Christmas Town Returns to Busch Gardens Williamsburg on November 23, 2012

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s holiday celebration “Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration” opens for its fourth season on November 23, 2012.  With 6 million lights (many L.E.D.), 1,500 fresh-cut Christmas trees, 20,000 ornaments, and an appearance by Santa Claus, Busch Gardens Christmas Town makes the “World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park” even more stunning for the holidays.  Continue reading for more details of Busch Gardens Christmas Town including their new “retro” expansion Holiday Hills.  For details on Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, click here.

A 50-foot Christmas tree lights up the Germany section of Christmas Town in Busch Gardens Williamsburg

A 50-foot Christmas tree lights up the Germany section of Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. ©2010 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

From Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Press Release

Williamsburg, VA – The world’s most beautiful theme park is about to transform into one of the largest Christmas events in the country as Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA celebrates its fourth season of Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

This year guests can have themselves a very retro yuletide as the sights, sounds and nostalgic good cheer of a vintage Americana Christmas comes to life.  Holiday Hills welcomes guests to a time gone by when holiday traditions were bold, flashy and warm as apple pie.  Holiday Hills will open in the park’s Festa Italia section.  The new area expands Christmas Town’s footprint and offers guests additional ride and restaurant choices this Christmas season.

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Guests enter Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg where millions of twinkling lights were used to decorate the Christmas-themed event. ©2011 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

With the one million lights added to the park to create the new area, Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration now features more than six million twinkling lights that adorn nearly every building and tree in the 100-acre park.  The light count makes the Williamsburg park one of the country’s largest Christmas light displays.

The entire family will get in the holiday spirit with dazzling shows, Santa’s workshop and gift ideas for holiday shopping.  The parks’ signature 50-foot-tall, animated Christmas tree boasts nearly a quarter-million twinkling lights that dance to a musical score.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration; November 27, 2011. ©2011 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Many of the park’s world class rides and attractions are also open (weather permitting), including the all new Verbolten, an indoor/outdoor, multi-launch roller coaster which debuted this past spring.  The park’s tallest ride, Mäch Tower, will operate in observation mode for Christmas Town so guests can take a leisurely 240-foot ride above the park for a Santa’s eye view of the park.  In observation mode, Mäch Tower will then slowly lower guests back to the ground.

It takes a 70-person team thousands of hours and just over three weeks to install and transform the park to a winter wonderland.  More than 1,500 fresh-cut Christmas trees are placed throughout the park’s pathways and hills, 700 wreaths decorate doors and windows and 20,000 ornaments are carefully placed on trees.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Performers of Deck the Halls sing to the audience at Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. ©2010 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Christmas Town opens November 23, 2012 and will continue on select days, through December 31, 2012.  Click here for more information, including pricing and operating schedule.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.