Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia is a living time capsule of a thriving early American colony. No matter what season you come, you leave life as you know it behind. You become an 18th century traveler to the early years of the American Revolution, a time when our country's freedom and independence was taking shape. But visit during the month of December, and you'll step back into Christmas 1775. All of the original homes, shops, taverns and public places that stood more than 300 years ago are entirely decorated in a festive array. The city is taken over by the sights, smells and sounds of holidays past. By nightfall, each window is illuminated and the scenes glow in warm candlelight.
Colonial Williamsburg's calendar is filled with special events all throughout December. Here's just a sample:
- The Grand Illumination – This event on December 8th kicks off the season with a bang - literally. Spend the day strolling the city, taking in all the beautiful decorations and enjoying special dining events and performances as you wait for the evening’s highlight: a thrilling fireworks display.
- Christmas Decorations Walking Tour – A guided look at festive building exteriors and streets decked in their holiday splendor.
- Musical Performances – From symphonic orchestras to fiddle and banjo duos, from carols played on the glass armonica (an instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin) to wassailing carolers, music of every kind is present throughout the village.
- Holiday Dining – Experience the flavors of an 18th century Christmas. All restaurants in the Village embrace the season, offering their own take on a colonial-style holiday feast, through food, entertainment and atmosphere.
- Various plays and reenactments, including the Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" can be enjoyed throughout the season.
There are many more events, too numerous to list. See the whole itinerary at the Colonial Williamsburg Holiday calendar. Certain events require tickets which can be purchased online, but don’t wait. Popular events sell out quickly, as do the lodging options in town.
Start a new holiday tradition this year at Colonial Williamsburg.
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