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.
As many of you know, this is my first year as a teacher. In my school system, we get an ENTIRE week for Thanksgiving break. Coming from an office background, the thought of getting an entire week off for a holiday was mind blowing - no needing to worry about seniority, requesting off, using PTO, having work to make up, etc. I was really excited to have the time off, but at the same time, majority of my friends still work in offices, so making plans wasn’t much of a possibility.
John and I decided to stay in town, as we usually do, so that we don’t have to deal with the terrible holiday traffic and so that we could relax. I wish I could tell you I did something amazing on this whole week off, but honestly, I used some of the time to go on appointments that I was putting off and then I ended up sick, so I pretty much binge watched Hallmark movies, napped, and cuddled my pups.
I am also taking two online classes right now and had homework to complete during the break. Yea...that didn’t happen until right before returning to work. I imagined a week of getting things done, accomplishing a lot, but in the end, I needed mindless heartfelt movies and many, many naps.
In a month I will be on my two week winter break and my guess is, it will be a lot of the same. Working with children is so rewarding but us teachers also need time to just let loose, relax, unwind, turn “off” and unplug. If you are a teacher, I hope that you too used your Thanksgiving break to unwind and that you will be using your much needed winter break to do the same.
If you are a teacher, comment to let me know what do you usually do on your breaks. Do you usually relax? Do you plan for the next quarter? Do you travel? I want to hear from you!
This Independence Day, families can celebrate summer with world-class coasters, live entertainment and an incredible extended fireworks show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay® on Wednesday, July 4.
In addition to dancing the night away at one of the Summer Nights party zones, guests can celebrate the Fourth of July by taking on Florida’s top thrill rides, including the fan-favorite family spin coaster Cobra’s Curse™. For the Fourth of July, the park will be open from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. including the following festive activities in Gwazi Park – opening to guests at 7:45 P.M. next Wednesday evening.
Live Music – Actual Bank Robbers
8:15 p.m. to 9:40 p.m., Gwazi Stage
Based out of Tampa, independent pop/rock band Actual Bank Robbers is comprised of musicians who met working at an amusement park. The band will perform on the Gwazi Park main-stage and will also host a LIVE Summer Nights Dance Challenge!
National Anthem Performance
9:40 p.m., Gwazi Stage
The A Cappella Bay Show Chorus will be performing “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to the fireworks display. This award-winning group will kick off the fireworks by paying homage to our nation.
GRAND FINALE Fireworks Display
9:45 p.m., Gwazi Park
Finish the day with an electrifying, extended fireworks show that will illuminate the sky with a patriotic medley in celebration of Independence Day!
Through July 4, 2018 members of our armed forces can receive complimentary admission for themselves and three guests. These tickets must be redeemed at WavesofHonor.com and are not available at the front gate.
Don’t forget, free beer is back at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay! For the duration of Summer Nights, guests age 21 and older can enjoy two complimentary beer samples from the Garden Gate Café each time they visit the park. Throughout the summer, new featured brews will provide the perfect accompaniment to take on the night. Valid identification is required for age verification.
The best way to experience all of the summer excitement is with a Fun Card, including unlimited admission through the end of 2018. Until July 1, guests who purchase a Busch Gardens Fun Card for $99 will receive an Adventure Island® Fun Card for FREE, saving $59 per person. Guests can learn more about all available ticket offers online at BuschGardens.com.
Join in the summer conversation @BuschGardens with #ShowUsYourSummer and #BeerIsBack on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog.
Disclaimer: I am a Brand Partner/Ambassador for Busch Gardens Tampa and received this information via press release. In exchange for my time and efforts in keeping you advised of the latest events and discount offers, as well as providing my opinions on my blog, Busch Gardens has provided me with complimentary tickets and other exclusive opportunities. As always, all opinions are my own.
Passover is almost here and one of the Seder dishes I look forward to the most every year is the charoset (also known as haroset or charoses). A little back story, charoset is used during the Seder to represent the mortar used by the Israelites to make bricks while enslaved in Egypt. Yes, us Jews like to give meaning to just about everything we eat on every holiday – but that makes it more meaningful & fun, right? Charoset can be made many different ways, but typically has apples, nuts, and wine.
Anyway, my Abba (father), has always made hands-down (in my opinion of course) the best charoset. Everyone that dines at my parent’s Seder table always gets multiple helpings of this delicious stuff. Luckily, his recipe always makes enough that we have leftovers, which by the way, makes an amazing topping on matzo with cream cheese for breakfast!
I’m happy to share that my Abba has allowed me to share his delicious recipe with you, just in time for the first Seder! Don’t celebrate Passover? That’s fine, charoset is a wonderful spread to be enjoyed by anyone and everyone!
1 pear (1 pear to every 4 apples)
3 sweet red apples
1 green apple
Kosher for Passover sweet red wine (e.g. Manischewitz – can use sweet grape juice instead)
1/2 cup whole walnuts
Cinnamon to taste
*can add more of all ingredients to adjust to taste – see below.
Yields a full big Tupperware bowl (per Abba!)
Chag Samach, Pesach Sameach, and Happy Passover!
I'm Abby, wifey, mama x4, content creator & podcast junkie. Living in Orlando is a dream come true. I'm stoked to connect with you through the blog, social platforms & monthly girls night out events!