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 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.


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. 16, 2019 - Jan 6th, 2020.

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.

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™.

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

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Shirley Kirkland-Streets
Arlington, VA
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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

When does Christmas Town at Busch Gardens begin?

Mark your calendars. Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration returns on November 16th and will continue on select days through Jan 5th, 2020.

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 5th, 2020. ALL SALES ARE FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR CANCELATIONS ARE ALLOWED.

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.