Busch Gardens adding millions of lights, fireworks for Christmas Town

a park with huge Christmas lights display and a light tunnel

Millions of magnificent holiday lights are coming to Busch Gardens Tampa this season. The park announced that its annual holiday display will debut earlier this year to give even more folks the chance to experience the magic. Visitors will admire the myriad twinkling holiday lights throughout the park’s 335 acres, in addition to spectacular fireworks, and a brand-new experience with Santa that will create merry memories for guests of all ages.

Included in park admission, the award-winning holiday event features activities for the whole family, including:


Holiday in the Sky Fireworks Show: Enjoy classic holiday tunes and watch festive bursts of Christmas colors as they cover the sky in a dazzling fireworks display. Holiday in the Sky is offered on the Festival Field every Saturday and select event nights, beginning November 13

Storytime with Mrs. Claus: Located in the Coke Canopy near the Christmas Town Village, Mrs. Claus will share traditional holiday tales and a joyful song. 

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Santa’s North Pole Experience, presented by Coca-Cola: Jolly elves guide guests to see Santa in his workshop as he prepares for the holiday season.

“Christmas on Ice”: Busch Gardens’ longest running holiday show returns to the Moroccan Palace Theater. This inspiring skating production transforms the stage with incredible feats of skating athleticism for a truly unmissable show set to holiday classic songs.

Elmo’s Christmas Wish: Join Cookie Monster, Rosita, Grover, and Zoe as they help Elmo find his Christmas wish! Families are sure to be singing and dancing along while watching this fun holiday show.


Three Kings Journey: The musical tale of the famed journey to Bethlehem is celebrated in the round at the Stanleyville Theater.

Holly Jolly Express: All aboard for Christmas Cheer! This locomotive is on track to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the favorite songs of the season as guests venture through the park.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Journey to Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland to find the most famous reindeer of all.

Explore Christmas Town in Tampa

Guests can also explore Christmas Town Village: a destination filled with drinks and dishes from an indulgent holiday menu.

These unique, limited time options include new specialty cocktails like the “Mistletoe Margarita” and the “Apple Brandy Hot Toddy”.

Complete the night with a signature Christmas Town Hot Chocolate featuring festive flavors like peppermint or gingerbread. Feel the spirit of the season in each bite with the new maple bourbon pecan pie or feast on holiday favorites like the smoked brisket “totchos.”

Christmas Town begins November 12 and runs through January 2.


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