Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Five things you need to know: Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Santa and his elves pose for a photo before a busy season of greeting families at Busch Gardens Christmas Town. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)
Santa and his elves pose for a photo before a busy season of greeting families at Busch Gardens Christmas Town. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)

The time of year has come again for locals and visitors to button up their coats and head over to Busch Gardens for some Christmas fun.

But don’t head into the park unprepared. Cindy Sarko, director of brand communications for the park, has provided some tips, tricks and information for guests to have the best experience.

Here are five things you need to know about Christmas Town:

  1. When to visit: Since it first opened 11 years ago, the park has become a popular holiday attraction. With the amount of guests increasing each year, the park has added extra operating days and extended operating hours. However, weekends tend to be the most popular visit days so Sarko suggests if a family is able to visit during the weekday, it might make for a less-crowded experience.
  2. Days of Christmas Town past: When the park first opened in 2009, Sarko said it was predicted to be a must-do tradition for families during the holidays. As a result, it has changed and grown with popularity. The park has now developed into a 38-day experience, with select rides and roller coasters, holiday shows, Santa experiences and expanded Christmas menus. The park also features more than 10 million lights placed throughout the park. In the past, Christmas Town has also been recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top theme parks to visit for the holidays.
  3. An easier visit with children: For guests with children, Sarko suggests arriving when the park opens at 2 p.m. on most days and noon on Saturdays. Sarko said Santa’s Workshop is typically popular with children, but a quicker way to reach the workshop is to turn left at the crossroads in Scotland. She also said a favorite for children is The Caribou Pottery store where their imaginations can run wild decorating bowls, plates and mugs.
  4. Saving money: Sarko said the best way for guests to save money is to buy a membership, which will let them into the park all throughout the season. Memberships start at $10.00 per month and also provide in-park discounts and free parking. Guests can also buy the Christmas Town Fun Card which provides visitors with unlimited trips through Jan. 5. Single-day admission tickets are also available starting at $22.99 depending on the day.
  5. Popular attractions: Christmas Town provides a different experience for each guest, she said. Based on visitor response, it would seem some simply enjoy the beauty of the park while other enjoy the holiday menus and riding the attractions during winter guests. The most popular response from visitors is that they enjoy making Christmas Town a place to make memories and start traditions.
Alexa Doiron
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Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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