This year was the very first year my family had the opportunity to experience Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about their Christmas Town for a few years now from friends and family. After finally have experienced Christmas Town at Busch Gardens I can now testify with my own memories and stories how magical this celebration is.
It’s been said I am a hard woman to impress when it comes to many things, hands down Christmas Town at Busch Gardens blew me away. This year is the parks first year of hosting over 8 million lights, it was the perfect way to celebrate my families first visit during this time of the year. I have been to Busch Gardens Williamsburg during the spring and summer since I was a young girl. There is something magical about visiting this park at this time of the year that was simply something you have to see in person.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is known for their many shows they host throughout the park. I have many wonderful memories of the Irish dancers my family used to watch when we ate dinner together in the park. Now that I have my kids when I visit the park I like to take them around and watch the many complimentary shows Busch Gardens hosts. This year they have some wonderful seasonal shows such as a full-scale ice show, ‘Twas That Night. Check out the list below and make sure to plan out your visit to be able to see at least one of them during your visit.
There is never a dull moment in Christmas Town. Catch the dancing light show O’ Tannenbaum located just outside of Das Festhaus®. Snag an awesome photo op with the Red-Nosed Reindeer himself Rudolf in Rudolfs Winter Wonderland. Enjoy the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer like never before as it comes to life in an all-new, immersive movie experience. Take a ride on the train during the day and as the sun sets to have a unique view of the 8 million lights strung throughout the park.
Let’s not forget the big man himself Santa which you can find in his workshop. I hope you were good all year round because this is the chance to tell him what’s on the top of your Christmas Wish List. Although my kids were reluctant to talk to Santa, possibly because they fear they are on his naughty list. I was able to snag a few independent photos of them telling him what their top pick was on their wish list this year.
I loved walking through the park seeing all of the different light displays, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is known for their awesome Water Rides. During the winter they transformed Italy’s Escape from Pompeii® into the Polar Pathways. The smell of Christmas trees coupled with the dazzling light display of Polar Pathway will make you feel as if Christmas is here. Featuring a cascading icy wonderland that shimmers in the moonlight and fun polar bears you can catch a selfie with.
Among the many things to do in the park don’t forget to stop at the Cookies and Cocoa Shop. Dine in on some delicious cookies or take them to go with you as you walk around the park. My kids had a wonderful time sitting in the shop drinking the delicious hot cocoa and feasting on their cookies. Overall my family and I had an amazing time during Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. We are excited to hopefully go back this year again or catch it again next year. I highly recommend you bring your family and snag tons of photos for your potential Christmas Card this year.
Make sure you head to Busch Gardens Williamsburg soon before Christmas Town disappears. Christmas Town in Busch Gardens is open daily except for Christmas Day all the way until New Years. Snag your tickets now and make sure you grab a Meal Ticket for the whole family. Trust me when I say you won’t want to miss their delicious food and drinks.
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Shows
DECK THE HALLS. Venture inside Das Festhaus®, festively decorated with garlands, twinkling lights and other holiday finery, to experience the season’s joy and warmth with Deck the Halls, a live musical tribute to Christmas traditions. Dance and sing along with Frosty the Snowman, animated toy soldiers and the park’s festively attired performers. This special show will be the essence of your Christmas Town experience.
GIFT OF HARMONY ™.Located outside at Il Teatro di San Marco near Marco Polo’s Marketplace.
Traditional and newer holiday favorites come to life at Busch Gardens ® Christmas Town ™ with the stunning and complex vocals in the all-new yuletide show, Gift of Harmony. Grab a hot cocoa and snuggle up with a friend or loved one to experience a breathtaking a cappella performance. The blended voices of this talented ensemble will have guests moving and grooving in their seats in Italy village.
GLORIA!. Ireland’s Abbey Stone Theatre comes alive with the joyous re-telling the story of the first Christmas. Bring the entire family to experience the inspiring music and dance of Gloria! Contemporary and traditional songs, from the park’s finest talent, merge to highlight and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
VIDEO OF LIGHT SHOW
O’ TANNENBAUM. Located outside of Das Festhaus ®
O’ Tannenbaum is Christmas Town’s featured Christmas light show. Gather with friends around our majestic 50-foot Christmas tree; sip a hot cocoa while you enjoy the millions of twinkling Christmas lights dance to music.
SCROOGE NO MORE! ™. Join Scrooge live on stage in this musical at the Globe Theatre as he is swept away by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, who teach him the importance of family and friends being together at Christmas.
‘TWAS THAT NIGHT ™. This holiday season the Royal Palace Theatre’s outdoor stage will transform for a full-scale ice show. ‘Twas That Night re-imagines the magic of Christmas Eve and the classic poem A Visit From St. Nicholas. World-champion figure skater Elvis Stojko brings this beloved Christmas story to life, on ice. 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 ™.