Holiday Season in Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is a great family experience especially during the holidays. Programs and guided tours available this holiday season include:

  • Tour the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum with the authors of the new publication, “The Art-full Tree,” Nov. 29-Dec. 29. See the folk art that inspired the handmade ornaments, and view the 16-foot tree decorated with 1,000 ornaments. Then create your own art-inspired ornament to take home. Free reservation required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • Grand Illumination, Dec. 4. In the 18th century, illuminations were sometimes held to commemorate the birth of the reigning sovereign. Today, Grand Illumination is held in the Historic Area. Musical performances from multiple stages throughout the Historic Area begin at 5:15 p.m. and fireworks displays from three locations—the Governor’s Palace, Magazine and Capitol—at 7 p.m.
·         Secrets of the Chocolate Maker, Dec. 6. This program demonstrates the process of making chocolate 200 years ago—from roasting and shelling the cocoa beans through grinding the nibs into chocolate.
·         Community Christmas Tree Lighting, Dec. 24. Gather at the Courthouse steps on Duke of Gloucester Street for the annual Williamsburg tree illumination and the traditional retelling of the city’s first Christmas tree.

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