About Christmas Town

There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than a visit to Busch Gardens ® Christmas Town ™. Featuring the biggest holiday light display in North America, with over eight million twinkling lights, two new KIDsiderate ® areas and a bigger assortment of thrill rides, festive entertainment and dining experiences, there’s so much more to do and see at Christmas Town than ever before. Christmas Town starts Friday, November 25, and will be open on select days through Monday, January 2, 2017.

Joining Christmas Town this year is the lovable Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Guests can relive the classic television special and have their pictures taken with the iconic reindeer and friends Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Bumble at Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland in Holiday Hills ™. For the first time, Sesame Street ® Forest of Fun  is all decked out for the holidays and open during Christmas Town. Young fans can meet their favorite Sesame Street characters, including Abby Cadabby, Elmo and Cookie Monster, and capture a special holiday photo. Families can ride Grover’s Alpine Express and do some Christmas shopping at Abby Cadabby’s Treasure Trove.

A visit to Christmas Town is not complete without a trip to Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole, where children can sit on Santa’s lap and pose for a classic Christmas photo that will forever capture the moment’s joy and wonder. This year Christmas Town also expands its ride lineup. For the first time, Busch Gardens will offer two of its major roller coasters – Verbolten ® and now Tempesto ® – during the event, along with more than 20 other rides throughout the park. Guests can stop by one of Busch Gardens’ six spectacular shows, such as ’Twas That Night , an ice show featuring world champion skater Elvis Stojko, or Gloria!, a joyous re-telling of the story of the first Christmas. Seasonal food offerings include an all-you-can-eat Christmas buffet at Dasher’s Diner ™ in Holiday Hills, and the new Marco Polo’s Marketplace will make its Christmas Town debut, serving up culinary favorites from Italy, Asia and the Mediterranean.