Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, VA

1 Busch Gardens BlvdWilliamsburg, VA 23187
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Celebrate the magic of the season with Christmas Town at Busch Gardens. This European-themed adventure park in Williamsburg, VA, transforms with over 10 million twinkling lights, captivating shows like Wisemen, and thrilling rides, including the new DarKoaster. From Santa experiences, to festive treats and exclusive shopping, it’s a joyful family tradition!

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Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Williamsburg Travel Experts
  • A Christmas celebration during November and December featuring seasonal shows and over 10 million twinkling lights.
  • Various rides are opening during the event.
  • Experience North America's first all-indoor straddle coaster, the DarKoaster.
  • 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 Santa's Workshop and enjoy the Christmas Town Express.


from Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration
Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™ celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in Williamsburg, Virginia. This seasonal celebration takes place in 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 during the Christmas season.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town returns this season on select dates from November 10 through January 7, 2024. The World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park is once again transformed with over 10 million twinkling lights, one of the largest light displays in North America. Enjoy heart-warming shows like the all-new Wisemen, returning favorites like ‘Twas That Night and for the first time since 2019, Gloria! Discover the reason for the season with Santa’s Workshop, the Christmas Town Express and more classic experiences. Pair thrilling moments with holiday cheer on over 25 rides and coasters, including the all-new DarKoaster™, North America’s first all-indoor straddle coaster. Families can enjoy a hearty meal and a special Christmas story from the big elf himself during Santa’s Fireside Feast, presented by Coca-Cola®. Festive treats, holiday shopping, and special photo opportunities complete this holiday tradition for friends and families.

Parking Fees:
  • $30 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks, recreation vehicles, and campers
  • $40-$50+ - Preferred parking
*Parking fees are 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 10th, 2023 and will continue on select days through Jan 7th, 2024.

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. Many of their rides and kid attractions will be open during this Christmas event.

Do Christmas Town tickets expire?

Yes, Busch Gardens Christmas Town tickets will expire at the end of the season they are purchased in.

Is smoking allowed at Busch Gardens?

Busch Gardens has 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. If your day is impacted by weather, visit Guest Relations before you leave to receive a ticket for a return visit as part of the park’s Weather-or-Not Assurance program. Please be advised that policy enactment is at the discretion of Guest Services. Parking, locker rentals, Quick Queue, All Day Dine, and additional upgrade purchases from initial visit are not included in your return visit. Weather-or-Not Assurance program may only be utilized by guests with a single-day ticket or multi-day ticket. You can also visit Busch Gardens direct website within one week of your visit date to submit a Weather-or-Not Assurance claim. Refunds are not issued for weather.

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. Preferred Parking starts at $40+.

Is Christmas Town at Busch Gardens 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 your visit.