It’s the most wonderful time of year at Busch Gardens Williamsburg; Christmas Town has begun. Every year I look forward to strolling through the park and taking in all 8 million twinkling lights. If you have ever been to the park during the regular operating season, visiting during Christmas Town is a different experience altogether. The park is transformed into a magical winter wonderland with amazing shows, shopping, food & drinks – and of course – lights. No matter how many times I go, there is always excitement to visit the park again on opening night. Christmas Town is quickly becoming my favorite time of year to visit the park. As I have stated in a previous review, Christmas Town forces you to slow down and take in all of the beauty of the park and what it has to offer.
Friday night, the Thrill Chasers and their families were treated to a wonderful buffet dinner in The Black Forest, complete with all of the holiday fixings. Turkey, ham,mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, desserts and hot chocolate, just to name a few. The food was good and offered a great variety for all ages (chicken nuggets for the kids, which my two said were great). It was a great way to enjoy a family meal and fuel up before we hit the town for some excitement and fun. You too can partake in eating a meal with your family in the decorated heated pavilion among the sparkling shrubs. Christmas Ages 10+ are $15.00 and Ages 3-9 are $8.00. Visit here to purchase. (Pass members receive a discount by booking through pass member website, www.bgwpass.com).
O’Tannebaum is always a must for me at every Christmas Town visit. Staring up at the giant 50-foot tree as the lights dance in sync with the music really puts me in the holiday spirit. It’s a beautiful sight to see and so much fun. It’s also a great photo and video opp (as is the majority of the event!) Christmas Town is a great backdrop for a family Christmas card!
I’ve been looking forward to seeing this show since it was first announced months ago. I knew seeing it was at the top of my list and I planned the rest of the night around it. We were able to see the first showing and got great seats. I have to say the show went above and beyond my expectations. The show was beautifully produced and well-put together; it was captivating from beginning to end. The ice skaters were fantastic, right on down to the children. The show was well cast and the costumes were beautiful. I felt like I was watching a storybook come to life. One of my favorite things about Christmas is that it brings out the kid in all of us, and allows us to relive the youthful and child-like excitement and wonderment that may be lost as we get older. That is exactly how I felt while watching the performances. Elvis was amazing and a joy to watch. From the music, to the set and costume changes and even some pyrotechnics and other surprises, you will definitely not be disappointed with this show. The production is right up there with some of the other major theme parks I have been to with amazing shows. Well, done Busch Gardens! This is an absolute must see and the kids will love it. I recommend getting reserved seating to get a great seat and a view of all of the action up close and personal. Different packages are available, visit here to purchase and for more info. If you opt not to purchase reserved, arrive early to get the best seating! Be prepared to possibly wait in line.
Although it was not a new show, it was my first time seeing it. A great take on the classic A Christmas Carol, Scrooge No More was another excellent production from beginning to end. It has to be good for my 11- and 12- year old to say to me separately that it was really good and that they enjoyed it. (They are at an age where no much impresses them any more. :-/) The set was great and I loved how they made use of the space and the stage with the mapping technology. Another show where your eyes will be glued to the stage for the duration of the show. It was a wonderful surprise to see the the use of aerial harnesses and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come was awesome. Another must see from me!
How To Enjoy Christmas Town
I didn’t get to see and do everything I wanted to, as I always want to take in as much as possible. It can be overwhelming to decide exactly what to do and when to do it. Plan before getting to the park by visiting the Christmas Town website or grab a park map or make use of the Busch Gardens mobile app once you arrive. Decide what is most important to see/do and go from there. Continue to plan and tailor your trip around that. This year, the park has graciously given an amazing guide to use to help make your trip a memorable one. Whether you want to make it special for your kids, a date night or see the best of everything, head to Christmas Town Unwrapped to get a head start on planning your fun.
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Christmas Town Giveaway
We want to help our readers enjoy a night on the town at Christmas Town! Enter to win 2 free tickets to visit Christmas Town during a Twinkle Day, along with 2 free Christmas Town souvenir hot beverage mugs (Allows for unlimited $1.29 refills) and a Christmas Town fleece scarf. Enter to win using one of the entry methods below. A random winner will be chosen from all qualified entries.
*Tickets only good on the following dates: December 11, 14,15, 16, 17, 21, 24, 30, 31 | January 1, 3
*Parking not included
**Must be a Hampton Roads resident