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It’s Christmas, Charlie Brown….ummm, I mean ChristmasTown, Elmo, Tigris, and ol’ Saint Nick!

New open-air festivities join modified family-favorite traditions to bring safe holiday cheer to Busch Gardens Christmas Town from Nov. 20 – Jan. 3

Last Saturday and Sunday, we were invited to an amazing day at ChristmasTown, Busch Gardens twinkling display of lights, new holiday fireworks, and the first-ever outdoor production of Christmas On Ice and much more merriment and dare I say, excitement, complete with enhanced health and safety measures. Because Christmas Town features extended hours on weekends and additional select dates with even more festive experiences, we had so much fun during the media night that we decided to go back the following day and take in more of the festivities and fun.

We loved Christmas Town Village where we got to try a few of the indulgent culinary treats there and select locations around the park. The smell of hot chocolate and chicken and waffles soon had our mouths watering and everything that we tried was very good. Another reason that we came back the next day was to complete our lanyard that they gave us to try more of the awesome food such as the Bison Beef Slider, Beer Cheese Soup and of course, I had to sample some of the holiday brew. There is also plenty of places to pick up that last minute Christmas gift and because it was a very chilly night, I was wonderfully gifted with a very soft and warm Busch Gardens sweatshirt that I am extremely grateful to Sophie for. You can purchase a lanyard as well on your visit with the 10-item sampler for $49.99, which is an awesome deal!

The new Christmas Town Scavenger Hunt is so much fun! You can purchase a Christmas Town Scavenger Hunt sticker map at the Emporium, Marrakesh Market, Xcursions or Painted Camel to begin searching for stockings near your favorite animal habitats, marking each location with the correct sticker. When you’ve found them all, bring your completed map back to the Emporium to collect a special gift just for you! It was super cool that because I am an annual passholder, I got 50% off of the purchase price!! It is a lot of fun looking for the stockings and at the same time you get to check out the animals along the way.

It was amazing to watch the ice skating show, which I think was our favorite. Living in Florida, there is not much ice skating around here so this was a great treat. Even for my beautiful Canada guest with me, she thought is was truly awesome as well. They also have some great shows with Elmos’ Christmas Wish, musical shows and a spectacular fireworks display which is a sight for sore eyes, honestly, during this time. One of my favorite shows was back again this year with the Three Kings Journey, a musical harmonious montage of voices, orchestra and storytelling that is just incredible. It is truly must see when you come visit Christmas Town and again, we thoroughly enjoyed it. You can also purchase VIP and reserve seating for the ice and fireworks shows in advance.

One of the most fun and exciting things that we got to do is meet Rudolph and Clarice at the Meet and Greet in Winter Wonderland (socially distanced of course). If you watch the channel, you know that meet and greets are among our most favorite things to do and Busch Gardens is doing it right during Christmas time. You can even meet Santa himself, in a very responsible and safe way, to make sure that he has everything on your list ready to go! He even is wearing a very festive mask himself, of course personally made for him by Mrs. Clause. There is also contact free photo opportunities with Ice, Poinsetta and Sugar Plum Princesses as well as Jolly Snowmen! If this does not get you in the Christmas Spirit, I don’t know what will.

Of course, who can go to Busch Gardens and not ride the most amazing roller coasters ever. I even braved up, with a little heckling from a certain someone, and took on Falcon’s Fury for the first time. Let me tell you, it was terrifying, with the journey up and this slow, clickity clack way, that made you regret getting on this ride with every passing minute. Of course, I had to act brave because I most definitely could not let a girl one-up me here. So, as we reached the top and my seat turned forward, laying me almost on my stomach facing the ever so far away ground below, we plummeted downward. It was intense and yes, I will do it again, because, well, I do love a good thrill ride and that was definitely it. We got to ride Montu, Cobra’s Curse, Cheetah Hunt of course, Tigris as well as the festive Holly Jolly Express and see some amazing animals who were loving this cold weather.

I cannot say enough about our experience and visit to Busch Gardens and Christmas Town this year. A huge thank you to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for inviting us out and making it possible for us to have a truly incredible time. We will be back again soon and maybe even take in some of the New Year festivities coming up as they are offering two reservation sessions in lieu of limited capacity and social distancing protocols.

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Spokesmayne; Busch Gardens Tampa Bay