Stroll through Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa with one of these sweet treats (Photo: Busch Gardens Tampa)

Food for Thought

Christmas has come to town at Busch Garden's Tampa Bay, with millions of twinkling lights, holiday shows, the Sing-Along Train and visits with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. One of the best parts of this time of year is getting the opportunity to sample all of the flavors of the season. Here are our top picks for the best culinary treats at the Christmas Town Village this year.

Cookies and Hot Cocoa
You can't go wrong with the classics, and nothing hits the spot on a cold day than a nice cup of hot cocoa. At Busch Garden's Christmas Town you can order one several specialty cocoas, all served in collectible take-home plastic mugs. Get your hands on one of the following flavors this year: Classic Hot Cocoa with whipped cream, Gingerbread Cocoa, Peppermint Cocoa and Caramel Cocoa. Plus, you can pick up a massive deep-dish cookie, available in three varieties: Chocolate Chunk, M&M and Oatmeal Raisin.

Waffle Wonderland
Whether you're in the mood for something savory, or another dish to satisfy that sweet tooth, Waffle Wonderland has got you covered. With delightful options like the southern classic Chicken and Waffle Sandwich served with apple-butter spread and maple syrup, or the Waffle Cristo sandwich with warm sliced ham and turkey, Swiss cheese and cranberry sauce, they've got your next meal all lined up. And with sweet selections like Waffles with Strawberries and Cream or Caramel Apple, this village cabin has got everyone's tastes covered!

North Pole Bakery
Make a pit stop at the North Pole Bakery at least once for one of these spectacular dessert dishes. The Festive Mini Donuts are sure to light up the season right, featuring multiple mini donuts on a skewer topped with raspberry, white chocolate and holiday sprinkles. For the perfect salty and sweet snack, they have the Dessert Pretzel Sticks, topped your choice of chocolate drizzle with mint sprinkles or caramel with Heath Bar pieces.

Frosty Floats and Shakes
This village cabin offers a variety of frosty delights including Frozen Eggnog in a Waffle Cone, the Blondie Sundae and old-fashioned Root Beer Floats—but there are two drinks that'll have everyone buzzing. The Blue Frost Christmas Thrill Shake and Pumpkin Thrill Shake are sure to make spirits bright! Plus, for all you grown-ups out there, you can get an adult float or the Poinsettia Mimosa here as well.

Food and Beverage Sampler Lanyards
Can't decide on just one dish? Get your family either the 5 or 10 Item Sampler Lanyard. That way you can try smaller portions of all of these incredible foods and drinks, and so much more. There are more than a dozen specialty cocktails and a variety of seasonal craft beers available too. And your Sampler Lanyard is good all season, so there's no need to finish it all in one visit!

Christmas Town offerings run through January 6th at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, with extended hours on weekends and additional select dates with even more festive experiences and nighttime rides on Florida’s best roller coasters and more.