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We're still in the heart of summer, but Busch Gardens Tampa has opened up ticket sales and posted a few bits of information on their site for this year's event.

http://seaworldparks.com/en/christmastown-tampa

This year's event will begin on Friday, November 29th. For the first two weekends it will run Friday - Sunday, then nightly from December 12 - 23. Hours each night of operation will be 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

So far, the website promotes three times more snow, and a bigger and better event than ever before, including countless lights.




Ticket Prices:

Gate: $60 Adult, $20 Child (Ages 3 - 9)

Advance Offer Online: $40 Adult, $10 Child (Age 3 - 9)

Pass Members: $25 Adult, $10 Child (Age 3 - 9)




Dining:

Mrs. Claus Family Feast

Mrs. Claus invites you to visit Santa's House between 3:00 and 6:00 pm before joining her festive family feast.

Families and friends are invited to a dinner buffet hosted by Mrs. Claus herself and some of her most entertaining elves! This special evening will be filled with stories, songs and surprises for all! Savor the flavors of our traditional holiday buffet while you endure the anticipation and excitement for the start of Christmas Town™

Adult - $22, Child (3 - 9) - $16, Child Under 3 - Free, but reservation required




More updates as information is released!
 

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RE: Christmas Town 2013 (BGT)

They need to have that insane plate of gooey smores again. And the happy penguins.
 
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Was there supposed to be something in the blackness towards the end other than music?
 
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RE: BGT Christmas Town 2013

Santa's Christmas Workshop, the temporary store where Sahara Trading Company is located, was set to open today. When I got to the park a little after noon, the shop still wasn't opened. I poked around for awhile, and all I could get was "sometime this afternoon" for an opening time. I was about to head for a lap around the park when Brian Kilpatrick, Vice President of Merchandise, stuck his head out the door and invited me in to be the first to see the progress as they were putting on the finishing touches before opening to the public a little later.

Below are the tweets from earlier today - I hope to have a full article with more pictures up on the main site soon!

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RE: BGT Christmas Town 2013

Did y'all see that BGT is adding some new attractions this year? I think this is probably a good thing. Last year felt sparse to me (for lack of a better word).

Even Busch Gardens’ most familiar fans will barely recognize the portions of the park that convert to Christmas Town through special entertainment, live music, festive treats, holiday shopping and more than one million twinkling Christmas lights:

NEW AREAS

NEW! Holiday Hills
Enjoy a trip back in time to celebrate Christmas in the good ‘ole days in Holiday Hills. In this nostalgic town, a live brass band sets the mood for seasonal fun with everyone’s favorite Christmas tunes while Mrs. Claus cooks up delicious holiday fare for the whole family at Mrs. Claus’s Family Feast.

NEW! Christmas Time Terrace

Journey into Jungala to see a nature-inspired Christmas, including a new tree light show in Christmas Time Terrace. A larger-than-life Christmas tree comes alive every fifteen minutes with spectacular dancing lights. The breathtaking light show on this 40-foot tree is the perfect place for this year’s family photo.

NEW! Mistletoe Memories

Sneak a kiss with your sweetheart in the beautiful garden walkway of Mistletoe Memories. Here, romantic flowers and sparkling white twinkle lights fill the trees overhead and set the scene for sweet moments with loved ones and beautiful photos worth cherishing.

RETURNING FAVORITES

As soon as your family enters Christmas Town, the warm colors of Celebration Village will welcome you and the cool lights of Ice Wonder Way will start your night with sparkles and shimmer. On your way to challenge Cheetah Hunt, you’ll see the kind of Christmas found only in nature along Jungle Jubilee. Then, you’ll meet a flock of playful penguins at Penguin Point on your way to see the Jolly Big Man himself in the North Pole.

Your family will marvel at a life-sized representation of the Holy Nativity, made purely of plants at Miracle Way. Little ones will giggle and smile when they meet the characters of Madagascar Live: Operation Christmas Vacation and Elmo’s Christmas Wish.

Then, step into a larger-than-life-sized greeting card to create fun family photos in Jingle Bell Junction before seeing Christmas is in full bloom along Poinsettia Parkway and the thousands of twinkling pink lights in Enchanted Flamingo Valley. It’s night full of Christmastime memories your family will cherish all year long.

Info here
 
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I guess Holiday Hills was such a big success uo here, they decided to add it down there too! Cool to see how they do it! :)
 

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RE: BGT Christmas Town 2013

Wouldn't be surprised. They already have SnowWorld, which is sponsored by Coke.

This year, SnowWorld® Presented by Coca-Cola® brings real snow back to Florida! This guest favorite has tripled in size for even more snow-filled fun! Slide down eight new slides, make a snowman, play in the soft white snow or pack the perfect snow balls to test your aim in the target practice area.
 
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RE: BGT Christmas Town 2013

Full Press Release with all the details:

`Tis the season for family traditions! Last year, Busch Gardens® Tampa launched the biggest Christmas celebration ever, and this year, Christmas Town has even more jolly times in store! This year, Christmas Town has more snow, even more event nights and more than a million twinkling lights! Christmas Town transforms the park into a nighttime holiday wonderland of wintery surprises and all things Christmas, filling guests’ senses with seasonal sights, sounds and flavors, and continuing a beautiful tradition for Tampa’s families. What’s even better than that? A portion of the proceeds from Christmas Town will benefit All Children’s Hospital here in the Bay area.

This year’s event has added even more nights to experience all-new evening attractions, shows and shopping. Christmas Town is open 18 select nights from 6 to 11 p.m., Nov. 29 through Dec. 23.
NEW THIS YEAR! Enjoy unlimited admission to all 18 nights of Christmas Town with the Christmas Town Unlimited ticket for just $89 plus tax for adults and $29 plus tax for children.

NEW THIS YEAR! This year’s event also introduces Discovery Dollars, a new cashless wristband that can be preloaded with cash or linked to a credit card. Dollars can be used at merchandise and dining locations around Christmas Town to make your family’s night even merrier! Guests who set up accounts with cash can visit Guest Relations upon their exit to have unspent money returned. Unclaimed monies will be donated to SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.

And while Christmas Town brings exclusive Yuletide experiences, guests will also have the opportunity to ride some of Busch Gardens’ most popular roller coasters, including Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra and Gwazi. The special event includes attractions exclusive to the nighttime experience:

v This year, SnowWorld® Presented by Coca-Cola® brings real snow back to Florida! This guest favorite is bigger than ever for even more snow-filled fun! Slide down eight new slides, make a snowman, play in the soft white snow or pack the perfect snow balls to test your aim in the target practice area.



v All aboard the Christmas Town Express for the biggest Christmas carol sing-a-long on wheels. Friends and family are invited join in singing traditional songs of the season like “Jingle Bells,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” while circling the Serengeti on a beautifully lit vintage-style steam locomotive.

v The Claus family invites you into their North Pole home at Welcome to Santa’s House. While the elves are busy preparing for Christmas, Mrs. Claus is in the kitchen baking holiday treats, but even Santa himself will take a break from his busy holiday schedule to meet and take photos with families in his private study.

v Straight from the South Pole, the Christmas Town penguins have brought a bit of ice and snow all the way to Florida! Come chill with these dapper little creatures and marvel at their underwater antics at the newly expanded Penguin Point, complete with a giant penguin photo opportunity in the Nairobi area.



Even Busch Gardens’ most familiar fans will barely recognize the portions of the park that convert to Christmas Town through special entertainment, live music, festive treats, holiday shopping and more than one million twinkling Christmas lights:

v NEW! Enjoy a trip back in time to celebrate Christmas in the good ‘ole days in Holiday Hills. In this nostalgic town, a live brass band sets the mood for seasonal fun with everyone’s favorite Christmas tunes while Mrs. Claus cooks up delicious holiday fare for the whole family at Mrs. Claus’s Family Feast.

v NEW! Journey into Jungala to see a nature-inspired Christmas, including a new tree light show in Christmas Time Terrace. A larger-than-life Christmas tree comes alive every fifteen minutes with spectacular dancing lights. The breathtaking light show on this 40-foot tree is the perfect place for this year’s family photo.



v NEW! Sneak a kiss with your sweetheart in the beautiful garden walkway of Mistletoe Memories. Here, romantic topiaries, flowers and sparkling white twinkle lights fill the trees overhead and set the scene for sweet moments with loved ones and beautiful photos worth cherishing.



v Celebration Village brings together the rich, warm colors of Christmas and heartfelt voices lifted in song to welcome guests as they enter Christmas Town. Draped in jewel-tone ornaments and glowing lights, the Moroccan Village comes alive with local choirs in the Marrakesh Theater and shops full of holiday gifts.

v Family and friends will cozy up to brave the chill in the air along Ice Wonder Way. The frozen pathway sparkles and shimmers in the night as brilliant white garland wraps the front of the Moroccan Palace, welcoming guests for special performances of Angels of Peace: A Christmas Journey on Ice.



v Wild colors, exotic decorations and intricate animal patterns create the kind of Christmas found only in nature! Stretching along the Cheetah Hunt walkway, Jungle Jubilee welcomes guests to Florida’s only triple-launch coaster and the iconic Crown Colony restaurant, featuring special holiday fare and the Carol of the Bells light show.

v Experience the humble magnificence of that first Christmas night and remember the real “reason for the season” along Miracle Way. Guests will marvel at a topiary representation of the Holy Nativity and illuminated angels, set along the Stanleyville Bridge in the warm glow of Christmas lights and sacred holiday music.

v Christmas has come to Sesame Street! Meet Elmo, Bert, Ernie, Big Bird, Zoe and Abby for photos and plenty of hugs for a funny, furry Christmas in Sesame Street A Very Furry Christmas at Busch Gardens. Stick around to see the characters in the all-new, heartwarming show Elmo’s Christmas Wish.



v When it’s warm in December and there’s more sand than snow, celebrate a Floridian Christmas with a touch of the tropics in the Enchanted Flamingo Valley. Guests will be “thinking pink” as they encounter decorated palm trees and a flock of festive flamingos created from thousands of twinkling pink lights.

v Christmas is in full bloom along Poinsettia Parkway, where guests can lose themselves among hundreds of traditional holiday flowers that set the scene for breathtaking pictures. Make a family memory in front of an enormous tree made entirely of beautiful red poinsettias.



v On your way to seasonal shops, delicious treats or to play in the snow, stop by Jingle Bell Junction and step into a larger-than-life-sized greeting card for fun family memories beneath a thousand dazzling Christmas lights, located at the crossroads of Christmas Town in Gwazi® Plaza.



v Explore Christmas Town Village’s quaint holiday cabins while shopping for the perfect gift and indulge in a delicious seasonal treat like hot chocolate, waffles with ice cream, warm-baked cookies and rustic sandwiches along the Gwazi® Park walkway. Kids can climb aboard the Jingle Bell Express, a pint-sized train for a holly-jolly ride.


v Steps away from the playful flock at Penguin Point, bright and colorful lights line the pathway and fill every branch of every tree surrounding the North Pole. Savor holiday treats and sights as your family prepares to meet the big man himself on the way to Welcome to Santa’s House.


Guests who have come to love Busch Gardens’ traditional holiday shows will still be able to see Christmas on Ice, Christmas from the Heart and Christmas Celebration during the day. But at Christmas Town, new shows will provide a very special evening of family-friendly entertainment:


v NEW! Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Zoe and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends in Christmas Town’s all-new show, Elmo’s Christmas Wish. Sing and dance along with Elmo as he makes a Christmas wish to Santa and learns the meaning behind Christmas.



v NEW! Christmas Time Tree Show brings a larger-than-life Christmas tree alive every fifteen minutes with spectacular dancing lights.



v NEW! Join the adventure as everyone’s favorite Madagascar friends including Gloria, Alex, King Julien and the penguins go on a vacation with a Christmas twist in Madagascar Live! Operation: Christmas Vacation. Fun and colorful holographic ornaments fill the trees overhead on the plaza pathway leading to this all-new show.



v World-class skaters will bring to life favorite Christmas songs both traditional and contemporary, in a cool, angel-inspired ice show, Angels of Peace: A Christmas Journey on Ice, produced especially for Christmas Town by the creators of Christmas on Ice and Iceploration.

v Busch Gardens’ Crown Colony House restaurant sets the stage for a stunning ballet of music and light each night under the stars. The Carol of the Bells features tens of thousands of Christmas lights covering the façade of the stately building set in motion to a choreographed presentation of stirring seasonal songs.


v Local church choirs, school choruses and professional performance groups from around Florida raise their voices in joy and fill the Marrakesh Theater with song and Christmas cheer in the Hallelujah Showcase. Performance groups will change nightly and feature traditional, classic and new holiday ballads and favorites.



For those who can’t wait to get their night at Christmas Town started, guests are invited to pull up a chair at Mrs. Claus’ Family Feast for a special evening filled with stories, songs, a delicious buffet of traditional holiday fare, plenty of opportunities for holiday hugs and photos with Mrs. Claus and her favorite elves. Space is limited for this exclusive dining experience and reservations must be made in advance at ChristmasTown.com

“Christmas Town is a unique holiday tradition for Tampa Bay-area families,” says Jim Dean, Busch Gardens Tampa’s park president. “We’ve creating a season-long celebration for family and friends unlike any other event our guests have ever seen – the kind of Christmas fun only Busch Gardens can provide.”

Christmas Town is a separate-ticketed night event, and regular daytime admission is not required or included. General admission for Christmas Town is $60 for adults and $20 for children plus tax. Busch Gardens annual pass members will receive the deepest discounts with advance online pricing starting at $25, and special offers are available for guests wishing to upgrade their paid daily admission to Busch Gardens. Gift cards and tickets are available at Bay area Publix and AAA locations and additional discounts are offered through promotional codes from Coca-Cola® at Dunkin Donuts® and Fantastic Sam’s®. Families with children ages 3 to 9 will enjoy a special advance-purchase price of $10 for their youngest members.
 
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Christmastown 2013 Review

I attended Christmastown 2013 this year on opening day. I was there last year and part of my review draws from the comparisons to last year, but there are all kinds of unique aspects in itself of this year that makes it one of itself.

Unlike the previous year, I decided to partake of Mrs Claus Family Feast. That was a very high point to start the festivities of Christmastown. The food was excellent. A very good spread of your traditional Christmas favorites as well as some things for your little ones like chicken fingers. DO not forget to partake in the dessert of the cobbler with that caramel topping either. During the feast Mrs. Claus comes out and does a sing-a-long with the elves that directly involves the children present also. The only thing I wished I could have had was some egg nog just to get the true authenticism. Also, if you do pay for the Christmas Feast in advance, you get the opportunity to visit Santa as early as 3:00 pm in his house without the longer lines you will see later in the evening.

Upon leaving, you get the feeling of a nostalgic holiday feel as you see the billboards of a classic santa and his coke on the walls of Falcon's Fury. What would you expect, because you are currently in Holiday Hills.

Now Santa's house is a must if you have a children, or just wanna see santa like me. Mrs Claus will greet you, give you a deliscious cookie, and pass you to the elves. The elves then take your child on an unforgettable journey to meet santa.

Over by Jungala introduces Christmas Time Terrace where a 40 foot tree will bring about a light show to music every 15 minutes. It is a site to behold and enjoy.

If you are there with your special person, Mistletoe Memories will give you the opportunity to sneak in that kiss or two as you are strolling through the plethora of mistletoe above you. The ambient lighting also makes it a perfect romantic feel, as well as christmasy too.

Christmastown did bring back Miracle Way. One of the best respresentations of a nativity scene I have ever seen. Be sure to pose with one of the lit up angels and you will understand the meaning of my complement.

Even though I was disaapointed an artist was not here this year performing (I.E. Jimmy Osmond and his family last year), Busch Gardens did bring a Christmas Themed Madagascar: Operation Christmas Vacation to the park. If you never seen this show during its regular run, it is a must see. If you have, there is a Christmas Theme to it that your child would love one way or the other.

The penguins were brought back in Penguin Point. Save yourself a trip to Sea World and see the penguins only during this Christmastown engagement. Also, some beautiful bright lighting is on display in the pathway leading up to the penguin display

Angel of Peace: A Christmas Journey on Ice is a must when enjoying Christmastown this year. A uniqure show apart from your day show and very enjoyable, and meaningful. I actually enjoyed the show by watching it twice in my visit.

While near the theater, make sure to swing by the Colony House and see the Caroling of the Bells, a favorite brought back from last year. It performs every 15 minutes so ample opportunity to enjoy it with your family.

Finally, but definitely, not the least. SNOW WORLD presented by Coca-Cola is what Christmastown is all about. 15.000 square feet is dedicated to this area for adults and children to enjoy alike. Instead of one, there are now 8 sled paths to sled down. Wanna Race? The target range for throwning the snowballs is even bigger, and funner. Want to play in the snow, no problem, plenty of snow to make your snow angels, slide in, and fall in. Busch Gardens have even introduced a pager system so you can enjoy other parts of snow world while awaiting the line.

There are photo opportunities aplenty in Christmastown. Make yourself a postcard in Jingle Bell Junction, pose with panda in Snow World, and other classic Christmas themed places to photo with your family and friends.

Bring your kids, no problem. Elmo will be there in Sesame Street to greet your children. He will also be doing a show called Elmo's Christmas Wish for them also. When on your way back they can also take a ride on the Jingle Bell Exprress. The Christmastown Express also runs around the park where you can sing your Christmas favorites while enjoying the Serengeti at night.

Plenty of food, drinks, gifts, and crafts available for you while enjoying Christmastown. I myself love the hot chocolate. I bought one with a souveneir cup for $5.99 and had refills the rest of the night for $1.00.

Overall, Christmastown was not a disappointment and highly recommended to you and your family. I would recommend getting your tickets online in advance, you will save yourself a lot of money and enjoy it all the same. Any further questions or comments I can be reached on twitter @TampaAmazeMe where I do regular reporting and live tweeting while in the park. Merry Christmas Everyone
 

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Very cool! I'm glad they decided to be different, and not completely copy O'Tannenbaum's show. This is more of a subtle transition with soft music, and O'Tannenbaum is loud music with fast/hard transitions. To tell you the truth, I can't really chose between the 2, they're both nice in their own way.
 
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