The 'Best Time of the Year' is one of the many holiday traditions that make up Six Flags Over Texas annual Holiday in the Park celebration.
Six Flags started Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas in 1985. The event ran from late November to early January. During this time the park was transformed into a gigantic holiday festival, with hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights as well as special holiday shows, rides, merchandise, foods, drinks, and a giant Christmas Tree in the center of the park. The event was expanded to Six Flags Astroworld in 1988.Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom opened this event in 2007, and Great Escape in 2009. Six Flags Astroworld's last season for this event was in 1997, and the event was cancelled in 1998. The Great Escape's event ran only for the 2009 season as Six Flags stated that the event was successful at the park, but also claimed a "business decision" was the reason behind the cancellation of the "Holiday in the Park" for the 2010 season.Six Flags México and Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark announced they will be celebrating a Christmas event similar to Holiday in the Park but as Christmas in the Park in Mexico and Holiday in the Lodge in New York, starting winter 2012. In April 2014, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Over Georgia both announced that they will host its first ever Holiday in the Park Christmas event in late 2014 and for future years after.
There are various rides being offered in the Texas park including Superman: Tower of Power, the New Texas Giant and Titan which continue to operate even if it rains lightly.
Six Flags operated Winter Lights at Six Flags Great Adventure for the 2002/2003 and 2003/2004 seasons in November through January. It was a drive through (like Six Flags Wild Safari) with Christmas lights along the road, also with holiday rides, food, and shops.
In December 2012, a parade of 135 entries held in the main streets of League City Houston, Texas pushed through despite 18 degree Fahrenheit weather. These included candy and floats, candy and music, candy and dancing, candy and fire trucks, scouts, dogs, horses, vintage cars, (Lunar Rendezvous) queens and more candy.