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Busch Gardens set to hold special events through winter season with limited capacity, additional precautions in place

JAN 05, 2021  11:06 AM

WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg’s Busch Gardens announced Tuesday that it will open in January, February and March for three limited capacity outdoor special events — a first for the park.

According to a statement released by the park, Busch Gardens Winter Weekends will kick off Jan. 15 and end Jan. 24. The event will feature the park lit up at night, 13 rides open to the public and wildlife experiences not typically known to the park. On Saturdays, the event will bring a fireworks show.

Additionally, there will be musical entertainment, specialty food and beverages and a scavenger hunt for children.

Following the Winter Weekends event, the park plans to kick off its Mardi Gras celebration Jan. 29. The event will feature 13 rides, decorated villages offering Cajun foods, cocktails and live music. The event will be open on the weekends and will end Feb. 28, the release stated.

In early March, the park plans to host a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but the park has not yet released exact details of the event.

The park plans to maintain its safety guidelines outlined in Virginia’s Phase 3 plan including cleaning and sanitizing, maintaining physical distancing, requiring face coverings and temperature screenings.

Additionally, the special events’ capacity will be extremely limited in order to create adequate space for folks to attend and stay safe.

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Em Holter,, 757-256-6657, @EmHolterNews.