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Christmas Town comes to life as Busch Gardens rolls out holiday lights

This is the seventh year that Busch Gardens has transformed into a nighttime holiday wonderland filled with lights, elaborate trees, caroling and lots of goodies to eat.


Christmas Town is included with admission every night this year, not just on weekends in the first slower weeks.

There’s a new holiday show at the Dragon Fire Grill called Christmas Is … featuring contemporary seasonal music. Returning shows include Christmas on Ice, Elmo’s Christmas Wish, the Holiday Hills Band, Carol of the Bells light show and the Christmas Town Sing-A-Long Train. There’s also a new brunch with Santa where adults can get mimosas or “build your own Blood Mary” upgrades.

LUIS SANTANA | TIMES A Nativity scene seen at Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa.

Get photos in the twinkling light tunnel leading into Stanleyville, among gorgeous trees lining the walkways and with all your favorite characters from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The line for Rudolph and Co. tends to be long so plan your time or consider the $24.99 priority access ticket.


A miniature train set grabs the attention of children and adults at Christmas Town.
A miniature train set grabs the attention of children and adults at Christmas Town.

The Christmas Town Village with snowmen greeting guests in the Gwazi pathway has merchandise and holiday treats. For the adults, there are winter whiskey and wine tasting and food offerings such as mini doughnuts, chicken and waffles, frozen eggnog and sweet potato s’mores.

$104, 2 and younger free. Save $15 if you order online. (813) 884-4386. buschgardens.com.

LUIS SANTANA | TIMES Performers at the 'Christmas Is' show sing on stage for guests eating at the Dragon Fire Grill in Busch Gardens.

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