$26 for a Three-Day Christmas Town Visit for One ($35 Value)
This ticket grants three consecutive days of admission to Busch Gardens' Christmas Town, a family-friendly holiday spectacle now in its fourth festive season. Guests can discuss the finer points of the Christmas lists with Saint Nick himself during a trip to Santa's Workshop, a North Pole outpost filled with treasures and trinkets from around the world. The Mistletoe Marketplace plays host to a traditional German holiday market packed with hand-made crafts from local artisans. In Ice Palace: A Penguin Paradise, guests can also meet and snap photos of real-life denizens of the Antarctic. The fun continues after the sun goes down. Then, the town's 50-foot Christmas tree sparkles to life with lights that dance to a booming musical score. The rest of the park lights up as well, rivaling the starry night sky and enticing guests to stroll through the twinkling expanse. See the park's holiday schedule here.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Plan a visit to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and prepare for a unique experience that includes world-class roller coasters, entertaining shows, an assortment of great food options, and much more. Busch Gardens Williamsburg boasts six high-speed coasters, including Tempesto, its newest thrill ride that races into unbelievably tight turns at up to 63 miles per hour, seemingly defying gravity as it rolls through a complete inversion 154 feet in the air. The ride features three launch experiences that send guests backward and forward and flips them upside-down, before finally propelling them through the signature loop-the-loop.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg caters to youngsters with its KIDsiderate attractions, including two play areas, Land of the Dragons and Sesame Street Forest of Fun. Little ones can explore, splash, and soar on kid-friendly rides, and meet some familiar faces from Sesame Street.
On select dates in September and October, Busch Gardens Williamsburg welcomes families for fun during the day. But when 6 p.m. rolls around, ghosts and ghouls take over the park, transforming it into the scary annual haunt, Howl-O-Scream. Brave guests can explore five Terror-tories, immersive themed villages full of monsters lurking behind every corner, or venture into one of the park’s seven haunted houses. Their newest haunted house is Circo Sinistro, where only the truly disturbed are allowed to perform in its tents of terrors, and new Terror-tory Sideshow Square will make your jaw drop.
Spooky dining, ghoulish shopping, and spine-chilling live shows, including Monster Stomp on Ripper Row, add to the thrills. The only place visitors can seek refuge is on the rides, which hurdle through the darkness at terrifying speeds. Parents and guardians should consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during Howl-O-Scream.
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