Williamsburg, Virginia (Nov. 2, 2020) – The holidays would not be complete without a visit to Busch Gardens® Williamsburg, the world’s most beautiful theme park. Today, the Williamsburg theme park announced an ALL-NEW special event, Busch Gardens® Christmas Celebration that will include an increase in reservation availability for more consumers to enjoy the park’s holiday event. Park guests can safely celebrate the holidays as they stroll through plenty of outdoor space during this new, limited capacity experience. Sparkling lights, beautiful decorations, festive foods, live seasonal music, exciting coasters and attractions, plus abundant shopping with physical distancing will make the spirit of the season come alive. Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration will offer day and evening reservation windows on select dates Nov. 13 - Jan. 3.
In compliance with Virginia’s phase 3 safety guidelines for reopening businesses, Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration will operate with enhanced health and safety protocols for cleaning and sanitizing, physical distancing, face covering requirements and temperature screenings. Special event capacity will be extremely limited to create ample space for guests to enjoy their experience, while maintaining physical distancing in a safe environment. Reservations and tickets will be available Monday, Nov. 2.
Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration will offer All-New experiences for the entire family as they stroll through eight of the park’s charming European villages adorned with beautiful trees, holiday decorations and lights to create a festive Christmas atmosphere unlike any other in Virginia. Santa Claus will greet kids in his workshop where the park has taken extra steps to ensure safety by installing plexiglass and physical distancing signage. Families can enjoy 15 fan-favorite roller coasters and thrilling rides, new live entertainment, photo opportunities and a Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt throughout the park. Guests can also visit quaint outdoor shops to find unique holiday gifts for family and friends, all with physical distancing measures in place.
Here is what park-goers can look forward to at the limited capacity Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration:
As guests stroll through charming villages draped in Christmas adornments they will discover delicious destinations for holiday-inspired specialty drinks and dishes. NEW for this year is a variety of favorite holiday beverages that will surely remind guests of some of their favorite Christmas traditions. These unique, limited time options include specialty cocktails like the new “Cranberry Hot Toddy,” “Warm Apple Pie Cocktail,” “After Dinner Mint Cocktail,” iconic specialty hot chocolate and a wide variety of guest-favorite festive winter beers.
In addition to the holiday beverage selection, guests will find food options that pair perfectly and reflect the season such as homemade sirloin sandwiches with fried onions, roast beef frites with cider onions, gravy and shredded Swiss, the can’t miss candied bacon and a range of festive desserts. The best way for guests to savor and save during the holidays is with a Christmas Celebration ticket plus a dine bundle that includes Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration admission, plus one entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage starting at only $59.99.
“The Christmas season is a special time for our park. This year has been challenging for so many and we’re thrilled to bring some holiday joy to even more families now that we’re able to offer additional reservations for this spectacular holiday event,” said Kevin Lembke, president of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA. “We continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, and have created an event full of Christmas experiences for kids and adults that safely deliver a festive combination of exciting coasters, rides, live holiday music and delicious food and drinks,” added Lembke.
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Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration event admission starts at only $39.99. For the best value, guests can lock in the BEST BENEFITS EVER by purchasing a new 2021 Membership for as low as $11.25 per month with no down payment. Members receive 12 months of unlimited visitation and amazing park benefits and rewards such as FREE parking, up to 50 percent discount on in-park merchandise, up to 20 percent discount on dining, FREE guest tickets and so much more. Admission to this special event is FREE for active Members.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health officials, outside consultants and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety and cleanliness standards. These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is excited to continue to provide our guests with fun, inspiring and memorable experiences, while addressing important health and safety needs during this time. For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the resort, including key operational changes, visit Buschgardens.com/williamsburg/park-info/park-safety/.
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