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Busch Gardens to open Christmas Town early, adding fireworks

The Tampa theme park decorates its palm trees and roller coasters with millions of lights and has special food and entertainment.
Hundreds of lights, holiday decorations and entertainers bring Christmas Town to life for the holiday season at Busch Gardens in Tampa.
Hundreds of lights, holiday decorations and entertainers bring Christmas Town to life for the holiday season at Busch Gardens in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | TIMES | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Oct. 29

Christmas is coming early to Busch Gardens. The Tampa theme park announced its annual Christmas Town event is returning Nov. 13 with a new fireworks show.

The theme park decks the halls of its palm trees and roller coasters with thousands of lights for the event, which is included with park admission. There’s also a spot for Santa, the cast of Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, a sing-along holiday train and an ice show at the Moroccan Palace.

Also new this year is a story time with Mrs. Claus and a “Holiday in the Sky” firework show.

Tens of thousands of lights illuminate Busch Gardens during the Annual Christmas Town celebration. The annual event is included with park admission.
Tens of thousands of lights illuminate Busch Gardens during the Annual Christmas Town celebration. The annual event is included with park admission. [ LUIS SANTANA | TIMES | Tampa Bay Times ]

Busch Gardens’ longest running holiday show, “Christmas on Ice,” returns to the Moroccan Palace Theater. And for the kids, “Elmo’s Christmas Wish” features Cookie Monster, Rosita, Grover and Zoe as they help Elmo find his Christmas wish.

Also returning is Three Kings Journey, the musical tale of the famed journey to Bethlehem at the Stanleyville Theater.

Millions of lights illuminate Busch Gardens during the annual Christmas Town celebration in Tampa.
Millions of lights illuminate Busch Gardens during the annual Christmas Town celebration in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | TIMES | Tampa Bay Times ]

There are food and drink options like the Mistletoe Margarita, Apple Brandy Hot Toddy, maple bourbon pecan pie and smoked brisket “totchos,” where tater tots take the place of nachos.

Christmas Town runs daily Nov. 13-Jan. 2.

There is deal right now to buy the 2022 Busch Gardens Fun Card that can be used through the end of 2022 for $119.99, adding two months for free at buschgardens.com.

For Christmas Town in Busch Gardens they decorate palm trees and roller coasters with millions of lights.
For Christmas Town in Busch Gardens they decorate palm trees and roller coasters with millions of lights. [ Foto: cortesía REBECCA ROMZEK/ Busch Gardens ]