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.
Dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes.
Christmas Town Dates
Christmas Town launches at Busch Gardens on November 16, 2019, and runs until January 5, 2020. The park is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during November and the first week of December. Beginning December 9, 2019, the park is open seven days a week. Busch Gardens is closed on Christmas Day, but is open on all other holidays. Some sections of the park will remain closed for the season, and some rides and attractions are weather dependent.
A Christmas Town Tree Lighting Ceremony will open the season. The lighting ceremony celebrates the arrival of the holiday season and will culminate with the synchronized lighting of the park’s 10 million Christmas lights.
Highlights of Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
In addition to all of the usual rides open throughout the year, Busch Gardens really goes all out to turn the park into a winter wonderland for the entire family to enjoy.
- Nearly 500 freshly-cut Christmas trees are constructed into a holiday maze.
- Stroll through bustling European town squares (England, France, Ireland, Scotland, and Germany) complete with carolers set amid traditional greenery, classic red bows, holiday lights and candles glowing in every shop and restaurant window.
- Smell the aroma of holiday treats and enjoy hearty soups, smoked meats, fresh-baked holiday cookies, and peppermint hot chocolate.
- Visit the Abbey Stone Theatre for a Christmas show with moving imagery, choral harmonies, and a full live orchestra.
- Dine with Santa and Mrs. Claus and have your picture taken with the jolly old elf.
- Explore an ice-themed world with dazzling lights, falling snow and an up-close encounter with live penguins at the Royal Palace Theatre.
- Visit Santa’s workshop at the North Pole to meet St. Nick himself before heading to Oktoberfest to view Virginia’s tallest lighted Christmas tree. This 45-foot LED tree stands taller than Das Festhaus and features computerized lights that dance and change color during special evening light shows.
- Shop for stocking stuffers and one-of-a-kind handmade creations at dozens of unique stores and gift shops
- 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 destined to become a Christmas Town tradition.
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.
The amusement park is located three miles east of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, approximately 150 miles from Washington, D.C.
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.