by VICTORIA HENLEY
Nestled in the peaceful, agrarian farmlands of Valdosta, Ga., Wild Adventures Theme Park has drawn legions of people from across the United States, since its inception in 1996, flocking from far and wide to enjoy the myriad of thrilling rides, all-star concerts, and seasonal festivities the park has to offer.
One of the many special, seasonal events to grace the park is the outrageously festive Wild Adventures Christmas, during which the park is transformed into a brilliantly illuminated winter wonderland, featuring a striking array of holiday themed decor, a massive Christmas tree adorned with lights, synchronized to the tune of classic Christmas songs, uplifting and inspiring live entertainment for the entire family, and endless opportunities to indulge in delectable sweet and savory holiday treats.
The premiere way to experience the culinary delights available at Wild Adventures Theme Park is by purchasing a Tasting Pass, an inclusive tasting passport that affords guests the exclusive opportunity to experience varieties of foods-both sweet and savory-and beverages, sure to fill your holiday season with joy and cheer abounding.
Each pass offers the chance to taste five options from a variety of on-site restaurants and seasonal food stands, offering endless chances to mix, match, and experiment with different flavors.
JOLLY SIZED SNACKS:
CHERRY CHIPOTLE BBQ PULLED PORK LOADED FRIES: Featuring hearty, thick cut, freshly baked fries, topped with tender, lean pork and drenched in a sweet, smoky barbecue sauce.
BACON MAC ‘N CHEESE WAFFLE CONE: This Jolly Sized Snack serves up a crisp, semi-sweet waffle cone filled with savory, home style macaroni and cheese, topped with delicious, flavorful applewood smoked bacon bits for an unconventional, unexpected twist on a comfort food classic.
HOLIDAY DIPPIN’ DOTS: This holiday twist on America’s favorite “Ice Cream of the Future” combines the cool, refreshing flavor of mint with the unmistakable goodness of an Oreo Cookie for a scrumptious sweet treat.
REGULAR FRIES: These classic, no frills, thick cut French fries make the perfect accompaniment to any main dish or Jolly Sized option— or just enjoy them alone for a satiating snack.
CANDY COATED RICE CRISPY TREAT: This supersize rice crispy treat features crisped rice cereal, gooey marshmallows, mixed together for a classic holiday treat, topped off with a festive bright red candy coating, and adorned with green sprinkles for a dessert just as beautiful as it is delicious.
SANTA’S GIANT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE: This supersized chocolate chip cookie is just the right combination of crisp and moist, with a plethora of flavorful semi-sweet chocolate morsels in every bite.
APPLE CIDER ARNOLD PALMER: This festive, soothing winter libation is the perfect companion to any of the aforementioned sweets and treats and connotes the feeling of biting into a fresh, ripe, apple.
CAPPUCCINO: Rich, creamy, and bursting with hints of vanilla, sweat cream, and mocha this beloved cold winter beverage is the perfect “pick me up” to provide you and your party with all the energy you’ll need for the array of rides, shows, and adventures which await you throughout the expanses of the park.
LIVE NATIVITY: This live reenactment brings to life “The Greatest Story Ever Told” featuring live actors portraying Mary, Joseph, a Sheppard, and a narrator, who guides the viewers on a journey in celebration of that fateful Christmas night. Featuring spiritual Christmas songs, and even a live donkey, this classic stage production simply cannot be missed.
THE DRUMMER BOYS: This open air production features a cast of three immensely talented percussionists who display fantastic feats of synchronized rhythm in this pulse pounding show that is sure to have you clapping your hands and stomping your feet.
A VERY PUPPET CHRISTMAS:
A sheer delight for the younger members of your party, A Very Puppet Christmas features an adorable cast of a diminutive sloth, a holly jolly elf, and Ricky the Raccoon, who pulls together an unforgettable Christmas gift just in the knick of time, all while discovering the true meaning of the holiday season.
GLIMMERING LIGHTS TRAIL
The legendary Alapaha Trail is adorned with millions of magical lights and transformed into a majestic Christmas wonderland, featuring dazzling Christmas trees, glimmering candy canes, luminous poinsettias, and even an up close and personal photo op with “Santa” and his reindeer, for an unforgettable and memorable experience sure to brighten your spirits this holiday season.
CANDY CANE EXPRESS:
All aboard the candy cane express (known throughout the year as the Animal Safari), for an unforgettable ride through glimmering lights and cheerful Christmas décor, which are sure to make you and your family feel as though you have embarked upon an exclusive expedition to the North Pole.
CHRISTMAS WITH TIGER FRIENDS:
Visit grand, majestic felines as the Tigers of India Theater show space is transformed into a holiday extravaganza with a plethora of glistening, glimmering lights and photo backdrops galore, providing you and your family with Instagram worthy photo opportunities. Ask all your most burning questions regarding these magical and mysterious big cats to the resident tiger expert and animal trainer, as guests are provided an intimate, up close and personal viewing and interactive experience.
Special thanks to the incredible Madison Tucker for facilitating our visit for this spotlight feature and to the entire Wild Adventures team for their unrelenting hospitality and stellar customer service!
PHONE NUMBER: (229) 219-7080