Every year Busch Gardens Williamsburg redecorates their park for Christmas, opens some of their rides with Christmas theme, puts on Christmas shows and serves up Christmas treats in a spectacle known as Christmas Town. This year’s Christmas Town added a an ice show, ‘Twas That Night featuring Olympic medalist, figure skater Elvis Stojko.
I love Christmas and I love visiting theme parks so I was really excited that we had a chance to attend Christmas Town at Busch Gardens. There are so many things that I loved: the shop with Capodimonte, the atmospheric music played throughout the parks (especially familiar carols in foreign languages) and all the gorgeous decorations. It’s really hard to pick favorites, but if I had to pick my five absolute favorite things about Christmas Town at Busch Gardens, here they are!
- Holiday Hills– I love anything retro and the adorable decorations in Holiday Hills were totally my style. They had vintage Coca-Cola stuff, the old Christmas light bulbs and so many cute things displayed that I couldn’t stop snapping pictures.
- Turkey Panini and Loaded Baked Potato Soup at Grogran’s Grill- I can have a hard time finding things to eat at theme parks but the turkey panini (with dressing in the sandwich- yum) was so delicious! And the loaded baked potato soup was really good too. I’m actually thinking about making potato soup for Christmas at our house because it was so yummy.
- Peppermint Fudge Hot Chocolate– I normally hate the combination of peppermint and chocolate. But, I LOVED this hot chocolate so much. It was so rich, so refreshingly spiced that I ended up drinking two cups.
- ‘Twas That Night- It’s no secret that we are huge figure skating fans so of course we had to make time to see Olympic silver medalist Elvis Stojko skate in the adorable Christmas show, ‘Twas That Night. It’s a fun show for all ages! Seeing Elvis Stojko skate was a thrill and the choreography of the show was engaging. ‘Twas That Night puts a fun spin, complete with a few surprises on the classic Christmas poem.
- Decorations in England– Does anything say holiday quite like a quaint English town decked out with wreaths?
We had a great day and even had warm weather! The only problem we had with our visit was stroller parking. At most venues it was clearly marked, but we had a little trouble trying to see Gloria and we missed the show because of it. Just a tip, the stroller parking is much earlier than where you actually need to get in line!
There were so many wonderful things to do that we only accomplished 85% of our to-do list (Yes, I make very detailed lists. RJ says I’m the Ash Ketchum of theme parks. “Do all the list. Do it all.” But I think that’s a great amount to accomplish and we made a lot of memories and had a lot of fun.) And there are so many things I haven’t even mentioned like Mistletoe Marketplace and Deck the Halls! I would recommend Christmas Town for a date night, for a fun family time, for groups, for any reason. Even though G’s only a year old, he loved it too. He loved the decorations, the shows and his first ride on a carousel. We had a blast and I imagine Christmas Town at Busch Gardens will become a new tradition our family.
Kari Liked: The decorations, the shows and the shopping.
Kari Didn’t Like: The stroller parking was really confusing and frustrating at times.
I’ve wanted to visit Busch Gardens for a long time. I went once or twice as a kid combined with trips to Williamsburg or Virginia Beach, but hadn’t been in many years. When I saw that Elvis Stojko was appearing at Busch Gardens in their new ice show, I thought that now would be a perfect opportunity to see what the park had to offer. And it had quite a bit to offer, even without every attraction open. Here are some of my favorites.
- Peppermint Fudge Hot Chocolate- I would drive the 3 hours to Williamsburg just for this hot chocolate! It was rich and deep and sweet all at the same time.
- ‘Twas That Night -It was all I was hoping for. Stojko’s distinctive personality was on full display, and the whole thing was delightful to watch
- O Tannenbaum– Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from a tree light show, but this show feels really fresh and fun with the way it mixes its music, and the fun colors and designs that they use.
- Mistletoe Marketplace– This was a great tradition to bring over from the old country. Christmas marketplaces are a staple in Europe, and the one at Busch Gardens Williamsburg features local artisans, and I greatly enjoyed it.
- Polar Pathway– A water ride wouldn’t work well in winter, but putting Christmas lights all over it for people to see turned out to be stunning. I was amazed at the beautiful display of lights.
The only real problem we had was stroller parking. Sometimes it was okay (‘Twas That Night), but in other instances, it was too far away from what was going on to feel safe for the stroller (Gloria). It is a problem that can be handled, but it’s easier if you’re aware of it going in.
RJ Did Like: There were so many neat things to do!
RJ Didn’t Like: Stroller Parking
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(We received complimentary media admission for this post, however all opinions are our own.)