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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

61 Reviews
Shirley Kirkland-Streets
Arlington, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Good Christmas Show"
January 2019
Beautiful light show. Great theme colors
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Tip: It can be very crowded. Long lines getting into the parking lot(s). Long lines to see and get into events. Dress accordingly to the weather.

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Margaret Koch
Chesapeake, VA
1 Review
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"Christmas memories"
January 2019
We had an amazing time! Beautiful. Fun.we will be returning next year.
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes

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Amy Farrell
Greenwood, DE
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Vacation"
January 2019
I absolutely love Christmas so visiting this Christmas Town was awesome. The lights, decorations, live theatrical plays, even down to take snow playing just made it a great experience
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Tip: If you love the beauty of lights during the Christmas season you you most definitely visit. It's so beautiful

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Byungsuk Choi
Fairfax, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Traditional Christmas celebration"
December 2018
It was Christmas eve when we visited Christmas town. was a bit crowded even at the parking ticket booth, thankfully got free parking ($20 saving). Many great shows to watch and rides for all different age. Highly recommend for family with kids.
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Tip: get there early (half an hour to one hour) before park opens

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Katherine Lawson
Williamsburg, VA
1 Review
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"It’s now a Christmas Eve tradition!"
December 2018
This is our third year celebrating Christmas Eve at Christmas Town! It’s always exciting to walk into Busch Gardens at night decorated with thousands and thousands of lights. And the holiday music and decorations makes it so special. We’ve enjoyed all of the shows and the food is fun and wonderful. Christmas Eve wouldn’t be the same without the excitement of Christmas Town. See you next year!
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Tip: There’s LOTS of walking (wear your Fitbit!) with some gentle uphill areas. And keep an eye on where you are on the map - it’s a very big theme park!

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Jennifer Hodgkinson
Durham, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fabulous Christmas spectacular!!"
December 2018
Busch Gardens' Christmas Time was a sight to behold!! Plan ahead to allow for time to see the shows and sights you really want to see. We purchased quick passes to three shows and the train. It was pricey but worth it to not have to waste the day in long lines.
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Renee Mullins
Mechanicsville , VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Christmas Town - Busch Gardens Williamsburg VA"
December 2018
I was very pleased to find the site. Offered a nice discount and easy purchase. What I really appreciated too was the security in placing my order with my CC. Unfortunately, son got sick after we got there. I’ll def check them out out again. No extra fees either.
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Tip: If you go to Christmas Town, layer up and bring an umbrella just in case to be comfortable.

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Stuart Nelson
Pulaski, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Christmas Town"
December 2018
This was third time I have been to Bush Gardens for Christmas Town. So amazed at how clean they keep the park. The staff are so friendly and helpful. I am going to make it a year event for us.
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Tip: Bring your walking shoes. Over all you will have an amazing time.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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PlumpPetunia
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
"Great Weather = Closed Rides"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2019 NEW
Date of Visit: 5.22.19, Wednesday, Arrival 10:30 AM, Weather 75 degrees Overall Experience: Beautiful weather, awesome wait times, disappointed by ride closures. Traffic: Great - no problems Prices: Standard bottle of water $3.50, Funnel Cake $8.50, Pretzel (bland) - $5.50 Photo Packages: The first time you get a photo, you get a card, then everyone is supposed to load their photos onto one card, instead each place handed us a new card almost automatically. And apparently, they get some sort of credit if you come back to their stand to complete your transaction. It all feels gross. I believe it starts at $10 each for the first two photos and the third and thereafter is an additional $5 each. Tollgate for parking (when slow season): One person at each toll works two lanes of traffic. So the person helps one side then helps the next side. You get a receipt, but nothing to put in your window. You need that receipt to get back into the park so you don't want to put it in your window or it will most likely turn black from the heat. Read that receipt! If it's busy, you don't get back in! Restrooms: Available prior to actually entering the park in the ticketing area. The women's room is oddly nondescript compared to the men's. You could mistake it for a mechanical closet door. Maybe five stalls so the line backs up. If you have to go, go then. The line entering the park moved quickly but was backed up really far. Also, this walk is going to be an incline when you leave the park. Parking: So close everyone parking walked, no trams at the time Entering the actual Park: Confusing. Could use better signage, as in ONE large sign with arrows directing people instead of just labeling the "zones" (A, B, C, D). I may have missed this, but hey, that's the point. Believe there is a zone for buying tickets or picking them up at kiosks; then there is buying them at the entrance; finally, if you have printed tickets from home, you walk down a bit of a way further and line up to present your ticket (Zone D). It is scanned and you walk through a metal detector. If you set it off you are "wanded" and off you go. Pros of early season: - The weather is breezy and not stifling hot (As a native Floridian, I know what a miserable park day is) - The lines are INCREDIBLY short - as in, we rode Le Scoot 3 times without getting off the ride, among a few others. Our longest wait was for the train to ride (15 minutes). Cons of early season: - We were supposed to go the week before and at the last minute, we saw the park was closed mid-week, for the past two weeks... - Closures: concession stands, fair-type games, many storefronts, and at LEAST four major rides (Roman Rapids - really upset about this one, Skyride, Tempesto, and The Flying Machine) Most games seem to start at $5. - Quite a few rides insist on no bags, etc. Understandable, but lockers start at $2 for 2 hours. When it is slow, you don't need this much time. When it is busy, and you go to different areas, these storage fees will add up. - Maybe we are old school, but we did not bring any food or drink into the park, only to find families everywhere with water bottles and snacks and one family even had a block of cheese. Rides: - Sesame Street's water area is better than the one at Land of the Dragons - Escape from Pompeii is an incredibly short ride for what it is and you really don't get all that wet. I would have been disappointed if I waited in line for that anywhere over 10 minutes. - Train ride = views of back alleys. There are no animals, etc. to look at. And frankly, by the time we boarded, we could have walked and saved some time. - Parents are expected to help their kids on and off rides. This is our first theme park for our kid and it all felt awkward. I get that it helps to prevent meltdowns (and lawsuits) but it creates a weird environment. - Courtney running the battering rams could learn the value of silence. While she was trying to engage the riders, it felt more like a cacophony of verbal harassment. Learn to read the crowd. - The trek to the Rhine River Cruise is insanely steep and just as brutal coming back. There are back stairs too, but ya know, be prepared to regret that walk. Here or Florida: Florida Busch Gardens hands down. Now, it's been a long time since we have been there, but as native Floridians, the Florida park just seems to have had more time invested in its production value and the rides seemed longer. And let's not forget that both parks have many of the same main rides with different names. Florida has barely three months of cool weather: January - March. The rest of the year is Summer.
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Kim J
Fremont, North Carolina, United States
"Most Beautiful Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2019 NEW
We really love Busch Gardens and have been many times over the years...on 5/25 though we took 2 of our grand kids, ages 12 and 10...they had a ball enjoyed all the rides that they road...their favorite was the roaring rapids...my favorite and the one ride I could not wait for them to ride was Escape from Pompeii...and wouldn't you know it...it was down all day...they were disappointed cause I had really built it up for them...telling them they would like it the best...I was by far very disappointed!!!...Had I known they had Pompeii closed for the day...we would have planned to go another time...next time i will call to see if Pompeii is up and running...once I saw it was down, I was done...ready to go...
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jennykitts
Virginia Beach, Virginia
"BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMBURN"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
Very family friendly warm atmosphere. loved the rides. have been at Halloween much fun & christmasnis very magical for my grandson loved it
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ashlynmerritt
"My Favorite Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
My family, (my daughter, my mom, my brother and myself) visited Busch Gardens yesterday. It was a Sunday and was pleased that we did not have to wait in any lines to get on the rides. I am a season pass member and my 5 year old daughter is a pre-k pass member. I love that Busch Gardens offers the free Pre-K pass. There are many things for children to do at Busch Gardens. The food and drink choices were fantastic, although I did not particularly enjoy the paper straws. The paper straws were not sturdy and softened and broke off in several of my drinks. It happened to my other family members as well. I was also disappointed to hear that the Dark Castle was closed for good. That was one of my favorites.
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WhoDey777
Raleigh, North Carolina
"Great Place To Spend Family Time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 14, 2019 NEW
I would give the park 4.5 stars if I could. Since half stars aren't available, I averaged up. The reason for the half star deduction would have to do with Finnegan's Flyer. Mechanical issues for new (and some old) rides are bound to happen and cause delays. While in line for this ride this past Friday (5/10), there were two issues that caused significant delays. The second delay occurred after my party boarded the ride, only to be told to move back to the waiting area behind the cage. Without an idea as to how long it would be before the ride would be back online, it would've been nice if the ride attendant had given us a one time quick pass to get back to our same spot in line later in the day. With a 4 year old and 6 year old chomping at the bit while waiting for their dad and older siblings to finish the ride so that we could hit Sesame Street, it was a bit much to ask them wait for an undefined amount of time. Also, the queue right before boarding should be updated to something similar to the Mach Tower. While my group (consisting of mostly kids) was up front and together, we got pushed aside by a group behind us and ended up scattered working our way to the ride. It would be nice if they had some sort of square markings on the ground noting the side/seat number of the ride within the large pen behind the gate. It could be something simple, like spray painted squares with numbers. This would allow for people to have a predetermined place to sit. This past trip was our 4th day at the park this season as my wife and I purchased season passes as Christmas gifts for the kids. We're looking forward to our next visit sometime in June. Overall, my family of 8 enjoyed our time. The blend of rides for the younger and older kids is great. The family atmosphere is outstanding! We can't wait to see if the rumors are true about the new coaster coming in 2020.
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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.