Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa gets ready to shine with more than a million lights


Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa has fast become a family favorite, inviting guests in for a special night of lights, music and Christmas fun. This year Christmas Town changes things up quite a bit, as the park is turned into a feast of lights, more than ever. The event also goes from being an upcharge event, to be included with regular daily admission. So what can we expect from Christmas Town this year?



This year Christmas Town has more lights, and more shows than ever before. Guests can experience everything that the event has to offer, and even have fun with coasters in the dark! The fun is all included in daily theme park admission, and begins on November 28th, running all the way until December 31st.

Here’s everything that guests can expect!


  • Dazzling lantern stars transform Pantopia™ into the jewel-toned Celestial Crossing, complete with a gigantic LED star that beautifully lights the way to Mrs. Claus’ Family Feast and the Christmas Celebration show. The new area is also home to the Bottle Christmas Tree, a conservation collaboration project that transformed 5,000 recycled plastic bottles into a Christmastime masterpiece with the help of nearly 50 Hillsborough county schools.   
  • The Egypt area of the park transforms into the humble town of Bethlehem, where guests discover the famed journey to the Three Kings. The magical story unfolds as the North Star guides the way to a land filled with desert-themed rustic décor, larger-than-life camels and the Three Kings Caravan.
  •  The Claus family invites you into their North Pole home at Welcome to Santa’s House. While the elves are busy preparing for Christmas, Santa is taking a break from his busy holiday schedule to meet and take photos with families in his private study

  •  All aboard the Christmas Town Express for the biggest Christmas carol sing-a-long on wheels. Friends and family are invited join in singing traditional songs of the season like “Jingle Bells,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” while circling the Serengeti on a beautifully lit vintage-style steam locomotive.

  • Busch Gardens is excited to welcome African penguins to the family! Come chill with these dapper little creatures and marvel at their underwater antics at the brand new Penguin Point, complete with a giant penguin photo opportunity in the Nairobi area.

  • For those who can’t wait to get their night at Christmas Town started, guests are invited to pull up a seat at Mrs. Claus’ Family Feast for a special evening filled with stories, songs, a delicious holiday fare, plenty of opportunities for holiday hugs and photos with Mrs. Claus and her favorite elves. Space is limited for this exclusive dining experience and reservations must be made in advance at

Other areas include, Miracle Way, Sesame Street’s Very Furry Christmas, Ice Wonder Way, Mistletoe Memories and many, many more.

The park also features several shows aimed at kids of all ages, from Merry Madagascar and Elmo’s Christmas Wish, to Ice Skating shows and even traditional Christmas Music.

Falcon’s Fury will be open for practice runs down the chimney, just like Santa. The park will also have many of it’s coasters and thrill rides open for guests as well.

Christmas Town begins November 28th, and runs select nights until December 31st.

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For more information about Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa, including tickets, visit the official website by clicking here!