In Williamsburg, VA at Busch Gardens, an annual event takes place between November 25th - January 2 called Christmas Town. The park is decorated with over 8 million Christmas lights, the most in North America. Walking through England, France, Ireland, Canada, Germany, and Italy you really get to experience how different areas of the world celebrate Christmas. Hot cocoa, live shows, Christmas music, colored lights, carolers, and shops with authentic merchandise puts you right into the Christmas spirit!
Before arriving, my wife and I carefully planned how we would enjoy the park in a manner that we could experience almost everything. The first show we saw was "Miracles", which was a ballet musical. The lights and vocals were very nice and enjoyable. This show is located in Italy.
As we walked through the park we gazed upon the lights and listened to the music as we were surrounded by families and smiling faces. Our next stop was the light show located in Germany that synchronized with the rhythm of Christmas music. It was so amazing to see all of the lights dance.
We then made our way back to England by the sky lift to the train, which took us to France to watch the next Christmas show. "Twas The Night." is a very entertaining ice skating show with live singing and dancing. There is a ice skater that performed extremely well; come to find out, he was the Olympian Elvis Stojko! The show featured fireworks and It was held in a big outdoor arena where at least 5,000 people can sit and watch.
Lastly, we walked through France into Ireland where we watched our last show of the night. "Gloria" is a more spiritual musical about the birth of Jesus Christ into the world. This was my favorite show because of the biblical references, the gifted singers, live orchestra, and unbelievable graphics. It was quite an emotional experience!
Overall, Christmas Town was a great experience that I will now be adding to my family traditions during the Christmas season. The hot cocoa, amazing food and music was just the thing we need to kick start the season. I highly recommend going there to experience this event for yourself. Happy New Year!