100 Ways to Light Up Your Holidays in Williamsburg
From traditional Colonial Christmas to roller coasters and ice skating, we've got your perfect holiday right here.
For the first time in 13 years, the stage of the Royal Palace Theatre will once again glisten with the return of a full-scale ice show. ‘Twas That Night, an all-new ice show, reimagines the magic of Christmas Eve and the classic poem A Visit From St. Nicholas. World-champion figure skater Elvis Stojko brings this beloved Christmas story to life, on ice. Combining the grace of professional figure skating with cherished Christmas music, original holiday songs and magnificent visuals, ‘Twas That Night wishes a happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night at Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™. November 25 - January 2 (select dates).
Have Your Thanksgiving Dinner in a Colonial Tavern
Gather around the table for a traditional Thanksgiving meal with your loved ones at on of the taverns at Colonial Williamsburg. From turkey to all the trimmings, these menus feature the favorite dishes of the season.
Ireland’s Abbey Stone Theatre comes alive with the joyous re-telling of the story of the first Christmas. Bring the entire family to experience the inspiring music and dance of Gloria! Contemporary and traditional songs, from the park’s finest talent, merge to highlight and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Busch Gardens; November 25 - January 2 (select dates).
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. Busch Gardens; November 25 - January 2 (select dates).
Gather the entire family together for this special presentation. Experience the unique spirit of Christmas as people from the past bring two classic Christmas stories to life. In the Hennage Auditorium (Colonial Williamsburg) on December 24.
Make a list and check it twice with all the exclusive holiday outlet deals during Black Friday. At Williamsburg Premium Outlets on November 25.
Special sales and Black Friday Fragrance Lovers Tote for first 4 hours. At Yankee Candle Village, beginning November 25 at 10 pm.
Demonstration & Ornament Signing – Featuring a special event ornament only available at Yankee Candle Village! Ne’Qwa Art’s demonstration artist, Trieste, will answer questions about Ne’Qwa Art and its line of reverse-painted glass ornaments. Don’t miss this chance to have a Ne’Qwa Art ornament signed and personalized for your friends and family! On November 26.
Save the date and reserve early for this family-friendly festive musical feast of holiday favorites and more! Four performances, at 1:30 and 3 p.m. on each day, under the direction of Silas Huff, a conductor, composer and U.S. Army Music Officer. At the Kimball Theatre; December 5 & 6.
Celebrate the spirit of the season! Gather at Charlton's Coffeehouse and join in a holiday sing-along. December 13 & 17, 6 pm.
The music starts at 3:30pm to 5:30pm at The Williamsburg Winery, featuring Grammy Award winning duo A Great Big World, American Idol winners Nick Fradiani and David Cook, and singer-songwriter Marc Scibilia! Limited tickets available and are on sale now! December 6.
Carols, Santa & Christmas Galore! The spirit of the most wonderful time year is overflowing in this hysterical Christmas-wrapped comedy. Two hilarious and lovable elves, Scrunchie and Bangles, have accidentally misplaced some of Santa's presents. When Santa finds out about the mishap he teaches the well-meaning elves that the real gift of the season are the people and friends we celebrate it with. Packed full of sing-a-long tunes, this show is the perfect way to get audiences of all ages into the Christmas spirit! December 5, 11 am.
Come home to 'Good Fires, Good Company, and Diversions: The Compliments of the Season at the Powell House'
The Powells are getting ready for the upcoming holidays! Family will be coming home. Special meals are being prepared in the kitchen. Decorations have to be made. There’s even singing and dancing. Come “home” to the Powell House and discover how an 18th-century household prepared for this special time of year. Activities change throughout the day. A part of Colonial Williamsburg's holiday celebration; November 26 & 28.
Explore colonial Virginia foodways during a three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day. At Jamestown Settlement, learn how food was gathered, preserved and prepared by Powhatan Indians and English colonists. At the Yorktown Victory Center, learn about typical Revolutionary War soldiers’ fare and trace the bounty of a 1780s farm from field to kitchen. November 24 - 26.
Gather to hear Gowan Pamphlet’s inspirational message for the Christmas season. The popular Baptist preacher speaks of inspiration, hope, and the importance of family. Colonial Williamsburg; Thursdays in December (except December 24).
Guided house tours feature holiday-decked rooms and family stories representing 11 generations of the Hill Carter family’s Christmas celebrations at Shirley Plantation. There is no additional fee for the Christmas tours. On December 1.
Owen Murdock’s company gamely tries to present a Grand Medley–an 18th-century traveling variety show! They have high hopes of amazing feats, strange beasts, and fast-paced hilarity, but things aren’t going well for the company. Their misfortunes provide a comedy of errors for the entire family to enjoy. A colonial entertainment so amusing that even Colonel Washington would have laughed! $18 adults, $9 children. At the Kimball Theatre on Merchants Square; November 30, December 6, 14, 21, & 28.
The Williamsburg Women's Chorus is a group of all-female voices dedicated to preserving women's choral music for future generations. The only group of its kind in the area, the Chorus was founded in 1965 to encourage appreciation for the rich heritage of women's choral literature. At Walnut Hills Baptist Church; December 18.
Gather in the historic Wren Chapel for a half-hour presentation of excerpts from an 18th-century sermon of the holiday season. Before the Revolution, most of the faculty members at William and Mary were ordained ministers, who regularly read sermons for the edification of the students. The Rev. John Camm, a loyalist Anglican minister and President of the College, delivers this sermon for the season. Mondays, November 30 - December 28.
Enjoy the College of William and Mary Choir offering holiday favorites in the Merchants Square Shopping area of Colonial Williamsburg. December 6 & 12.
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. Free. December 6.
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery celebrates the holidays with hearty brews featuring traditional spices and flavors found in your favorite seasonal dishes. Enjoy a tasting of some of the season’s finest brews, along with small bites featuring artisanal ingredients. Our experts will treat you to a lively, enjoyable, and educational afternoon of tasting. At the Williamsburg Lodge; December 26, 2 pm.
A Crooner's Christmas—with the Good Shot Judy little BIG band, featuring vocalists Brett Cahoon, and special guest Jocelyn Oldham. Good Shot Judy pays tribute to the Classic Christmas Crooner Hits from artists like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, Michael Buble, Louis Armstrong, and many more! This is sure to be a swinging good holiday show! At the Kimball Theatre; December 10 & 22, 7:30 pm.
Come tap your toes, stomp your feet, and enjoy holiday dance music from early America to the present time. Kelly Kennedy and her band of musicians and dancers make merry with minuets, clogs, step-dances, jitterbugs, and more! December 19, 1:30 & 4 pm.
Join Santa Claus and Support the Park! Walkers will receive a set of "Jingle Bells." Dogs will receive a special treat. Enter your pooch in the Holiday Hat/Outfit Contest! Coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies will be provided. Donations of pet food and supplies will be accepted. At York River State Park; December 13, 12 - 3 pm.
What helped the Highlanders of Williamsburg through their day and into the night? Rum rations got them through the day, and stories helped them through the night. Stories (and rum) around the fire make long winter nights bearable. Come listen, come laugh, and come cry with master storytellers Donna Wolf and Shel Browder as they share tales told by Highlanders of the 18th century. Event ticket required. Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums; December 3, 7, 11, 18, & 21.
Williamsburg’s professional orchestra presents its annual Holiday Pops Concert, featuring a festive program of seasonal music to delight the whole family. Music Director/Conductor Janna Hymes. At the Kimball Theatre on Merchants Square; December 5.
Enjoy this annual community Christmas parade with bands and floats and more! With 50 years under its belt, this year's theme is Our Golden Christmas! This is a holiday tradition you won’t want to miss! December 3.
Festively decorated sail and power boats compete for “Best in Show.” The Yorktown waterfront is bedazzled with holiday sights and sounds, including a spectacular floating parade of lights, caroling around a roaring beach bonfire, musical performances and complimentary hot cider. Free. At Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown; December 5.
Performances by the W&M Choir, Botetourt Chamber Singers, and Women’s Chorus. General admission: $10, Students: $3. Tickets can be purchased through the Phi Beta Kappa Box Office at (757) 221-2674. December 6.
55th Annual Christmas Homes Tour, presented by the Green Spring Garden Club Inc., features houses decorated with holiday floral arrangements. All are located in and around The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Revolutionary City.Tickets required. Throughout Colonial Williamsburg; December 5.
This concert features music by composers whose work has been subject to censorship. The program includes Kurt Weill's Kleine Dreigroschenmusik, Mendelssohn's Trauermarsch, op. 103, and Hans Gal's Promenadenmusik. Performance by the William & Mary Wind Ensemble. Admission: $10/general public, free for students with ID. At Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall at the College of William & Mary; 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. Cameras are encouraged. At York Hall in Yorktown; December 7.
Williamsburg’s oldest Christmas store specializes in unique and collectible Christmas merchandise, including dated Williamsburg ornaments. Come see our handcrafted lines as well as your favorite collectibles at The Christmas Shop. Located in Merchants Square.
In the 18th century, illuminations, which included the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks, were held to celebrate major events, such as great military victories, the anniversary of the reigning sovereign’s birth, or the arrival of a new colonial governor. Join Colonial Williamsburg for this special day by strolling the Revolutionary City and viewing all the unique decorations. Enjoy musical performances from multiple stages and delight in the fireworks displays from three different locations. December 4.
Join Yankee Candle Village as we light up the holidays! Sing along with Christmas carolers as Santa lights the Village Christmas Tree from 5pm-6pm. Free Ornament Personalization, Free Holiday Food Sampling, Free cupcakes and Marva Maid Milk. Dcember 6.
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus, our special guests from the North Pole, for this once-a-year, family-oriented breakfast. Experience the enchantment on the children’s faces as they relay their Christmas wishes to Santa. Special treats for the kids. Seating is limited. Tickets Required. At Riverwalk Restaurant in Yorktown; December 12, 8:30 - 10:00 am.
This popular market is the last of the year! It is a great opportunity to get fresh greens for your holiday decorating, along with foods and gifts to share. On Merchants Square; December 12 & 19.
As part of the Yorktown Holiday Open House Weekend, the market will operate with extended hours and offer items unique to the holiday season, in addition to the usual array of fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, quality art, and more. This week’s live entertainment features “Ron Herrick”. At Riverwalk Landing; December 12.
Decorate a stroller, wagon, yourself, or even a pet and join in the 1:30 pm parade. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet the guests. The Fifes and Drums of York Town will lead the parade, and as an added treat, the Polar Express will be chugging along through Riverwalk Landing. All aboard! December 12.
The Holiday Season is a time to create lifelong memories with friends and family. Join the Williamsburg Winery for a memorable afternoon of wine, food and live music. Enjoy delectable small-plates inspired by holiday traditions from around the world and toast the season with delicious Williamsburg Winery wine all while the 504 Supreme sets the mood with live holiday jazz. December 6.
Trinkle Hall is a great Colonial Christmas Show that is held each year at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg Virginia. The show is just a short walk from Merchants Square in Colonial Williamsburg. The show features great artists, American Folk Art, Christmas Decorations, oil paintings, Shaker Boxes, wood carvings, tin lighting, package food for the holidays, and of course theorem paintings by Nancy Rosier. This show is FREE TO THE PUBLIC and offers everything you will need for Christmas. December 5 & 6.
The smell of Christmas trees coupled with the dazzling light display of Polar Pathway will make you feel as if Christmas is here. 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. Busch Gardens®; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
Join us for the 23rd anniversary of this fun-filled program that celebrates the decorating efforts of the employees who live in Colonial Williamsburg’s restored private residences. This popular program includes holiday decorating tips in the “Williamsburg way,” announcement of the winners of the private homes decorating contest, and interesting facts about what goes into decorating the Revolutionary City. Colonial Williamsburg; December 9.
Join the holiday festivities in Colonial Williamsburg. Enjoy Fifes and Drums and the singing of carols by cresset light along the Duke of Gloucester Street. Visit the Raleigh Tavern as it comes alive with music, dancing, and conversation for the season. Admission included with an Annual Pass, otherwise additional $10 ticket required. See website for calendar.
Inspiration is all around you! Gaze at all the ornaments on the museum's 16-foot, decorated tree and browse the galleries of folk art exhibitions. Then be sure to drop in to create a folk art ornament for your own tree at home. Colonial Williamsburg; December 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30.
Unique entertainment highlights this unforgettable dining experience. Join Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great grandson of Charles Dickens, as he presents an energetic, one-man retelling of the classic “A Christmas Carol.” Staged during an elegant banquet featuring world-class cuisine, this event has become a Colonial Williamsburg holiday favorite. At the Williamsburg Inn; December 15.
Imagine yourself celebrating Christmas with the Rockefellers as you enjoy an evening at Bassett Hall. Multiple lighted trees and candles in every window will welcome you to the festively decorated house. The dining room table will be set for a lavish Christmas dinner party. Listen to carolers and enjoy hot cider and a cookie served in the cottage. Be sure and take a winter stroll in the garden to see the lighted 10-foot-tall tree in the Tea House. December 9.
Have you been good this year? Meet with Father Christmas as he takes an afternoon stroll through Merchants Square. He'll pause at the large Christmas tree outside of The Precioius Gem between 4 and 5 p.m. November 27 & 28 and December 5, 6, 12 & 13.
There's nothing like a Victorian Christmas with its party games, delightful decorations, and fragrant food and drink. Travel back in time and learn how these wonderful traditions developed. Meakin, an English butler, will share these traditions with you during this special English tea. Colonial Williamsburg; December 10 & 17.
On a chilly Williamsburg night, the whole student body squeezes into the Wren Courtyard (College of William & Mary), where festive cressets (wood-burning torches) warm the crowd. The students are treated to live holiday music and student speeches explaining international holiday traditions. The climax is when the College president takes the stage dressed as Santa Claus and a rousing rendition of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Afterward, frozen students pile into the Great Hall to toss ceremonial sprigs of holly into the Yule log fire for good luck. Then it’s hot cider and sugar cookies for everybody. December 12.
Enjoy an evening of the greatest holiday classics from the 1930s and 1940s. The Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra will feature arrangements from the Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, and Duke Ellington orchestras as well as other holiday favorites from the Big Band era. At the Kimball Theatre on Merchants Square; December 15 & 16.
Raise your voice in a holiday sing-along that will fill the streets of the colonial capital with good cheer! On Merchants Square; see website for a complete schedule.
Make this annual community event part of your Christmas tradition. Gather for a special reading of “The Night Before Christmas” and learn about the first Christmas tree in the United States. Join in singing classic Christmas carols and watch as the large evergreen tree on Market Square is lighted. In Colonial Williamsburg; December 24.
In the 18th century, Virginians fired guns to celebrate the Christmas season. Join us on Duke of Gloucester street for a re-creation of this event. In Colonial Williamsburg; December 24.
Explore the changing styles of holiday music. From the modes of medieval chants to Renaissance rhythms, baroque, and folk, to romantic, Victorian, and the modern day, Timothy Seaman revels and rejoices on hammered dulcimer, flutes, whistles, and more. December 1, 8 & 15.
Ring in Christmas in 18th-century style while savoring traditional three course holiday fare and 18-century music. Reservations required. $70.95 adults & $24.95 children 6-12; includes tax and gratuity. At Christiana Campbell's Tavern; December 25.
First Night of Williamsburg is a family-oriented, non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve celebration of the performing arts presented throughout the City and on the campus of the College of William & Mary. December 31.
Begin your holiday festivities with the Eastern Virginia Brass and all that Jingle Bell jazz. Hum along–no, sing along–to a good sprinkling of traditional holiday tunes and beautiful Christmas carols. Share the joy of the season as this talented brass quintet presents seasonal favorites, such as “Sleigh Ride,” “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Saints Hallelujah,” and themes from the “Nutcracker.” Wonderful, fun, heartwarming–and Brasstastic for all ages. Ticket Required. Colonial Williamsburg, Hennage Auditorium; December 27.
Watch a masterful ice carver create an amazing sculpture before your eyes at the WIlliamsburg Lodge courtyard. Gather the family for a fun afternoon and warm up with a mulled wine, hot buttered rum, or hot chocolate. At the Williamsburg Lodge; December 24, 2 pm.
Share holiday music and merriment with a lively troupe of 19th-century revelers! In the tradition of village entertainers from Old England, the Williamsburg Waites bring back the holiday spirit of yesteryear. The Christmas-themed mummer’s play will make you laugh. Favorite songs of the season come to life with traditional instruments and stories, and English garland dancers will fill the stage. December 5 & 30, 1:30 & 4 pm.
Celebrate the seasonal palate with Kelly Kennedy and friends during this lively program of tunes and songs that will make your mouth water. Enjoy sing-alongs, stories, toasts, recipes, and dances performed on fiddle, piano, accordion, whistle, viola, and drum. December 4, 1:30 & 4 pm.
Enjoy a visit with Santa Claus! Merchants Square; Nov. 27, 28 & 29, and Dec. 5, 12, 13, 19 & 20.
Featuring classic holiday favorites like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” modern hits like “Jingle Bell Rock,” and unique re-imaginings of timeless songs, this is an animated Christmas light display like no other you’ve ever seen! Get into the holiday spirit with the music of the season and dazzling laser effects! Virginia Living Museum; November 25 to December 31.
Celebrate the joys of music of the holiday season in concert with Peter Pelham, Williamsburg's premier 18th-century musician, in the acoustically-brilliant hall of the House of Burgesses. In addition to varied musical selections played on the harpsichord, there will be an opportunity to join in the musical fun. Explore how holiday traditions were observed in Williamsburg, and share some observations of events that occurred here during the holiday season. Experience the anticipation as Williamsburg joyously awaits the celebration of Christmas Day through Twelfth Night. At the Capitol building in Colonial Williamsburg. November 29 and December 7 & 13.
Enjoy a hilarious 30 minute street theater production of the Christmas classic from the Virginia Theatre Machine. Back for a 7th year! Exclusively in Merchants Square; weekends from November 26 to December 28
The rustic Scottish countryside is the perfect setting for our stable of beautiful animals. The star-filled winter sky and smell of fresh hay will have you humming your favorite Christmas carol. Bring your family and see the Scottish blackface sheep, Border collies and Clydesdales. This hands-on Christmas Town experience will take you back to a simpler time. Busch Gardens; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
It is 1797 and George Washington has retired from public life and the presidency to live the peaceful life under his vine and fig tree. However, Adams' calling for a posture of defense against France, an unruly dog, and a grandson’s news from Princeton may ruin the President and first lady's peaceful Christmas. At the Kimball Theatre; December 23, 7:30 pm.
The smell of Christmas trees coupled with the dazzling light display of Polar Pathway will make you feel as if Christmas is here. 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. Busch Gardens; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
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. Our elf attendants greet the eager children who are invited to sit on Santa’s lap and pose for a classic Christmas photo that will forever capture the moment’s joy and wonder. Busch Gardens; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
Venture inside Das Festhaus®, festively decorated with garlands, twinkling lights and other holiday finery, to 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. This special show will be the essence of your Christmas Town experience. Busch Gardens; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
Italy’s Il Teatro di San Marco Theatre has been transformed into a magical backdrop for an uplifting celebration of the spirit of Christmas. Ordinary 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 to reach for the stars. Busch Gardens; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
Enjoy traditional Christmas carols and music of the season with the Miller Rowe Consort from Spartanburg, S.C. Special arrangements showcase the unique sounds of Michael Miller on classical guitar and David Rowe playing his handmade Appalachian dulcimer and hammered dulcimer. This duo blends the warmth and richness of classical guitar with the exciting, yet soothing hammered dulcimer. See website for a complete schedule.
Your Christmas Town experience culminates in a multi-colored spectacular light show 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 creates a sense of community that will stay with you long after you leave the park. Busch Gardens; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
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. Busch Gardens; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
No trip to the North Pole is complete without a ride on the Kinder Karussel. Restored to its original condition, this antique Herschell Carousel features 36 hand-carved ponies and two double-bench chariots. It’s perfect for the entire family. Busch Gardens; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
Bundle up with the family to enjoy a 20-minute trip through more than 200 acres of lush landscaping with stops in Scotland, New France and Holiday Hills. Busch Gardens; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
Get a Santa-eye view of the 8 million twinkling lights at Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town from the park’s thrill ride, Nacht Tower. Busch Gardens; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
Yankee Candle’s Holiday Park never ceases to amaze and delight everyone who visits. Come to where it’s Christmas all year long and experience for yourself what makes Yankee Candle Williamsburg so unique.
Add a little something extra to the tree this year with a unique, hand-crafted ornament from Williamsburg Pottery.
Visit Mistletoe Marketplace where you can stroll through a traditional German outdoor market and find a unique treasure for every one on your Christmas list. The hustle and bustle of other shoppers will invigorate your spirit as you look through a large selection of crafts from local artisans. Busch Gardens; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
Your magical dreams of Christmas come alive as you browse through a wonderland of delights. Over 25,000 different decorations, accessories and collectibles. Collectibles on display include Byers’ Choice Carolers, whimsical Annalee dolls and Willow Tree Angels.
From one of the top Outlet Malls in America to unique gallery shops to quaint historic trades shops, the greater Williamsburg area is the perfect destination to complete all of your shopping needs this holiday season! November 1 to December 31.
Celebrate the holidays with a traditional Christmas dinner at Busch Gardens. Turkey, ham and other culinary delights are ready to warm your soul. Finish off the night with a warm mug of hot chocolate while walking among the lights of Christmas Town. Busch Gardens; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
Get an extra special view of Christmas Town aboard Busch Gardens’ skyride and travel above the park’s eight million twinkling lights. Busch Gardens; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
Satisfy the thrill seekers in the group with a trip on Verbolten®. Busch Gardens’ indoor-outdoor roller coaster experience is the park’s gift to coaster fans this holiday season. Busch Gardens; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
ICEBURG, it’s the coolest place in James City County this winter! The County’s seasonal synthetic ice rink is located at Mid County Park and offers users tons of space with a great skating surface. There are weekday, weekend and winter break hours. Fees include skates and a great time! The rink is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Mid County Park in James City County; November 20 - January 31.
Enjoy a guided look at Colonial Williamsburg’s picturesque building exteriors and streets decked in their holiday splendor. Learn about the materials, construction techniques, and traditions of Colonial Williamsburg decorations. November 28 to December 31.
Join us for an exciting journey back through time to experience Williamsburg Christmases of the past. Discover our colonial traditions and customs, find out about the first Christmas tree in Williamsburg, and learn how Colonial Williamsburg’s Christmas traditions came about. November 28 to December 31.
As you walk in our doors, you are transported to a magical fantasyland filled with thousands of Christmas decorations, designer trees, home decorating accessories and other items that reflect the sights of the Christmas season. Our beautiful showroom contains over 40 Themed Trees. The showroom contains over 10,000 spacious square feet of Christmas Magic from around the world!
Since 1965, we have journeyed in the footsteps of the Magi, seeking the identity of a mysterious star which foretold the coming of a king. Over the years, the scientific thinking has changed, archeology has revealed new clues about the lands in which these events took place, and our understanding of who the magi might have actually been has grown. Our best theory for what the sign of the wise men might have been has changed, too. Now, it is time for us once again to update our understanding. But this time, the change will be like no other. November 30 - December 31.
Holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are recalled through special interpretive programs and, from December 26 through 31, musical entertainment of the period. At the Yorktown Victory Center, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in Revolutionary War encampments and glimpse holiday preparations on a 1780s farm. $. Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Come tell Santa what you would like for Christmas! Santa will be in his chair at Yankee Candle for Holiday Photo’s daily starting November 8.
Meet the world-renowned craftsmen behind the highest quality Nativities for more than 100 years. Have your purchase – including exclusive tour figures – signed by the artist. Busch Gardens; November 27 - January 3 (select dates).
Enjoy a traditional 18th-century seasonal celebration featuring the illumination of Market Square and the surrounding buildings with candles and cressets. The spectacle will be accompanied by a narrative, the firing of muskets, and music performed by the Fifes and Drums. Colonial Williamsburg Market Square; December 8 & 15.