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.

Williamsburg 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
Verified Traveler
"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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mountlombard
Sandown, New Hampshire
"Roller Coasters galore"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
What a great day we had on this Thursday afternoon in mid July! Lines were nothing and we parked very close. It was hot but doable and we loved the coasters. Nice that my kids are tall enough now to ride with me. Good day and even made it back to car before TStorm descended upon us.
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MoFan1
Media, Pennsylvania
"Traffic control and Parking Lot Pedestrian Safety is HORRIBLE!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
This review is specific to arrival and getting to the tram to enter the Park. We were there on Sunday, July 21st. Our group had five families including 10 adults and 4 young children in three cars. The parking lot was a mishmash of cars circling in both directions with vehicles pulling / backing into spots.There was no rhyme or reason or directions from staff on where vehicles could or should park! Some cars opted for closeness, others seeking shade, others cruising for their desired space. There were acres of available parking spaces. Meanwhile families / couples where trying to exit their vehicles, unload a stroller or cooler, organize their passes, etc prior to heading to the park, keeping children out of way of passing / turning cars while this was happening. Then there was the walk to the Tram... more adventure dodging passing traffic, etc. While the Park is nice, going into it can be stressful! If you are reading this review and planning on visiting the Park, particularly with children but no less for yourself, please be careful in parking, and be aware of your safety as a pedestrian!!!
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Givluv97
Houston, Texas
"Tampa Vacay"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
Amazing park, I always wanted to go even as a kid! My husband and I got to be a kid again. Love roller coasters so we rode all of those, lines weren't that bad. What was so cool is the space the animals have! It is so beautiful. My children - teen children had never heard of it - we have gone to Disney but they have never heard of Busch gardens. As a hint they should begin to market again. It's a really great place! This from an Ohio native who has gone to Cedar point more times than I can count! We definitely will go again! We got the all day done deal, totally worth it. (I used employee discount) so we got a good deal on tix and dining!
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justbeachyjenn
"Day trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
Park was very clean, employees were all very pleasant. Really enjoyed utilizing the loadable wrist bands to pay for food/drinks throughout the park, as it allowed the teenagers to head off in their own direction in the park without worrying about them losing cash. If you use cash, you can get any remaining balance back at the end of the day from guest services or just leave it on there and donate it to the care of the animals at the Busch Gardens/Sea World parks. The lockers that you can transfer from area to area are GREAT, so much more convenient than paying each time. But beware, there is an add on for Quick Que one time use for the ride closest to the set of lockers you are using and if you accidentally select it when purchasing your locker it is an extra $10 each. (We thought we were purchasing two lockers but in reality I purchased one locker and two quick que passes for Griffon. They called a guest attendant and he refunded the money but it was a bit annoying. There weren't clear instructions for that part. If you need more than one locker, you have to purchase them separately so they can each be moved around the park.) Definitely a great option though! Food was expensive but that's expected, but the quality of the food was a bit disappointing in Das Festhaus. The souvenir cups were a great idea, day of purchase all refills are free, even if it's a slushie. They simply scan the cup's barcode and you are good to go. It stormed during our visit and the park communication regarding the impending storm and their plan to close the rides was well communicated. Oh and the Pineapple Whip at Roman Frieze was AMAZING! Great visit, can't wait to go back!
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891kristaw
Coal Township, Pennsylvania
"Go somewhere else! "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
I’ve been here numerous times over the years but wow, has this place taken a turn for the worst!! We purchased the “fun card” as we were staying all week and thinking about making another trip towards the end of Summer. Our first ride “Griffon” we were stuck in our seats after the ride. They had already told us to remove our seatbelts but the harness were stuck. There was three young girls working the ride and I am 100% sure between the three of them, not one knew what to do other than read from the manual that there was a delay. At this point I had my children put their seatbelts back on to be on the safe side. A young gentleman finally came and used emergency bars to release the harness. As we were walking out, maintenance finally came. A little scary. Especially since you could tell staff was NOT appropriately trained to handle this situation. If you don’t have a person sitting out of the ride then you must purchase a locker to put your belongings in while you ride. $2.00 per ride or $8.00 per day. THIS is not right. Any other park has coobies to place your items while you ride. Just another way to make money. Hershey, Dorney, Kings Dominion and Knoebels ALL have places to put your things while you ride and do not charge you for doing so. You’re are kind of forced to buy a souvenir cup to drink from all day as it’s too hot to not do so and they know that. $17.00 per cup. You do get free refills that day and I believe .99 there after. Drinks to purchase were close to $5.00 each so this was the cheapest option to keep everyone hydrated. Be prepared for the heat. It’s almost impossible to get cooled off. Germany has a big indoor place to eat which is where we ate. We got sausages and kraut with potatoes. My son also got ribs. Close to $18.00 for that plate. Looking around, it seems the food was very pricey and not feasible to eat in the heat than walk around. Quite a few of the attractions were closed on our visit which is very disappointing. You pay how much money to visit. Everything should be open!!! Come 6:00 lots of places started to close. We couldn’t even get our cup refilled at the one place...now this was like 7:00 and they were closing. I asked for water, well they reluctantly gave us water with no ice. Made my stomach turn. The only options to refill the cup were soda or water. No juice or powerade. In that heat my main worry is dehydration. I would like to see more options other than soda which dehydrates you more. By 8:00-8:30 nearly everything was closed!!!! This is unacceptable!!!!!! Again, they were starting to shut things down at 6pm. The park closed at 9:00. All attractions should remain open until the guests leave the park!!!! I mean, that’s common sense!!! Also I think we met maybe one or two staff that were pleasant. The rest were just outright miserable. Not at all helpful. Also the entire park was absolutely filthy! Our next VA visit we WILL NOT be wasting our time or money here. Kings Dominion is much, much better! The coasters were fun, BUT not worth the rest of the experience and time and money wasted!!
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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.