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Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration in Williamsburg, VA

1 Busch Gardens BlvdWilliamsburg, VA 23187
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Located within the Busch Gardens Williamsburg theme park during the holiday season, Christmas Town™ offers a variety of joyful traditions for the whole family to experience together. Guests can enjoy seeing heartwarming shows, tasting delectable holiday dining, doing some festive shopping, watching eight million twinkling lights, visiting Santa’s workshop, sipping signature hot chocolate and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Williamsburg Travel Experts
  • A Christmas celebration during the months of November and December.
  • Features seasonal shows including a full-scale ice show, 'Twas That Night.
  • Various rides are opening during the event.
  • Tickets expire after the event ends at the beginning of January.


from Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration
Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™ celebrates the most wonderful time of the year.

Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens® Christmas Town ™ in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with eight million lights, one of the largest light displays in North America. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the season come alive at Busch Gardens. Visit the big man in red at his North Pole workshop and capture an unforgettable memory. Keep warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season. Unwrap the gift of Christmas Town this winter and celebrate the spirit of the season on select dates between Nov. 24 - Jan 1, 2018.

Highland Stables
The rustic Scottish countryside is the perfect setting for our stable of beautiful animals. The star-filled winter sky and smell of fresh hay will have you humming your favorite Christmas carol. Bring your family and see the Scottish blackface sheep, Border collies and Clydesdales. This hands-on Christmas Town experience will take you back to a simpler time.

Santa's Workshop
Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting for your visit. Excitement will build as you peek through snow-crested windows into Santa’s study, nestled between two nearby reindeer stables. Our elf attendants greet the eager children who are invited to sit on Santa’s lap and pose for a classic Christmas photo that will forever capture the moment’s joy and wonder.

Polar Pathway
The smell of Christmas trees coupled with the dazzling light display of Polar Pathway will make you feel as if Christmas is here. The breathtaking waterfalls of Italy’s Escape from Pompeii® are now a cascading icy wonderland that shimmers under the moonlight. Relive and preserve this Christmas Town memory by bringing your camera for a once-in-a-lifetime photograph.

Bring holiday traditions to life with heartwarming shows and captivating performances. Come experience the Christmas past, present, and future with Scrooge No More! Also, this holiday season the stage of the Royal Palace Theatre will transform for a full-scale ice show with 'Twas That Night, combining the grace of professional figure skating with cherished Christmas music, original holiday songs and magnificent visuals. ‘Twas That Night wishes a happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night at Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™.

A selection of rides will be open during Busch Gardens Christmas Town. A sample includes:
Grover’s Alpine Express: Join Grover on this family-friendly roller coaster, perfect for the little riders ready for their first roller coaster.
Sesame Street® Forest of Fun: This KIDsiderate play area features family-friendly rides and fun for Santa’s little helpers.
Tempesto®: Defy gravity as you roll through a complete inversion 154 feet in the air.
Verbolten®: Get ready to climb aboard Verbolten, a multi-launch, indoor/outdoor roller coaster.

Reserve Williamsburg Customer Reviews

Theresa Trimmer
Mechanicsville, VA
1 Review
"Wasted Day!"
December, 2015
We normally love Busch Gardens and have been going there for 40 years, but Sunday, December 6th at Christmas Town was awful! We got to the Busch Gardens exit off of 64 East only to move an inch at a time for over an hour! That's after we had traveled 45 minutes from Mechanicsville. Busch was apparently not prepared for the crowds on this day! The reason you only moved an inch at a time was they only had one person taking parking money for two lanes of traffic. They should have had at least two people to keep the lines moving. After inching along for over an hour, we were then sent across the street to park in Scotland, where we spent another 1/2 hour or more to get a tram to take us to the park If we hadn't promised our 3 year granddaughter we were going, we would have turned around! We could not enjoy anything at the park! It was so crowded and not well lit in many places. We couldn't use our meal tickets to eat since they restaurants were so busy so we all went without food while we were there. The grandkids didn't get to ride many rides as there were only a few rides in each country and it was difficult to motivate from country to country with all the people. Alothough the lights were great in most places, you couldn't stop to enjoy as the paths were like herding cattle and you would be run over. Busch should have ample staff taking parking money, lights on all pathways, more trams for the parking areas and most of all, DONT BE SO GREEDY and LIMIT how many people you let in the park!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Tip: Plan for lots of waiting!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Gulf Shores, Alabama
"Fun for all"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2017 NEW
Unlike other parks, you do not need worry about your head being beaten by the roller coasters. The park is immaculate. There is plenty to do for all ages. We will be back.
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"Decked Out For Halloween"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2017 NEW
Visited using a Fall Bounce ticket. Park was geared up for "HallowScream" which you should research carefully if you are bringing children or you are not a fan of "horror". I was not in the park for the "transition" so I cannot comment on evening events. Park beautifully decorated with Halloween/fall decorations. Very clean. It was a rainy/drizzly day so crowds were low with very little waiting for rides. MANY people heading into park at 5:30 PM so that may not have been the case that Friday evening. Food, the usual expensive but just OK variety. I visit almost every year, I enjoy the family atmosphere, beautiful landscaping and usually nice fall weather.
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Baltimore, Maryland
"Is probably great for middle school and up, not so much for younger kids..."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 18, 2017 NEW
We went to Busch Gardens in October, which happened to coincide with HallowScream events. We figured it would be fine for our 4th grader since we weren't planning on taking her into the haunted houses (she's a little more cautious than our 12 year old). And we explained there would be people in scary costumes walking around. We didn't realize quite how interactive the actors would be. They were decked out in full costumes with blood and make-up. They were constantly jumping out of dark corners and screaming in your face. You really had no idea where they would be hiding. One of the scary clowns would jump and growl at you and throw party poppers at your feet. There were guys running around with chainsaws chasing you down the walk ways. The whole park was what you would expect from a haunted house. Needless to say, my 9 year old was not amused! I spent the entire evening trying to predict where someone might be hiding and moving her behind me whenever the people started running at us or walking up and screaming in our faces. That being said, my 12 year old was fine except for the people chasing us with chainsaws. And the park really does get creepy. It's so dark you can barely see where you are going on the walkways, and they have tons of fog and great atmosphere. Also, the actors were super respectful if you were able to get their attention. My husband would just shake his head or wave them off when they would head towards our kids, and they would be like "no problem" and slink back into their little hiding places. Another problem if you have younger kids is the park gets packed with young adults in the evening and there is a lot of drinking and partying. Also, except for one or two shows that all ended by 5:00pm, they are all rated as having graphic content. As far as the rides... Again they are great for older kids and those who already know they like high adrenaline roller coasters. But if your kid is a newbie at roller coasters, this is not the place to start. I have not been to an amusement park since I had my oldest child (12 years), but it seems to me that these roller coasters were insane! My husband and oldest girl loved it. My younger daughter rode on Invader, verbolten (or something like that) and then finally Apollo's Chariot. She did not enjoy them, but she toughed it out. Unfortunately, unlike a lot of other parks I have been to (Kings Dominion, Hershey Park, etc.) there are no coasters that have less than the highest adrenaline rating, which I didn't think to look at until later. And other than roller coasters and scary haunted house fun, there wasn't much else for younger kids to do. Lots of stuff was closed and the shows were all adult content. So I would recommend this park for older kids and any mini adrenaline junkies. But not a great time for younger kids, or those who are less daring.
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Lynchburg, Virginia
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2017 NEW
Busch Gardens is a beautiful and well thought out theme park. The whole park is transformed for the month of October into a gigantic land of pumpkins, ghouls, zombies and all things spooky. The Halloween themed shows are top notch with the “Fiends” one a favorite. We could have easily seen this at least twice! There are 6 haunted houses and we thought “Frostbite” was one of the better ones out of the 3 we made it to. The food is very expensive as it always is at a theme park and quite frankly not that great. The day we attended there was a misty rain all day but we bought ponchos there for $9 each and kept going. After paying so much to get in, one just doesn’t give up because of rain! At this point we think we’d even like to make it to ChristmasTown! Sounds like a winter wonderland!
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Charlotte, NC
"Fun amusement park but the Halloween stuff was not for us"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2017 NEW
My family and I enjoyed our day at Busch Gardens, but the night, not so much. We went on an October Friday, which meant the park didn’t open until noon and at 6pm it became “haunted” for Halloween. We arrived before opening and were glad we did - gates opened early, at around 11:30am, and we were able to ride Loch Ness Monster three times in a row with no wait. At noon the whole park opened and we rode several of the big ticket rides with minimal waits up until around 4pm when the park started to get crowded. The roller coasters here are truly world class - Apollo’s Chariot was definitely my favorite. I’m much too old to ride as many of the coasters as I did but it was fun. Ride Alpengeist at your own peril. My neck is still stiff two weeks later. Unfortunately, all of the water rides were closed even though it was 85 degrees out, and several other attractions were refitted as haunted houses. As we had a kid with us we couldn’t really attend the adult themed shows or participate in the numerous haunted house attractions. And Busch Gardens seems to have gone with gore and blood rather than campy Halloween fun which is really unfortunate. It really was not fun at night having to continually worry about some idiot jumping out from behind a trash can to scream in your face. The orange lights and fog were cool though - really a great ambiance. But in my opinion it was ruined by the silly and unnecessary attempts to scare people. Some people obviously enjoy this shtick though, because the park got crazy crowded after 7pm and cars were still flooding into the parking lot when we left around 9pm. My other criticism is that, since the water rides were closed and the shows were all gored and tarted up, there wasn’t much in the way of middle of the road attractions suitable for kids. If you have a 10-12 year old that doesn’t like scary coasters and has outgrown kiddie rides there’s nothing for them to do here, except maybe bumper cars and a couple of swing type rides. Too bad. Luckily our son loves the roller coasters but others might not be so lucky. On the positive side, the food and drinks situation here is very good. We bought the deluxe meal package and struggled to eat all the food it provided. Do not miss sundaes at Josephine’s if you get the meal deal - yum!!! - and it only counts as a “snack”! We had bbq at Trappers and pizza and stir fry (and build your own cannolis!!!) at Marco Polo (which we got to-go and brought back to our hotel) and it was all very good, a notch above standard amusement park fare. And the all you can drink fountain soda cup was handy - there are places to refill all over the place so you never have to walk far to refill. And if you prefer alcoholic drinks those are never to far away either. All in all we enjoyed Busch Gardens but wish we had gone other than at Halloween time. It’s a world class park that overdoes the gore and scare factors at Halloween and they also close the water rides for the season too soon. But the food is good and the park is pretty so go and have fun! I recommend the “bounce” ticket if you’re visiting from out of town - it gives you 7 days entrance to Busch Gardens plus their water park plus Colonial Williamsburg plus free parking. A pretty good deal.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration

When does Christmas Town at Busch Gardens begin?
Mark your calendars. Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration returns on November 24th and will continue on select days through Jan 1st, 2018.

Is Christmas Town all day?
Christmas Town opens each day at 2:00 pm. Closing time is 10:00 pm. Be sure to check the operating schedule for specific dates and times.

Will the entire park, including the rides be open during the Christmas event?

Busch Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland filled with holiday traditions, new surprises and park favorites that make everyone say, “Now this is Christmas.” It’s a fun place where visitors can experience the spirit of the holiday with all-new attractions, shows and shopping that immerse them into the Christmas season. Only a few select rides will be open during the Christmas event.

Do Christmas Town tickets expire?
Yes. Christmas Town tickets expire on January 1st, 2018.

Is smoking allowed at Busch Gardens?

Busch Gardens is committed to a safe and friendly environment. Therefore we have provided designated smoking stations throughout the park. All indoor areas will remain smoke-free environments. Outdoor smoking stations are designated in guest areas by smoking urns, benches and "Designated Smoking Area" signs, which are situated near most restrooms. These signs are marked on the park maps.
Can I rent a stroller or wheelchair at Busch Gardens?
Strollers, Wheelchairs & Electric Carts are available for a nominal fee. You must be 18 years of age to rent electric carts and wheelchairs.

What happens if it rains?
Busch Gardens remains open during inclement weather, although some of the parks outdoor shows, rides and attractions may be temporarily affected.  Refunds and rain checks will not be issued due to inclement weather.