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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.


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

Since its debut in 2009, families have grown up with Christmas Town’s blanket of six-million glittering lights, breathtaking shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Visit Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop and begin a Christmas Town tradition that is as warm as apple pie. This year, take a step into the not-so-distant-past at Holiday Hills™ where mid-twentieth century Christmas celebrations come to life. Sip some hot chocolate and let the warmth of the season take over.

Start a new Christmas tradition this year at Busch Gardens Christmas Town.

World-champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Elvis Stojko will headline a new holiday-themed ice show at this year’s Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™. ‘Twas That Night™ is an all-new live performance on ice being created by the same creative team that produced London Rocks™ and Scrooge No More!.™
‘Twas That Night is based on the popular poem A Visit From St. Nicholas, published in 1823 by Clement Moore, and will be performed at Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre. Busch Gardens’ entertainment team will transform the theater’s stage into a glistening frozen pond, creating a nostalgic sense of wonderment during the retelling of this popular Christmas classic.
“Busch Gardens’ newest live show combines the grace of professional figure skating with cherished Christmas music, original holiday songs and magnificent visuals,” said Entertainment Director Bonnie Gilliland. “Elvis Stojko’s masterful skating techniques and his unbounded creativity are helping us produce an emotionally-charged show that is unlike anything else in our lineup.”
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Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration in Williamsburg, Virginia
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Theresa Trimmer Mechanicsville, VA
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"Wasted Day!"
Reviewed 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tip: Plan for lots of waiting!

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Hagerstown, Maryland

"Awesome family time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 23, 2016 NEW

We got one of the hotel-park package deals and stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn which was only about 7 miles away. Finding the park is easy but "kiosk B" to redeem our park ticket vouchers was hard to find because of where we parked. But a helpful park person processed everything. We went on a Thursday and we never had more than a 10-15 min wait on all the roller coasters. The longest wait of 30 minutes was for the Roman Rapids later in the day because everyone wanted to cool off. You will get soaked on this ride. As in drenched. Unlike Hershey Park where you can leave your bag at the ride, Busch Gardens has this locker rental system where you can stash your stuff all over the park at different lockers. The fresh made pretzels were awesome and our vouchers covered an entree which we redeemed up in the Fest Haus. This is a huge air conditioned hall and worth just walking in to see! A 20 oz beer will set you back nearly $10 but a huge dinner of ribs, chicken, sausage and potatoes was only $16. BTW, the refill cup was worth it as refills are free on the day you buy it. We lost count on how many times we filled it. We had lunch at the Marco Polo Market. If you get the rice bowl, it seems you get less meat and vegetables over the top...order the noodles as it comes in a different size plate. The panini sandwich had a really generous portion of meat. We were surprised with the quality. Both were about $9. Overall our favorite ride was the Griffin which had the added benefit of being able to see nearby Jamestown and the tall ships on the water. The Dark Castle 3-D ride was surprisingly really really good. We walked nearly 8 miles during the course of a day but Busch Gardens has two means of quick transport to get around if you get tired: a train with 3 stops and a gondola with 3 stops. You can just get on one and quickly get to another area. It was a fun filled day for everybody.

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Dahniyah H

"Nice family vacation fun getaway"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2016 NEW

I like this place very family oriented nice staff had no problem answering any of our questions lines to most of the rifes werent long awesome rides for the kids And big kids they have sesame street area and the characters do a show and after show they come down to take pictures they also have a sweet deal for the unlimited beverage cup

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Maple Grove, Minnesota

"Love this place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2016 NEW

My family of 5 visited on a hot July day. We really enjoyed the park. There aren't a lot of roller coasters, but the six they have are all great. Many of the other rides are fun as well. The themed stores and restaurants are a lot of fun and have a lot of interesting things to buy and eat. Be sure to find the store that is specific to each country and visit it. We didn't see any of the shows, but heard they were great. The best place to eat seemed to the BBQ restaurant in New France. Overall, it was a great day and I would definitely go again if I was in the area.

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Kelly G

"Amazing Theme Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2016 NEW

My family loves theme parks. This was our first visit and we were all impressed. The park is well themed and extremely clean. Customer service and ride operators did an incredible job. They were friendly and courteous. The coasters were great! All steel coasters and very smooth rides. They have a variety of shows that are entertaining for all ages. There were 3 water rides. We got wet on 2 (Pompeii & Rapids). There is a Sesame Street area for younger children. There are flat rides as well. Most of which were spinning rides.

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Springfield, Ohio

TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2016 NEW

Was really fun. We rode coasters. They were different from other coasters. One recommendation I would make is to build an actual building at the train stop in Italy since there is no shade at that station.

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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 27, 2015. 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 3rd, 2016.

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.

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