Busch Gardens Christmas Town
Get into the Christmas spirit starting Nov. 23 as the world’s most beautiful theme park transforms into Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration.
Park guests will enjoy a heart-warming Christmas experience that only comes from walking among five million twinkling Christmas lights and sipping Busch Gardens’ signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate. Many fan favorites return this year, including Busch Gardens’ 50-foot-tall, light-dancing Christmas tree; Santa’s Workshop featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus; and Mistletoe Marketplace, a traditional outdoor German market featuring artisan-made crafts and gifts for everyone in the family.
An evening at Christmas Town begins in England as a bustling city scene comes to life with Dickens-style carolers strolling amid traditional greenery, red bows and candles that flicker in every shop window. Leave the city lights behind and explore the Scottish countryside where sheep and horses roam under a star-filled sky. Guests floating high above the park aboard a Flight of Lights gondola are afforded a breathtaking view of the park’s Christmas lights and decorations.
Follow the path to the Irish village of Killarney for a dazzling Christmas festival. Pull up a stool and warm up at Grogan’s Pub with a selection of hearty soups and stews, then stroll across the courtyard to the Abbey Stone Theatre for Busch Gardens’ newest show, Gloria!, where the greatest story ever told comes to life as only Busch Gardens can imagine.
In France, explore an ice-filled wonderland with dazzling lights, falling snow and an up-close penguin encounter. Grab a turkey leg at Cafe Lulu and then head to New France to enjoy a down-home Christmas where the sights and aromas of a country Christmas fill the air. Trappers Smokehouse has a variety of smoked meats, salads and desserts that will satisfy even the most discriminated taste.
Visit Santa at his workshop at the North Pole and get a picture with Santa before heading to Germany’s Oktoberfest for Virginia’s tallest light-animated Christmas tree. Climb aboard Mäch Tower for the best view at Christmas Town. Busch Gardens’ newest thrill attraction takes guests 240 feet above the park for a sensational view before dropping them at breathtaking speed safely back to earth. Thrill seekers up to challenge Alpengeist will experience the chill of an early winter night through six staggering inversions and speeds up to 67 mph.
Warm up afterward with an assortment of pretzels at Beste Brezeln und Bier. New menu options include chocolate fudge stuffed pretzels and cranberry raisin cinnamon sugar pretzels. Guests who need more than a snack can head inside Das Festhaus for an all new buffet-style dinner featuring signature Christmas Town entrees and priority seating for Deck the Halls, a high-energy Christmas production that is fun for the whole family. Walk through Germany’s Mistletoe Marketplace for a perfect holiday gift from one of Christmas Town’s visiting artisans.
Miracles in Il Teatro di San Marco offers guests an uplifting celebration of the Christmas spirit through powerful music and dance. Accompanied by live vocalists, this ensemble of dancers will inspire guests to believe that anything is possible. Stop by Bella Casa and watch as a glass expert demonstrates the art of lampwork glass bead making, then experience peace on earth with a quiet stroll through the park’s formal Italian gardens all decorated for the holidays. Continue along the path and enjoy homemade doughnuts before heading into Polar Pathway, a new walk-through attraction featuring breathtaking waterfalls of light and other sensory delights.
Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration opens Nov. 23 and runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 31. The park is open daily from Dec. 14 through Dec. 31, except on Christmas Day. See Park Schedule for details.