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Conveniently located in North Tampa, Holiday Inn & Suites Tampa North - Busch Gardens Area is the prime location for your next trip to Tampa.  We are one mile from Busch Gardens, University of South Florida, Adventure Island, USF Sun Dome, MOSI, Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida Hospital and VA Hospital.

Experience unforgettable connections at the Lowry Park Zoo (5 miles away) and for cat lovers visit Big Cat Rescue (11 miles away) an animal sanctuary that is home to over 100 cats big and small.

Enjoy 165 parks and beaches right in Tampa or take a drive and experience Clearwater Beach (30 miles away).  University of South Florida (1 mile away) and Universitiy of Tampa (9 miles away) are part of a vibrant college community. Tampa Bay is home to the NFL Buccaneers (Raymond James Stadium - 10 miles away) MLB Rays (Tropicana Field - 30 miles away in St. Pete) and NHL Lightening (Amalie Arena 10 miles away). Tampa Bay is also home to shopping - Downtown Malls (9 miles away) and the new Tampa Premier Outlets (14 miles away).  Popular nightlife districts include Channelside, Ybor City, SoHo, International Plaza and Bay Street. So much for you to see and do!


Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay's annual holiday tradition, Christmas Town™, beams bright with twinkling lights, spectacular shows, holiday shopping and even a visit to Santa's House presented by Coca-Cola®.

The Christmas cheer begins on select dates from Nov. 19 through Dec. 31, with an extended Three Kings Day Celebration from Jan. 1 through Jan. 6.

The Claus family invites you into their North Pole home at Santa's House presented by Coca-Cola®. While the elves are busy preparing for Christmas, Santa is taking a break from his busy holiday schedule to meet and take photos with families in his private study.

Making his Christmas Town debut, Sam the Snowman joins Rudolph, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, Bumble at Rudolph's Winter Wonderland located in Celestial Crossing.  Meet and take photos with these beloved characters, play holiday games and indulge in Yuletide treats while scenes of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® television special come to life.

Nestled between beautifully lit trees and roaring with excitement, some of the best views of Christmas Town can be found atop Florida's top thrill rides, including family spin coaster, Cobra's Curse®.

Busch Gardens unfolds the famed journey to the humble town of Bethlehem during a Three Kings Celebration from Jan. 1-6. This cultural celebration boasts authentic Latin flavors found only during the holidays, live entertainment honoring the three Wise Men and Busch Gardens' dazzling display of twinkling Yuletide lights 

Guests can also expect the return of fan-favorite shows that ring in the season, including Christmas on Ice, Carol of the Bells light show and the Holiday Hills Brass Band. For a complete list of seasonal sights and unforgettable Yuletide experiences, visit ChristmasTown.com.

Sometimes the best part about Christmas morning is the breakfast and this year the all-new Story Time Breakfast with Rudolph delivers at Dragon Fire Grill complete with holiday songs, story time and special surprises. Indulge in waffles, French toast, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese grits, pastries, biscuits and gravy, and much more.

Enjoy 5 or 10 delectable creations from our holiday menus with Christmas Town Sampler Lanyard. Culinary locations like Christmas Town Village will feature savory treats and Yuletide sweets the whole family can indulge in

Christmas Town is included with any annual pass, Fun Card or daily admission to the park and open until 10 p.m. on select dates and will close at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. For New Year's Eve, Christmas Town will remain open until 1 a.m. to ring in 2018.


The Wild Family Tradition Continues Starting November 24

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2017) – It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas… as Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo transforms again into a world of festive holiday wonder for Christmas in the Wild! For 18 delightful nights, experience a merry and memorable evening with this unique holiday event. Only at the Zoo, can families be nose—to-horn with an Indian Rhino and then stroll hand-in-hand with Santa's Elves. From the stunning sights of countless lights, the taste and scents of seasonal holiday treats and refreshments, the magic and enchantment of wildlife at night, Christmas in the Wild will offer guests of all ages a truly charming holiday experience.

More merriment awaits with dazzling entertainment, including carolers dressed in Dickens era costumes performing traditional classics as well as contemporary favorites, and holiday story time with Mrs. Claus. All-new this year, guests will be captivated by a 50-foot animated Christmas tree complete with 12,000 dancing lights, 2,000 ornaments, and an 8-ft star!

Wildlife will also get into the holiday spirit with special themed activities including Presents for Primates and Ornaments & Elephants. Guests will also have the opportunity to have an even closer look at our African penguins. All new this year, families will enjoy “Hazel's Christmas Gift” a holiday themed animal show, featuring our famous animal ambassadors.

The big guy in red will return to Santa's Village, which is situated in a new whimsical elf village. Guests will have the opportunity to make reservations to ensure they don't miss jolly St. Nick before he goes back to the North Pole. Other holiday themed areas include Holiday Hoedown, Polar Paradise and Candy Cane Lane!

When people think of the holidays, they think of delicious holiday treats! The Zoo's Head Chef, Itza Henderson, has created a unique menu to satisfy every foodie's taste buds. Savory dishes include braised short rib with smoked Gouda mac and cheese, S'mores bacon, an amazing holiday burger and much more. For those with a sweet tooth, there's a variety of decadent desserts to indulge in from a selection of gourmet hot chocolates, peppermint mousse and deconstructed apple pie. A special beverage was also created for kids, they can sip on a frozen hot chocolate. Adults can add some spice to the evening with a candy cane martini or hot toddies. Guests of all ages should get their appetites ready – they can only enjoy these dishes at Christmas in the Wild!

Christmas in the Wild will take place Fridays and Saturdays on November 24-25, December 1-2, 8-10, 15-17, 21-23 and 26-30. The Zoo will remain open late on select nights.

‘Tis the season for giving, and by attending Christmas in the Wild, guests are helping support the Zoo's mission to rescue, rehabilitate and care for animals; create exceptional personalized experiences that connect people with wildlife and each other in fun, immersive ways.


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