In 2015 for the first time the stage of the Royal Palace Theater in the France Village of Busch Gardens was converted to a magical frozen pond to bring guests an ice skating show.
This year the ice skating experience with headliner 2 time Olympic silver medalist champion Elvis Stojko is back and is called T’was that Night. The show is about 30 minutes in length, features music and original songs, some small fireworks, and of course Santa ice skating.
Some of the highlights are the dancing/skating reindeer, and Santa skating in his sleigh. The scenes retell the famous poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” by Clement Moore 1823 which most people refer to as T'was the night before Christmas with sugar plums dancing, Santa arriving and taking off as he tells you “Happy Christmas”.
The set is beautiful, colorful and the skaters do a wonderful job. This is the only theme park on the east coast (besides their sister park Sea World in Orlando) who offers an ice skating show and brings it to their guests for no additional charge. (Knott’s berry Farm in California puts on a Snoopy on Ice show). Other parks like Six Flags are following Busch’s lead and opening for Holiday magic with lights, hot chocolate and keeping a few rides open.
Besides the ice skating show, guests can take in Miracles in the other open air theater San Marco in the Italy village (you can also eat here, all the seating are tables with chairs). If it’s too cold for you, there are 3 indoor shows with heat such as Scrooge No More (a retelling of the classic Dickens tale) in the Globe theater in Englad (Pictured above); Deck the Halls a music review in Fest Haus the restaurant of Oktoberfest; and Gloria in the Abbystone Theater in Ireland which is a retelling of the first Christian Christmas. This in total gives guests 5 shows to enjoy.
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg glows with over 8.2 million lights and is open now through January 2, 2017 from 2-10 pm daily except for Christmas Day. On New Year’s Day there will be bonus fireworks at 9:30 PM. Ticket prices vary and are no higher than $38.
For a full review on the Christmas Town Experience click here