Enjoy Williamsburg’s Inspiring Holiday Music

The sounds of the season — from favorite carols to uplifting classics — fill the air with good cheer.

Holiday Pops with the Williamsburg Symphony
Bonfire during Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade
Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination

The holidays are the season of good will and, of course, sharing the joy of music, those uplifting carols and old favorites.

Throughout Greater Williamsburg, there is one opportunity after another to listen, learn or even lift up your voice in the spirit of the season.

Here are events guaranteed to transport you deeper into a holiday state of mind.

Pops and Fireworks, the Perfect Match

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra gives you not one, but four chances to enjoy the sounds of the season, along with Grand Illumination fireworks, during their holiday pops concerts on Dec. 2 and 3 in the Kimball Theatre.

Light Up Your Holiday Beach

Gather around the bonfire on the beach at the Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade on Dec. 2 and sing carols as the riverfront comes alive with flotilla of holiday lights.

Prelude to a Grand Illumination

The boom of fireworks for the Grand Illumination on Dec. 3 will echo throughout Williamsburg. But get there early for a slate of great music including big band sounds on the Palace Green, an a cappella group from the College of William & Mary on the Courthouse Green, and a quartet of merry musicians on the Ox Cart on Duke of Gloucester Street.

Get Down at Christmas Town

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens opens on Nov. 24. Throughout the holiday run, experience holiday shows sure to give you a shiver even on warm nights. “Deck the Halls” is a live musical tribute to Christmas traditions featuring Frosty the Snowman and others. “Gloria!” highlights contemporary and traditional songs, celebrating true meaning of Christmas. “Miracles” merges dance and music in a passionate, action-filled program sure to touch your soul.  

Enjoy Holidays in the Stars

Slip into the planetarium at the Virginia Living Museum from Nov. 22 to Dec. 31 with your family for a show featuring classics and holiday songs you loved as a child. Add in the best light show in town and it’s guaranteed to thrill. 

Tunes of the Times

At Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, visitors can enjoy a variety of 17th- and 18th-century holiday music Dec. 23-31, including music by David Gardner on fiddle and Barry and Lynn Trott on mandolin, guitar, flute and viola da gamba. Barry and Lynn Trott perform at Jamestown Settlement on Dec. 23, 28, 30 and 31, and David Gardner performs at Jamestown Settlement on Dec. 24, 26, 27 and 29 and at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown on Dec. 30 and 31.

Hear Heavenly Voices Proclaim

The Vienna Boys Choir, which dates to the 13th century, brings their signature sound to St. Bede Catholic Church on Dec. 20 for a performance sure to bring shivers. 

Sunday Funday Strolling 

Walk the streets of Colonial Williamsburg and enjoy music for everyone in the family at the Second Sunday Art & Music Festival on Dec. 10. 

Carols for the Family

Join in a holiday tradition when the Williamsburg Choral Guild sings traditional Christmas favorites on Dec. 10 at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. For admission, bring a nonperishable food item.

A Holiday House Party

Step into Yorktown’s Nelson House on Dec. 15 and 16 for music, dancing, card playing and singing in a celebration bound to spill out onto Main Street and into the On the Hill Gallery where you can grab unique gifts and stocking stuffers. The Fifes and Drums of York Town will be marching through the area, playing Christmas tunes.

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

It wouldn’t be the holidays without rock and roll. Slip into the intimate Kimball Theatre for a rollicking show on Dec. 10 featuring the Michael Clark Band, Vexine, Andrew Shield and The Big Deal, and Billy Joe Daniel and Katie Boucher. Food and wine will be available for sale. 

Wine and Song

The holiday edition of Uncorked and Unplugged at the Williamsburg Winery is scheduled for Dec. 10. Check back for details. Past performers in the series include Grace Potter, LeAnn Rimes, and Ingrid Michaelson. 

Start planning your visit to Greater Williamsburg today. Check out the best romantic meals and a choice of cheap eats to fill your holiday belly between performances.