This winter you can experience “A Colonial Christmas” at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center in Williamsburg, VA. From December 1, 2014, through January 4, 2015, you can get a glimpse of 17th and 18th century holiday traditions with special tours, period music, interpretive programs and demonstrations planned.
Daily orientation tours of the Jamestown Settlement’s outdoor living history areas will be given at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Learn about the colonists’ Christmas at sea in 1606 and how the Powhatan Indians assisted Captain John Smith’s party during 1608. Beginning December 6, fort visitors can experience riddles and revelry by the Lord of Misrule, “grand captain of all mischief,” at 11am and 2:30pm daily and, from December 21 through 31, also at 4pm.
“A Jamestown Christmas” holiday film and special programs will take a look at how the English Christmas customs compared and contrasted to the colonists’ early years in America.
Yorktown Victory Center
Visit Yorktown Victory Center to learn what Christmas was like during war. Walk through military encampments while you hear tales of the holidays and winter hardships. Observe artillery demonstrations at 11:05am and 3:05pm daily. At the clapboard farmhouse, see demonstrations of holiday activities like open-hearth cooking and candle-dipping.
From December 26-31, 2014,and January 2-4, there will be daily performances of 17th and 18th century musical entertainment including the Fifes & Drums of Yorktown will be featured at both Williamsburg historical attractions.
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