A few days ago, my husband and I took the kids back to Christmas Town.
Christmas Town is held at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, every year during the holidays and it is wonderful. Everything, from the Christmas music playing, to the decorations throughout the park, to the carolers singing songs, is beautiful and so wonderfully festive.
We got some hot chocolate to enjoy as we strolled through the park enjoying the sites. There were over eight million lights this year, and the result was spectacular. The park is already beautiful and the addition of so many lights turned Christmas Town into a true wonderland.
This year, we got a special treat – a visit to “Ice Palace: A Penguin Paradise,” which allowed us to get really close to a group of penguins in an icy environment. Lots of beautiful lights and very friendly and knowledgeable penguin experts made this experience unforgettable. We learned about different varieties of penguins, and we saw some from areas near South America and another one from near South Africa. Even though we learned that penguins do not live in the North Pole with Santa, this wintry display fit in perfectly with the Christmas Town experience.
But, coolest of all, we got to actually pet a penguin. The kids were beside themselves with excitement.
There is lots of great food in the park. We had lunch from Grogan’s Grill, and we took lunch into Grogan’s Pub across the way in Ireland. This was a nice family meal, and the grown-ups got to enjoy some good cold draft beers from the taps to warm our spirits.
After lunch, we explored the park and admired the sights. Of course, the kids enjoyed rides like Der Autobahn (bumper cars), Peppermint Twist (spinning cups), and Snowman Summit. We appreciated lots of opportunities for shopping for souvenirs, as wells as unique gifts for people on our Christmas lists and decorations for our home.
We also were thrilled to be able to see the wolves in ‘Wolf Haven’ enjoying the cool weather.
The kids also loved seeing the enormous Clydesdale horses.
Later on for dinner, we headed over to Santa’s Fireside Feast, hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their helpful elves. The food on the buffet was very good, and it featured lots of great options for the whole family, including salad, pasta, Swedish meatballs, corn bread stuffing, hot dogs, vegetables and much more.
Santa’s elf named Jolly came to our table and talked to the kids, making jokes and being very friendly. Santa told the story of “Twas The Night Before Christmas” to the crowd, and Mrs. Claus then came around to the tables with cookies to pass out to everyone. Santa told us not to have one, but to “have two!”
Afterward, the kids got to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas and to take pictures with him.
Christmas Town features several different shows, including “Scrooge No More” in England, “Gloria!” in Ireland, “Miracles” in Italy, and “Deck the Halls” in Oktoberfest.
Our family decided on a performance of “Scrooge No More,” which we all really enjoyed.
Our son’s favorite part was Jacob Marley floating in with chains, and our daughters liked the ghost of Christmas past most because she looked like a Christmas fairy flying in. The show featured many great musical numbers and well choreographed dancing by the fantastic cast. I would definitely recommend catching the show.
The lighting the O’Tannenbaum Tree in front of Das Festhaus in Oktoberfest was another wonderful experience. We enjoyed listening to carolers as we counted down to the tree lighting.
The tree was absolutely massive and was so beautiful when lit.
This was one of several spots throughout the park where Busch Gardens Christmas Town photographers took pictures of us, and we used our Photokey. Photokey was a smart and fun way for us to collect, view, and share our Christmas Town photos instantly. We can go online to see the photos and to create keepsakes for us to treasure for years to come.
I am going to order a customized ornament to hang on our Christmas tree this year, so we can remember and celebrate our awesome trip to Christmas Town!