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What to expect at Busch Gardens new winter weekends

Posted at 11:23 AM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 22:06:03-05

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- In a year when businesses must adapt in order to stay relevant during the pandemic, Busch Gardens® Williamsburg announced a big change.

"For the first time ever, Busch Gardens will open in January, February, and early March," a park spokesperson wrote in an email Tuesday.

The new outdoor events are:

  • Winter Weekends
  • Mardi Gras
  • St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Busch Gardens Winter Weekends (Jan 15 – 24)

This limited capacity special event will feature lights, rides, and wildlife attractions.

"Park-goers can celebrate the New Year in a winter wonderland of fun by strolling through villages filled with beautiful lights at night, braving the thrills of 13 rides including three roller coasters and Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™, encountering unique animals not normally featured at the park, participating in special kid activities, and viewing a spectacular fireworks finale on Saturday evenings," the park spokesperson detailed.

Winter Weekends will be offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Jan. 15 – 24, with day and evening sessions available. Reservations are required. Click here for more information.

Mardi Gras (Jan 29 – Feb 28)

Busch Gardens will transform into New Orleans with rides, live music, Cajun food, and cocktails.

Mardi Gras will be offered Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Jan. 29 – Feb. 28. Click here for more information.

Details about the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration were not readily available.

Park-goers should expect to wear face coverings and undergo temperature screenings.

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