AGAWAM, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Six Flags New England is announcing its new COVID-19 safe Holiday in the Park Lights event.

Six Flags theme parks across the country began to close when the pandemic began back in March but now the gates in Agawam will reopen for the month-long holiday event.

“We have been working for months to premiere for holiday in the park lights and we just announced this morning,” said Jennifer McGrath, communications director for Six Flags New England.

Holiday in the Park Lights will feature a safe walk-through event of more than one million state of the art light displays on Christmas trees and around the park.

Characters will also be walking around and s'mores pits will be set up throughout the grounds.

The rides will remain closed to keep up with pandemic guidelines but park officials say they are thrilled to welcome back guests for a mile-long walk-thru experience.

“To execute Holiday in the Park Lights in 2020 safety is paramount, and we have taken all the details you need to worry about to ensure a safe visit,” she said. “On our end, we want this to be an escapism for our guests, have fun, walk around and get in the holiday spirit.”

Holiday in the Park Lights begins on November 27 and will run through December 27 on weekends and select days.

Guests will be subject to temperature checks upon entry and will be asked to social distance, wear masks and undergo touchless bag checks.

“On our end, we are working so closely with the state and restrictions and are so blessed to be able to premiere this,” she said. “And more importantly for our community, it’s really sparking a morale that has filled us with so much joy.”

Bringing back Holiday in the Park Lights has allowed Six Flags to not only give the community something to look forward to, but also their staff.

“Bringing back Holiday in the Park Lights really allows us to stimulate and provide hundreds of jobs for people,” McGrath said. “We have invited hourly employees to come back to help hang up lights.”

The event will be free to members and season pass holders with discounted day tickets going on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m.

All guests will need to reserve their visit to manage attendance and stagger arrival times.

McGrath wants to make sure everyone feels safe.

“They can trust this experience, know they’re going to be safe and have fun with their family,” she said.

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