Holiday Recipes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as families and friends come together to celebrate the holidays. We love that so many of our guests make Christmas Town ™ an annual tradition, so we want to send you home with a few of our own traditions. As you are walking the park exploring more than 8 million lights, we’re sure you have smelled the lingering aromas from our Signature Peppermint Fudge hot cocoa. Sure to warm you up on a wintery day in Williamsburg, this cocoa is something we look forward to year after year. While our culinary elves weren’t willing to divulge Mrs. Claus’ secret cocoa recipe, they did fill us in on a few insider concoctions. Whether peanut butter and chocolate is your dream mixture, or you are a fan of the more traditional peppermint recipe, here are some drink ideas to jazz up your hot chocolate this holiday season.

Four Ways To Brighten Up Your Hot Cocoa

Our signature peppermint hot chocolate at Busch Gardens® Christmas Town in Williamsburg, VA

Signature Peppermint Fudge Hot Chocolate

  Christmas Town’s secret hot cocoa recipe

  A few marshmallows

  Dollop of whipped cream

  Garnish with crushed peppermint and peppermint stick

Our peanut butter cup hot cocoa

Peanut Butter Cup

  Christmas Town’s secret hot cocoa recipe

  Spoonful of chocolate sauce

  Spoonful of peanut butter

  Dollop of whipped cream

  Garnish with peanut butter cups


Our caramel hot scotch hot cocoa

Hot Scotch

  Christmas Town’s secret hot cocoa recipe

  Spoonful of caramel sauce

  Spoonful of butterscotch chips

  Dollop of whipped cream

  Garnish with butterscotch chips and cinnamon sugar

Our double chocolate hot cocoa

Upside Down Double Choc-A-LOT

  Spoonful of chocolate sauce

  Spoonful of white chocolate sauce

  A few marshmallows

  Christmas Town’s secret hot cocoa recipe

  Garnish with candy cane


A perfect complement to a hot cup of cocoa, Chef Justin shared with us his recipe for homemade snickerdoodles. These buttery soft cookies are sprinkled with cinnamon and are the perfect treat to dip in your Caramel Hot Scotch beverage. Wondering where you can find these cookies in the park? Our signature s’mores served in England use these snickerdoodle cookies as a base instead of the traditional graham crackers.


3 sticks (12oz)   Unsalted Butter (at room temperature)

2 1/2 cups   Sugar

2 teaspoons   Vanilla Extract

3 whole   Large Eggs


4 1/2 cups   All-Purpose Flour

2 teaspoons   Salt

1 Tablespoon   Baking Powder

½ cup   Sugar

1 Tablespoon   Cinnamon



Preheat oven to 400° F. In a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to mix softened butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl to combine the ingredients thoroughly. Next, add the vanilla and one of the eggs and mix on low speed. Add in the other two eggs, continuously mixing on low speed in between. Scrape the bowl once more to incorporate everything. Add the flour, salt and baking powder and mix until smooth.

Combine the sugar and cinnamon and set aside in a small bowl. Spoon the cookie dough and flatten a bit between your hands. Roll in the cinnamon sugar and place evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.