Busch Gardens Europe to open for Christmas event

Posted Thursday, December 4, 2008 3:51 PM | Contributed by ridemcoaster

Officials today announced plans for an all-new holiday event coming to the Virginia theme park in 2009. "Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration" will create the anticipation of the season and fill visitors' senses with all things Christmas. The park will transform into a winter wonderland filled with holiday traditions, new surprises and park favorites that make everyone say, "Now this is Christmas."

For the first time in the park's 34 year history, visitors will experience all-new attractions, shows and shopping that will fill them with holiday spirit. Guests can look forward to an immersive experience amid more than a million twinkling lights while they explore the best holiday traditions from around the world. Santa Claus will visit the park each evening to hear Christmas wishes from the young and young at heart.

Read more from The Daily Press and the official site.

Thursday, December 4, 2008 3:56 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Christmas is the new Halloween for theme parks.

Thursday, December 4, 2008 4:06 PM

Tell that to Kings Island and Carowinds.

I still remember that newspaper article from 2005... "Walking in an Empty Wonderland..."

Thursday, December 4, 2008 4:31 PM
Carrie M.'s avatar

We had a "Christmas Customs" celebration when I was in elementary school. There were booths and displays from various countries to help us learn how each celebrated the holidays. I bet BGE's will be better. ;)

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, December 4, 2008 7:09 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

BGE seems like the perfect park setting to do a Christmas event. Half the theming is already there.

Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

Thursday, December 4, 2008 10:02 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

^ Agreed.. I was there today for the announcement and media event.. They did a mock setup of what is to be.. Its going to be amazing looking. Our area only really has a few Christmas event locations since our parks are/were seasonal, so its a welcome addition to our area.

Nice thing is it gives another location for holiday celebration in Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg (CW) does a nice grand illumination and other fine holiday events. Another destination in same area is welcome.

I will be interested to see if the small fee to all guests (including passholders) will cause any heartache. The Halloween events typically are free (included in park admission), so hopefully people dont expect the same.

Thursday, December 4, 2008 10:36 PM
eightdotthree's avatar

My finance and I already made a vague plan to go next year. With this and all the other holiday stuff that they do in Williamsburg it will make a nice little trip for us this time of year. Nice idea, odd time to announce it.

Thursday, December 4, 2008 11:25 PM
ridemcoaster's avatar

Its not odd for BGE. Mostly due to this is the time of year they finalize budgets and PR for following season. Since they are a seasonal park (for most part) this time of the year is when they work on the upcomings.

Only thing I would slightly consider "odd" is during the 2008 holiday season they would announce their 2009 holiday seasonso it sort of teases you to whats to come a year from now. But its still timed appropriately. Not sure I would want to know a Christmas announcement in June.

Last edited by ridemcoaster, Friday, December 5, 2008 7:23 AM
Friday, December 5, 2008 12:03 PM
crazy horse's avatar

The sooner they get the word out, the better.

what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Friday, December 5, 2008 7:25 PM

I think this is a great idea as well.
I was there this summer, and if they close Italy, they would still have a great park for the Christmas in Virginia crowd. The rest of the park is almost perfectly suited to easily transform into a Christmas park.
Let's see what happens.


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