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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.”

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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Virginia Beach, Virginia
"Was a load of fun "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 27, 2016 NEW
The reason I am not giving 5 stars was because the howlo scream performance in the German fest house was not appropriate for children! I was not amused by the musical at all. Would have preferred the regular German show they usually perform. Of course all the rides were great, especially the coasters.
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Melody M
"Awesome Place!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 27, 2016 NEW
My husband and I took 5 teenage boys in a van and drove to Busch Gardens Williamsburg Virginia. Where there are giant roller coasters! 7 of them. Some of them 200 feet tall ,dropping at 80 miles per hour. If you are a thrill-seeker this is the place for you. There is also a bunch of other cool stuff to see. Animals, and different little countries set up,with awesome food! And this is a family theme park, where adults walk around drinking alcoholic beverages! The kids had the time of their lives!
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Cumberland, Maryland
"Evil Encore is frightful fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2016 NEW
This is definitely our family's favorite mulitigenerational road trip. Busch Garden has something for everyone: fast & looping coasters, tame rides, kiddie rides, animal & musical shows, haunted houses & trails, and beautiful landscaping. I've been here several times but never rode the river boat until this trip. On a hot afternoon there was a very pleasant cool breeze along the water. This year's Halloween themed shows are very enjoyable - Fiends was my favorite. The Lumberjack trail is worth the wait in line too. And if you have never ridden Verbolten - this is the best thrill ride! It is fast and doesn't have loops BUT it does have some surprises. Don't ruin your first time by asking anyone though.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2016 NEW
Saying we were disappointed is an understatement. We have season's passes and this was our 5th or 6th year in a row going. This past weekend was the first weekend of "Howl-O-Scream". The lines are insanely long which is understandable. But the actual haunted houses were cut way short!! Like not even 5 minutes long. And there were not really anyone waiting to jump out at you during the walk through. Then they send so many people through at one time it's not enjoyable at all. Another thing is throughout the park they use to have people dressed in ghillie suites that would jump out at you... which is no longer. They still have people dressed in costumes in certain areas. But overall, we were very disappointed in Howl-O-Scream. They do have bars this year that was pretty cool, but I would NOT recommend getting a drink that is already mixed with alcohol. It's terrible. Stick with beer and wine. Food is pretty good. Especially at the Smokehouse!!
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Erin M
College Park, Maryland
"A Busch Gardens food review"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2016 NEW
I was shocked by how good the food was at Busch Gardens. Just shocked. So shocked that I felt compelled to summarize it here in a review :) Best: Josephine's ice cream (listed as creamery de chocolat on the map) in France. The sundaes look outrageous, and they taste just as good as they look. Next best: The gelato in Italy. (Yes, I had ice cream twice in one day. Don't judge me.) The dark chocolate sorbetto was freaking fabulous. I got half strawberry and half dark chocolate, and it was out of this world. Also worth mentioning: The Festhaus. We were a group of six, and we all got some kind of German platter, and surprisingly, everything except the roll was legitimately delicious. My ribs were quite delightful. Not tough or chewy. The sausage was yum. And the chicken was surprisingly good. (I don't usually care for chicken.) I would definitely eat here again. (And the show made for some nice background entertainment.)
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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.