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Have you started the Christmas countdown? King’s Creek sure has. We love getting ready for the peak of the holiday season, when hot chocolate is the drink of choice and everyone is feeling extra grateful for great family and friends.
If you haven’t yet experienced Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, then today is quite possibly your luckiest day—at least when it comes to holiday discoveries.
If you have experienced Christmas Town, then you know it’s the most glowing (literally!), heartwarming, magical Christmas event of the year—anywhere! Over 8 million twinkling Christmas lights on display make this the largest light display in North America, and food, rides, shopping and incredible holiday-themed entertainment make it a sacrosanct Christmas tradition.
Here’s a rundown of what there is to do at Christmas Town at Busch Gardens, which is open from November 25, 2016 – January 2, 2017.
Food and Drink
For the best in holiday-themed dining, pay a visit to the (Busch Garden) world’s most festive restaurants.
DICKENS’ TAVERN (England)
Feast on favorites like fish & chips, double bacon cheeseburgers or a surf & turf burger. Finish it all off with a hand-made dessert!
GROGAN’S GRILL (Ireland)
Want to escape the winter chill? This spot features hot soups and hand-carved turkey sandwiches, all served with a hearty helping of Christmas cheer.
TRAPPERS SMOKEHOUSE (New France)
This dining destination is extra cozy, nestled in New France’s evergreen forest among quaint cabins and rustic antiquities. Sample from hand-carved smoked turkey, ham or brisket dinners—and there are choices for kids, too!
DAS FESTHAUS (Oktoberfest)
At Das Festhaus, they really know how to go all out. Feast your eyes on Christmas garlands, your ears on beloved Christmas carols, and your taste buds on a roasted sirloin sandwich or a traditional turkey dinner.
MARCO POLO’S MARKETPLACE (Italy)
If you love traditional Italian cuisine, then you will love Marco Polo’s Marketplace. This restaurant is styled after an Italian market, with options like pizza cooked in a hearthstone oven and cannolis bursting with sweetness.
DASHER’S DINER (Holiday Hills)
As the name implies, this is where your favorite North Pole locals like to eat. Enjoy hearty options for the whole family, like pizza, pasta and countless tasty buffet items.
Have a shopping list hanging over your head? Why not get some shopping done in Ireland’s Emerald Isle Gifts? Or France’s La Belle Maison? If you have Scottish heritage, then Scotland’s Tweedside Gifts offers a wide array of exquisite leather goods, and England’s Felt and Feather provides customized stockings that display your family heritage. Find handmade glass Jewelry in Italy’s Bella Casa, and authentic beer steins and Bavarian clocks in German Gifts (located in Germany, if you couldn’t guess!).
Attractions + Entertainment
No matter how many times you come back (and you will come back), you’ll never run out of things to do at Christmas Town.
Bring the whole family to the Scottish countryside to see a stable full of beautiful animals, like sheep, border collies and Clydesdales. This is a wonderful hands-on experience with plenty of opportunities for sweet family photos.
Few experiences will envelop you in the Christmas spirit like Polar Pathway, a light show that shimmers and dazzles as it mimics the waterfalls of Pompeii. Be sure to bring your camera!
Just because it’s wintertime doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some truly fantastic rides at Busch Gardens! From kid-friendly train rides to thrilling roller coasters, you have your pick of the best rides any park has to offer.
Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is waiting for you at Holiday Hills, where you can take pictures with Rudolph and his pals, play winter-themed games and try tasty treats like hot cocoa and warm cinnamon buns.
Santa’s Workshop is an absolute must-see for little tykes who want to meet everyone’s favorite Christmas elf. Be sure to bring your wish list when you walk into Santa’s warm, toasty study!
Sesame Street Forest of Fun
If you have a little one who goes gaga for Grover and Elmo, come by to test out the best rides on Sesame Street!
This is a light show you and your little ones will remember forever. Gather ‘round the gorgeous 50-foot tall Christmas tree, grab a warm beverage and enjoy a spectacular multi-colored light show with friends and family.
Christmas isn’t complete without making memories! Be sure to try at least one of these talent-packed Christmas shows.
‘Twas That Night
Every Christmas at Busch Gardens, the Royal Palace Theater transforms to accommodate a full-scale ice show. ‘Twas That Night is a stunning visual re-imagining of the classic poem, A Visit From St. Nicholas. The star of the show is world-champion figure skater Elvis Stojko, who masterfully brings this beautiful Christmas story to life on ice!
This show takes place in Busch Gardens’ Ireland at the Abbey Stone Theatre. Behold this joyous re-telling of the story of the first Christmas and learn what the holiday is really all about!
Deck the Halls
Come on over to the beautifully decorated Das Festhaus to see a live musical tribute to Christmas traditions!
Venture over to Italy’s San Marco Theatre to watch the park’s finest talent sing, dance and celebrate the spirit of Christmas.
Scrooge No More
Who doesn’t love the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge? In Scrooge No more, Scrooge encounters the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, who teach him valuable lessons about family, friends and being together at Christmas.
Are you a local? Then get the Christmas Town Fun Card for unlimited visits to Christmas Town all season long. If you’re from out of town and plan to make a single visit to Williamsburg, then you need the Christmas Town Bounce Ticket, which costs $13 less per ticket and gives you three consecutive days at Christmas Town or Colonial Williamsburg.
Stay at King’s Creek Plantation for next-door access to the excitement, fun and spirit of Christmas!