Tampa’s local theme park, Busch Gardens, is planning a new Christmas tradition: Christmas with non-traditional break dancing elves, penguins, pink palm trees and real snow. The park will be featuring Christmas Town at night starting Nov. 30, 2012.
“We wanted to do a Christmas event for our guests,” said show manager for consumer events Adam Bost.
In Florida, the term “white Christmas” is usually a foreign concept. So the park will have snow emitted from a machine. There will be an area available for guests to play in the snow. There is also a snowball target practice area.
On the other side of the park, a Floridian Christmas will be included at the “Enchanted Flamingo Valley.” The attraction will include an array of palm trees covered in twinkling pink lights and pink flamingos.
Along with the lights at the park, there will be plenty of decorated trees. A seventeen foot poinsettia tree can be found in Poinsettia Parkway and another 4000 live poinsettias surrounding the area. In the North Pole Plaza, the Christmas trees will be decorated with hand crafted gum drops.
Also, in the North Pole Plaza, guests can find Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and a host of elves. Later in the day, Elves will be entertaining guests at “Mrs. Claus’s Family Feast.” The meal will cost $20 for adults and $14 for children.
In addition to food, there will be a Jungle Jubilee at the Crown Colony restaurant. Nearby the restaurant is the Carol of the Bells light show featuring thousands of twinkling wonders.
“If we measure it out there is about 50 miles of lights and one mile of garland,” said the art director of Oak Island (a company Busch Gardens employs to set up their eve Damon Wilde.
Jars of Clay will be performing by Gwazi every night the park is open. They will be performing some of their original songs along with some of their own renditions of holiday songs.
“We all have our own traditions, but creating a new tradition that is really a combination of a whole bunch of things put together with the lights and the sounds and the shows … we hope everyone can enjoy it,” said Bost.
Christmas Town tickets can be purchased now from the Christmas Town website.
Angela Sexton / Staff Writer