By HoliBlogger Stephanie R.

Previewing the Show

I had the opportunity to see Holidays in the Sky in dot format before seeing the show in person.

What do I mean by that? I mean the animation that is used in the planning stages of the show that’s used to program the little guys to make the shapes you see in the sky.

You might say, “Stephanie, wouldn’t that ruin the in person show for you?” And to that I say, “It absolutely did not ruin it for me.” And let me tell you why!

Each dot on the screen each represents one drone. For example, this video clip shows one of the animations for the Christmas portion of the show. It shows Santa Claus riding off into the sky and dropping presents behind him.


When you see the show in person, it takes up a huge portion of the sky and not just a small box on a laptop screen. You can see the rotation of the reindeer. They don’t just disappear into the night sky. They rotate and appear to fly off at an angle.


In person, you get the full surround sound music to accompany the drone show – and the music does so perfectly. You get the ambiance of all the “Oohs” and “Aahs” from the crowd.

And you get an occasional laugh. Like during the Halloween section of the show. I won’t ruin it for you. But it involves Frankenstein’s monster, and it was my favorite part.

Finally, you get to experience the fireworks that are timed to go off during different parts of the show. They’re the icing on the cake and some extra oomph to the drone show. You get them at the expected New Year’s Eve portion of the show.

What Did We Think?

If you were to ask the three children who were with us for Holidays in the Sky what their favorite parts were, their answers are as follows:

  • The DJ dance party with the glow-in-the-dark floor!
  • The Christmas to New Year’s Transition that the drones do
  • The Frankenstein surprise for Halloween

The adults loved those parts as well.

We also loved the Elevated Experience that came with premium seating for the DJ Dance Party and drone show. I’m not a huge crowd person so I appreciated the guaranteed seat.

It was also really nice at the end of a hot day to have bottles of water and snacks! Definitely don’t miss the drone show on your next visit and consider upgrading to the Elevated Experience!


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HoliBlogger Stephanie RyanThis blog post was written by HoliBlogger Stephanie R.

Stephanie Ryan is a STEM curriculum developer and assessment specialist. She runs @LetsLearnAboutScience, a social media account and website geared toward parents with the goal of empowering parents to find the STEM in the everyday. She authored the children’s book “Let’s Learn About Chemistry” and is currently a co-author on the 11th edition of Chemistry in Context where she integrated @Home activities students could do to drive home concepts. She lives in Carmel, Indiana with her husband and 6 year old son.

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38 Responses to “From Dots to Drones: Holidays in the Sky Comes to Life”

  1. Ashley Daily

    This was a great story, written very well. Thank you for all the details you shared and for leaving something a surprise too (Frankenstein)! I would love to see the Drone show this year! If I win the giveaway, then I definitely will check it out! Thank you for giving me the chance! Stay safe, everyone! And remember to have fun!

    • Ashton

      Seen the drone show on a work trip, can’t wait to go back this month for my husband and daughter to see also! Free tickets would just make it even better! Thanks for the opportunities!

    • Cynthia

      This sounds like a fun experience! I’ve visited Santa Claus, IN but never Holiday World yet.

  2. Ann Chappell

    We absolutely loved the drone show. And of course everything else about holiday world. Best time ever!

  3. Kristen

    So excited for the chance to win and have a fun day with family haven’t been since I was a kid and would love to take my kids the first time

  4. Shawn Boswell

    My Favorite Holiday World Tradition is getting our photo taken with the Santa Statue at the end of the night.

  5. Victoria Carter

    Planning a trip in august with my boyfriend and siblings. They’ve never been and so excited to take them to this amazing amusement park

  6. Suzann

    Last year was my first time at Holiday World, I’m coming back with the Whole family! Fun packed park!

  7. Jessica Wheeler

    I use to come to holiday world every year with family when I was a kid… Things got to expensive so we stopped going. We always ended our day with the howler and got Ice cream. I would love to win tickets for my boys so we could do this again.

  8. Chris H.

    Can’t wait to see the show in person. We missed it during Holiwood Nights, believe it or not!

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  10. Monica

    I haven’t seen the drone show yet. I would love to take my husband and son to enjoy the park and see the show this year!

  11. Megan Jones

    Holiday world is seriously one of my favorite amusement parks and we haven’t been able to go probably for 10 years. My boyfriend is never heard on, and I would be so excited to take him.

  12. Clinton Conner

    Have been to holiday world over twenty times. Best theme park for price and the free sunscreen and soda are the bomb!

  13. Eric Dyar

    Such a wonderful park experience every time! Been going annually at least once since 1996

  14. Jessica Wheeler

    When I was little it was always a tradition to ride raging rapids. That ride was always my favorite. Now I gotta find a new favorite and come up with a new tradition for my kids.

  15. Alli Barber

    So excited to see the drone show! Our Holiday World tradition is to get a picture with Santa Claus, always!!

  16. Glecy Joyce Roque

    I am excited to experience Holidayworld since I never been there! Hoping to win so we could take my kids!!!