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Your Guide to Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Your Guide to Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Busch Gardens Christmas Town returns November 20, with special open-air modifications that allow for safe celebrations throughout the park. In addition to the usual thrills and animal attractions, parkgoers can enjoy special holiday entertainment, shopping, and treats under brilliant light displays.

Christmas Shopping

Just outside of Christmas Town Village, Xcursions is your one-stop shop for holiday goods. From personalized ornaments and nutcrackers to apparel and other festive items, you can stock up on tons of cool holiday trinkets at this shop. Elsewhere in Busch Gardens you’ll find festive souvenirs at Marrakesh Market, Emporium, and Painted Camel.

Holiday Shows & Decorations

All across the 333-acre park, there are millions of twinkling lights illuminating Busch Gardens Tampa during the holiday season. Outside of Christmas Town Village, other decorated landmarks in the park include princesses in Morocco and the Bird Gardens, and the incredible light tunnel from Congo to Stanleyville. The brilliant displays make for incredible holiday photo opportunities!

Christmas on Ice

For the first time ever, Christmas on Ice will take place outdoors this year. The popular show is taking its gorgeous costumes, holiday tunes, and mesmerizing skating to Festival Field Stage on select dates.

Three Kings Journey

At Dragon Fire Grill, you can stop to hear Three Kings Journey. The musical show is a festive retelling of the wise mens’ journey to Bethlehem.

Elmo’s Christmas Wish

Little ones can learn the true meaning of Christmas at Elmo’s Christmas Wish in Sesame Street Safari of Fun. Elmo, Cookie Monster, Zoe, Rosita, and Grover take the stage in Sunny Day Theater for a sweet holiday show.

Spark the Night Fireworks Show

Holiday nights end with a beautiful fireworks finale over the park. Spark the Night is a display of festive pyrotechnics perfectly in sync with popular Christmas tunes.

Character Experiences

Despite the physical distancing guidelines, there are still a few ways to interact with festive characters this holiday season.

Santa’s Merry Meet and Greet

Jolly elves are on hand to guide guests to a new spacious outdoor spot to meet and greet with Santa Claus. The MVP of Christmas can be found at a festive contact-free photo spot daily starting at 3:00 PM.

Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland

In Pantopia, you can meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Clarice. The duo will be waiting to pose for socially distant photos starting at 3:00 PM daily.

Seasonal Treats

One of the best parts of Busch Gardens Christmas Town is all the delicious holiday treats and festive beverages. Amazing seasonal offerings are available at special dining locations in Christmas Town Village and around the park

Cookies & Cocoa
  • Fresh Baked Deep Dish Cookies: Chocolate, M&M, or Red Velvet
  • Specialty Hot Cocoa: Served in a Souvenir Cup topped with Gingerbread or Caramel and Whipped Cream
  • Spiked Hot Cocoa
Claus’ Baked Goods
  • Festive Mini Donuts: Topped with Raspberry and White Chocolate Sauce and Holiday Sprinkles
  • Brownie S’more: Fresh Baked Brownie topped with Marshmallows, Chocolate Chips, Graham Cracker Crunch, and Caramel Sauce
Jack Frosty Cocktails
  • Frozen Hot Cocoa: Topped with Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream
  • Frozen Cocktails: Frozen Eggnog, Frozen Spiked Granny Apple, and Peanut Butter Whisky S’mores
Holiday Cheer
  • Holiday Brews: Yuengling Flight, Yuengling Hershey Porter
  • Cider & Mulled Wine
  • Red & White Wine
Polar Pavilion
  • Fresh Baked Deep Dish Cookies
  • Specialty Hot Cocoa: Served in a Souvenir Cup with Whipped Cream and your choice of Gingerbread or Caramel
  • Spiked Hot Cocoa: Topped with a Chocolate Drizzle and Mint Sprinkles or Caramel Drizzle with Heath Bar pieces
  • Frozen Jack & Coke
  • Red Santa-Gria
  • White Santa-Gria
  • Popcorn in a Souvenir Bucket
Winter Waffles & Bites
  • Chicken & Waffles: Topped with Apple Butter Spread and Maple Syrup
  • Bison Beef Slider: Loaded with Bacon and Onion Jam, Vintage Cheddar, and Herb Mayo
  • Beer Cheese Soup: Topped with Sour Cream and Pretzel Croutons
  • Holiday Frozen Hot Cocoa: Topped with Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream
Harvest Waffle Wonderland
  • Chicken & Waffles: Topped with Apple Butter Spread and Maple Syrup
  • Harvest Cristo Slider: Brioche Bun with Turkey, Prosciutto, Swiss Cheese, and Cranberry Jam
Frosty Floats
  • Waffle Cone Delight
  • Santa’s Sleigh Gingerbread Shake
  • Holiday Sprinkled Sugar Cookie
Holiday Comforts
  • Loaded Mashed Potato Bowl: Chicken N’ Gravy, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Bacon Crumbles, and Crispy Onions
  • Impossible Chili: Topped with Sour Cream, Cheddar Cheese, Fried Jalapenos, and Micro Greens
  • Chocolate Explosion Brownie Bake: Chocolate Chip-infused Brownie with Cream Cheese Icing Drizzle, Caramel, and Pearl Topping
  • Cinnamon Cranberry Mimosa
Winter Sweets
  • Churro Bites: Baked Churros, Caramel Sauce, and Holiday Sprinkles
  • Mini Apple Tarts: Freshly Baked with Whipped Cream
  • Mini Cherry Tarts: Freshly Baked with Whipped Cream
North Pole Bakery
  • Apple Cobbler Cake Cone: Fresh Baked Cobbler topped with Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream
  • Pumpkin Spice Loaf: Stone Fruit Jam and Whipped Cream
  • Spiced Apple Cinnamon Loaf: Apple Jam and Whipped Cream
Garland Gate Cafe
  • Loaded Mac-N-Cheese: Gemelli Spiral Pasta in a Creamy Cheese Sauce topped with Boujee Bacon and Onion Strings
  • S’mores Flatbread: Apple Butter, Crumbled Graham Cracker, Marshmallows, and Cream Cheese Icing
  • Cinnamon Roll Flatbread: Cream Cheese Icing, chopped Cinnamon Roll Bites, and Fresh Blueberries
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Flatbread: Nutella, Fresh Strawberries, Caramel Drizzle, and Powdered Sugar
Dasher’s Deli
  • Smoked Pulled Pork Slider: Ale-cured Smoked Pulled Pork Slider with Saurkraut and Mustard Sauce
  • Sausage Sliders: Topped with Onion Jam, Vintage Cheddar, and Herb Mayo
  • Chocolate Explosion Brownie Bake: Chocolate Chip-infused Brownie with Cream Cheese Icing Drizzle, Caramel, and Pearl topping
  • Frozen Hot Cocoa: Topped with Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream
Cocoa & Cocktails (Stanleyville)
  • Holiday Brews
  • Fresh Baked Deep Dish Cookie: M&M, Chocolate Chip, and Red Velvet
  • Specialty Hot Cocoa: Served in a Souvenir Cup with choice of Gingerbread or Caramel and Whipped Cream
  • Spiked Hot Cocoa
  • Chocolate Hazelnut: Nutella, Fresh Strawberries, Caramel Drizzle, and Powdered Sugar
Frosty Fare (Cheetah Hunt Plaza)
  • Hot Chicken Slider: Topped with Apricot and Serrano Glaze and served with Pickle Chips
  • Fish & Chips: Crispy breaded Fish Sliders served with Tartar Sauce, Lemon, and Pub Chips
  • Fresh Baked Deep Dish Cookie: M&M, Chocolate Chip, or Red Velvet
  • Specialty Hot Cocoa
  • Spiked Hot Chocolate

Holiday Samplers

Cost: $34.99 for five samples, $49.99 for ten samples

Holiday samplers allow you to try any food or beverage offerings in Christmas Town Village. Five or ten sample lanyards are available for purchase. The holiday samplers are valid for use from November 20 through January 3, so you don’t have to use up all of your samples in one visit!

Ready to explore Busch Gardens Christmas Town? Make your reservations now! For more holiday fun, check out what’s happening at SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration this year.

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