Busch Gardens Christmas Town 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.
  • Arrive early. Parking lots open at 1:30 pm.
  • See shows during the day and the Christmas lights at night.
  • Eat an early dinner, around 4:00 pm, to avoid the crowds.
  • Visit the all-new Santa's Workshop.


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

Now closed for the 2017 season. Please check back for 2018 operating calendar soon!

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

40 Reviews
Dominic Goggin
Greenville, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Experience"
February, 2018 NEW
I went to Virginia to see my boyfriend graduate coast guard! Afterwards he took me to this amazing theme park!!!!!! Best place I've been to! I've been to six flags multiple times... and it doesn't even compare!!! So many awesome roller coasters! We got on to ride this one, and it got me with the glow in the dark l, but THEN! Just then! The roller coaster stopped and I was so confused as to what was going on... then the floor dropped and I KNEW! I love this place :) so awesome!! Would reccomend anyone to this park!
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Tip: Get a map! You need one!!! & Be ready to meet people from all over the world :)

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thomas murray
Virginia Beach, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
February, 2018
Went to Christmastown at Busch Gardens on Christmas Eve as part of a Family celebration and special event. Purchased my tickets through Reserve at a discount and had a spectacular time. Christmastown is a must see and going on Christmas Eve made it all the more special for all of us!
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Tip: It can be cold. Bundle up!

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David Gifford
Lisbon, CT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
February, 2018
itwas amazing
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Tip: leave plenty of time to enjoy the entire place and dress warm

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Sergii Liskovyi
Ashburn, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"awesome for winter holidays"
February, 2018
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Tip: be ready for cool things

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Ashley Dunbar
1 Review
"Very reasonable prices"
February, 2018
I wanted to go to Christmas town with my family. The tickets were $40 each on the actual Busch gardens site, so discovered this site and got them $20 cheaper! What a deal!
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Tip: Affordable

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Reserve Williamsburg Customer
annandale, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"so chritmasy"
February, 2018
If you've never been to an amusement park with Christmas theme and you enjoy the lights and festivities of the Christmas season, you'll love it here. There are shows, carolers, easy rides, and lights. Food and beverage cost was not a complete rip off for an amusement park but I thought the beer prices were. I guess they don't want too many people getting too drunk but $13 for a pint? It's cool to see and experience at least once. Oh, and come dressed with extra layers even if it's a mild December weather because you can still feel cold walking around at night.
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Nancy Willoughby
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Christmas Town"
February, 2018
My son came from California to share Christmas with me and our family. We had a magical evening at Christmas Town. It was so easy to get discounted tickets from your website! I am really happy that we went to one of the most beautiful places on earth! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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Tip: Bundle up and wear lots of layers! It was pretty cold. Catch as many shows as you can. We loved them! We liked eating in Germany where there was a lot of seating.

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Sharon Kenna
Richmond, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Enjoyed Christmas Town with my granddaughters!"
February, 2018
I took my 3 granddaughters for their Christmas gift & had a fantastic time. We enjoyed the shops, Santa’s workshop and of course the lights & decorations but the rides were the best!
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Tip: Be sure to take all day to enjoy & hot chocolate was delicious!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Hills borough,NC
"Pass members opening day a big disappointment "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2018 NEW
We are season pass members and were invited to a preview day open only to pass members. We thought that would be great. We arrived and stood in a long, slow line at the ticket counter. The cashiers appeared to not exactly know what to do. We encountered the same problem when we ate lunch. The cashier took so long checking out the family in front of us (over 10 minutes) that our food was cold when we finally paid and sat down to eat. There were no shows open except for a cover band in the festhaus. It almost felt like Busch Gardens was using the pass members to train their employees this season prior to their official opening day (one week later). Very disappointing day. We had planned on staying until close at 8, but left at 2.
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Hampton, Virginia
"Music too loud"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 17, 2018 NEW
The music around the park is much too loud. By the time I left the park, my voice was hoarse from having to practically shout just to have a conversation with my children. I'm not even sure that the safety announcements at the beginning of rides could be heard.
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Shanna M
Farmington, Missouri
"Beautiful Theme Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 16, 2018 NEW
I love visiting Busch Gardens. Not much on riding rides but enjoy the beauty of the park and other activities! Military may purchase tickets at AAA or on post. This particular Park is kept very well and always in good order.
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San Diego, California
"Awesome amusement park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2018 NEW
Had a great time here. Lots of awesome roller coaster and rides. Worth spending the day here and having some fun.
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Richmond, Virginia
"2018 Passes too expensive"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 14, 2018 NEW
I am so saddened that Busch gardens have raised the prices of the fun pass so dramatically. Last year the dual fun passes were $75. This year they went up to 105!!!!. That is a 40% increase in one year! I look forward to getting these passes every year and I will NOT be getting them this year. The actual price does not bother me as much as the %. A 40% increase in one year is a BIG 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.