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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.

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™.

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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Denise F
Rock Hill, South Carolina
"Howl-O-Scream visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 22, 2016 NEW
Came to Busch for their annual Howl-o-scream event. Park is open Fri, Sat, Sun. We attended on a Fri and Sat. My advice ... the closer you get to Halloween the more crowded the park becomes so plan on waiting for some activities. On Friday the park was using the overflow parking by 11:30 in the morning and on Saturday the park was at capacity and closed by 4pm. The scary activities don't start until 6pm but if you want to experience them plan on getting to the park early or you won't get in at all !!! There are 3 shows with an extra 1 on Saturdays only. Overall the park offers a fun experience for all ages :)
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Shane S
Newport News, Virginia
"Lots of fun for everyone!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2016 NEW
I've been coming here for years, it has always been one of the most well kept clean, and fun amusement parks. This was my 1st time visiting for the Howl-O-Scream event, they did a good job getting really into the theme. There is lots to see and do and different things for all age groups to do. The food is pretty good at most of the restaurants but get ready to pay for it, that's the only down side. An average 1 day ticket is $80 plus $15 to park, and a meal for one person is about the same.
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Louisville, Kentucky
"So Much Fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2016 NEW
We visited the first weekend in October and did not stay for the Halloween thing they start at 6pm. We were too tuckered out to stay for that! The water rides were closed so we didn't get to go on those. We did ride our favorites (Curse of Darkastle, Tradewinds, and the teacups ride) over and over as lines were never long when we went and did quite a bit of shopping. The park was pretty big so we got a lot of walking in. You can also use their train that has 3-4 different depots to take a ride to different areas within the park and cut down on walking. We didn't eat a lot while there, just grabbing a pretzel and some nachos, so can't really comment on the food quality. The Jack Hanna nature area was nice, like a little mini zoo, and I highly recommend the ultra cute animal tricks show.
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TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2016 NEW
I went with a group of 8 to Busch Gardens on a Saturday during Howl-O-Scream. The weather was perfect so it seemed everyone else had the same idea. We got there when the park opened and had no problems finding a parking spot. At 11:30 am we were riding Apollo's Chariot and you could see LOTS of traffic trying to get into the parking lot. They hit capacity in the evening. If you are going to Howl-O-Scream - go early in the morning and plan on staying all day. Because of the crowd levels, we didn't ride too many rides. Everything had at least an hour wait. I would also suggest riding everything once and moving a long to the next ride before the lines get too long. I really like Busch Gardens - it's a beautiful park. We normally eat at the Fest Haus. We ate there again this time but the food was not nearly as good. The food was so bad, I was tempted to change my review to 3 (Average). Several of us ordered the Sausage Sampler and everything on it was burned. I don't really care for burnt bratwurst. Also, the employees working behind the counter were not very pleasant (border line rude). We didn't see any shows because we were never in the area when they were starting. I wish the shows would have started earlier. I would have like to see Monster Stomp. If there had been a show right when the park opened, we would have seen it then.
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Anastasia B
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2016 NEW
I had the pleasure to visit Busch Gardens early October of this year. The park was opened every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weather was beautiful, 70-72 all week, no rain. Played on the rides during the day and saw all of their Vegas style shows which were very good. At 6 PM the park celebrates Halloween which they coin "Hallowscream". Went through all 6 haunted houses. Each was very well choreographed with brilliant sets and costumes and convincing actors. Not recommended for very young children because it appears very realistic. The park is close in proximity to Colonial Williamsburg, York town and James town, so site seeing is convenient when not in the amusement park. I would definitely go again.
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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.