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Tampa’s biggest and brightest holiday event returns November 13th, with millions of lights, Holiday in the Sky fireworks and a new Santa’s North Pole experience.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is kicking off all things jolly early this year, as Christmas Town is set to arrive beginning November 13, 2021.

There will be millions of twinkling holiday lights strung all throughout the park, spectacular fireworks every Saturday and select evenings and a brand-new experience with Santa.

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Included in your general park admission, this year’s holiday offerings include several new experiences:

  • New! Holiday in the Sky Fireworks Show: Enjoy classic holiday tunes and watch festive bursts of Christmas colors as they cover the sky in a dazzling fireworks display. Holiday in the Sky is offered on the Festival Field every Saturday and select event nights, beginning November 13
  • New! Storytime with Mrs. Claus: Located in the Coke Canopy near the Christmas Town Village, Mrs. Claus will share traditional holiday tales and a joyful song. 
  • New! Santa’s North Pole Experience, presented by Coca-Cola: Jolly elves guide guests to see Santa in his workshop as he prepares for the holiday season.
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Other fan favorite entertainment returning to this year’s winter wonderland includes:

  • “Christmas on Ice”: Busch Gardens’ longest running holiday show returns to the Moroccan Palace Theater. This inspiring skating production transforms the stage with incredible feats of skating athleticism for a truly unmissable show set to holiday classic songs.
  • Elmo’s Christmas Wish: Join Cookie Monster, Rosita, Grover, and Zoe as they help Elmo find his Christmas wish! Families are sure to be singing and dancing along while watching this fun holiday show.
  • Three Kings Journey: The musical tale of the famed journey to Bethlehem is celebrated in the round at the Stanleyville Theater.
  • Holly Jolly Express: All aboard for Christmas Cheer! This locomotive is on track to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the favorite songs of the season as guests venture through the park.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Journey to Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland to find the most famous reindeer of all.
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Between rides on your favorite roller coasters, you can explore the Christmas Town Village, filled with drinks and dishes inspired by the season.

These unique, limited time options include NEW specialty cocktails like the “Mistletoe Margarita” and the “Apple Brandy Hot Toddy”.

Complete the night with a signature Christmas Town Hot Chocolate featuring festive flavors like peppermint or gingerbread.

Feel the spirit of the season in each bite with the new maple bourbon pecan pie or feast on holiday favorites like the smoked brisket “totchos.”

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Christmas Town runs daily with park-wide festive fun from November 12th through January 2nd.

Guests can get a head start on the holiday celebrations with a Preview Weekend November 6th and 7th and enjoy shows, holiday character meet-and-greets, and iconic holiday light displays.

Annual Pass Members get exclusive access to the 2:00 PM Christmas on Ice performance during the Preview Weekend.