On Christmas Eve, my stepmother got the family tickets to Busch Gardens' Christmas Town. I was so excited and thankful because I've been wanting to go for the past couple of years now. It was such a fun, festive atmosphere and the only thing that could have made it better was the weather; it was almost 70 degrees during our visit! Despite the heat, I had a great time with my family and I can't wait to visit again. Keep reading to see all the (unedited) photos I took!
As soon as we walked in the front gate in the England section of the park, there were tons of lighted garlands and wreaths above us. They really set a festive mood and put me in the Christmas spirit. I loved the way the "flames" on the candles flickered for an almost authentic feel. The garland and wreaths were perfect for leading up to the main attraction in England - Big Ben.
The clock tower is absolutely gorgeous at night! Every few minutes (Not quite sure of the intervals) the clock would play a quick Christmas tune. There were also carolers nearby, singing just before the start of a show in the theater behind the clock. I would have loved to see the shows, but since we arrived so late - we showed up at 7PM and they closed at 9PM! - we wouldn't have had time to see them all. Busch Gardens has the best shows I've ever seen so I'm sure they were great. Next year, I have to go early just to make sure I catch them all!
One of my favorite ways to get around Busch Gardens is the Skyride, but with the weather, it was down for a short time. My second favorite way of travelling is the Train, which was covered in lights too! We took it from New France (right next to England) and arrived in Holiday Hills (known as Italy during the regular season) so we could walk to Germany. Holiday Hills was beyond gorgeous and the main attraction was this huge tree covered in lights. There were soooo many people standing around this tree Instagramming and Snapchatting!
A short walk from Holiday Hills took us to Germany and a 50 foot tree! This tree was beautifully decorated and even had a small section in the front with a bench to take pictures. Behind the tree is the Festhaus, where you can eat AND take in a show at the same time. A hidden projector displayed snowflakes across the front of the building for a magical feel. This section of the park is also home to the only rollercoaster running that night, Verbolten. The car completely covered in lights is how you know you've found it!
Our last stop on the way out was back through Holiday Hills, into a section called Polar Pathway and past Escape from Pompeii. This water ride is shut down during Christmas Town and covered in thousands of lights that mimic a waterfall. This was easily my favorite part of the whole trip and was a great way to end the night!
Christmas Town was a great way for my family to reconnect and have fun on Christmas Eve. My dad has already assured me this will be a tradition for our family for years to come. Sadly, I didn't get the chance to try the award winning hot chocolate but next year I promise to drink more than enough to make for it. I can't wait for next year as we start a new family tradition!
What's your favorite holiday tradition? Let me know in the comments below!