Last weekend we braved the cold to attend the seasonal opening of Christmas Town at Busch Gardens. I’ve never been during the Christmas season, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew that the park was completely transformed for Halloween, so I had a feeling Christmas Town was going to be just as amazing.
We were able to watch the first lighting of O Tannenbaum for the season.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit from Santa. He makes special appearances at Santa’s Fireside Feast in Ireland (reservations required) and at Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole (Germany). Make sure you stop by The Globe Theater to watch Scrooge No More! It’s one of several seasonal shows available. Gloria!, Deck The Halls and Miracles have multiple showtimes throughout the afternoon and evening.
Some things to know before you go:
- Many rides are operational, but all water rides and roller coasters (with the exception of Verbolten) are closed for the season. Mach Tower becomes Nacht Tower and provides a panoramic view of the park at a slower speed.
- Many heaters are positioned throughout the park, but things can still get cold! Check the weather and dress appropriately.
- The park doesn’t open until 2pm each weekend. The darker things get, the more beautiful they are so don’t feel like you need to arrive early!
- Get the best views of the lights throughout the park on the Skyride!
- There are many fun and themed games throughout the park. Many have a winner every time, so look for those if you’re visiting with little ones.
- Pick up a refillable mug during your visit and enjoy discounted hot chocolate throughout your visit.
- It’s easier than ever to share your memories with PhotoKey. Look for PhotoKey locations throughout the park.