Thrills By Day, Lights By Night

Experience a winter wonderland at this ALL-NEW limited-capacity holiday event.

Celebrate the merry season with Christmas lights, trees and holiday décor trimming eight European villages. Families can enjoy new village entertainment, fifteen coasters and rides, a Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt, festive holiday shopping, and sweet culinary offerings. Then, indulge in traditional turkey dinner at Das Festhaus and savory new offerings like Holiday Frites and Gingerbread spiced funnel cake. ‘Tis the season to safely celebrate at this reservation-based event.

All guests will enter through the toll plaza, including Platinum & Premier Memberships, and will be directed towards the France or England parking lots for event entry.


To help ensure a safe and fun experience at the park, all guests are required to make a reservation prior to visiting. Admission to Busch Gardens® Christmas Celebration is included with all active Memberships, Military Passes and Preschool Passes; however, reservations are still required. Create a Reservation »

Admission to the Busch Gardens® Christmas Celebration special event starts at only $39.99! Purchase Event Tickets »

  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg Membership

    Unwrap exclusive benefits such as FREE parking, discounts, free guest tickets & more with a Busch Gardens Membership.
    Plus, Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration is included with Membership! 

  • Busch Gardens Christmas Event at a glance. See more details below.
  • Finnegan's Flyer
    Finnegan's Flyer
    Der Roto Baron

    *Please note that colder temperatures or inclement weather conditions may impact ride operations during the event.

    Check Out The Rides
  • More Festive Experiences

  • Christmas Carolers in England

    Holiday Entertainment

  • Christmas Shopping

    See Shops
  • Animal Ambassadors

    See Animals
  • Sesame Street® Forest of Fun

    Visit the Forest of Fun
  • Train

    Busch Gardens Railway

  • Scavenger Hunt

    Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt

  • Daytime Only Experiences

    The experiences below are available during the day for more Christmas Fun:

    Jingle the Surprise Elf

    Find Jingle,
    the Surprise Elf

    Spot Jingle, our surprise elf, and you may be in store for a little holiday magic. If you’re caught in this surprise moment, be sure to snap an ‘elfie selfie’ for a chance to be featured on our social channels.

    Candy Canes

    Holiday Treat

    Why should Halloween be the only holiday with a trek for treats? Little ones can get their mittens on some tasty holiday candy at Santa's Workshop!

    Gingerbread Man

    Gingerbread Character
    Meet & Greet

    Fresh out of the oven! Visit France to say “bonjour” to your favorite holiday cookie, bringing a sugary smile to everyone.


Holiday Dining

Embark on a flavorful journey with holiday-inspired specialty foods, desserts and drinks throughout the park’s themed villages.

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Holiday Dining

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Get up close to Clydesdale horses & border collies, enjoy a personal tour guide as you explore the park or get priority access to some of your favorite attractions with Special Event Add-Ons.

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Christmas Celebration Upgrades
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