Christmas Town transforms Busch Gardens® Tampa into a holiday wonderland of wintery surprises and all things Christmas for 18 select nights, Nov. 29 through Dec. 23.
Guests will be immersed in special Christmas entertainment, live music, festive treats, holiday shopping and more than a million twinkling lights, filling their senses with seasonal sights, sounds and flavors, and creating a beautiful tradition for Tampa’s families.
Everyone’s favorite attraction, SnowWorld® presented by Coca-Cola®, returns with more snow than ever before!
Christmas Town is a separate-ticketed night event, and families with children ages 3 to 9 will enjoy special $10 advance tickets for their youngest members.
Even Busch Gardens’ most familiar fans will barely recognize the portions of the park that convert to Christmas Town through special entertainment, live music, festive treats, holiday shopping and more than one million twinkling Christmas lights:
NEW! Holiday Hills
Enjoy a trip back in time to celebrate Christmas in the good ‘ole days in Holiday Hills. In this nostalgic town, a live brass band sets the mood for seasonal fun with everyone’s favorite Christmas tunes while Mrs. Claus cooks up delicious holiday fare for the whole family at Mrs. Claus’s Family Feast.
NEW! Christmas Time Terrace
Journey into Jungala to see a nature-inspired Christmas, including a new tree light show in Christmas Time Terrace. A larger-than-life Christmas tree comes alive every fifteen minutes with spectacular dancing lights. The breathtaking light show on this 40-foot tree is the perfect place for this year’s family photo.
NEW! Mistletoe Memories
Sneak a kiss with your sweetheart in the beautiful garden walkway of Mistletoe Memories. Here, romantic flowers and sparkling white twinkle lights fill the trees overhead and set the scene for sweet moments with loved ones and beautiful photos worth cherishing.
As soon as your family enters Christmas Town, the warm colors of Celebration Village will welcome you and the cool lights of Ice Wonder Way will start your night with sparkles and shimmer. On your way to challenge Cheetah Hunt, you’ll see the kind of Christmas found only in nature along Jungle Jubilee. Then, you’ll meet a flock of playful penguins at Penguin Point on your way to see the Jolly Big Man himself in the North Pole.
Your family will marvel at a life-sized representation of the Holy Nativity, made purely of plants at Miracle Way. Little ones will giggle and smile when they meet the characters of Madagascar Live: Operation Christmas Vacation and Elmo’s Christmas Wish.
Then, step into a larger-than-life-sized greeting card to create fun family photos in Jingle Bell Junction before seeing Christmas is in full bloom along Poinsettia Parkway and the thousands of twinkling pink lights in Enchanted Flamingo Valley. It’s night full of Christmastime memories your family will cherish all year long.
From snacks to full holiday meals, feast on all of your family’s holiday favorites at Christmas Town. Savor traditional holiday turkey and mashed potatoes or enjoy hand-carved ham on a warm pretzel bun and turkey potpies. Start a new tradition with tasty treats including peppermint cotton candy, and handmade s’mores and Christmas Town’s signature Elf Munch.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry
Fresh-carved turkey sandwiches, creamy turkey potpies, fresh-from-the-grill burgers and Christmas Town’s holiday harvest salad. Sweeten up your meal with a slice of Busch Gardens’ traditional red velvet cake.
Bring home the gingerbread house of your dreams built by Busch Gardens lead bakers just your family! Stop by Sultan’s Sweets for an assortment of Christmas candies, caramel apples, homemade fudge, fresh-baked cookies and cake. Enjoy them at the event or bring them home to enjoy through the Christmas season. Warm up with a steamy cup of Starbucks coffee and espresso—it’s even better with pumpkin flavor!
Moroccan Delights Ice Cream Parlor
Create your own sundae with a Christmas Town twist.
Crown Colony Restaurant (open select nights)
Join us for a traditional, family-style holiday feast! This is a memorable meal features fresh-roasted turkey, spiral-sliced ham, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, glazed carrots, cornbread muffins, cranberry relish, Christmas Town’s Harvest Salad and warm chocolate bread pudding.
Crown Colony Café
Savor hearty roast beef with mashed potatoes, Christmas Town’s Harvest Salad, creamy turkey potpie and Busch Garden’s fresh-from-the-oven pizzas. Sweeten up your meal with our favorite pumpkin cheesecake or other holiday dessert selections!
Dig into smoked turkey legs with orange cranberry glaze, freshly-prepared funnel cakes with an array of toppings, soft-serve treats and assorted refreshments.
Find delicious chicken strips, hand-battered onion rings, loaded fries, refreshing Safari Freezes and other frosty refreshments.
Feast on a smoked turkey dinner, complete with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce. Dine on our Busch Gardens’ signature barbeque chicken, ribs or brisket. Sweeten your night with a slice of pumpkin cheesecake or freshly-baked bread pudding.
SheiKra Sweet Treats
Snack on your favorite Busch Gardens treats with holiday flair. Enjoy pumpkin funnel cakes, waffle cone sundaes, chicken strips, foot-long hot dogs, fries and refreshments including Christmas Town’s Candy Cane Sprite Delight.
Christmas Time Terrace
Dine on fresh-carved ham served on a pretzel roll, sweet potato tots, fresh-from-the-grill burgers and delicious holiday desserts.
Christmas Town Village
Christmas Town Village Cabins
Visit the cabins at Christmas Town Village. Enjoy sweet and savory delicacies of freshly-baked cookies, creamy hot chocolate, eggnog, turkey legs with a cranberry orange glaze, warm ham served on pretzel bread, mini holiday pies, caramel apples, Christmas Town’s signature Elf Munch, roasted nuts, freshly-made waffles with your choice of toppings, eggnog, flavored coffees and more!
Even Santa’s elves need a little help to get all their shopping in before Christmas morning! Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at our gift shops, Christmas cabins and specialty artisan stations.
Santa’s Christmas Workshop
Find all you want for Christmas by visiting Christmas Town’s main shopping destination with everything from collectables to toys, we have something for everyone on you list.
A souvenir for all! Shop Busch Gardens’ Largest selection of selection of gifts, apparel and toys.
Marrakesh Market: Inspired Threads
Gifts for the Guys! Everything you need to deck the halls of your Man Cave! You can even find something for the ladies in your life.
Looking for something truly unique? You’ll find it here! Xcursions is dedicated to saving the world around us through education and the conservation of our natural resources.
Stop by Caravan Crossings where your family can create a furry holiday friend!
Abby Cadabby’s Treasure Hut
Grant all those Christmas Wishes here! Stop by and find something for children of every age featuring your favorite Sesame Street characters.
Don’t miss your chance to purchase penguin presents for the whole flock!
Find the Puuuurfect gift for the holidays! Even the little ones can get in on the fun and take home their very own Cheetah or White Tiger Holiday plush.
Visit the heart of Christmas Town, where your family can enjoy traveling craftsman as they present their eclectic product and conservation messaging. With gifts ranging from traditional ornaments, recycled art, majestic animal paintings, unique carvings and so much more! Our Cabins are home to everything from personalized ornaments to one-of-a-kind collectables. Well even wrap it for you! Complimentary wrapping is available in the Christmas Town Village!
Join in the fun as you party around the park! Stop by any of our exciting game locations including Timbuktu, Snow World, Gwazi or North Pole to try your luck this holiday season.
Stop by Snow World, Poinsettia Parkway, Santa’s Sleigh or Madagascar: Operation Christmas Vacation to capture the memories! We can even create your Christmas Cards on the spot!
Smile for our professional photographers for the must have picture of the season!
A Very Furry Christmas Character Photo
Capture the moment and celebrate the Season with your favorite Sesame Street Characters