Busch Gardens Tampa's Christmas returns with new fireworks show, food and more

New this year is the "Holiday in the Sky" firework show, featuring a dancing water fountain.

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Busch Gardens Tampa will once again keep it festive with the return of Christmas Town, and there's a few new holiday twists.

For 57 consecutive days, running from Nov. 14 through Jan. 9,  the theme park's Christmas-themed party will feature a variety of shows, food, displays and more for the holiday season.

New this year is the "Holiday in the Sky" firework show, featuring a dancing water fountain that plays along to holiday tunes. There will also be a musical light projection at the Serengeti Overlook building, running every day for 15 minutes starting at 6 p.m. Christmas with the Celts will be added as well, a combination of Irish dance and Christmas carols at Stanleyville Theater from Friday-Sunday Dec. 16-25.

The theme park has also added Land of Sweets, where guests can find the Sugar Plum ballerina on stilts accompanied by her Cavalier soldier, joining the Sugar Plum Princess in her new realm.  In Jungala, a new 32-foot Christmas tree surrounded by a red and white winter wonderland will overlook the park.

Returning favorites are Santa's North Pole Experience, where guests can interact with Santa in his workshop and take photos on his sleigh, and the Holly Jolly Express, where guests can take a train around the park listening to sing-a-long Christmas classics.

Along with the return of Christmas Town Hot Chocolate, Busch Gardens is also adding an all-new holiday menu, featuring curry shrimp and jasmine rice, wild mushroom tart with Boursin cheese crema, braised beef with roasted garlic smashed potato, and a cookie decoration cabin for kids.

Christmas Town is free with park admission, but the extras will cost ya. Starting at $40 guests can purchase the Christmas Sampler Lanyards, which are either good for five or ten food and drink samples. Pass members can receive an "exclusive" 12 item sampler, as well. 
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