Christmas Town Shines Brightly at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

November 25, 2016 through January 2, 2017 is the most wonderful time of the year at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. That’s when 8 million lights sparkle and twinkle throughout Christmas Town,™ setting the park aglow with one of the most spectacular holiday displays in North America. Enjoy the spirit of the season with festive entertainment, food and drink, holiday shopping, and amazing rides, too!

Visit Santa Claus in the North Pole

Whether you know him as St. Nick, Kris Kringle, Jolly Old Elf or just Santa, this beloved holiday figure is one of the biggest and brightest stars of Christmas—and Christmas Town. Be on the lookout for Santa throughout the park. From retro advertising and statues of the man in the big red suit to a fireside feast, there are many opportunities to spend the holidays with Santa.

Christmas Town Father Christmas Bluegreen

Everyone at Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole is busy getting ready for the big journey on Christmas Eve. Luckily, Santa and Mrs. Claus will always make time to meet good boys and girls (even the naughty ones). If you’re planning a Christmas vacation to Williamsburg, you’ll find him in his study, located between two reindeer stables. Peek in through the snow-glazed windows to see Santa posing for pictures with children. Step through the front door where you’ll be greeted by elves. Be sure your kids have their list ready so they can tell the man in the big red suit exactly what they want for Christmas.

Of course, Christmas isn’t just about Santa Claus. You can also encounter the animals living in Highland Stables along the Scottish countryside during your visit to Christmas Town. The rustic setting and smell of fresh hay just might have you thinking about dashing through the snow in a sleigh. This experience gives your kids an opportunity to see blackface sheep, Border collies and Clydesdales.

Christmas Town Sleigh Ride Horses Bluegreen

Stroll along the Polar Pathway and surround yourself with enchanting views of Italy’s Escape from Pompeii.® The waterfalls of this ride have turned icy under cool blue lights and the smell of fresh pine in the air will make you feel all warm inside.

You’re definitely invited to take part in reindeer games at Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland. Try your luck at Bumble’s™ Snowball Toss, then pose for some pictures with Rudolph, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and even the loveable bouncing Bumble. Top off your experience with a mug of hot cocoa and a cinnamon bun at Cocoa Café®—it’s a great way to warm you up and be prepared just in case anyone asks you to help them guide their sleigh.

If your family is looking for amusement park entertainment, Sesame Street Forest of Fun has rides perfectly suited for the little ones. Grover’s Alpine Express introduces kids to the thrills of roller coasters. Prince Elmo’s Spire takes little helpers and big kids up a tower for views similar to what Santa might see as he flies through the nighttime sky. For bigger thrills with lots of chills, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is pleased to announce that Verbolten® and Tempesto®—two of the parks most awesome coasters—will be open during the event.

Holiday Shows

Enjoy a heartwarming selection of family-friendly entertainment.

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Deck the Halls

Christmas traditions come to life at Das Festhaus® in the German village. This holiday musical extravaganza features dancing and singing with Frosty the Snowman, decorations, animated soldiers as well as talented Christmas Town performers dressed in festive costumes.


Celebrate the wondrous events of the very first Christmas inside Ireland’s Abbey Stone Theatre. This inspirational story is retold through contemporary and traditional songs by some of the park’s most talented cast members. It’s a joyous presentation your entire family will cherish.


The spirit of Christmas is alive and well inside Italy’s Il Teatro di San Marco Theatre. Witness ordinary miracles turn into something extraordinary during an uplifting show that will brighten your spirit. Live vocalists and action-packed dance movements will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.

O’ Tannenbaum

The focal point of Christmas Town is an astonishing 50-foot Christmas tree. Decorated with dazzling strands of light, this awe-inspiring spectacle is a great place to gather with loved ones to be of good cheer and celebrate the season. Sip a mug of the park’s famous peppermint fudge hot chocolate as you listen to holiday music.

Scrooge No More™

The stage of the Globe Theatre is transformed into the streets of London, England during performances of A Christmas Carol—the classic novel by Charles Dickens.

Watch as three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that shows him the importance of being with family and friends at Christmas.

’Twas that Night™

Bundle up for excitement as the Royal Palace Theatre turns into an ice rink for an epic performance based on the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas. Starring world-class skater Elvis Stojko, this famous Christmas Eve story is brought to life through music and visuals to wish everyone a very, merry Christmas.

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, you can still enjoy a getaway to Williamsburg, Virginia this holiday season with a vacation package from Bluegreen Vacations.