Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, VA

1 Busch Gardens BlvdWilliamsburg, VA 23187
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Overview

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.
  • 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.

Description

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. 17 - Jan 5th, 2019.

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.

Shows
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™.

Rides:
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.

Reserve Washington DC Customer Reviews

43 Reviews
Kasey Rivera
Newport News , VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Christmas town tickets"
December, 2018 NEW
We bought tickets online for a discount and it was so easy and so easy to use the tickets. Wonderful experience
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melinda white
mechanicsville, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great time!"
December, 2018 NEW
We purchased the "unlimited visit" ticket to Christmas Town.. Our first visit was great. The shows are fabulous. The lights and decorations are so beautiful. We plan to go again this week.
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Tip: Plan to spend the whole day, to have time for all shows.. And don't miss the ice show

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Krystal Eagle Bull
Camp Lejeune, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Best Christmas Break Ever"
May, 2018
This was our first time attending Busch Gardens for the Christmas Town celebration. My family loves the lights and various shows. The ride for the children were great. No long lines at all. We also love seeing the animals. Animals for my family is a big plus. They had multiple places to eat and buy souvenirs. Oh and we can not forget Santa and his elves for the lovely photos. The shuttle was great, the staff were very friendly. The service was overall excellent. It was more than we could ask for. I do plan on making it an annual thing.
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Tip: Don’t forget your camera and good walking shoes.

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Dominic Goggin
Greenville, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Experience"
February, 2018
I went to Virginia to see my boyfriend graduate coast guard! Afterwards he took me to this amazing theme park!!!!!! Best place I've been to! I've been to six flags multiple times... and it doesn't even compare!!! So many awesome roller coasters! We got on to ride this one, and it got me with the glow in the dark l, but THEN! Just then! The roller coaster stopped and I was so confused as to what was going on... then the floor dropped and I KNEW! I love this place :) so awesome!! Would reccomend anyone to this park!
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Tip: Get a map! You need one!!! & Be ready to meet people from all over the world :)

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thomas murray
Virginia Beach, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
February, 2018
Went to Christmastown at Busch Gardens on Christmas Eve as part of a Family celebration and special event. Purchased my tickets through Reserve at a discount and had a spectacular time. Christmastown is a must see and going on Christmas Eve made it all the more special for all of us!
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Tip: It can be cold. Bundle up!

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David Gifford
Lisbon, CT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"visit"
February, 2018
itwas amazing
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Tip: leave plenty of time to enjoy the entire place and dress warm

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Sergii Liskovyi
Ashburn, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"awesome for winter holidays"
February, 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAdYG0ZTyIw&t=
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Tip: be ready for cool things

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Ashley Dunbar
1 Review
"Very reasonable prices"
February, 2018
I wanted to go to Christmas town with my family. The tickets were $40 each on the actual Busch gardens site, so discovered this site and got them $20 cheaper! What a deal!
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Tip: Affordable

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aneishar2016
Roanoke, Virginia
"Christmas town is a must!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 15, 2018 NEW
It was rainy but the atmosphere was absolutely awesome. Not as hot and crowded as the summer days and nights. There are not much rides because of winter but that's ok. The shows are entertaining and the decorations with the lights are amazing! Beautiful scenery.i wanted to ride the train but the line was really really long. Otherwise, I Would return next winter.
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Global03042583401
"Christmas lights"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 15, 2018 NEW
Nice walk great food and entertainment. loved the shows. could not get them .....all in. Would recommend buying the food package as it was a good deal.
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Maggywv
Dunbar, United States
"Christmas Town"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 14, 2018 NEW
This was our first time to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens. The loveliness of the lights was at time breath taking. They have done each section differently and it is all so beautiful and so...Christmas. We did not have children with us and enjoyed walking around looking at the light displays and listening to the Christmas music. We went to two of the shows--one based on The Christmas Carol and the other a Christmas review. Both were good. The other shows were more for children, and the ice skating show they had did not start until 730 p.m., offered only once a night. I would have liked to have seen that, but as we got there at 2 p.m., we were ready to leave before the show started. I took off one star for the food, maybe should have taken off 2 --very, very disappointing. We went to Festhaus in Germany expecting to get some sausage or corned beef with German potato salad and kraut. Not offered. Instead you got a plate with a scoop of dressing, mashed potatoes, overcooked vegetables and three sausages or two slices of processed turkey. Covered with a very small amount of gravy. Except for the sausages, it was terrible. I wish I had settled for a pizza (yes, looked like the best item to eat in Germany). If we go again, will look more closely at the menus at the different places that offer food. Will not do Festhaus again.
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Adventure571838
"So much fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2018 NEW
As a roller coaster lover, this was the best time of year to go to Busch Gardens. We didn't have to wait in long lines, and the weather was wonderful! It was fun enjoying each "country" and all they had to offer, and the shows were done exceptionally and professionally.
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Noname99999999
"Night time lights and shows!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2018 NEW
The Holiday light are amazing along with the shows. We saw the show in the festival beer house. The dance and singing was really great, very entertaining! We were there on Monday night after the snow storm, there were icy spots and it was hard to walk in the park. Took the Sky Ride back to the enterance since we kept getting lost. We will come back...
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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.