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Busch Gardens Williamsburg went right down to the wire while decking the halls for the 2013 edition of Christmas Town

Busch Gardens Williamsburg went right down to the wire while decking the halls for the 2013 edition of Christmas Town

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I wanted to share a few shots that Nancy and I took last month at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. We were onsite for the official opening day of this year's edition of Christmas Town.


Photo by Jim Hill

We actually managed to make it inside this 350+ acre theme park before it opened to the public and got to see some of BGW's decorating team at work.


Photo by Nancy Stadler

I now want to direct your attention to the clock in the bottom-left-hand corner of the above image.


Photo by Nancy Stadler

You see the time. 2:35 p.m. At this point, it's just over a half hour 'til the very first Guests will enter Christmas Town. And yet the decorating team for Busch Gardens Williamsburg is still out & about in that theme park, making sure that every last snowflake was being put in its proper place.


Photo by Jim Hill

No detail was too small to be overlooked even at this late hour. Whether it was picking the loose leaves out of that white gravel which surrounded Santa's sleigh ...


Photo by Nancy Stadler

... or making sure that there was the perfect amount of ice inside of the "Ice Palace: A Penguin Paradise" display.


Photo by Jim Hill

As the minutes ticked down, BGW staffers hurriedly put the finishing touches on all of those 30 & 40 foot-tall "12 Days of Christmas" -themed trees which were scattered around this theme park's France section.


Photo by Nancy Stadler

But then -- at the very stroke of 3 -- all of those giant green cherry pickers were quickly rolled backstage. And the beautifully decorated Village of Aquitaine was then opened to the public.


Photo by Jim Hill

So was all this extra effort worth it? Well, as you can see in the pictures below ...


Photo by Jim Hill

... the France section of this theme park (which is decorated with 300,000 LED lights) is a dazzler.


Photo by Nancy Stadler

FYI: The Village of Aquitaine's "12 Days of Christmas" theming is new for 2013. But what Busch Gardens Williamsburg's decorating team cooked up for the 2012 edition of Christmas Town was Holiday Hills ...


Photo by Nancy Stadler

... which pays tribute to the sort of holiday decorations that you used to see around the US back in the late 1950s / early 1960s.


Photo by Jim Hill

Holiday Hills (which reimagines the Festa Italia portion of this theme park) is back, baby. Bigger & better than last year.


Photo by Nancy Stadler

And then when you factor in all of the great holiday-themed food items that Busch Gardens Williamsburg's chefs have exclusively cooked up for Christmas Town's 27 day run (like gingerbread-flavored cheesecake ...


Photo by Jim Hill

... and caramel apples made up to look like Frosty the Snowman & Saint Nick) ...


Photo by Jim Hill

... as well as all of the hand-made crafts ...


Photo by Jim Hill

... not to mention all of this theme park's great holiday-themed shows ...


Photo by Nancy Stadler

... it's easy to understand why Christmas Town is quickly transforming from being just a regional Xmas favorite to now becoming a national Christmas destination. So if you're thinking about heading down to Virginia ... er ... I mean journeying up to "The North Pole" ...


Photo by Nancy Stadler

... so that you & your kids can then get your picture taken with Santa and then perhaps pass along some last-minute gift requests ...


Photo by Jim Hill

... just be aware that Busch Gardens is now offering an online-only Buy Three, Get One Free Christmas Town ticket deal which extends through December 31. This special offer is good for four or more tickets. And anyone who's interested in this online-only offer can visit www.christmastown.com/va for complete details. Just be aware that this promotional price is not available at the park and must be purchased in advance.

And if you can't make it to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for this year's edition of Christmas Town, not to worry. For the Spring of 2014, this 38 year-old tourist attraction (which the National Amusement Park Historical Association has awarded its "Most Beautiful Park" award on 22 separate occasions) will be opening "London Rocks " ...


Photo by Jim Hill

... a brand-new 25 minute-long musical revue. Which will be presented inside of this theme park's Globe Theater and should give theme park fans plenty of good reasons to return to Busch Garden Williamsburg in the coming year.

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  • Love Busch Gardens Williamsburg! Definitely not a local destination only. Worth the trip. Such a beautiful park.

  • We were there on opening night and think that we saw you both. Did you ride the sky ride from Germany to England around 8:30 pm?

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