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Busch Gardens Tampa’s Christmas Town returning early with new Santa experience

by Brittani Tuttle

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s annual holiday event, Christmas Town, will soon be back and earlier than ever, complete with millions of holiday lights, fireworks, and a brand-new experience with Santa Claus.

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Included with park admission, the award-winning holiday event features all-new activities for everyone to enjoy, including:

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  • Holiday in the Sky Fireworks Show: Enjoy classic holiday tunes and watch festive bursts of Christmas colors as they cover the sky in a dazzling fireworks display. Holiday in the Sky is offered on the Festival Field every Saturday and select event nights, beginning Nov. 13.
  • Storytime with Mrs. Claus: Located in the Coke Canopy near the Christmas Town Village, Mrs. Claus will share traditional holiday tales and a joyful song.
  • Santa’s North Pole Experience, presented by Coca-Cola: Jolly elves guide guests to see Santa in his workshop as he prepares for the holiday season.
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Other holiday entertainment is set to return to the event this year, like:

  • “Christmas on Ice”: Busch Gardens’ longest running holiday show returns to the Moroccan Palace Theater. This inspiring skating production transforms the stage with incredible feats of skating athleticism for a truly unmissable show set to holiday classic songs.
  • Elmo’s Christmas Wish: Join Cookie Monster, Rosita, Grover, and Zoe as they help Elmo find his Christmas wish! Families are sure to be singing and dancing along while watching this fun holiday show.
  • Three Kings Journey: The musical tale of the famed journey to Bethlehem is celebrated in the round at the Stanleyville Theater.
  • Holly Jolly Express: All aboard for Christmas Cheer! This locomotive is on track to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the favorite songs of the season as guests venture through the park.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Journey to Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland to find the most famous reindeer of all.

Over in the Christmas Town Village, guests can find a variety of drinks and dishes on the holiday-themed menu, including new specialty cocktails like the “Mistletoe Margarita” and the “Apple Brandy Hot Toddy,” or top off the night with a signature Christmas Town Hot Chocolate. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in the new Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie, while those after a more savory taste can enjoy the Smoked Brisket “Totchos.” Christmas Town Sampler Lanyards are available for the event, as well, starting at $44.99 for an 8-punch lanyard.

Christmas Town runs daily from Nov. 12 through Jan. 2. A special Preview Weekend will be offered on Nov. 6-7, where Annual Pass Members can get exclusive access to the 2 p.m. “Christmas on Ice” performance.

For more information about Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, visit ChristmasTown.com.

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