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With the month of October and Howl-O-Scream over, it’s time to look ahead to the next big event at Busch Gardens Tampa – Christmas Town. Along with various decor popping up around the park this week, the first big part of the holiday season opened at the park today with Santa’s Christmas Workshop.
The all things holiday store debuted late this afternoon, but BGTFans was granted early access before the shop opened to the public today. Vice President of Merchandise Brian Kilpatrick gave me a tour of the shop, and I was able to tweet the first pictures to share with our followers.
Inside the shop, a huge assortment of apparel, decor, toys, gifts, and more are available. Many of the items are detailed with Busch Gardens on them, although some of the merchandise is more generic in nature. Everything from angels and manger sets to glittering peacock and butterfly ornaments can be found here. There’s even a small discount section with some of last year’s merchandise located behind the main checkout counter.
Like last year, there will be a personalization station where you can have your own message added to ornaments. While the spot is set up in the store already, the park is still in the process of hiring artists to fill the positions. You’ll also be able to purchase Christmas Town tickets and upgrades in the shop in the coming days.
One of the highlights in the store is the large assortment of nutcrackers, designed by Holly Adler from Orlando. They range in size from a few inches to over a foot tall, and the exclusive SeaWorld and Busch Gardens series nutcrackers are available, ranging from about $50 to $60. Kilpatrick also said that a third nutcracker will join the current two in the Busch Gardens series later this season, but what animal would be featured he said would be a surprise.
Check out the images below for a look at all of the merchandise available, and stay tuned to BGTFans for more updates on Christmas Town in the weeks ahead!
UPDATE: Here are a few more pictures from Sunday, November 3…