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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Delray Beach, FL

"Best Park for Gardens"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2016 NEW

One of the highlights for any Williamsburgh trip. Take your time to enjoy the natural setting. Matches anything in Orlando with a fresh, local feel.

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Birmingham, Alabama

"Lots to do, however, website is incorrect about food and drinks. See my pictures!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2016 NEW

We arrived at the park only to find a sign at bag check saying what could be brought into the park. Of course, this was after we had already parked and taken the tram to the park. We had left our cooler with waters and snacks in the car. Their website needs to be updated....... The kid's park is great for my son that is 4 years old. He spent almost two hours playing in the splash pad so take a change of clothes and a towel. You get wet on the Congo River ride so be prepared. There are lockers to store your belongings so they won't get wet. The park closes early so I would arrive when they open. The day we went there were several schools so we could not get on many rides. We had to wait until closing time to get on the Congo. Overall, this is a fun park, much better than their sister park, Sea World.

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"First of many trips"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2016 NEW

I was less than thrilled when the wife said she'd purchased season passes to Bush Gardens for us and the kids (4 and 5). 1) Its about two and a half hours from us and 2) what enjoyment are my kids going to get out of it (and, by default, me?) I could not have been any more wrong. We had a blast! There was a ton of stuff to do for the kids from a Sesame Street area to a HUGE treehouse/playground to climb through in Land of Dragons. The boys couldn't get enough of the log flume either. Bring the kids' bathing suits for the little water area so they can run around and get soaked! With it being so early in the season (and a Friday) the lines weren't excessive so we were able to ride pretty easily (I'm sure that added to the day's enjoyment). I hopped on Griffon with a minimal wait (the ride is AWESOME), Mach Tower, and Apollo's Chariot. To be honest though I was having such a blast riding rides with the kids I didn't miss my carefree younger days of roller coaster hoping. As such I waited till the end of the day and a storm blew in shutting the rides down so I missed out on Tempesto. We brought in snack type food for the kids (PB&J, chips, water) so we saved some on that. My wife and I ate at the beer hall which was fairly pricey - we both got the sausage platter and a beer (I added some fruit for the kids) and the amount tipped the scale at almost $50. I'll be packing food in a cooler and heading out for a park break in the future (you can exit and enter as you'd like with a stamp). We checked out Celtic Fire and Bring out the Barrel for shows - both were entertaining and kept the kids attention for the most part. This day was a 10/10. Don't miss it and don't hesitate to bring the kids!

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Arlington, Virginia

"Roller coasters, shows, food"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2016 NEW

Busch Gardens is particularly fun in December for Christmas Town. Cannot wait to go again this year.

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Amy W

"Favorite Amusement Park!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2016 NEW

I love Busch Gardens. It is a bit pricey but I've always had fun when I've gone. The rides are great, the food is good, the scenery is gorgeous, the shows are nice, and the animal exhibits are always interesting. It's not only fun during the summer - Howl-O-Scream is so much fun if you like haunted houses and ChristmasTown is a great outing during the winter! There is truly something for everyone here. I couldn't recommend it more.

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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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