If you thought Colonial Williamsburg was only a walk-through attraction, think again. In addition to interacting with interpreters, participating in colonial activities, and watching historically accurate shows, the iconic park also offers a variety of yearly events. Mark your calendars for these exciting Colonial Williamsburg special events!

Image via Colonial Williamsburg / Facebook

Image via Colonial Williamsburg / Facebook

Women’s History Month

Entire month of March
Throughout the month of March, Colonial Williamsburg celebrates Women’s History Month with special programming that offers a firsthand look into the lives of women in colonial and Revolutionary Virginia. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about women’s struggles, aspirations, and daily lives during this time period. Women’s History Month programming includes:

  • A Mother’s Wisdom
  • Tag, Rag and Bobtail: Women Belonging to the Army
  • First of Women, First of Wives
  • And More

All across the park, you’ll get an inside look at life as a woman during the colonial and Revolutionary times.

Colonial Williamsburg special events

Dine at Colonial Williamsburg for an extravagant Easter Brunch.

Williamsburg Lodge Easter Brunch

Sunday, April 16, 2017
Celebrate Easter at Colonial Williamsburg! Bring the whole family and enjoy an Easter Brunch Buffet. Guests can choose from salads, salmon, pasta, carving stations, omelets, and other delicious dishes. And remember to save room for dessert! Guests are treated to Colonial Williamsburg’s renowned pastries and can decorate their own cupcake.

As this is one of the top Colonial Williamsburg special events, reservations are required and book up fast! Brunch prices (includes tax and gratuity) are as follows:

  • $63.95 adults
  • $29.00 children (3-10)

 

Hear from Master Gardeners at the Garden Symposium at Colonial Williamsburg.

Hear from Master Gardeners at the Garden Symposium at Colonial Williamsburg.

Garden Symposium

April 28-30, 2017
Experience the 71st annual Garden Symposium at Colonial Williamsburg this spring. The theme for 2017 is “Small Spaces, Great Rewards” and focuses on creating small garden spaces to yield the greatest results.

Guests will hear from knowledgeable speakers who share their top techniques and plant choices for small gardening spaces such as patios, courtyards, containers, and more. This is the perfect event for the avid gardener or the homeowner looking to spruce up their space.

Prior registration is required for this popular event.

Wear the finest 18th-century clothing to the party of the year!

Wear the finest 18th-century clothing to the party of the year!

A Celebration of  May: An Immersive Palace Garden Party

Friday, May 5, 2017
Travel back in time and join in the celebration as Thomas Jefferson invites you to an 18th-century Palace Garden Party. You’ll listen to music, dance, play games, watch theatrics, and immerse yourself and your family into the world of colonial times. Plus, you’ll wear the finest 18th-century clothing!

Party activities include:

  • Explore the ground floor of the Governor’s Palace
  • 18th-century line dances and songs
  • Numerous photo opportunities
  • Interact with time period interpreters
  • A toast led by Mr. Thomas Jefferson
  • Punch and desserts included with admissions (additional drinks and food are available for purchase).
  • A scavenger hunt
  • An 18th-century pyrotechnics display

 

Costumes are available for rent from Colonial Williamsburg on a first come, first served basis.

Will you hear the Drummer's Call?

Will you hear the Drummer’s Call?

Drummers Call

May 19 – 21, 2017
Of all the Colonial Williamsburg special events, musicians love Drummers Call the most!

Watch as fife and drum corps from across the nation join Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums to perform jaw-dropping music from colonial times. Fifers and drummers played a vital role in the 18th-century military and were pivotal in colonial communities. You won’t be able to resist tapping your feet and clapping along!

Cultural Ambassadors for the Eastern Band of Cherokee offer a version of the war dance. Image via Colonial Williamsburg / Facebook

Ambassadors for the Eastern Band of Cherokee offer a version of the war dance. Image via the American Indian Initiative / Facebook

Return of the Cherokee

May 31 – June 4, 2017
Back in 1777, a group of 40 Cherokee met with the governor and Council in Williamsburg, who offered friendship to the Cherokee Great Men of Chota. To thank the governor, the Council, and the citizens of Williamsburg, the Cherokee offered “A Public Dance.”

This special event honors that moment in history through recreation, interpretation, and additional activities. Watch as members of the Museum of Cherokee, the Eastern Band of Cherokee, and Colonial Williamsburg perform traditional songs and dances during this summertime event.

Image via Colonial Williamsburg / Facebook

Image via Colonial Williamsburg / Facebook

July 4th Celebration

July 4, 2017
If you’re looking for the grandest of Colonial Williamsburg special events, the July 4th Celebration is it! Complete with a salute to the original 13 states, music performed by the Fifes and Drums, a display of state flags, firing of muskets and a cannon, and spectacular fireworks, there’s no better way to spend Independence Day.

Watch the sky light up during Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg.

Watch the sky light up during Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg.

Grand Illumination

December 3, 2017
During the 18th-century, celebrations of major events such as birthdays, military victories, or new government positions such as colonial governor are observed with illuminations (the firing of guns and lighting off fireworks). Throughout this event, Colonial Williamsburg guests are invited to join in on the fun by participating in the many activities such as:

  • Roaming Revolutionary City and looking at the decorations
  • Enjoying multiple musical performances throughout the Historic Area
  • Gazing at the fireworks displays from the Capitol, the Magazine, and the Palace

 

You don’t want to miss this grand display of celebration!

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Ready to ring in the New Year in America’s Historic Triangle?  Take a look at what’s planned for New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Williamsburg, VA.

New Year's Eve Celebrations in Williamsburg

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

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 9pm on New Year’s Eve.  Still, strolling through Christmas Town is a great way to spend the last day of 2016.

First Night

First Night is another great way for families to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Williamsburg.  This is the 24th annual year for First Night, which touts itself as alcohol free and kid-friendly. Performances will begin around 3:30pm on December 31st, with a multitude of venues participating in First Night. Admissions for First Night are $20/adults, $10 ages 13-3 and kids 2 and under are free.  The Grand Finale Fireworks will begin at 11:30pm with fireworks set to display at midnight.

Colonial Williamsburg

Ring in the New Year in style with the Regency Room’s chefs and service staff! Enjoy a seven-course gala menu, enhance your dining experience with a selection from our 350-bottle award-winning wine list, followed by a midnight Champagne toast with live entertainment by Limelight. Don’t forget the Regency Room’s traditional New Year’s Eve take-home keepsake! $224.95 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations required.
Blast off into the new year with the Virginia Living Museum’s space adventure-themed Noon Year’s Eve celebration. Come dressed for your space adventure. Meet costumed characters from your favorite galactic movies and enjoy a variety of fun, spacey activities. You’ll also meet all kinds of Earthly Animals from the Teeny Tiny Farm. The countdown has started – see you on the launch pad. Special activities 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., museum open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities included in museum admission.

Hotel Celebrations

The Doubletree Williamsburg is hosting a New Year’s Eve Celebration from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cocktail hour to include Chesapeake crab cakes and cocktail shrimp will occur from 7-8 p.m. This will be followed by a dinner buffet that features a station celebration with slow roasted prime rib with caramelized onions and garlic roasted mushrooms, gourmet macaroni and cheese station, a create your own New York Cheesecake station and many more. Dinner will be from 8-10 p.m. and there will be midnight snacks. Smith and Wade will be performing all night so you can dance the night away. Just call 757-220-2500, ext. 7755 for party package reservations or visit online for room packages.

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Join the merriment of Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  The theme park transforms into winter wonderland during this holiday event, bringing an entirely new experience to Williamsburg park goers.  Open November 25, 2016, through January 2, 2017, Christmas Town Williamsburg celebrates the holidays with live Christmas shows, holiday-themed rides and attractions, scrumptious treats, unique gifts and dazzling light displays. 

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The world’s most beautiful theme park will be aglow with five million twinkling lights. In addition, entertaining shows, delectable foods and beautiful sights and sounds create the perfect holiday atmosphere. Fan favorites that return to Christmas Town Williamsburg include Busch Gardens’ 50-foot-tall, light-dancing Christmas tree show known as O Tannenbaum; Santa’s Workshop featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus; and Mistletoe Marketplace, a traditional outdoor German market featuring artisan-made crafts and gifts for everyone in the family.

Christmas Town Williamsburg Shows

Throughout the park are Christmas shows for the whole family. See spectacular light shows and hear your favorite holiday songs at Christmas Town Williamsburg shows. 

Deck the Halls: Experience the season’s joy and warmth with Deck the Halls, a live musical tribute to Christmas traditions.  Dance and sing along with Frosty the Snowman, animated toy soldiers and the park’s festively attired performers.

Gloria!: Contemporary and traditional songs, from the park’s finest talent, merge to highlight and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and retell the story of the first Christmas.

Miracles: miracles appear extraordinary in this passionate, action-filled program that will touch your soul.  The show’s classical and contemporary dance movements coupled with live vocalists will inspire you. 

O Tannenbaum:  Enjoy a multi-colored spectacular light show during O Tannenbaum. Gather with friends around our majestic 50-foot Christmas tree, sip a hot beverage and dance to the booming holiday musical score. The iconic tree is the centerpiece of the holiday event at Busch Gardens. 

Scrooge No More: Join Scrooge live on stage in an all-new musical at the Globe Theatre as he is swept away by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, who teach him the importance of family and friends being together at Christmas.

‘Twas the Night: This is a full scale ice show that re-imagines the magic of Christmas Eve and the classic poem A Visit From St. Nicholas. Combining the grace of professional figure skating with cherished Christmas music, original holiday songs and magnificent visuals, the show stars world champion skater Elvis Stojko.

Christmas Town Williamsburg

Christmas Town Williamsburg Attractions

Special attractions are set up just for Christmas Town.  Make your way through the twinkling lights displays and see live penguins, visit Santa at his workshop or do a little holiday shopping at Mistletoe Marketplace.  

Mistletoe Marketplace: Visit Mistletoe Marketplace where you can stroll through a traditional Germany outdoor market and find a unique treasure for every one on your Christmas list.

Polar Pathway: The breathtaking waterfalls of Italy’s Escape from Pompeii® are now a cascading icy wonderland that shimmers under the moonlight.  Relive and preserve this Christmas Town memory by bringing your camera for a once-in-a-lifetime photograph.

Highland Stables: Bring your family and see the Scottish blackface sheep, Border collies and Clydesdales in their stalls. This hands-on Christmas Town experience will take you back to a simpler time.

Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland: New this year, Rudolph can be found at Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland in Holiday Hills, where guests can take photos with him and his friends Clarice, Bumble and Yukon Cornelius. The fun doesn’t stop there, though. Play themed games like Bumble’s Snowball Toss and enjoy some hot cocoa and a cinnamon bun at Cocoa Café.

Santa’s Fireside Feast: The grand dining room of Castle O’Sullivan springs to life as Santa and Mrs. Claus host the most intimate and exclusive event of the season, Santa’s Fireside Feast. Guests gather cozily around the majestic castle as Santa captures the attention of the entire family while recounting a classic Christmas story.

Santa’s Workshop: Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting for your visit. Excitement will build as you peek through snow-crested windows into Santa’s study, nestled between two nearby reindeer stables. Elf attendants greet the eager children who are invited to sit on Santa’s lap and pose for a classic Christmas photo. It will forever capture the moment’s joy and wonder.

Many of Busch Garden’s signature rides will also be open during Christmas Town Williamsburg. So, don’t forget to bring your sense of adventure! 

Christmas Town is open Fridays-Sundays November 25 until December 4 and every day December 9-January 2, excluding Christmas Day. Purchase a single day ticket to spend the evening at Christmas Town Williamsburg tickets. Alternatively, you can reserve the Fun Card option for unlimited admissions throughout the event.  Purchase online or by calling us at 888-590-3021.

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Spend America’s Independence Day in Williamsburg, Virginia – the birthplace of America!  There’s nothing more patriotic that celebrating the 4th of July in America’s historic triangle, home to Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement.  Discover the spirit of America as you enjoy a Williamsburg 4th of July celebration. 

Williamsburg 4th of July Events

American flag and fireworks

Colonial Williamsburg

Celebrate a Williamsburg 4th of July with an evening of food, entertainment, and fireworks for the entire family at Colonial Williamsburg. The day will start on the Virginia Lawn starting at 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm with children’s games and activities. A cash bar will be available at the Williamsburg Lodge, Virginia Room from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Then, “An American Original Buffet Dinner” will be served from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm at The Williamsburg Lodge, Virginia Room. Dinner Entertainment will be provided by The Jangling Reinharts. Fifes & Drums will escort guests from the Lodge to reserved area of Palace Green at 7:45 pm. Conclude the night with Colonial Williamsburg’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks display. Prices include dinner, children’s games, special seating for programs, including fireworks on Palace Green, tax, and gratuity. Cost: $85.95 adults, $50.95 children ages 3–10.

In addition, there are activities happening throughout the day such as the reading of the Declaration of Independence on the courthouse steps at 11am and a 18th century Colonial Faire from 11:30am-4:00pm.

busch_gardens_fireworksBusch Gardens
Spend the day at America’s most beautiful theme park, enjoying thrilling rides and entertaining attractions.  On July 2-4, Busch Gardens Williamsburg will stay open until 11pm.  A park-wide fireworks display is planned for each night at 9:30pm and Lee Greenwood will perform an all-American concert on July 4.  All entertainment is included with Busch Gardens tickets.
Yorktown
The Yorktown waterfront salutes America’s birthday with a patriotic parade along Water Street at 9am and a bell-ringing ceremony at 7pm.  Patriotic entertainment is planned to start at 8pm, with a fireworks display lighting up the night at 9:15pm.  Over at the Yorktown Victory Center visitors can take in their Liberty Celebration.  Observe military drills, artillery firings and discover the origins of some of America’s iconic staples.

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It’s a Christmas tradition to sit on Santa’s knee and tell him what’s on your holiday wish list. In Williamsburg, VA families can visit Santa at a variety of locations, making it easy to tell Ol’ St. Nick what you hope to be under the tree this year. For a full list of locations to see Santa in Williamsburg, read on.

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Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Santa’s Fireside Feast: Select dates Nov. 27 – Jan. 3
The grand dining room of Castle O’Sullivan springs to life as Santa and Mrs. Claus host the most intimate and exclusive event of the season, Santa’s Fireside Feast. Guests gather cozily around the majestic castle as Santa captures the attention of the entire family while recounting a classic Christmas story.

Enjoy a scrumptious buffet prepared by expert elves under the direction of Mrs. Claus as she dazzles the dining room, passing the cookie tray and spreading holiday cheer. This is one dinner children of all ages will not soon forget. The best feast time is 1:30pm as you gain early admission into Christmas Town.

Santa’s Workshop: Select dates Nov. 27 – Jan. 3
Peek at Santa through snow-covered windows at his North Pole Workshop, before reaching Santa’s study. Nestled between two nearby reindeer stables, this is where children are greeted by elves and taken inside to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Tell him what’s on your wish list and pose for memorable photo too.

Historic Yorktown

Christmas Tree Lighting: December 4
A tradition that began in 1945 continues with the Yorktown Christmas Tree Lighting. Evening highlights include a 7 pm performance by The Fifes and Drums of York Town at the Victory Monument, festive music at Riverwalk Landing, the procession of lights through the historic village, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus

Christmas Market on Main: December 5
Whether you are searching for a holiday gift for family, friends, or as a treat to yourself, you’re sure to find it at the Christmas Market on Main. The market features arts and crafts vendors, strolling musical entertainment, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Historic Main Street.

Cookies with Santa at Yorktown Hall: December 6
Christmas is alive at York Hall where children and parents can visit with Santa Claus, enjoy some tasty treats, and shop for holiday gifts in the Gallery at York Hall.

Yorktown Market Days and Toyland Parade: December 12 at 1:30pm
Browse through the special arts and crafts for sale, then let your kids greet Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Breakfast with Santa: December 12 from 8:30am-10am
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a kid-friendly breakfast at Riverwalk Restaurant.  Experience the enchantment on the children’s faces as they relay their Christmas wish list to Santa.

Merchants Square

Williamsburg Christmas Parade: December 5 at 8:30am
Williamsburg is celebrating 50 years of a much loved community parade with more floats, a variety of Christmas theme’s and kicking off the Christmas Season in the Greater Williamsburg area. This year’s theme is “Our Golden Christmas.”

Milk & Cookies and Stories with Santa: November 29 and December 14, 9am-10am
Enjoy milk & cookies and a special story time upstairs in the café of the William & Mary bookstore.

Meet Father Christmas: Select Weekends
Greet Father Christmas in the Square on weekends throughout the season. Find him at the Christmas tree outside from the Precious Gem from 4-5 p.m. each day.

These are the best places to see Santa in Williamsburg. Have a Merry Christmas in America’s Historic Triangle.


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WHC_2015_Logo_color-01An all-new festival is set to happen this fall in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Williamsburg Harvest Celebration, held November 11-15, 2016, will feature culinary inspired events throughout the greater Williamsburg area. In fact, Williamsburg chefs and restaurants are the cornerstone of the Williamsburg Harvest Celebration weekend which will include live music, artisans, beer, cider, wine and more.

The focus of the Williamsburg Harvest Celebration is on locally grown and Virginia made products, with the unique flavors of the area highlighted throughout the festival.

Local restaurants will be featuring farmers, foragers, vintners and brewers in partnership with their events. There will also be cooking demos from renowned Virginia chefs that were born, bred and currently cooking in Virginia. An emphasis on the land to sea, farm to table style of cooking is a nod to the more than 400 years of Virginia’s culinary history.

During a five day event in the Greater Williamsburg area November 11-15, you will have the opportunity to EAT+DRINK+LEARN while attending any of the 40 culinary inspired events highlighting all things Virginia – Chefs, Farmers, Artisans, Foragers, Authors, Brewers, Winemakers and Culinary Historians. Through food we all come together to create our community. Proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels, Southern Foodways Alliance, FISH and the VA Fresh Food Fund. A full schedule of events, is available here.

The Williamsburg Harvest Celebration is being hosted by The City of Williamsburg, York County, James City County, The Williamsburg Winery and the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.


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If you love a nice cold one, you’ll love the all-new Busch Gardens Bier Fest. The event is catering to the suds-lover with everything from German biers to hoppy, fruity or even firkin beers, among many more. It’s celebrates more than 200 years of Oktoberfest traditions. Raise a glass and try some Bavarian-style foods at this fall event at Busch Gardens, held September 12, 13, 19 and 20, 2016.

Busch Gardens® Bier Fest kicks off daily with a traditional Tapping of the Keg Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in front of Das Festhaus®. Join us as the Bürgermeister taps a unique keg, featuring bier from a local Virginia micro-brewery. Beer from the firkin kegs will have limited-availability and must be purchased. Be sure to come early to this Williamsburg event.

German BeerBands performing Sept. 12 & 13:

The Happy Dutchmen
Villiage Stage: 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Kevin MaC
Das Festhaus Stage: 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Bands performing Sept. 19 & 20:

The Happy Dutchmen
Villiage Stage: 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Harley Boone
Das Festhaus Stage: 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

From pork schnitzel skewers to bratwurst sandwiches, enjoy authentic German food paired with your favorite Oktoberfest biers. Bier Fest is not complete without our homemade pretzels. If you are on the go, grab a turkey leg or a pretzel nugget necklace and taste the variety biers with a delicious snack.


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Get ready for a Virginia wine festival worth its grapes.  A variety of fine wines are featured at the Yorktown Wine Festival, scheduled for October 3, 2015, from noon to 6pm.  The festival offers you the opportunity to sample wines from premier wineries throughout the Commonwealth.  Set at the inviting Riverwalk Landing, the atmosphere and natural riverfront beauty of the area makes the event even more appealing.

Entertainment, art and food vendors are also planned for the festival.  Headlining entertainment will be Seth Stainbeck and Roosterfoot. This band is a high energy act combining rock, blues and southern music, crossing sounds of bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bog Seger and B.B. King.  They put a unique spin on some of your favorite song and have creative songs of their own, making them an eclectic act perfect for the Yorktown Wine Festival. 
A few of the participating wineries are: 
  • Athena Vineyards
  • Good Luck Cellars
  • Belle Mount Vineyars
  • Williamsburg Winery
  • Mattiponi Winery
  • Davis Valley Winery
  • Democracy Vineyards
  • Rebec Vineyards
  • Cheateau Morrissette
  • Horton Vineyards

 

A special dinner event will take place after the festival.  Held at the Riverwalk Restaurant, across from the festival site, dinner guests will be treated to a four-course dinner, with two wineries pouring for each course.  Eight wineries from the festival will bring special wine selections for each wine pouring.  The dinner begins at 7:30pm. 

Wristband tickets for Yorktown Wine Festival go on sale August 15 at various stores and restaurants throughout the Hampton Roads area.  Sample tastings are $25 in advance and $30 at the festival.  Cost includes sampling privileges and a souvenir wine glass.  The dinner event is $75 per person.  If you would like to pre-purchase tickets, click here for ticket locations. 


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Williamsburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

busch_gardens_fireworksBusch Gardens knows how to celebrate summer in style. This year the Williamsburg theme park is presenting an all-new summer spectacular – Star Spangled Nights! This event inspires park-goers through fireworks, moving original soundscapes and unforgettable environments. Unique merchandise and culinary offerings blend seamlessly with rich musical traditions, creating a fun red, white and blue event that can only be found at Busch Gardens. Star Spangled Summer runs July 3 through September 6, 2015, so that means over 60 nights of fireworks in a row!

You can also hop aboard the Rhine River Fireworks Cruise or have a drink at our Americana-inspired bar.

In addition to the delicious dining options throughout the park, in celebration of Star Spangled Nights, check out some patriotic culinary delights in Italy Gardens.

Quench your thirst at Victory Canteen™, where you can find draft and bottled beer, wine and a signature frozen watermelon martini.  You can also find non-alcoholic drinks, including Coca-Cola® products and bottled water.

Head over to the Independence Grill for some gourmet hot dogs from around the country, brown sugar glazed bacon, and homemade chips.  Coca-Cola® products, Powerade® and bottled water are also available.

With over 20 thrilling rides and family-friendly shows, Busch Gardens is one of the top attractions in Williamsburg. Buy Busch Gardens tickets online or bundle with lodging and purchase a vacation package.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Williamsburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Make your way to America’s Historic Triangle for a Colonial Christmas. When you’re planning your vacation in Williamsburg, Virginia you can look forward to a variety of events at Colonial Williamsburg, many of which highlight the way the holiday was celebrated in the 18th century. Colonial Williamsburg celebration is The Grand Illumination, held in the historic area of Colonial Williamsburg from 5pm-9pm on December 6, 2015.

grand-illumination-williamsburgMusical performance on multiple stages and fireworks from three different locations – the Capitol, Magazine, and Palace – make this event one of the most popular of the season. The musical performances will begin promptly at 5pm and the firework displays will take place at 7:00pm. Prior to the event, the day is filled with special concerts and caroling, special meals at the historic taverns, walking tours showcasing decorations and houses, and demonstration drills by the colonial militia.

The Grand Illumination holds special significance at Colonial Williamsburg as it represents a tradition of the 18th Century. In that time, illuminations – the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks – were held to celebrate major events such as the commemoration of the birth of the reigning sovereign, great military victories, or the arrival of a new colonial governor. Come early to view the decorations and enjoy musical performances from multiple stages throughout the Historic Area.

Colonial Williamsburg Virginia hosts a variety of other events throughout December. Some do charge admission, but generally it is a nominal amount. The Holiday Pops Concert, presented by Williamsburg’s professional orchestra, the annual Holiday Pops Concert, held December 5 and , features a festive program of seasonal music. The Christmas Home Walking Tour is also interesting, as visitors walk to several houses where performers stage vignettes showing how people from various classes celebrated the holiday. There is also caroling inside Revolutionary City, strolling musicians in Merchants Square, a Palace Concert and other delightful holiday music programs planned.

Christmas Eve at Colonial Williamsburg is a special day, with a ceremonial firing of the muskets and canon, town tree lighting, and free entertainment at the Capitol.

Purchase a Williamsburg vacation today to experience a colonial Christmas.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Williamsburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.