A Colonial Christmas — Runs Dec. 1-Jan. 3 at the Yorktown Victory Center. Holiday traditions of 18th-century Virginia is recalled through special interpretive programs. Hear accounts of Christmas and winter in military encampments during the American Revolution and glimpse holiday preparations on a 1780s Virginia farm. Yorktown Victory Center. Call 253-4838
Christmas Tree Lighting — Dec. 3 at Riverwalk Landing. Yorktown is aglow in the holiday spirit with the Illumination followed by the Christmas Tree Lighting at Riverwalk Landing. Entertainment begins at the Victory Monument at 6:30 pm followed by the procession of lights through historic Yorktown to the site of the tree lighting led by the Fifes and Drums of York Town. Enjoy holiday entertainment and a visit by Santa Claus. Free. 757-890-3500.
Christmas Market on Main Street. — Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 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, demonstrations, classic cars, living history, roasted chestnuts and hot cider, entertainment, and much more. The Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform to open the Market. Historic Main Street. Free. 757-890-3500.
Watermen’s Museum Oyster Roast — Held 2-6 p.m. on Dec. 4. Enjoy oysters, clam fritters, clam chowder, hot dogs and a variety of beverages. Sponsored by Watermen’s Museum and Williamsburg Montessori School. Admission. $. 757-887-2641
December Wine Dinner — Held 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Riverwalk Restaurant. Riverwalk Landing, 323 Water St. Call 875-1522 for information and pricing.
Lighted Boat Parade — Held 7-9 p.m. on Dec. 4. A magnificent parade of lights floats by as festively decorated boats compete for “Best of Show” in the Lighted Boat Parade. A roaring beach bonfire keeps you warm as you drink hot cider and listen to the festive music while you wait for the parade to begin. The Fifes and Drums of York Town will be performing. Yorktown Waterfront. Free. 890-3500.
Cookies with Santa — 1-4 p.m. Dec. 5 in York Hall. 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. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras for family photos. 301 Main Street. Free. 757-890-3500.
Yorktown Market Days at the River — 8 a.m.-noon on Dec. 11 at Riverwalk Landing. Fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, specialty cut flowers, quality art, enjoy holiday music and sounds of the season, and much more await you at the Saturday morning Market. Sponsored by Riverwalk Landing Business Association and York County. Riverwalk Landing. Free. 757-890-3500. For more detailed information on Yorktown Market Days at the River, visit the Market Days website.
Breakfast with Santa — 9-10:30 a.m. at Riverwalk Restaurant. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus, our special guests from the North Pole, for a kid-friendly breakfast. Experience the enchantment on the children’s faces as they relay their Christmas wish list to Santa. The Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform. Special treats for the kids. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras for family photos. Historic Yorktown Freight Shed, Yorktown Waterfront. Tickets required. Seating is limited. Call 875-1522 for information and pricing.
Toyland Parade – 1-3 p.m. Dec. 11 at Riverwalk Landing. Decorate a stroller or wagon, or even yourself, and join in the 1:30 pm parade! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet the guests and Mrs. Claus will host her own storytelling show. The Fifes and Drums of York Town will be leading the parade. As an added treat, the Polar Express will be chugging along through Riverwalk Landing. All aboard! Riverwalk Landing. Free. 890-3500.
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