October 28th, 2016 by RichmondBargains

Update: single-day Christmas Town tickets now available starting at $16!

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has released some information about Christmas Town 2016 discounted tickets:

For the first time ever, we are offering daily ticket prices during this holiday event, so buy early to get the best deal of the season…
Christmas Town Single-Day Tickets sold online will start as low as $16 when tickets go on sale November 1. Prices for a given day may increase as the available tickets for that day begin to sell out, up to a maximum price of $38. The earlier you buy, the greater the chance of getting the best value. Single-Day Tickets sold at the park on the day of visit are always $38.

No special “Twinkle Ticket” sales this year. There will still be some promotional discounts with partners like Dunkin’ Donuts (I can’t tell for sure if this rules out a Groupon/Living Social deal, but probably does). There were a lot of complaints about overcrowding on the Twinkle Ticket days last year, and this appears to be Busch Gardens’ attempt to manage crowding issues better through variable pricing. A Christmas Town Fun Card – allowing unlimited visits – costs $38.

busch gardens christmas town deal

You can check Christmas Town ticket prices and purchase here!.

Updated 11/1: Here’s what December pricing looks like when I checked this morning:

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February 2nd, 2015 by RichmondBargains

How do I get a free Busch Gardens preschool pass in 2015?
Busch Gardens Preschool Pass gives kids ages 3-5 FREE admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA through September 7, 2015. ($100 value)

Click here to register your preschooler for their free Busch Gardens pass.

(It’s the first option listed on the ticket page. Select the number of preschoolers you have, then go through the checkout process) The passes must be redeemed on a visit by May 31, 2015. Find answers to your Preschool Pass questions here.

    Introduce your little ones to their favorite characters at Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ or take them to Land of the Dragons® to discover a magical playland at Busch Gardens®. Splash over to Water Country USA® where kids can play in our interactive splash zones like H2O UFO® and Cow-A-Bunga®. Throughout both parks, you’ll find lots of KIDsiderate® rides, slides and attractions created for our youngest guests. The 2-Park Preschool Pass offers unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA for children ages 3 – 5, through Sept. 7, 2015.
    Fine print:
    Proof of age is required for the child to be eligible for the 2-Park Preschool Pass. You must present your child’s certified birth certificate or a travel passport. Please note school ID’s or children security ID’s will not be accepted.
    Hurry, passes must be registered and redeemed by May 31, 2015.
    Does NOT include parking. Busch Gardens opens March 27, 2015. Water Country opens May 16, 2015. Operating hours and days vary, please check schedule before arrival. Busch Gardens 2-Park Preschool Pass is only valid for the person listed on the ticket. Non-transferable and non-refundable. Not for resale. Void if altered. Remains the property of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Will be confiscated or revoked without restitution for misuse. Pass expires Sept. 7, 2015.

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November 10th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

what are 2014 christmas town coupons?

Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced today that it will offer $12 tickets for selected Christmas Town dates (see below); the discounted Christmas Town tickets will be available for purchase online November 12-18 only – from the main landing page, look for the 12 Days of Christmas special in the bottom center. Ends at 8 p.m. EST on 11/18/14

Guests can unwrap holiday savings during Busch Gardens’ 12 Days of Christmas special offer by purchasing a $12 single-day ticket valid on select days. The limited-time, online-only sale starts Nov. 12 and runs through Nov. 18. The Christmas Town $12 single-day ticket is redeemable on any one of the following dates: Nov. 21, 22, 23, 30, Dec. 5, 7, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22 or 30.

Additional single-day Christmas Town coupons:

    Chick-fil-A – Visit participating Chick-fil-A restaurants in Hampton Roads Richmond and central Virginia for $5 off a regular single-day discount to Christmas Town. Double the discount to $10 by visiting Busch Gardens’ promo page and entering the promo code found of the Chick-fil-A in-store coupon. Offer valid Nov. 1 – Dec. 31.

    Wendy’s Christmas Town Deal – Visit participating Wendy’s locations in the Washington DC area for $5 off a regular single-day discount to Christmas Town. Double the discount to $10 by visiting Busch Gardens’ promo page and entering the promo code found of the Wendy’s in-store coupon. Offer valid Nov. 10 – Dec. 31.

    ValPak – Select households in the Hampton Roads and Richmond markets can expect to see a $10 Christmas Town coupon in the November ValPak mailing. ValPak coupons will begin showing up in mailboxes starting Nov. 16. Follow the instructions on the coupon to get the discount.

how much is a christmas town pass?

If you prefer multiple visits, the Christmas Town Fun Card costs $32 and is valid for unlimited admission to Christmas Town between Nov. 21 – Dec. 31, 2014 on scheduled operating days.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg parking costs an additional $15 that is not included with any of these options.

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May 9th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

Spend a day at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA begin daily operations on May 23; Busch Gardens is currently open Friday through Sunday and Water Country will open May 17.


    SAVE $14 when buying Busch Gardens tickets online with promo code BGWFOODLION. Valid for up to six tickets, through September 1, 2014. Discount is also valid for Water Country USA. Alternatively, guests may also bring their Food Lion MVP card to Busch Gardens Williamsburg or Water Country USA and receive $14 off a single-day ticket.

    Receive a FREE kids ticket when purchasing a full-price adult ticket – use promo code BGWPAMPERS. Valid for a child ages 3-9. The number of free child tickets must be equal to or less than the number of paid adult tickets. Ticket valid for one day only between March 16-September 1, 2014.

    Free Military Tickets – Waves of Honor permits any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman to one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens®, Adventure Island®, Water Country USA®, or Sesame Place® or Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark™ in San Diego for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents. For your service and sacrifice, we thank you.


Regular ticket prices:
Adult single day tickets $72
Children (ages 3-9) single day tickets $62
Parking is not included with any of the tickets or passes listed above, and costs $14

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November 12th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

bgw christmas town

I’ve received a number of requests for info on Busch Gardens Williamsburg Christmas Town ticket deals for the 2013 season – here’s what I know so far:

The season runs from November 22 through December 31. General admission for ages 3 and up is $30, and there is an additional fee for parking (~$13).

At this point, the discounts are pretty small. I haven’t heard any indication that Busch Gardens plans to offer any deeper ones that what is listed below this year, but will keep you posted if anything else turns up!

busch gardens williamsburg christmas town single day ticket discount code

Single Day Visit:

$25Save $5 off the $30 admission price with promo code BGWPAPACT – click and enter the code where it says “Promo Code” toward the top right

(Pass members can purchase single day tickets for $20, and $23 for friends)

busch gardens williamsburg christmas town fun card

Multiple Visits:

Christmas Town Fun Card$30 – Costs the same as a single-day admission to Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town and provides unlimited visits to the park during the holiday event. Pay for a day and get unlimited admission to the Christmas Town for the price of a single-day admission through Dec. 31. Enjoy the warmth of the season during this most wonderful time of the year. The Christmas Town Fun Card does not include parking or in-park discounts. Visit for complete details. For more information, including the operating schedule, visit

Christmas Town Pass$30 – Only available for active Annual Pass members. The Christmas Town Pass combines unlimited admission to Christmas Town with pass member benefits like free parking, in-park discounts and discounts on single-day Christmas Town tickets for friends and family. Annual Pass members can add a Christmas Town Pass to their membership for the price of a single-day ticket to Christmas Town. Complete details on the 2013 Christmas Town Pass are available at

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September 11th, 2013 by RichmondBargains


First Kings Dominion’s Halloween Haunt, now Living Social has discounted tickets for Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O Scream:

    $31 ($62 value) for one children’s ticket (ages 3-9)
    $36 ($72 value) for one adult ticket (ages 10+)

You’ll have to choose your date when you purchase tickets – options are any Friday or Sunday between now and October 27. The deal will be available on Living Social for the next 44 days unless it sells out. You can purchase up to 6 tickets.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Website

REFUND POLICY: This event is non-refundable. No full or partial refunds are given to customers who miss the event. If the event is cancelled, your ticket voucher will be fully refunded. • Limit 6 per customer • Child vouchers valid for ages 3-9 • Adult vouchers valid for ages 10 and up • The deal is only valid for the date of the event listed on the ticket and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates • Purchaser may change the name of the individual retrieving tickets up to 24 hours in advance of event via the LivingSocial website event details section; no name-changes or alternate pick-ups permitted without notice at venue • Entire value must be used in a single visit • Howl-O-Scream begins at 6 p.m.; parents and guardians be advised to consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during Howl-O-Scream

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January 23rd, 2013 by RichmondBargains

busch gardens preschool pass

Virginia resident children up to age 5 can visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg again for FREE this summer, thanks to the return of the Forest of Fun Preschool Pass. Go here to register.

2013 Sesame Street Forest of Fun Preschool Pass
The Sesame Street Forest of Fun Preschool Pass is back and better than ever. This pass now offers unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA for kids ages 3 through 5, who are Virginia residents, through Sept. 2, 2013.

Hurry, passes must be registered and redeemed at the park by May 31, 2013.

Note that there appear to be a few key changes to the program this year:

    The pass now includes Water Country USA as well (yay!)

    Pass expires Sept 2 (last year it was good through October)

    Pass must be redeemed at the park by May 31 (boo!)

Registration fine print: Offer valid for Virginia residents only. To receive the free Busch Gardens Preschool Pass, registration confirmation and valid form of identification must be presented at a Busch Gardens or Water Country USA ticket window. Valid identification must include a copy of a certified birth certificate or a travel passport. Please note school IDs or children security IDs will not be accepted. E-mail notification will be sent to the parent/guardian only.

Children two and under are free anytime.

This is my older son’s last year of eligibility, so we might do the BGW season pass thing this year 🙂

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November 2nd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

christmas town

Christmas Town comes to Busch Gardens Williamsburg on November 23 and runs select days through December 31:

This year guests can have themselves a very retro yuletide as the sights, sounds and nostalgic good cheer of a vintage Americana Christmas comes to life. Holiday Hills welcomes guests to a time gone by when holiday traditions were bold, flashy and warm as apple pie. Holiday Hills will open in the park’s Festa Italia section. The new area expands Christmas Town’s footprint and offers guests additional ride and restaurant choices this Christmas season.

The regular admission price of a Christmas Town ticket is $27, and admission is not included with any Busch Gardens annual pass. Season Pass members can purchase a ticket for 50% off, and save $7 on friends and family tickets.

But you don’t have to pay $27 – Here are the discounts I’ve found so far…

      Save $5 off the regular price of tickets with one of the following promo codes: BGWCokeCT, BGWCFA, BGWWENDYSCT or BGWPAPACT (Go


      and click on “Do you have a promo code?”

Save 50% off a 3-day Discovery Ticket (regularly $35) with code BGWCTAFF (Update: doesn’t appear to be working any more as of 11/21)

Busch Gardens did not offer the $5 Twitter ticket deal this year. You can check out Busch Gardens Williamsburg on Twitter at @BuschGardensVA

UPDATE 11/12/12: There will be a “buy one, get one free” sale for pass holders on 11/14 at 10 am

Our family has enjoyed wonderful visits to Christmas Town in the past two years (thanks to the Twitter specials). Here are a couple photos from last year, when I went with the boys and my parents:

(Light show in Germany)

(Riding the train)

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September 10th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

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September 10, 2012
Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg starts THIS Friday, September 14. Want to save twenty bucks on tickets? Read on…

Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream is rising to a whole new horrifying level in honor of its 14th anniversary. Brave guests who dare to enter better beware. Howl-O-Scream features new bone-chilling scare zones, terrifying shows and gruesome creatures lurking around the park. The park’s younger guests will be treated to Halloween happenings with their favorite characters at Sesame Street Forest of Fun. Howl-O-Scream begins Sept. 14 and continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28.

Without further ado, here’s the scoop on Howl-O-Scream ticket savings (Spoiler alert – you have three options for getting ~$50 tickets, a $20 savings):

    Friday Twilight Ticket – Want a great deal to avoid the crowds, then come to Howl-O-Scream on a Friday and get $20 off a single-day ticket after 4 p.m. ($49.99 after discount) This deal is only available online so visit for complete details.

    Wendy’s Coupon – ($49.99 after $20 coupon when buying online, $39.99 for kids ages 3-9) Visit a participating Wendy’s restaurant in Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottesville, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, DC or Raleigh and save up to $20 online or $10 at the gate on up to six single-day tickets to Busch Gardens. This deal begins Sept. 4. Tickets will be valid through Oct. 28. (Ahem, the promo code is BGWWENDYSHOS – hours frittered away researching theme park deals has afforded me the marketable skill of guessing codes 😉 )
    OR Buy a Papa John’s pizza in Norfolk or Richmond and receive a coupon for $12 off the online
    purchase, or $6 off the front gate price, of a single-day Busch Gardens ticket. Tickets are valid
    through Oct. 28. (Code is BGWPAPA)
    OR Look for Coca-Cola products at participating Wal-Mart stores in Virginia or Maryland and
    save $15 on a single-day ticket to Busch Gardens. Guests can purchase up to six tickets at the
    discounted price. This Wal-Mart promotion begins Sept. 28 and is valid through Oct. 28.

    Parks & Rec Tickets – Through October 28, Henrico Recreation and Parks sells $49 adult tickets and $39 youth (ages 3-9) To purchase, you have to visit the department’s administrative office (8600 Dixon Powers Drive, Henrico). Payment forms accepted: cash (exact change); MasterCard and Visa pin-based debit cards; and Discover Cards. For more information, call our Theme Park Hotline at 501-7500.



Busch Gardens Williamsburg Fall Fun Card – The Fall Fun Card is your ticket to Howl-O-Scream 2012. Pay for a day ($69.99) and get unlimited admission from September 8, 2012 through October 28, 2012.

Season Pass Holders – Can bring a friend for FREE on Sept 14 (limit 1), and save 50% off a single-day ticket every Friday during Howl-O-Scream. Visit for complete details.

    Want a season pass? Use promo code BGW1YR12 to save $20 on a one-year pass (makes it $99.99) or $30 on a two-year pass ($159.99)



FREE Sesame Street Forest of Fun Preschool Pass (For Virginia residents only). For the third consecutive year Busch Gardens is offering kids ages 3 through 5, a Free Sesame Street Forest of Fun Preschool Pass, valid for unlimited admission through Oct. 28, 2012. Online registration required. Please note that Howl-O-Scream may not be appropriate for young children.

Here’s To The Heroes. Busch Gardens is proud to salute the men and women of the armed forces and their families. Throughout 2012, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents can visit SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission. This offer is not valid during Christmas Town. For your service and sacrifice, we thank you.

Here is the regular season Busch Gardens coupon post

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July 25th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

(This is a post by If you are seeing this message on another website, please visit for the original scoop on saving money in Richmond!)

UPDATE – This code is being finicky. If it doesn’t work from the home screen, try going to the tickets page before entering it in the promo code box

This info is for the 2012 season.

There’s a great Burger King promo code available currently that will save you $20 on Busch Gardens Williamsburg or Water Country USA single-day tickets, through September 3.

I included it in the Busch Gardens and Water Country savings posts, and it has been causing a little confusion how to redeem it, so I’ve made a quick visual guide:

1. Go to Busch Gardens website (regardless of whether you want Busch Garden or Water Country, start here)

2. Find the “Promo Code” link at the top (I have circled it in red)

3. Click the link, and enter code BGWBK in the box that appears

4. Click the Select button for the park you want to visit. Enter how many adult and child tickets you need.

5. Then click the brown “Check Out” box and complete the checkout process.

After discount, adult Busch Gardens tickets are $46.99 and Water Country are $27.99.

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