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The holiday season is here, which means it’s time to explore where Christmas shines brightest. The world’s most beautiful theme park, Busch Gardens, is transformed with over ten million twinkling lights. Located just 5 miles from King’s Creek, this is one of the largest holiday displays in North America, and is one of our favorite traditions you don’t want to miss. With magnificent illuminations, heart-warming shows, family activities and thrilling rides, you’re sure to find holiday magic in Christmas Town!
Shows & Entertainment
Dance and sing along to holiday classics with Christmas Town’s festive entertainment. Immerse yourself in the marvels of Christmas with family-friendly live performances, including shows like Up on the Haustop, Unto Us, Celtic Fyre®: A Christmas Celebration, O’ Tannenbaum, Scrooge No More, ‘Twas That Night, Elmo’s Christmas Wish and Village Entertainment.
Learn more about these glee-filling, merry-making presentations here.
You’re sure to find holiday magic when you go to visit Santa himself! He’s been making his list, and checking it twice… Santa Claus and his elves have been hard at work in his workshop and they can’t wait to see you! You and your family can visit the North Pole (in Wilkommenhaus) and tell him your Christmas wishes.
Santa’s Fireside Feast
Come dine with Santa at the Fireside Feast (sponsored by Coca-Cola). Gather around the Castle O’Sullivan and listen in as Santa recounts a classic Christmas story. The most wonderful time of the year feels even more full when you share in the all-you-can-eat experience with the elves and Mrs. Claus.
Menu includes: Carved turkey with gravy, chicken alfredo, carved ham with a brown sugar glaze, Trapper’s Smokehouse Chili, cornbread stuffing, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans with garlic, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, tossed salad, dinner rolls, Coca-Cola beverages and assorted desserts.
Bring cheer to your hearts and your tastebuds, learn more and purchase tickets here.
Rides & Coasters
Thrill seekers: the adventure still awaits. Several of the park rides and attractions are still open during Christmas Town, including coasters, family-friendly rides, and Sesame Street Forest of Fun.
Please note: Pantheon, Finnegan’s Flyer, InvadR, Verbolten, Apollo’s Chariot and Mach Tower will be closed on evenings with temperatures below 40°F. Stay up to date with the latest news and updates on Facebook and Twitter.
Holiday Dining & Shopping
Busch Gardens is jam-packed with decadent holiday dining options, so that you can enjoy the sights, sounds and, of course, flavors of the season! Sip on some signature hot chocolate and enjoy culinary delights like hand-carved turkey, heart soups and homemade desserts.
Restaurants include Das Festhaus, Trapper’s Smokehouse, Squire’s Grille, and of course dining with Santa at the Fireside Feast. Try festive beverages at the North Pole Nightcap, Cobblestone Ale & Spirits, Grogan’s Pub, Brauhaus and German Pretzels & Beer. Finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with some holiday treats from places like M. Sweets Confectionary, Three Rivers Snacks, and Cocoa Cafe.
You can also explore some awesome holiday shopping! Find stocking stuffers, and personal finds to help you prepare for the season of giving. Stop by the Mistletoe Marketplace of one-of-a-kind handmade gifts from local craft vendors. Other shops include the Christmas Town Shoppe Emporium, La Belle Maison, Acadia Traders, Der Marktplatz, Abby Cadabby’s Treasure Trove, Toys O’ the Leprechaun, Caribou Pottery, German Gifts, Ornament World, Emerald Isle Gifts, Trapper Dave’s General Store, Rudolph Shop and Bella Casa.
For more information about Christmas Town restaurants + shops and where to find them, visit here.
NEW! Holiday Scavenger Hunt
Families are invited to participate in an all-new holiday scavenger hunt. Celebrate traditions from all around the world, including Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. Pick up a clue sheet in England to help guide your journey, identifying holiday symbols throughout the park. Redeem a sweet treat at the Emporium once the hunt is complete!