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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.


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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. 25 - Jan 2, 2017.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tip: Plan for lots of waiting!

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Donna O
Warrenton, Virginia
"Loved Christmas Town!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2016 NEW
What a fantastic time we had on our first trip to Busch Gardens Christmas Town! We went on opening day. The weather was beautiful and we knew it would be crowded, so we got there early. It took maybe 30 minutes to get into the parking lot, but once we got in we were able to park very close to the entrance. The park is absolutely beautiful, even in the daylight! There are fresh Christmas trees lining many of the walkways and you can smell that evergreen scent as you pass by. I didn't feel like the park was overly crowded until dark, and my kids were able to ride most of the rides they wanted to with relatively minimal waits. We ate at Dasher's Diner, which I would not recommend....I know the food is much better in other areas of the park. Once it got dark, it became VERY crowded! Here's a tip....dress your kids in something bright that stands out!! It is very easy to get separated from them with all the people, and hard to see them in the dark. We had such a great time that we decided to extend our trip and go back the next night (we had purchased the Fun Cards which give you unlimited visits). My only disappointment was that the train was not running either night (we were told due to some construction going on near one of the stations), but we will definitely be going back again and will hopefully get to ride it! This will become a new tradition for our family!
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"Beautiful at Christmas Time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2016 NEW
The lights, music and decorations change as you travel from country to country; all are beautifully done. The shows were excellent. We really enjoyed the Ice Show; don't worry about the VERY long line. It is a large arena with lots of seating. Two of the big coasters were open as well as many of the smaller kiddie rides. Tempesto and Verbolten are both great coasters. The only real complaint was the line to get into the parking lot. It took nearly an hour from the highway to the lot and then another 45 minutes to get our tickets. By the time we reached a window reservations for all of the restaurants were sold out. Definitely make reservations online before you go if you are interested in eating any of the special Christmas menus. We bought the Spiced Wine (very good) at a vendor in the Marketplace in pretty etched mugs only to find the wine available inside the German Christmas shop in beautiful little painted German mugs. Had we known, we would have gotten one of each. There is actually too much to see and do in the 8 hours (2pm-10pm) it was open; two days would be better.
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
"Bus trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2016 NEW
The Christmas lights at Busch Gardens are something to see. Each country was more beautiful than the next. Take a ride on the train as It will take you through the whole park for a great view. Don't wait until dark try to spend as much time as you can to get familiar with the park or you can easily get disoriented after dark. Getting a map when you first enter will really help.
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Jamestown, North Carolina
"Christmas lights special- Long lines, very popular."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2016 NEW
My first impression was that the cost was very reasonable, I thought. But my second impression was.... OH BOY this is going to be crowded. The venue was open from 2pm to 10pm and we headed out there about 12:30p The line began to form out on Highway I 64 BEFORE the off-ramp. Yes, it was stopped traffic all the way to the interstate more than 2 miles from the park! It took an hour and a half to reach the parking gate. Parking was an additional fee of $10 (which I hate at every theme park, it should be included in the admission fee) and we got parked in one of the outer lots. It was a short walk to the TRAM and the line was reasonable because they had many trams running. We got to the gate, got our prepaid tickets and walked into the park right away. From that point on it was beautiful. Over 8 million Christmas light in every direction and on every bush and tree and building. It was truly beautiful. It was a cold day and we were glad we were dressed in layers. We saw the show Gloria, and it was GLORIOUS! It was a well done musical rendition of many traditional Christmas hymns and songs done by some extremely talented young singers. We spent quite a bit of time just walking and seeing the park. Most of the coasters and the biggest rides were closed, especially after dusk. The shows were all great, and the special effects in the shows were outstanding! I liked the musical rendition of Dicken's Christmas Story. Only 30 minutes long, it was a very professional and entertaining retelling of the traditional tale. All in all our experience was good. The only thing I would say that would be negative was that although they had some patio heaters spaced around the park to help warm you up, they didn't turn them on until after dark, and it was cold all day. Also, I thought that the outside show in the Italy section should have had working radiant heaters in the seating sections, especially since dinner is an option here. If the management at the venue read this, I suggest you supply more and better heat where you can. Otherwise, it was a great time. We went back for a second day as one day was really not enough time to see and do it all. Also I wish more rides had been open. The ones that were open were offline frequently and after standing in line for 1/2 hour it was irritating and disappointing to not get to ride them.
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Susi W
"Christmas Town is amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2016 NEW
We visited Bush Garden's Christmas Town for the first time on opening day. We planned to get there a little earlier than the 2:00 opening, but ended up in a line of cars getting to the parking lot. It didn't really take that long to get to the parking lot and into the park, though. The park is decorated for the holiday season, with every tree loaded with lights which really takes your breath away once the sun sets. It was great fun, but be prepared for crowds and lots of walking.
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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 25 and will continue on select days through Jan 2nd, 2017.

Is Christmas Town all day?
Christmas Town opens each day at 2 p.m. Closing time is 10 p.m. 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 2nd, 2017.

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.