Official Ceremony at the Riverwalk!

Yorktown Christmas Tree Lighting

August 11, 2020 - 06:30 pmAugust 11, 2020 - 08:26 amDecember 4, 2020, 6:30pm
Riverwalk Landing
331 Water Street
Yorktown, VA 23690
United States 331 Water Street Yorktown 23690

The holiday fun kicks off with Yorktown's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This community tradition goes all the way back to 1945. That's the year that Reverend Claud G. Barkley, Pastor of Yorktown Baptist Church, and staff from the County Clerk's office, decorated a cedar tree that stood at the corner of Main and Ballard Streets. The York County Historical Committee works hard to keep this ritual going! The tree that is used today is a 20-foot artificial commercial "Giant Everest Fir" tree placed down in Riverwalk Landing.

Highlights include the Mt. Vernon Elementary School Choir singing at the Victory Monument at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Fifes and Drums of York Town performing at 7 p.m.; festive music will also be performed simultaneously at Riverwalk Landing. The Procession of Lights leaves Victory Monument at 7:30 through the historic village and down to the waterfront. There will be a brief program at 7:45, followed by the Tree Lighting and arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus! Sign and even make cards for our Military and First Responders (Cards for Heroes) nearby in the Freight Shed.