Busch Gardens Christmas Town 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.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Williamsburg Travel Experts
  • A Christmas celebration during the months of November and December.
  • Features seasonal shows including a full-scale ice show, 'Twas That Night.
  • Various rides are opening during the event.
  • Tickets expire after the event ends at the beginning of January.
  • Arrive early. Parking lots open at 1:30 pm.
  • See shows during the day and the Christmas lights at night.
  • Eat an early dinner, around 4:00 pm, to avoid the crowds.
  • Visit the all-new Santa's Workshop.


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. 24 - Jan 1, 2018.

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.

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Oakton, Virginia
"Pretty but not blown away"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2017 NEW
we enjoyed our trip. went on a sunday at opening- park opens at 2pm but parking lot opens at 1:30pm. at opening, my kids rode Verbolten twice without any lines. though, we should have done Invadr instead, since it later closed due to dropping temps - big disappointment, as only other big ride open. the lights and decorations were nice, but with the park so spread out, it wasn't as spectacular. the train ride was also meh, only good view of Poplar Pathway- everything else was blah forest; and with 4 stops, got cold and tedious- we should have done the sky train. we didnt do a sit down meal, food was typical amusement park and repeatious. i wished they had roasted nuts- just something different for the holidays. we saw "Perfect Harmony" in Italy- had to leave since it was more loud then fun. the highlight was "Scrooge No More", a fantastic show with neat stage effects. theatre is huge, so don't rush to line up like a lot of folks.
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Roanoke, VA
"Christmas Town was Amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2017 NEW
Awesome visit to Busch Gardens during their Christmas Town celebration. They advertise 8 million Christmas lights and I would not doubt it. Absolutely breathtaking. The shows were very good as well, especially Gloria (DO NOT MISS IT). By paying $5, you can get guaranteed, premium seating at the show and for Gloria, I would recommend doing that. For the other shows, the reserved seating option is probably not worth it. We got it for the ice skating show since it was a one-time show, but the stadium is huge so you probably don't need it. Simply a great day.
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Ko E
Ashburn, Virginia
"Christmas Town"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2017 NEW
This is our first time we went to Christmas Town and we were absolutely delighted. We come for summer vacations and do the roller coasters and rides but in the winter, it is another world. The ice skating shows, acapella vocal band, Oh Tannenbaum Christmas tree and a variety of other shows along with the 8 MILLION lights throughout the park makes it a magical place during Christmas. It was absolutely enchanting.
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Ashburn, Virginia
"Great Shows and Beautiful Light Decorations"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2017 NEW
My wife and I decided to check out the Christmastown Decor and so glad we did . Great shows and display of lights over ALL the grounds . We arrived at about 3:20 pm and headed straight to Gloria .What an awesome performance . We arrived at the entrance at 3:50 pm and barely made it in for the 4 pm show so go earlier to ensure a seat . The Ice Skating performance simply spectacular with Olympic 2 time Silver Medalist Elvis Stojko . Bring plenty of warm clothing as the night continues you will be glad you did . They have lots of Propane Heaters around the grounds as well as a a large tent heated up to about 80 degrees . Plenty fun of for the Kids too .
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Clifton Park, New York
"Loved our visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2017 NEW
It was unfortunately raining hard the day we visited but we were able to see some more shows because of that. There are places to get into to dry off a bit. We missed Elvis Strojko's skating show because the rink was outside and the ice deteriorated during the day. That was disappointing but we enjoyed our visit to all the other areas.
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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 24th and will continue on select days through Jan 1st, 2018.

Is Christmas Town all day?
Christmas Town opens each day at 2:00 pm. Closing time is 10:00 pm. 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 1st, 2018.

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.

What happens if it rains?
Busch Gardens remains open during inclement weather, although some of the parks outdoor shows, rides and attractions may be temporarily affected.  Refunds and rain checks will not be issued due to inclement weather.