As you know, we love Busch Gardens. We have been getting season passes for the whole family, for years and we have enjoyed Howl-o-Scream and Christmas Town, very much. If you are new to Williamsburg, just know that you Christmas Town, at Busch Gardens has to be made a new holiday tradition. Christmas, and the season, come to life as you walk through the transformed amusement park of the summertime or fall Halloween experience. Over 8,000,000 lights transform the sky into a magical winter wonderland – a romantic, holiday experience. Watch my Facebook page for periodic specials, but season ticket holders can get a seasonal pass to Christmas Town for only $25, in 2014. And most times we just pop in to see a show and stroll hand-in-hand through the park, but occasionally we upgrade our admission tickets. If you wanted to understand what each upgrade will get you, here you go:
The Penguin Insider is a 45-minute tour of what it’s like to work with the Busch Gardens penguins, in England. Tour the Ice Palace, before the park opens, go behind the scenes and meet a trainer as you get close to the penguins and get a photo CD of the experience. Check-in 15 minutes prior to your tour start time in the England parking lot.
The Holiday Decoration Creationis a 2-hour experience includes YOU creating a seasonal design of fresh greens, colorful and textured dried elements arranged in a decorative container. Choose a low and elegant tablescape or an upright design for your foyer. The Landscape Team will be there to hold your hand and ensure that you make a beautiful addition to your home for the holidays.
Sometimes buying the Quick Queue®makes sense. At Busch Gardens Christmas Town™, there are several Quick Queue options, to allow you to choose the show times that work best. It is only good for that one day and ensures you entrance into the show times that work for the entire day. For instance, this Quick Queue is called the “Faster than Dasher,” and the show times are Scrooge No More (4:00pm), Gloria (5:30pm), Deck the Halls (6:30pm), Miracles (7:30pm) and one-time access to Santa’s Workshop, Ice Palace: A Penguin Paradise, Verbolten®, and Nacht Tower™.
Visit Santa in his workshop located at the North Pole to have photos taken that are sure to become a family heirloom. The minimum package includes a visit with Santa and two 6×8 photos.
An all-you-care-to-eat Tastes of Christmas Townbuffet featuring carved prime rib and turkey, chicken alfredo, BBQ pork sliders, bratwurst, rotini with marinara sauce, baked potato bar, macaroni & cheese, chicken nuggets, variety of Christmas Town soups and sides, tossed salad, assorted rolls, desserts and soft drinks, at Germany’s Das Festhaus. Performances will begin 30 minutes after your designated dine time.
An all-you-care-to-eat Santa’s Fireside Feast buffet features holiday favorites like carved turkey with gravy, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato casserole, homemade macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, plus meatballs in a Swedish cream sauce, Annie Grogan’s Stew, rotini with garlic infused olive oil sauce, buttery corn, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, tossed salad, dinner rolls, soft drinks and assorted desserts, at Ireland’s Castle O’Sullivan’s grand dining room. This intimate, exclusive event of the season brings Christmas stories to life with Santa, Santa’s elves and Mrs. Claus passing the cookie tray and holiday cheer. Christmas Town™ will transform our Busch Gardens parks into a holiday wonderland of wintery surprises and all things Christmas.
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