Starting November 17, Christmas Town takes over Busch Gardens Tampa in a festive celebration of the holiday season through December 31. Illuminated by twinkling lights, Christmas Town has plenty of seasonal fun for everyone from shopping and entertainment to hanging with Rudolph and stopping by Santa’s House for a visit.
While exploring Christmas Town you can marvel at impressive model trains, stroll through holiday cabins, enjoy the sounds of yuletide carols, and hop aboard the Jingle Bell Express Train Ride.
In addition to festive foods, decorations and characters, Busch Gardens Tampa is unveiling a whole new lineup of holiday entertainment on stages throughout the park.
Christmas on Ice, presented by the creators of Turn It Up!, features world class ice skaters bringing the magic of Christmas to life on stage (and ice) at the Moroccan Palace Theater. At Sesame Street Safari of Fun, little ones can learn the true meaning of Christmas with the help of Elmo, Cookie Monster, Zoe, Rosita, and Grover during Elmo’s Christmas Wish.
In the Stanleyville Theater, you can enjoy the sounds of a contemporary gospel celebration called Christmas From the Heart. Other musical performances include Three Kings Journey, a harmonious retelling of the wise mens’ journey to Bethlehem in the Bird Gardens, and Carol of the Bells, featuring thousands of Christmas lights sparkling in perfect synchronization to familiar holiday songs outside of the Serengeti Overlook Restaurant. The Christmas Town Band will also entertain parkgoers with live performances of classic Christmas tunes with a jazz twist from the Zagora Patio.
From 10 AM to 3 PM guests can have Brunch With Santa at Serengeti Overlook Restaurant, which offers a delicious buffet and photo opportunity with Christmas Town’s biggest star himself. If you’re over 21, you can upgrade your dining experience with endless mimosas or a bloody mary bar.The brunch buffet options include:
- Spanish Salad with Roasted Pear, White Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Pumpkin Seeds
- Butternut Bisque with Cinnamon Cream
- Caesar Salad
- Fried Chicken and Waffles with Apple Butter and Maple Syrup
- Vegetable Frittata with Grilled Asparagus and Romenesco Sauce
- Beef Shashuka
- Shrimp and Grits
- French Toast Stickers with Maple Syrup and Fresh Fruit
- Scrambled Eggs and Bacon with Buttered Toast
- Belgian Style Waffle with Fresh Fruit and Whipped Cream
- Carrot Cake
- Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce
- Sweet Potato Pie Jar with Toasted Praline Topping
Meet & Greets
Rudolph and his friends are back for meet and greets in Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland, and Sam the Snowman is joining the crew this year! Rudolph, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, Bumble, and Sam the Snowman will all be available to pose for photos at select times throughout the day.
At Santa’s House (presented by Coca Cola) you can head inside the Claus family’s home at the North Pole, get a sneak peek at the elves hard at work, and pose for photos with Santa while he takes a break in his study. Santa’s house opens at 3:00 PM daily.
There are a few upgrade options available to make your Christmas Town experience even more magical. With Front-of-the-Line Access, groups of up to five people can have priority access to meet and greets at Santa’s House and in Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland one time each.
- 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Priority Access: $19.99 per person
- After 5:00 PM Priority Access: $24.99 per person
For a VIP tour of Christmas Town, choose from one of two different Guided Holiday Tours. The VIP Guided Tour is a four hour journey through Christmas Town including priority access to meet and greets in Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland and at Santa’s House, an exclusive penguin keeper talk at the Animal Care Center, a special viewing of Carol of the Bells at Serengeti Overlook Restaurant, and dinner during the “Christmas Is…” show at Dragon Fire Grill. The dinner includes one entree platter, one side item or dessert, and one drink. On your VIP Guided Tour, you may be in a group of up to 15 people.
Cost: $89 per person
The Santa Select Private Guided Tour is a private 5 hour tour of Christmas Town, with priority meet andgreet access at both locations, an exclusive penguin keeper talk at the Animal Care Center, dinner during the “Christmas Is…” show at Dragon Fire Grill, and reserved seats at Christmas on Ice in the Moroccan Palace Theater. You must be in a group of at least two people in order to reserve this private tour.
Cost: $189 per person