We went to Busch Gardens Christmas Town for the first time last week.
I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I thought it would be like Busch Gardens was on our last trip, but with a section of Christmas decorations and lights.
I was so wrong.
The entire park is decorated from the bridge at the entrance to the farthest points of the park. And it’s all so, so beautiful!
There are 6 million lights. Six million!
There are 1,500 lit Christmas trees throughout the park with large sections of lights in the same color. And each different country has its own different color, so everywhere you look the lights match.
I’ll try not to make you crazy with all of my photos, but seriously? I took dozens of pictures of just trees.
And trees with bridges.
Of course, the kids wanted to head to the rides. One of their favorites was the Peppermint Twist. The didn’t want to get off and rode it at least 10 times.
It was chilly out, so we all got mugs of Peppermint and S’mores hot chocolate and headed over to see the penguins at the Ice Palace.
The penguins were so adorable! They were right in front of us, looking through the glass at us.
We’ve seen penguins before at the zoo and at the aquarium, but never so close up. The kids loved looking right at them just a foot away.
After the Ice Palace, we walked around some more to enjoy the sights.
And suddenly, we saw snow!
My little boy started yelling “It’s Christmas! It’s Christmas!” and trying to catch the snowflakes.
It was the cutest.thing.ever.
I took 271 pictures of it.
It wasn’t really Christmas, of course.
And the snow was really small bubble clusters.
But it made all of the kids so happy and excited. We loved it.
We did a few more rides, including another of the kids’ favorite – The Plane Ride! (I have no idea what it’s actually called, but my son talked about The Plane Ride! for days before Busch Gardens and for days after.)
The sweetest and most memorable part of our trip to Busch Gardens Christmas Town was dinner with Santa.
The kids got to listen to Santa tell the story of the Night Before Christmas.
And they got to take pictures with and talk to Santa.
Santa was awesome!
The kids all talked about what they wanted for Christmas and all of the ways they’ve been good throughout the year. Santa took so much time talking to each of the children individually and making them feel special.
And just before they walked back down to our table, Santa whispered to my older daughter a secret about how she was being a wonderful role model for her little sister and brother.
It was so sweet and the kids were really excited to talk to him for so long.
I know they’ll remember the visit with Santa for years to come.
On the way out of Busch Gardens at the end of the night, we sat and watched carolers sing.
They were beautiful singers and the perfect way to end our wonderful day at Busch Gardens Christmas Town!