There are plenty of holiday events to enjoy in Williamsburg this November and December. Whether you are looking for a Christmas celebrations with a colonial theme or events that focus on holiday traditions of the past, Williamsburg Virginia has something for everyone this season.
The Christmas Decorations Walking Tour takes place November 28-January 1. This is a guided look at Colonial Williamsburg beautiful and streets as they are decorated in holiday splendor. Guests will learn about holiday traditions of colonial times as well as insights into the decorations used. This tour does require admission.
A Colonial Christmas at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center is scheduled for December 1-January 3. Special interpretive programs will explore holiday traditions of 17th & 18th century Virginia. The Jamestown Settlement program features a holiday film and guided tour that compares and contrasts English Christmas customs and how they were observed during the early years of the Jamestown colony. The Yorktown Victory Center features accounts of Christmas from military encampments during the American Revolution as well as holiday preparations on a 1780s Virginia farm. Museum admission is required for these events. The America's Historic Triangle Pass is a great option for guests who would like to attend all four of Williamsburg’s historical attractions.
A Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is planned for December 3. This event will take place at the Yorktown Riverwalk Landing. Entertainment begins at 6:30pm and is followed by a procession of lights through historic Yorktown. A visit by Santa Claus rounds out the night.
The 51st Annual Christmas Homes Tour is scheduled for December 4. Presented by the Green Spring Garden Club, this home tour includes five locations in the Historic Area not usually open to the public: Lightfoot House, the new home of Colonial Williamsburg's president; the President's house at the College of Williams and Mary; plus the Taylor House and Grissell Hay Lodging House, both on Nicholson Street. The fifth building, Williamsburg Masonic Lodge, constructed in 1931, is located on the site of the first Grand Lodge in the colonies and has several historic artifacts on display. This tour does require a ticket.
Also scheduled for December 4 is the Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade, a festive regatta of decorated boats that guests can watch from the waterfront while a bonfire and apple cider keep them warm. The event starts at 6:30pm and is free to the public.
Colonial Williamsburg has their Grand Illumination Celebration planned for December 5. Kick off the holiday season while listening to colonial music, watching fireworks and discovering the holiday traditions of the 18th century. Colonial Williamsburg is also offering holiday weekend events November 27-December 26, where children and families can meet with people of the past, sings songs of the season, learn fun food ideas and festive entertainment from the colonial era. The activities planned are especially geared towards children 6-12.