Get into the holiday spirit with your family at Busch Gardens Tampa's Christmas Town (Photo: Busch Gardens Tampa Blog)

Busch Gardens Tampa’s Christmas Town spreads holiday joy beginning November 17. The annual Christmas event brings Christmas to the park with millions of twinkling lights, Yuletide shows, holiday treats and of course a visit from Santa himself. If you’re planning a visit, here are 7 incredible things to do:

Christmas on Ice
Capture the holiday spirit through ice skating with Christmas on Ice. World-class ice skaters celebrate the wonders of Christmas in this spectacular family-friendly show on ice.

Carol of the Bells
Listening to Christmas carols and taking in Christmas lights is a highlight of the season. And at Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town you can watch tens of thousands of Christmas lights dance to seasonal music during Carol of the Bells. The stunning show can be seen from Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Overlook Restaurant.

Elmo’s Christmas Wish
The kids will love learning the meaning of Christmas with their favorite Sesame Street characters in Elmo’s Christmas Wish show. At Sesame Street Safari of Fun Elmo, Cookie Monster, Zoe, Rosita and Grover come together to celebrate the season.

Congo-Stanleyville Walkway
Take in gorgeous Christmas lights at the new Congo-Stanleyville Walkway. This sparkling tunnel connects the Congo and Stanleyville areas with shimmering lights so spectacular you’ll think you are actually in a winter wonderland.

Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland
Meet and take photos with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland located in Pantopia. The wonderland will also include meet-and-greets with Sam the Snowman, Yukon Cornelius, and Bumble the Abominable Sow Monster. And make sure you check out the holiday games and Yuletide treats here.

Visit Christmas Town Village
In between shows and lights, make sure you take a stroll through the Christmas Town Village. Guest will enjoy carols, model trains that encircle a mini Christmas city, the Jingle Bell Express Train Ride and seasonal treats like hot chocolate, warm cookies and specialty items.

Santa’s House
What’s a Christmas celebration without Santa? The Claus family invites you into their North Pole home at Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola. The big man himself takes a break from all the holiday prep to meet and take photos with families in his private study. Santa’s House will be open each day at 3 p.m. beginning November 17.