Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, VA

1 Busch Gardens BlvdWilliamsburg, VA 23187
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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.

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Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Williamsburg Travel Experts
  • A Christmas celebration during the months of November and December.
  • Features seasonal shows and over 10 million twinkling lights.
  • 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.


from Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration
Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™ celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in Williamsburg, Virginia. The seasonal celebration is an action-packed European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology, boasting more than 10 million twinkling lights. Thrilling rides, festive treats and holiday shopping complete the experience with spirited fun for the whole family for the Christmas season.

Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™ returns on select dates from November 11 through January 8, 2023. The World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park will once again be transformed by the season with over 10 million twinkling lights, one of the largest light displays in North America. Enjoy heart-warming holiday shows and classics such as Santa’s Workshop, the Christmas Town Express and ‘Twas that Night ice skating show. Over 20 rides and coasters including NEW Pantheon™, the world’s fastest multi-launch coaster, pair thrilling moments with holiday cheer. Families can enjoy a hearty meal and a special Christmas story from the big elf himself during NEW Santa’s Fireside Feast presented by Coca-Cola®. Festive treats, holiday shopping and special photo opportunities complete this holiday tradition for friends and families. Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens Christmas Town.

Parking Fees:
  • $30 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks, recreation vehicles and campers
  • $40 - VIP parking
*Parking fees subject to change. Tour buses may park for free.

Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration Reviews

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Shirley Kirkland-Streets
Arlington, VA
1 Review
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"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
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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
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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
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"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
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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
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"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
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"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
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"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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Frequently Asked Questions about Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration

Where is Busch Gardens Williamsburg located?

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is located at 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard, Williamsburg, VA 23185, near the intersection of Interstate 64 and Highway 60. Richmond (RIC), Norfolk (ORF) and Newport News-Williamsburg (PHF) International Airports are all within 45 minutes of the park.

When does Christmas Town at Busch Gardens begin?

Mark your calendars. Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration returns on November 11th and will continue on select days through Jan 8th, 2023.

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 over 10 million twinkling lights, one of the largest light displays in North America. Christmas Town™ classics such as Santa’s Workshop, the Christmas Town Express and special entertainment brings the holiday spirit to life. Only a few select rides will be open during the Christmas event.

Do Christmas Town tickets expire?

Yes, Christmas Town tickets purchased this season will expire on January 8th, 2023.

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. If your day is impacted by weather, visit the Welcome Center before you leave to receive a ticket for your second/return visit. Please be advised that policy enactment is at the discretion of Guest Services.

Are coolers or picnic baskets allowed inside Busch Gardens?

No outside food, beverages, or coolers are allowed to be brought into Busch Garden Williamsburg, except you may bring a bottle of water or a refillable water bottle. Exceptions may be made for Guests with special dietary needs, including food allergies and baby food/formula. Guest should contact Park Security or Guest Relations when they arrive at the Park for approval to bring in special dietary foods.

How much is Busch Gardens Williamsburg parking?

General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks or campers is $30. Multi-Day Parking starts at $55 and may be used at Water Country USA. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Is Christmas Town all day?

Christmas Town opens each day at either 12pm, 2pm or 4pm. Closing time is at 9pm or 10pm. Be sure to check the operating schedule for specific dates and times for the date of our visit.