Busch Gardens is a 100-acre European-themed amusement park with 17th-century charm and more than 50 rides and attractions. The park is located in the Historic Triangle of Virginia that boasts a wide variety of attractions including historical sites, amusement parks, shopping, fine dining and much more.
During the holidays, Christmas Town at Busch Gardens transforms the Williamsburg, Virginia, amusement park into a Christmas wonderland, combining an immersive holiday experience with one-of-a-kind shopping and dining opportunities, holiday shows, and a spectacular light-dancing Christmas tree. This is a fun way to enjoy the holiday season with the whole family.
Over 10 million lights are strung up around Busch Gardens during the holidays, and visitors are transported to illuminated displays of European landmarks and Christmas villages. A shining version of Big Ben towers above the other attractions as you enter Christmas Town, and leads you into an Irish section of Celtic stores and holiday greenery. Continue on through a brightly lit French village before arriving in Germany, where a light show is projected onto the facade of the Wilkommenhaus building. The last European stop is Italy, where the ancient ruins that make up the attraction Escape from Pompeii are turned into a Polar Pathway of lights.
To get a view of all the lights around the park without having to move around too much, hop on the Christmas Town Express. Passengers are able to leisurely enjoy the displays from the comfort of the train.
Traditions Tree Maze
Christmas Town doesn't just explore Western Europe, however. The Traditions Tree Maze is a labyrinth made up of over 500 cut pine trees that guests must navigate their way out of. Throughout the maze, you'll come across various stations to learn about the holiday customs of another country and even make a craft to take home as a souvenir. Expect to learn about Día de los Reyes in Mexico, Japanese New Year, the Hindu festival Diwali, Hannukah, and the Zulu First Harvest Festival of South Africa.
Shows for the Family
Attend a holiday show at Busch Gardens when you need to give your feet a break—there are plenty to choose from. "Believe" is a solo piano act started in 2019, and a concert pianist plays classic Christmas carols that the whole family will enjoy. If the shows leaves you with the musical bug, step over to "Deck the Halls," an interactive musical and sing-along.
"Elmo's Christmas Wish" is tailored toward the youngest audience members, who will delight in seeing their favorite Sesame Street character live in front of them. For a true winter experience, head to "'Twas That Night," a musical show on ice featuring champion figure skater, Elvis Stojko.
Finally, enjoy a spectacular light show “O Tannenbaum,” featuring a 45-foot, light-animated Christmas tree and be immersed by the dazzling sights and sounds of the booming symphonic score.
Nothing is as magical for a child at Christmastime as getting to visit Santa at his workshop. Kids can share their wishes and get a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus to take home. For a holiday pick-me-up, serve yourself a cup of hot cocoa and decorate your very own Christmas cookies.
A special buffet option is also available for families who want to dine at the park, and Santa himself makes an appearance to read a story to all of the kids in attendance.
If you are a Busch Garden member, admission to Christmas Town is included in your annual pass. Otherwise, you can purchase a one-day ticket or a Christmas season pass to visit as often as you like during the holiday season. A special three-day pass is also available that includes admission into Colonial Williamsburg.
Christmas Town premieres at Busch Gardens the week before Thanksgiving and continues until just after the New Year. The weekends leading up to Christmas are the busiest times, so visit after December 25 or on weekdays to avoid the majority of crowds.
- Open from November 16, 2019 through January 5, 2020
- Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 16 through December 8, 2019, and seven days a week beginning December 9, 2019
- Closed on Christmas Day