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Christmas Town Transforms Busch Gardens this Holiday Season

Busch Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland during Christmas Town in Tampa. The spirit of Christmas and safari-themed attractions combine to create a nighttime event full of seasonal sights, sounds and delicious holiday treats. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa is scheduled for select nights November 17th through December 31, 2018.

A little boy in a blue shirt looks up at Mrs. Claus, a snowman, and Christmas elves
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Experience the Merry Magic of Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa

Even Busch Gardens’ most familiar fans will barely recognize the portions of the park that convert to Christmas Town through millions of twinkling Christmas lights that blanket every inch of the park.

Stroll through Christmas Village where you’ll find everything from festive dining to handmade holiday gifts. Featured merchants for 2018 include:

  • The Busted Hourglass – Jewelry & Accessories
  • Delightfully Delicious Candles – Scented Candles
  • Tres Susprios Chocolates – Master Chocolatier
  • Ann Dalton – Animal Portraits

Sing along to the Christmas carols filling the air while you ride the Jingle Bell Express Train Ride, too!

While visiting Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa, make sure to visit these destinations throughout the park for dazzling light displays:

Congo-Stanleyville Walkway
This light tunnel connecting the Stanleyville and Congo areas of the park is the perfect family photo opportunity!

Stanleyville
You’ll warm right up and into the Christmas spirit once you see these holiday lights!

Morocco
Brilliant blue and white lights blanket the Moroccan Palace and area, while a live angel sculpture welcomes guests. You’ll also find the Christmas on Ice show here.

Cheetah Walkway and Plaza
Get ready to pick your jaw up off the floor! You’ll find gigantic nutcrackers, animal patterns, and exotic decorations here. Stop by the Serengeti Overlook Restaurant and Pub which offers special holiday fare and the Carol of the Bells light show.

Flamingo Way
Pink palm trees. Enough said!

Bird Gardens
Light displays featuring red poinsettias dazzle guests this holiday season.

A family looks at the blue and white holiday decor at Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Tampa, Florida
Bring the entire family to experience Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay!

Attractions at Christmas Town

Attractions during Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa are perfect for creating cherished holiday memories. Climb aboard theJingle Bell Express Train Ride for a traditional Christmas sing-a-long. Then, join Mrs. Claus for a family feast and holiday stories.

Don’t forget to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s House, where you can tell Santa what’s on your wish list and get a great souvenir photo.

Returning for the 2018 season is Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland. The location in Pantopia encourages guests to play holiday games and indulge in Yuletide treats while scenes of the beloved story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer come to life. You can even take your photo with Rudolph!

Three of Busch Gardens’ best coasters are open during Christmas Town in Tampa. You can ride Cheetah Hunt, Gwazi and Sheikra (and all of your favorite Busch Gardens attractions) and see the holiday lights in a whole new way as you loop, drop and twist on these thrilling rides. Plus, do you dare conquer Cobra’s Curse®? Riding this family spin coaster under a blanket of sparkling Christmas lights is a guaranteed memory maker!

Two performers dressed in white dance on a blue stage at Busch Gardens Christmas Town
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Christmas Town Shows

The things to do at Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa don’t end there. Shows during the event features family-friendly entertainment full of Christmas cheer. Christmas on Ice features world-class ice skaters, while you can watch thousands of lights dance during the Carol of the Bells show. Kids will love Elmo’s Christmas Wish. Plus, watch the Kings Journey Show where magical voices in perfect harmony tell the famed story of the journey to Bethlehem.

Santa Claus sits in a gold throne next to Mrs. Claus in a room filled with red, white, and gold holiday decor and a Christmas tree.
Make sure you get a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Get Your Tickets to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa is included in the price of Busch Gardens tickets. Guests can experience all the safari-themed park has to offer during the day, then extend their visit until 8:00 pm or 9:00 pm to add festive Christmas Town activities to their visit. All of the Christmas Town experiences are also available during the day, too, allowing everyone to get their fill of festive fun!


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