Staff Report

Christmas Town transforms Busch Gardens Tampa into a holiday wonderland of wintery surprises and all things Christmas, filling guests’ senses with seasonal sights, sounds and flavors, and continuing a beautiful family tradition.

Christmas Town is now included with any annual pass, Fun Card or daily admission to the park. This year’s event has added even more dates to experience Christmas Town attractions, shows and shopping. Christmas Town is open 23 select dates and park closing times will range from 8 p.m.-9 p.m. throughout the event, Friday, November 28 through Wednesday, December 31.

From the nostalgic Holiday Hills to the nature-inspired Jungle Jubilee, more than a million lights will blanket Busch Gardens during Christmas Town. Plus, fan-favorite shows including Christmas on Ice and the Carol of the Bells light show return to ring in the season.

Christmas Town provides unforgettable Yuletide experiences for the entire family around every corner, creating a Christmas celebration like no other.

The Claus family invites the community 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 to join in singing traditional songs of the season like Jingle Bells, and Frosty the Snowman while circling the Serengeti on a beautifully lit vintage-style steam locomotive.

Busch Gardens is excited to welcome African penguins to the family. Come 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 and more. Space is limited for this exclusive dining experience and reservations must be made in advance at

Guests will also have the opportunity to ride some of Busch Gardens’ most popular thrill rides, including Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, and America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon’s Fury.

For more event information, visit  Groups interested in booking a unique holiday party can call 987-5523. Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at

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