Busch Gardens’ favorite Christmas town kicks off early this year with extended hours starting Friday, November 12 (if you really want to get in on the festivities, previews start November 6-7.)
In addition to the millions of lights that fill the theme park, events like “Story Time with Mrs. Claus” and “Santa’s North Pole Experience” are this year’s premieres. Don’t worry, old classics like Christmas on Ice are still happening too. The new “Holiday in the Sky” fireworks display lights up on Saturday evenings and selected evenings.
Kids, or the kids at heart, can enjoy the ‘Elmo’s Christmas Wish’ show, visit Rudolph and sing Christmas carols on the Holly Jolly Express train.
Christmas Town is included in the price of admission, but food and drink is extra (sample cords start at $ 44.99). Maple bourbon pecan pie and smoked brisket “totchos”, as well as adult drinks like hot apple brandy toddy or “mistletoe margarita” are a few. some of the first offers. Of course, there’s the hot chocolate (even flavored with gingerbread and peppermint, if you want to get away from the old classic).
The event runs until January 2 and is open on Christmas and New Years. And if you don’t care about the parties that are starting soon, we have a tip: don’t go.
For more information, visit buschgardens.com.
This story originally appeared at Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.
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