Christmas Town Busch Gardens Tampa | 2022 In-Depth Guide

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November 14, 2022 @ 8:00 am - January 9, 2023 @ 5:00 pm CST

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Follow along as we share everything about Christmas Town Busch Gardens Tampa.

Traditional holiday celebration meets a wild twist at Busch Gardens Christmas Town. With the park’s lavish décor, joyful adventures, and wild animal encounters, even the grinch may find himself enjoying all the merry and bright festivities the park has to offer!

Christmastime in Busch Gardens Tampa, sounds like the best choice, and for a reason! From magical live shows and culinary delights to photo sessions with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, your favorite Safari-themed Park doesn’t take the holiday season lightly.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town Tickets

The Christmas Town tickets Busch Gardens Tampa is included with park admission.

Christmas Town Busch Gardens Tampa Attractions

All-New Light & Projection Show

When it comes to musical light and projection shows, this all-new attraction is the one to beat. Witness the spectacular spellbinding display of colors and special effects, transforming the Serengeti Overlook building.

New! Holiday in the Sky

Catch a dazzling explosion of festive shades as they illuminate the dark sky in a massive fountain and fireworks display. This newest addition will also be synchronized to classic tunes, so you’ll surely be smiling from ear to ear and humming even after the show. The shows are offered every Saturday and on select nights at 9 PM.

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New! Christmas with the Celts

A fantastic performance beaming with spirited and renowned vocalists, dancers, and musicians awaits every guest. The iconic, high-stepping comes to Busch Gardens this season, so get ready for Irish Christmas carols, Irish dance, and meaningful holiday tunes.

Flock to the Stanleyville Theater stage every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from December 16, 2022, through December 25, 2022, for this performance.

New! Land of the Sweets

The sweetest holiday and award-winning tradition can now be enjoyed at Busch Gardens Tampa Christmas Town 2022! Meet the Sugar Plum Princess and join her in a magical adventure filled with Cavalier solder, Sugar Plum ballerina, and more magic.

New! Christmas Tree

Love seeing a well-adorned Christmas tree? Then, a 32-foot-tall Christmas tree encircled by a white winter wonderland will surely take your breath away!

Returning Favorites

Santa’s North Pole Experience

This returning attraction is a fan favorite for a reason! Meet the jolly elves and visit Santa in his workshop before he travels around the world. Bring your camera to document your interaction with the big man in the red.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus

Of course, Mrs. Claus is back for her annual storytelling! After meeting Santa, head to the Coke Canopy near the Christmas Town Village for the touching holiday tales and a festive song.

Close up of a boy and girl hugging Santa with two elves behind them at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: SeaWorld Orlando via Facebook

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Who wouldn’t want to meet the ever-famous Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Engage with Rudolph and his friends and snap that post-worthy photo during your visit.

Christmas on Ice

The longest-running holiday show of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Christmas Town and a high-paced display of world-class ice skating, Christmas on Ice will keep you on the edge of your seat. Reserve your tickets now and have an ICE day with your little ones.

Elmo’s Christmas Wish

Elmo needs your help! Join Rosita, Cookie Monster, Zoe, and Grover in finding Elmo’s holiday wish. This Elmo S Christmas Wish is a wholesome show that will keep you singing and dancing throughout the season. After the production, why not visit the Sesame Street Safari of Fun to make the most of your Sesame street experience.

Three Kings Journey

A riveting, heartwarming production, Three Kings Journey depicts the tale of the Three Wise Men as they travel to Bethlehem. Make your way to the Dragonfire Grill to hear perfect harmony, an incredible set, and intricate costumes.

Holly Jolly Express

Hop aboard! This magical train is back on track, and it’s not leaving without you. While seated, sing along with your favorite songs, and be impressed with the park’s twinkling lights and lavish ornaments. It’s also your chance to travel to Busch Gardens' 65-acre, where you can spot giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and more.

Close up of Elmo dresses at a Nutcracker with a tree covered in lights behind him as part of the Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas, USA

photo credit: SeaWorld San Antonio via Facebook

Busch Gardens Tampa Vacation Package

As always, Tampa Bay is beaming with Yuletide cheer. Book these vacation packages from Tripster whether you want a family-friendly holiday celebration or a just thrilling experience at any of these theme parks:

Christmas trees in the water at SeaWorld Orlando with the theme park in the background

photo credit: SeaWorld Orlando via Facebook

Busch Gardens Christmas Town Date and Details

From November 14, 2022, through January 9, 2023. The Busch Gardens Tampa Christmas Town hours run from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Experience Busch Gardens Tampa Christmas Town

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Busch Gardens Christmas Town Tampa features loads of festive entertainment, animal exhibits, and head-turning attractions that will level up your usual tradition.

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Gather the entire family and dive into the excitement in Tampa Bay. Cozy up with your favorite wildlife, bond with Santa, and watch awe-inspiring performances that complete the celebration. Visits to Busch Gardens also mean savoring the seasonal treats and drinks, including sweet pastries and a 12-item sampler.

Want to know more about the sought-after event from your fellow travelers? You might want to check out Busch Gardens Tampa Christmas Town reviews.


November 14, 2022 @ 8:00 am CST
January 9, 2023 @ 5:00 pm CST
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From live shows to culinary delights to photos with Santa and Rudolph, Busch Gardens Tampa brings the holiday festivities year after year.