Thursday, December 13, 2012

His: Christmastown Decorations

A Christmas wreath by one of the train stations.
Busch Gardens is a theme park that is located about an hour from our home. They have a variety of rides including 5 roller coasters and many other rides for all members of the family. The park is usually open between April and October but for the last few years they have opened up in late November through the end of December for an event named Christmastown. The park is decorated with a variety of Christmas decorations and over 6 million lights and is one of the best decorated Christmas displays you will ever see.
One of the old style billboards in the Holiday Hills section.
        Only a small selection of the rides are open so the decorations are the main focus of the event. Each year the park adds more lights and decorations and this year the main addition was the Holiday Hills area which was designed to look like a trip down an an highway back in the 1950's. It was a great addition to the park and was a different contrast to the European theme that was in the rest of the park. Inside this section they had plenty of lights, decorations and 1950's style billboards. It was great to see that they added something new for the guests that have returned to the event from previous years.
Looking down at some of the lights from the skyride.

One of the best ways to see the decorations is from the air. Last year they had the skyride operating as a round trip but the wait was close to 2 hours so we didn't get to ride it. This year they had guests get on and off at each station and this made the lines shorter. We got on right at sunset and had a very short wait so that is our tip to avoid the crowds on this attraction.
There is so much more to see at Christmastown and the best way is through pictures so I am including several more pictures below. If you are in the Williamsburg area while this event is on it is well worth checking out. Just make sure you early as it is popular.
The Ice Palace
The Festhaus (one of the restaurants in the park)
Lights in the Italy section of the park.
The North Pole water fountain

Trees and lights near the entrance of the park

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