10 Fun Things to do in Winter in Williamsburg

Baby, it's cold outside. But don't let that stop you from enjoying winter inside and out in the Greater Williamsburg area.

Winter Blues Jazz Fest
The Winter Blues Jazz Fest has a little something for everyone.
Waypoint Seafood & Grill
Feast on Bay-to-Table Fare
Aleworks Brewing Company
Take a break and quench your thirst.
The Williamsburg Winery
Unwind with a tasting.

Make Your Own Ice Follies     

There's no need to head to the rink at New York’s Rockefeller Center to glide gracefully — or not — over the ice. Through Feb. 20 stop by Liberty's Ice Pavilion on Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg. To keep you in the spirit, there's hot chocolate or hot cider from Chowning's Tavern and regular performances from area musicians and singers.

Give the Winter Blues a Taste of Their Own Medicine     

What better to drive away the blues than the blues? The four-day Winter Blues Jazz Fest kicks off Jan. 12 with shows at the Williamsburg Winery, Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg Art Gallery, Williamsburg Inn and area restaurants. Hear great local favorites like Bobby Blackhat Walters, Atiba Taylor, the Michael Clark Band and Jackie Scott and the Housewreckers. The Williamsburg Lodge offers festival attendees discounted rates.

Immerse Yourself in a Renaissance     

At The College of William & Mary's Muscarelle Museum of Art, a stunning new exhibit, Botticelli and the “Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting Between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities,” opens on Feb. 11One of only two of Botticelli’s paintings of an isolated Venus will be on view for the first time in the United States. The show is considered the largest and most important exhibit of its type ever organized in the country.

Get the Fever     

Cabin fever, that is, at the Cabin Fever Concert Series in Yorktown at the Freight Shed at Riverwalk Landing. Shows are free at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and March 2 with the Doug Dunn Band, Rockin' Vets and the Hot House Band.

Feast on Bay-to-Table Fare   

When OpenTable listed the 100 best restaurants for foodies in the land, they included Williamsburg's Fat Canary, where the seasonal menu often includes offerings like sea scallops. Across town, Waypoint Seafood & Grill highlights bay-to-table fare with York River oysters, Chesapeake Bay rockfish and crab cakes. At the Yorktown Pub, the fare isn't fancy, just fresh featuring York River oysters and Cape May sea scallops. 

Get Out-let and Stretch Your Dollars      

Cold days are made for shoppingWith a belly full, it's time to get bags full. Stretch your post-holiday dollars at the Williamsburg Premium Outlets. They open at 10 a.m. daily. You could spend two hours there or all day, browsing through 135 stores, including Burberry, Calvin Klein, Nike, the Coach Outlet, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, L'Occitane and Waterford. 

March Through the Military Ages

Mark your calendar for a march back in time on March 18 and 19 at Jamestown Settlement’s “Military Through the Ages.” Re-enactors and modern-day units show how uniforms, weapons and military tactics evolved through the centuries. This chronological display of military history features artillery firings, a Saturday children’s parade, and a Sunday military pass-in-review.  This year’s event also highlights the centennial of America’s entry into World War I.

Take a Sip Back in Time

Sundays at the Silver Hand Meadery in Williamsburg, mead tastings are free. Try all six of their meads, created by fermenting sugars found in honey, with additional herbs, spices, and fruits added to create unique flavors. Among the offerings are Dream by the Fire, a full-bodied mead with Virginia wildflower honey, pressed Virginia apples, cinnamon, cloves and allspice, perfect for a chilly evening.

Get Spirited   

Quench your thirst with stops at The Williamsburg Winery, maker of red blends and Chardonnay, Viognier, and dessert wines. If you prefer malts to grapes, stop by Alewerks Brewing Company, makers of a long list of seasonal ales, stouts, and porters or The Virginia Beer Company, which offers small-batch, get-'em-while-you-can five barrel batches of beers like a pecan-smoked porter or an India brown ale.

Go Revolutionary

At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, explore new expansive gallery exhibits and films that explore the stories of ordinary people during extraordinary times. Check out the introductory film, Liberty Fever, and an immersive film that transports visitors to the Siege of Yorktown, with wind, smoke, and thunder of cannon fire. A Grand Opening Celebration March 23-April 4 salutes the 13 original states as they ratified the Constitution, an event officially launching the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

There is even more you can do this winter in Williamsburg.  See all the fun things to do in Greater Williamsburg, check out special events and plan your visit today!