Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, VA

1 Busch Gardens BlvdWilliamsburg, VA 23187
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Overview

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.

Description

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.

Shows
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™.

Rides:
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

41 Reviews
Krystal Eagle Bull
Camp Lejeune, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best Christmas Break Ever"
May, 2018 NEW
This was our first time attending Busch Gardens for the Christmas Town celebration. My family loves the lights and various shows. The ride for the children were great. No long lines at all. We also love seeing the animals. Animals for my family is a big plus. They had multiple places to eat and buy souvenirs. Oh and we can not forget Santa and his elves for the lovely photos. The shuttle was great, the staff were very friendly. The service was overall excellent. It was more than we could ask for. I do plan on making it an annual thing.
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Tip: Don’t forget your camera and good walking shoes.

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Dominic Goggin
Greenville, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Experience"
February, 2018
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
"visit"
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
HAMPTON, VA
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Stacey S
Verona, VA
"Clean family fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2018 NEW
We stopped in on our way home and had a blast. We have visited before but came by so my daughter could ride some coasters she was not tall enough to ride before. Lines were relatively short today and special thanks to BG for the special pricing breaks for First Responders. I would not have made this quick stop otherwise. Parking is $20...I think that is about $10 too high. We had an overall great time...I would like to see the staff of the Apollo's Chariot get retrained on how to accommodate people with special needs. We witnessed two ladies that were visually impaired get verbal instructions only and not assisted to their seats. I was genuinely concerned for their safety as no staff member helped them and they could have easily gotten injured or worse. The train rides around the park assisted us greatly in riding all 7 major coasters...we will return and thanks again for showing appreciation to Vets and First Responders!
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Njm2085
Davenport, Iowa
"Great times and great rides"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2018 NEW
We went to Busch Gardens in Mid May of 2018 and it was great. Not only was there hardly any wait for any and all of the rides but they offer so much to do there. We were able to do all of the coasters which were amazing and hit a few of the water rides although one was closed down. Sure prices are a bit expensive for food and drink but you have to come to expect that at any amusement park. The only ride I wouldn't really recommend unless you have young one is that new VR ride. Wasn't really worth the wait and kids were beating the crap out of the equipment. My helmet didn't work properly and gave me double vision the whole time. But, overall Busch Gardens is great and definitely worth checking out whether it be with family, friends, or loved ones
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Mel V
Arlington, Tennessee
"Busch Gardens 2018"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2018 NEW
I’m almost 49 and it took me 4-days to recover from a sore neck and back!! All the roller coasters were incredible. If you have vertigo problems, don’t ride the VR ride: Heart of Irie? Forgot the name. But, all the coasters you have to ride: LochNess, Apollo’s Chariot and The Griffon at least. There are more but those you have to ride. The lines were relatively short in mid-May. Lots of middle school groups came at this time, no big deal.
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Kristen W
"Buyer Beware: Food and Wine Festival 2018"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2018 NEW
I never write reviews for anything, however, I feel obligated to let other consumers know about how misleading the food and wine festival is. Long story short, it is not worth it to buy the deluxe sampler. You are better off buying what you want at different kiosk. The pamphlet they provide specifies that you can order beer or wine from different vendors and that it is included in the sampler package. However, you cannot get beer at certain locations with the sampler package. You will have to pay the cost for that drink and it is not included. I did not have any problems with the food. However, I do have a problem with the drinks. We spent 45 minutes trying to locate the beer for Germany only to find out it was not included. When I contacted customer service they told me to talk to the guest services representative at the park. After a 50 minute conversation, they gave me a free coke and said they will do a better job next year. It is a waste of time and not worth it. Save yourself the time, convience, and money. I hope this helps.
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jmwarner2018
Chesapeake, Virginia
"A HUGE Jab in the Back to Pass Holders!!!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2018 NEW
My family and I have been season pass holders for as long as I can remember! Being locals our annual membership has allowed us to offer a nice entertainment option to our large family of 10 for many years. This week two of my sons are graduating high school and we've had family and friends coming in from out of town. We had shared with our guests that we were going to be able to treat them to a fun time at the park. After all, we're Platinum Pass holders and we're each entitled to a certain number of free guest passes each year, right? WRONG!! We arrived at the park today with our guests only to find out that our Platinum benefits have been stripped away! Not only did we drive an hour to the park with a group of 14 people today but then we suffered the disappointment and embarrassment of not being able to take them to the park as we had promised. I understand that companies change their policies but there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it!!! I, along with all the other pass holders, should have been given notice at the end of last years season of what our benefits would be beginning with the 2018 season. NOT now when I've been paying you all winter only to show up in the spring and realize that we no longer have what we believe to have been paying for!!!! Disappointed doesn't begin to describe how I feel right now as I wait on hold to speak to a representative and the automated system tells me that my anticipated wait time is 52 minutes! Guessing I'm not the only one upset! Bad form Blackstone, bad form!!!
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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.