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5 Reasons to Visit Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 2023

by Mary Melnick

Dec 29, 2022

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Thrill-seeking family travelers should plan a trip to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia, in 2023. For those who need some convincing, here are five reasons Busch Gardens should be on your 2023 radar:


Winter Sale

Busch Gardens extended its winter sale through this weekend. Act now and save up to 50 percent on single-day tickets through Jan. 1. This time of year, the theme park is decorated with more than 10 million lights, one of the largest displays in North America, which travelers can experience until Jan. 8. Enjoy seven heart-warming shows, Santa’s Workshop, festive treats and classic but thrilling rides.


Mardis Gras

Every weekend Jan. 27–Feb. 26, 2023, let the good times roll at Busch Gardens’ Mardi Gras celebration. Enjoy live jazz music, classic Cajun flavors and celebrations like Carnaval Imaginique, an electrifying Cirque show in the Globe Theatre. All villages will be decorated colorfully, with entertainment including jester drummers, DJs and street performers. Treat your tastebuds to more than 30 mouth-watering bayou favorites like crawfish, shrimp étouffèe, cocktails and more.


St. Patrick’s Day

Test your luck at the St. Patrick’s Day celebration on weekends March 3–26. The festivities last all month long as Irish spirit and luck fill Killarney village.


Sesame Street Weekend

Families with younger children should check out Sesame Street Kids Weekend, March–April. Hang out with Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and other Sesame Street friends for fun-filled weekends and celebrations.


Food & Wine Festival

Flavors are everywhere at the Food & Wine Festival, Thursday–Sunday, April 27–June 11. Enjoy internationally inspired small dishes and drinks.


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