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Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg
The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums provide 18th-century seasonal music.

The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums provide 18th-century seasonal music.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
November 23, 2013 – January 1, 2014


Fragrant handmade decorations, the glow of candlelight, seasonal music and festive fireworks bring the magic of Christmases past to Colonial Williamsburg. Hundreds of special programs and events offer memorable fun for all ages. Advance reservations are necessary for many of the popular events.

Just a few of the many holiday highlights include:
  • The Grand Illumination - Heralding the holiday season, this festive celebration includes period entertainment, the lighting of candles throughout the Historic District and dazzling fireworks displays in three locations. (December 8, 2013)

  • Annual Christmas Homes Tour - Presented by the Green Spring Garden Club, this annual walking tour features private homes, not usually open to the public, decorated with holiday floral arrangements. (December 7, 2013)

  • Christmas Decorations Walking Tour - Enjoy a guided look at Colonial Williamsburg's picturesque buildings and streets, decorated for the holidays. (On scheduled days December 1 - 29, 2013)

  • Holiday Dining Events - On scheduled days enjoy special seasonal dining events including several options for Thanksgiving day and evening feasts, Grand Illumination day dining, Dickens-themed banquets or holiday teas, Breakfast with Santa Claus, Christmas brunches and dinners, New Year's Eve dinner and more.
Additional Information: Next Destination: Christmas at Stone Mountain Park
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