Holiday Cheer at Busch Gardens® Tampa Christmas Town
December 23, 2014 by 2 Comments
Christmas in my family has always been big. We didn’t grow up with much, but my mother worker her butt off to make sure that the winter holiday was a joyous one. I normally travel for the holidays to reconnect with distant relatives and spend the days surrounded by people I love. Because of many different things, traveling was not an option this year so my little family of four decided to make the most of our quiet Christmas at home.
In order to still make this year memorable, we looked for things to do here in Tampa that would have the kids excited all month long. One of our favorite excursions was when we visited Busch Gardens® Tampa for their annual Christmas Town celebration.
My daughter’s birthday also falls in December, and the original plan was to have her father and his family join us as a kind of middle ground between her birthday and Christmas. They were unable to make it, so I utilized my tickets and invited our friends along to celebrate. That’s Gaia and her friend Noah posing above. The place was lit up with amazing lights and entertainment lurked around every corner!
Christmas Town is the Bay area’s biggest Christmas celebration, and they do it big! One of the many reasons we love Busch Gardens® is because the staff is always pleasant and accommodating, and Christmas Town is no different. After stopping a few times at some of our favorite attractions, we made sure to take a walk through Christmas Town Village.
It was here in Christmas Town Village that we each grabbed a cup of hot cocoa and enjoyed some freshly baked cookies. There were even delicious Belgian waffles that you could top with a plethora of items. When it comes to theme parks, food can be a bit on the expensive side. I was legitimately surprised at the fairly priced menu options in the village.
And although the animals were mostly asleep, Gaia had her wild life encounter by the flamingos where some ducks decided to relax and participate in the warm fuzzy feelings, too.
Christmas Town is the best place to see Christmas lights in Tampa. With more than one million twinkling lights and dancing Christmas lights shows, it is sure to brighten up your holiday season. Christmas Time Terrace had a really fun light show upon the 50-foot tree every ten minutes. Per the request of our friends, we made sure to stop by and take a peek. It was not disappointing!
Although I’m a slacker when it comes to personal decorations (most likely because I live in an apartment complex with limited space), I am such a sucker for festive figures at Christmas time. Toy soldiers are up there on my list, and angels are among my moms favorite things. As we strolled through the park I made sure to snap some photos of the kids to send along in the Christmas cards. Christmas Town is not lacking photo opportunities, that’s for sure!
The big event we came for was to see Santa and Mrs. Clause. Unfortunately we were a bit late in getting there and the long line paired with the early closing made it nearly impossible for us to manage since we had two overstimulated babies in tow. However, there was a pager system at the Santa Visit Check-In and they do honor the pagers if you were to arrive in time to snag one.
Different nights have different hours of operation, so make sure to stop by and check out the schedule of events for yourself. Christmas Town 2014 runs on select nights from November 28th all the way to December 31st.
Disclaimer: I am a Busch Gardens® Tampa 2014 Ambassador on behalf of Mom Central Consulting. I received admission into the theme park above for free in exchange for my honest post based on my experience at Busch Gardens Tampa. All stories and opinions are 100% my own. I shall not tell lies!