Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Christmas Town 2023 Guide

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My family just loves Christmas Town at Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa, Florida!  This is a holiday event that takes place from November 11, 2023, through January 7, 2024.  And we love everything about this event.  The holiday lights, the food, the shows, the train ride…

But I may be getting ahead of myself.  See, today, I want to tell you what is in store for Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in 2023.  And then I’ll tell you how you can save money on a ticket to this great event!

Holly Jolly Express

The train at Busch Gardens is always fun.  But it takes on a new Christmas flavor during Christmas Town.  You’ll still be able to see giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and more as you take the train.  But you also get to enjoy singing along to your favorite Christmas songs!  It’s also a great way to see the Christmas lights at night.

Santa’s North Pole Experience

Meet Santa in his workshop for a wonderful photo experience!

Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland

Santa’s not the only famous face here.  Here’s a chance to not only meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer but his friends as well.  This is a great photo opportunity!

Shows & Entertainment

There are also a lot of great seasonal shows that are a lot of fun.

Christmas On Ice

My favorite would have to be Christmas on Ice.  It’s a really high-quality ice skating show set to great seasonal music.  It is a show my whole family enjoyed.  An added bonus?  If it is hot or cold that day, you get to step inside at the Moroccan Palace Theater.

Holiday in the Sky Fireworks Show

I absolutely love fireworks at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.  There’s something about seeing those fireworks with roller coasters in the background.  I enjoy them at any time of the year, but it’s really neat they have fireworks set to classic holiday songs.

Three Kings Journey

Over at the Dragonfire Grill, you can enjoy hearing amazing harmonies during a retelling of the famous Bethlehem story in the Three Kings Journey Show.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus

Mrs. Claus will be telling traditional holiday stories near the Christmas Town Village.

Elmo’s Christmas Wish

It wouldn’t be a Busch Gardens Christmas event without a Sesame Street show, right?  Well, this show features Elmo along with other popular Sesame Street characters like Rosita, Cookie Monster, Grover, and Zoe.  It features lots of great singing and dancing.  You can find it at the Sesame Street Safari of Fun.

Holiday Shopping & Dining

So you know how much fun Busch Gardens Tampa’s Food & Wine Festival is?  Well, you can have that same kind of fun at Busch Gardens Tampa’s Christmas Festival is as well!  They have markets all over Busch Gardens selling seasonal food and drinks.

I recommend trying the hot cocoa.  You might think you wouldn’t need hot cocoa in Florida but trust me, last time I visited Christmas town I was cold!

But there are a lot of other great creative food options, like a Turkey Dog with Stuffing, and Cranberry Relish or a White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel.

They also have a lot of great specialty drinks with seasonal twists, like Ginger Snap Mule, Jack Frost, Candy Cane Lane, Jack Frost, and Mistletoe.


Want to save money on your ticket to Busch Gardens Tampa for Christmas Town?

Well, first of all, an exciting thing about this event is that it is included in the cost of admission to Busch Gardens.

And even more exciting is that you can currently save big on Busch Gardens tickets!  Like, up to 65% off your tickets for a limited time if you purchase your tickets here.  So buy your tickets ASAP!