“The world’s most beautiful theme park is transforming into a Christmas wonderland,” said Busch Gardens President Carl Lum. “We’re just about done decorating and can’t wait to host our guests as they make memories that will last a lifetime.”
Starting Nov. 26, park guests will stroll under a canopy of more than two million twinkling lights while the aroma of hearty soups, smoked meats, fresh-baked holiday cookies and the Busch Gardens’ signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate waft through the air.
Christmas Town begins in a bustling English town square complete with carolers straight out of Victorian England and set amid traditional greenery, classic red bows, holiday lights and candles glowing in every shop and restaurant window. England will be a bustling city scene that comes to life with performances throughout the village, featuring strolling Dickens-style carolers and a live show in the Globe Theatre. Visit the Christmas Town Shoppe and The Garden Gate for unique gifts ideas that are great for anyone’s wish list. Enjoy apple cider, coffee and other hot holiday drinks as well as freshly-baked bread or steaming soup in a bread bowl.
Leave the city lights behind with a quiet stroll through the Scottish countryside where horses roam and life slows down enough to contemplate this special time of the year. Experience Scotland under a star-filled wintery sky. Explore Tweedside Gifts for personalized ornaments, glassware and leather goods. Then climb aboard Busch Gardens’ classic steam train and enjoy a journey around Christmas Town. After the ride, warm up with a glass of wassail or share a bag of kettle corn with friends and family.
While in Ireland, gather the family in the Abbey Stone Theatre for Rejoice, a moving performance told through imagery, choral harmonies and a full-live orchestra that will fill the audiences’ hearts with Christmas spirit. The little ones can dine with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Castle O’Sullivan.
France offers new twists on the holiday season with contemporary takes on Christmas traditions. Guests can explore an ice-themed world with dazzling lights, falling snow and an up-close encounter with live penguins at the Royal Palace Theatre. Top off the evening with fresh cookies, brownies or Busch Gardens’ signature Christmas Town sundae at La Grande Glace. And don’t forget to stop in at La Belle Maison to find the hottest surf and skate apparel or The Oyster’s Secret for the perfect fine gold, silver and pearl jewelry.
Stroll through New France where the sights and smells of country Christmas fill the air. New France is transformed to an evergreen forest nestled with cabins and rustic antiquities. The country crossroads come to life with musicians playing music. Guests can become an artist and paint their own pottery or take an antique Christmas photo with friends and family.
Make sure to visit Santa’s workshop at the North Pole to meet St. Nick himself before heading to Oktoberfest to view the park’s iconic Christmas tree. This 50-foot-tall, light-animated tree features computerized lights that dance and change color during evening light shows that will fill everyone with Christmas cheer.
New this year, guests will experience the flair of an Italian Christmas, featuring a golden color scheme, traditional Italian holiday fare and graceful angels. Busch Gardens’ Italy village will leave guests with a feeling of peace on earth.
For more information, including a complete operating schedule, visit www.christmastown.com or call 800-343-7946.