AWARD-WINNING BUSCH GARDENS® CHRISTMAS TOWN™ BRIGHTENS TAMPA BAY AREA FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON STARTS TODAY
Experience NEW festive culinary and entertainment experiences, fan-favorite visits with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and more.
The holidays come to life at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay’s Christmas Town™ including ALL-NEW festive fare, heartwarming holiday shows, and merry memorable moments with fan-favorite characters each day starting Nov. 16, 2019 through Jan. 6, 2020.
Proud to be nationally recognized as a USA Today 10 Best Theme Park Holiday Event, Christmas Town offers new experiences along with Tampa Bay traditions. The event has placed in the top 10 of holiday theme park offerings in 2017 and 2018 and has been nominated again for the 2019 list. Fans of Christmas Town can vote daily for the event now through Monday, December 2 and enjoy the following experiences and more starting Saturday, November 16.
Heartwarming Holiday Entertainment
Spirited shows and dazzling lights cover the park in holiday cheer all-season long, including an ALL-NEW show opening at Dragon Fire Grill.
-NEW The Most Wonderful Time: You’re invited to a classy Christmas soirée, complete with jazzy piano solos, a live band and heart-melting vocal performances.
-UPDATED The Holiday Sing-Along Train: This season, the park’s classic steam engine has a merry makeover, including more lights than ever. Join your Christmas Conductor for a live sing-along and raise your voice to spread cheer throughout the park.
-Christmas on Ice: A frosty fan-favorite and the longest-running holiday show at !
-Elmo’s Christmas Wish: A song-filled spectacle featuring classic holiday tunes with a special Sesame Street twist.
-Christmas From the Heart: A gospel-inspired celebration with a high-spirited finale.
-Three Kings Journey: A musical tale of the famed trail to Bethlehem.
-Carol of the Bells: Thousands of dancing Christmas lights blanket the Serengeti Overlook Restaurant and an iconic multi-story Christmas tree for a perfectly choreographed performance of “Carol of the Bells.”
Holiday Lights Reach NEW Heights
This Christmas season, park guests can take on Florida’s best thrill rides as they coast over millions of twinkling Christmas lights. The park’s newest addition, Tigris – Florida’s tallest launch coaster, is also dressed for the holidays – featuring NEW light displays inspired by the attraction. Near the Tigris realm, guests can stroll through the NEW Luminosity Lane – an immersive light tunnel synchronized to favorite holiday tunes.
Merry Memorable Moments with Festive Friends
-FAN-FAVORITE Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola®: Families are invited for a magical visit they’ll never forget with Mrs. Claus and jolly elves at Santa’s House, all nestled in the heart of .
-Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Guests can get nose to nose with the most famous reindeer around as they greet Rudolph, Clarice and Bumble from the classic Christmas tale at Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland.
-NEW Merry Mint Lane: Park guests will waddle with excite-mint as they get a close look at penguins and other animal ambassadors at the Animal Care Center. The area’s festive makeover includes photo opportunities with NEW Peppermint Pals, tasty treats and more!
-NEW Sugar Plum Princess: ‘Tis the season for visiting royalty! Joining the Ice Princess and Poinsettia Princess, a new Sugar Plum Princess will greet guests near Sultan’s Sweets candy shop.
Festive Fare beyond Compare
From merry mealtime memories to food samples that are perfect for strolling through a winter wonderland, Christmas Town offers endless holiday flavors, including new dining experiences.
-NEW Christmas Town Samplers: Throughout the Christmas Town Village, guests can stroll from cabin to cabin to sample delicious holiday dishes and drinks. From apple pie, sweet potato fries, chicken-and-waffle sandwiches to hot toddies and NEW pumpkin thrill shakes, the best way to savor and save during the holidays is with a Christmas Town Sampler.
-NEW Breakfast with Elmo & Friends: Families can enjoy hugs and high fives from their favorite Sesame Street friends as they celebrate the holidays with family-friendly eats at Dragon Fire Grill. Available select dates in November and December, space is limited - reservations are encouraged.
-NEW Taste of the Holidays Buffet: While savoring the beautiful view of the Serengeti Plain and Cobra's Curse, families can feast on holiday favorites at the park’s historic Serengeti Overlook Restaurant. This new buffet menu features returning classic favorites, like our house-signature fried chicken and pumpkin cheesecake.
The gift that gives all year – a Busch Gardens Annual Pass!
Now is the best time for Holiday shoppers to give the gift of a year of park admission including Florida’s best thrill rides, including the all-new Tigris – Florida’s tallest launch coaster, with a Busch Gardens Annual Pass.
Limited-time pricing is available now for all Annual Passes, starting at $10.25 per month for everyone on the nice list, with no down payment. Guests can choose an Annual Pass with unique benefits including free parking, free Serengeti Safari, merchandise discounts and dining discounts in addition to special limited-time perks throughout the year.
In the New Year, Annual Pass members will enjoy exclusive ride time on Iron Gwazi, North America’s tallest hybrid coaster and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world, when it opens in spring 2020.
For complete event information, including dates, times and restaurant reservations, visit ChristmasTown.com. Be the first to know about events, special deals and future announcements by following Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
ATTENTION STRANDED THOMAS COOK TRAVELERS: BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY OFFERS FREE SINGLE DAY PARK ADMISSION
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is joining SeaWorld Orlando in offering a respite for displaced Thomas Cook vacationers: free, single day admission available now through Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.
“We’re pleased that this free offer lets stranded families and friends enjoy a day together,” stated Stewart Clark, President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “From our newest attraction and Florida’s tallest launch coaster, Tigris to some of the world’s most inspiring animal encounters, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has something for every member of the family.”
The single-day ticket offer is valid for stranded Thomas Cook travelers only. Travelers must show proof of booking along with a current, photo ID at the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay front gate ticket window to receive free admission.
*Tickets are valid for one single-day admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay by Sept. 30, 2019. Valid during regularly scheduled operating hours. Ticket is non-transferable and non-refundable. Tickets may not be copied, transferred or resold. Ticket is not valid for Howl-O-Scream. Each traveler must show his or her own cancelled Thomas Cook flight voucher /ticket or proof of booking along with a matching current, photo ID. Ticket void if altered. Offer subject to change without notice. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Parking, taxes, and service fees are not included. Limited time offer expires: 9/30/19. Call 813-884-4386 for additional information.
Serving #ThrillsOnTap Each Weekend Starting August 17 through September 8 including Labor Day
Just in time for International Beer Day, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announces the return of Bier Fest, featuring over 40 local and international breweries, 40 NEW brews to try, NEW pub-inspired fare, and live entertainment.
Although International Beer Day is celebrated globally on the first Friday of August, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has been pouring out the fun all year with complimentary beer samples as a part of the park’s 60th Anniversary Celebration. Samples will continue to pour out at Garden Gate Café in the heart of the festival footpath throughout Bier Fest, each weekend from August 17 through September 8, including Labor Day. Beer connoisseurs can create the perfect pairing with delicious pub food favorites and enjoy live music from local acts.
From Florida’s finest craft brews to interesting international delights, park guests can enjoy local favorites and explore new flavors throughout the festival plaza. New to the festival this year, guests can toast to the end of summer with seasonal flavors like pumpkin and fruity ciders, including gluten-free options.
Bier Fest highlights more than 20 Florida based breweries and over a dozen Tampa Bay favorites, including:
All-new culinary creations include tacos, melts, sliders and other hand-held bites:
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The best way to enjoy the flavors of the festival is with the purchase of a Bier Fest Sampler Lanyard, starting at only $29.99. Samplers allow a choice of any five or ten food or beverage samples throughout the festival.
Pass Members get an exclusive offer: 12-items for the same price as a 10-item Sampler – or two extra samples for FREE!
Bier Fest is included with park admission, including year-round admission with a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Annual Pass or Fun Card. For a limited time, guests who purchase a Busch Gardens Fun Card for $99.99 will receive an Adventure Island Fun Card for FREE, including unlimited admission through the end of the 2019 season. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an additional fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.
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Disclaimer: This information was sent to me via press release. I am a Busch Gardens Blogger Brand Partner and in exchange for my postings and reviews I receive sneak peaks into special events, including this one. However, as always, all opinions and comments are my own.
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