Thursday, December 12, 2013

New Year's Eve Celebrations in Williamsburg, VA

Ready to ring in the New Year in Williamsburg, Virginia?  Take a look at what’s happening on New Year’s Eve day in America’s Historic Triangle.

Make your way to Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town for a dazzling holiday spectacle, complete with fantastic live shows, more than 5 million twinkling lights and delicious treats like peppermint fudge hot chocolate.  Note: The Park does close at 10pm on New Year’s Eve.  Still, strolling through Christmas Town is a great way to spend the last day of 2013.
First Night is another great way for families to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Williamsburg.  This is the 21st annual year for First Night, which touts itself as alcohol free and kid-friendly. Festivities will begin around 7pm on December 31st, although a special kid’s show is planned at from 3:00pm-7:30pm at Matthew Whaley Elementary.  Admissions for First Night are $15 and kids 5 and under are free.  The Grand Finale Fireworks will begin at 11:30pm with fireworks set to display at midnight.
At Colonial Williamsburg you can celebrate New Year’s with Happy Hogmanay.  In the 17th century the government had suppressed Christmas celebrations, so Scotland turned to New Year's Eve for its end-of-year frivolity, a tradition that remains strong to this day.  Join John Turner, David Gardner, and Cliff Williams as they present songs, tunes, and stories to say farewell to 2013 and welcome 2013.  Happy Hogmanay is held at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum from 1:30pm-2:30pm.  Admission is $9 per person. 
Adults will enjoy celebrating New Year’s Eve with special New Year's Eve dinner at Traditions, located at The Williamsburg Lodge. Your evening includes a four-course prix fixe dinner and champagne toast. Wine pairings available for an extra fee.  Reservations are required, with adult prices starting at $72.  An afternoon at Wine, Wit and Wisdom is appealing to adults as well.  The event, which is held from 2pm-4pm at Williamsburg Lodge, lets visitors discover the history and the developmental process of “Method Champenoise” and how it changed the wine world as we know it.

Looking for a little music to ring in 2014?  A Historic Organ Recital at the Wren Chapel at The College of Williams and Mary is planned for 10am, while a Candlelight Concert will take place at Bruton Parish Church at 8pm. 

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