok to record these and share them in this way) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-J4jejDEDo
Posted December 21, 2010 at 12:51 PM
From James RaoOur tradition is to visit Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas in Branson, MO. If you time things right (early December) you get to ride coasters in the dark AND celebrate the birth of Christ at the same time.
Posted December 21, 2010 at 5:42 PM
The park is beautifully arranged for the holidays with amazing decorative touches and over four million lights spread throughout, the main focal point being a 5-story tall Christmas tree shining like a yuletide beacon in the center of Main Street. There's delicious hot chocolate and flavorful Wassail, a Broadway caliber musical version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", a train ride through a wintry wonderland, and a jubilant holiday light parade that glides through the streets of the "City" twice each evening. Even attractions like Fire In the Hole and the Marvel Cave are decked out for the season.
Honestly, the Herschend family does a phenomenal job with Silver Dollar City year round, but their presentation at Christmas is nothing short of astonishing.
From Tiffany J. L. AlfonsoMickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the MK - went there once with uncles and cousins and loved it!
Posted December 25, 2010 at 7:55 PM
From Scott VerbleI would have to say that my favorite Christmas event is.a tie between mickey's very merry Christmas party and the Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood. Both are great events that feel similar, but are executed very differently.
Posted December 25, 2010 at 9:31 PM
From Eli Katzmanwho cares? I'm jewish ;)
Posted December 30, 2010 at 4:56 PM
From James RaoEli, your comment brings to mind one of the few funny lines from SPACEBALLS: "Funny, she doesn't look Druish."
Posted December 30, 2010 at 8:37 PM
Anyway, what's your favorite "Winter Holiday" theme park event?
From Anthony MurphyWell then Eli, do you like the Jewish storyteller at the American Adventure?
Posted December 30, 2010 at 10:25 PM
From Eli KatzmanSorry guys, I've never been able to travel to amusement parks in the winter, so I wouldn't know! especially because I'm the only one in my family who's interested in Florida in anyway... And I'm too far from California to go just for "fun" as my parents say.
Posted December 31, 2010 at 11:10 AM
From James RaoI though you were close to Busch Gardens Europe, Eli? Maybe next year you can check out their holiday festivities and give us a trip report!
Posted December 31, 2010 at 12:10 PM
Well, Happy New Year, anyway!
From Jason JacksonI would have to say that Busch Gardens Williamsburg has created a spectacular Christmas event at the World's Most Beautiful Theme Park. It is simply wonderful and really makes Christmas shine!
Posted January 1, 2011 at 8:43 PM
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