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Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa

While the holidays are magical at Walt Disney World, the other local Theme Parks go all out as well. We’ve already shared with you about Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Christmas Celebration. Another classic holiday event takes place about an hour outside of Walt Disney World. We’re talking about Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa.

Christmas Town takes place nightly from November 12 through January 2. Some evenings the Park will close at 8:00, so you will want to check the hours before you head that way so that you don’t miss all the fun. There are millions of lights, and each area of the Park is decked out in a different theme. The results are amazing and beautiful.

One of the highlights of Christmas Town is taking a ride on the Holly Jolly Express. The Serengeti Express train turns into a holiday-themed journey, with seasonal music playing throughout the trip. Guests are encouraged to sing along.

The shows Christmas on Ice, Three Kings Journey, and Elmo’s Christmas Wish all return this year. New this season is Storytime With Mrs. Claus. A new Holiday in the Sky Fireworks Show will also take place on select evenings.

Of course Santa will again be part of Christmas Town. This year he’ll be found at the all new Santa’s North Pole Experience Presented by Coca-Cola. Rudolph will be making friends in Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift or want to satisfy your sweet tooth, you’ll want to visit Christmas Town Village. There are booths selling crafts and also holiday goodies. It’s a beautiful area that you’ll want to walk through even if you aren’t looking to buy something.

Admission to Christmas Town is included with your Busch Gardens ticket. There are often deals online, so you might want to buy your ticket in advance. If you’re an Annual Passholder, there is a Preview Weekend November 6 and 7. Reservations are not required to visit Busch Gardens Tampa.

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.