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Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town is Back

December 5, 2017

The holiday season has finally begun, and many much anticipated seasonal events have arrived to get families in the holiday spirit.

Now when you think of normal holiday activities, you’d usually expect things like looking at Christmas decorations, eating Christmas foods, or watching Christmas movies.

But some individuals and families manage to combine all of these holiday celebrations with something unexpected: Rollercoasters.

Located about a two-hour drive from Fluvanna, Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s annual Christmas Town transforms the European-themed amusement park into a winter wonderland with more than 7 million lights spread throughout the 335-acre park.

The event opened on Nov. 24 and will be open on select weekends through Dec. 3, then nightly from Dec. 8 to Jan. 1, so there’s plenty of time to explore every country in the park, watch holiday-themed musical shows, and try all of the exclusive holiday food.

If you’re looking for some thrills in between the sightseeing, there are plenty of rides open during Christmas Town, including an assortment of carnival rides and two rollercoasters, Verbolten and the Viking-themed Invadr, the first wooden rollercoaster in the park.

If you’re interested in getting a look at the park and its elaborate holiday lights from above, head to the Oktoberfest section of the park, where you can find the Nacht Tower, a ride that allows you to view all the areas of the park from 264 feet in the air.

Another way to view the park is the train, which takes guests throughout the whole park, and stops in the Scotland, Festa Italia, and New France areas of the park. Or, weather-permitting (it shuts down if it’s too windy), take the Skyride.

If heights or thrills aren’t your favorite thing, the park offers six different musicals and other plays throughout the day, including “Twas That Night,” an ice skating show featuring Olympic ice skater Elvis Stojko.

If you need to warm up, check out the shows “Gloria” which takes place in the heated Abbey Stone Theater, and “Deck the Halls” in Das Festhaus, where you can dine while you watch.

There are multiple affordable dining options during Christmas Town, with each country-themed area (France, Scotland, Italy, Germany, and England) having at least one restaurant with assortments of foods and snacks, even for the pickiest of eaters.

Christmas Town is a wonderful holiday experience that delivers unforgettable light displays, incredible rides, and entertaining plays, and is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

The event is also fairly affordable, with single day tickets starting at $25, and unlimited season “fun passes” for $49.

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