Thanksgiving in Williamsburg VA: 2023 Guide

It doesn’t get more edutaining than Thanksgiving dinner in Williamsburg VA!

Have you ever wondered how Thanksgiving was celebrated in the 18th century? Find out the answers and more at the Colonial Williamsburg VA Thanksgiving event. Watch history comes alive through live reenactment, programs, museum visits, and themed cuisines.

This historic holiday, listen to President George Washington’s Thanksgiving proclamation, educate yourself about our nation’s history, and recognize the lives and culture of American Indians.

Follow along to discover all the best activities that will dial up your Thanksgiving tradition.

Colonial Williamsburg Thanksgiving Tickets

The event is included with your Colonial Williamsburg admission. However, remember that certain extraordinary experiences will need special or event tickets.

Colonial Virginia Williamsburg Vacation Package

Embrace the historical sights and activities during your Thanksgiving in Williamsburg trip without busting your hard-earned dollars. Bundle your Colonial Williamsburg tickets with these other attractions:

Colonial Williamsburg Thanksgiving Attractions

Native American Heritage Month

American history is a captivating blend of cultures and voices, with native nations playing a pivotal role in shaping the country’s character. At Colonial Williamsburg area, you can embark on a journey to understand how the indigenous peoples influenced American culture, democracy, and independence.

Historic Site: American Indian Encampment

Transport yourself to a bygone era by visiting an interpretive camp during Thanksgiving at Williamsburg, where a small American Indian delegation reenacts their meetings from the 18th century.

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These gatherings were essential for discussing warfare, trade, and diplomacy between native nations and colonial settlers. The attraction only requires Colonial Williamsburg admission and is open to the public.

Performance: From Freedom to Slavery

The captivating story of Methotaskee is a testament to her strength and the harsh realities she faced – from life as an adopted Shawnee to her return to slavery. Experience her transformation into “Elizabeth” and her complex journey within the heart of Williamsburg society. Art museum admission is required.

Presentation: Students of Brafferton Indian School

Step into the 18th century and wander through Williamsburg’s Historic Area, where Brafferton students left their indelible mark. They traversed the city in search of supplies, cultivated crucial social networks, and found solace in the church.

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Among these unnamed students, a handful rise from the shadows as soldiers, diplomats, interpreters, and spies, highlighting the complex link between U.S. history and the history of Native Americans. Make sure to get your Art Museums Admission to enjoy this attraction.

Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Journey through these vast galleries, where a stunning array of American and British antiques and decorative art from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries stands as a testimony to the artistry of yesteryears. Connected with these historical marvels are striking examples of colonial and contemporary folk art that ignite the imagination.

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

Step into artistic wonder within the galleries of the folk art museum. Here, you’ll find a mesmerizing collection of paintings, sculptures, and incredible objects, all brought to life by the skillful hands of self-trained artists and craftsmen.

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This museum proudly houses one of the most extensive collections of American folk art. Before you set off on your artistic adventure, be sure to score your Art Museums Admission.

DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

Be enchanted by the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, a haven of exquisite craftsmanship and timeless beauty. Discover an unparalleled collection of “finer things,” featuring the world’s largest array of southern furniture and one of the most extensive gatherings of British ceramics beyond England’s borders. Make your visit seamless by scoring your Art Museums Admission.

Traditions: Williamsburg Lodge Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Embrace the spirit of Thanksgiving at Traditions Restaurant, nestled within the Williamsburg Lodge. This best Thanksgiving Dinner in Williamsburg VA is a culinary journey steeped in tradition and flavor. From heartwarming soups, such as White Bean and Collard Green Soup, to the vibrant Winter Harvest Salad, your feast begins with a medley of flavors.

The Chef’s Charcuterie and Cheese Boards provide a delectable start to your celebration. As you gather with loved ones, indulge in the heartwarming tradition of relishing Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey, the star of the magnificent Thanksgiving Dinner Williamsburg VA feast.

The dining experience starts from 5:00 PM to 9 PM. Your Thanksgiving celebration takes a picture-perfect start if you can arrive at 4:30 PM. Arriving early grants you the precious moments to create lasting family memories through photographs before sharing a delightful dinner

The Williamsburg Thanksgiving Dinner Price

  • Adult: $55
  • Child ages 10 and under: $22

Craving an exploration of intriguing tastes? Open the door to a world of new flavors and the sumptuous foods feasts of Colonial times? Many restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Williamsburg VA like the Jamestown Settlement Cafe, so you can satisfy your cravings easily.

Colonial Williamsburg Thanksgiving Date and Details

Save the dates for the celebration of Colonial Williamsburg VA in November. Always check Colonial Williamsburg’s website for the updated schedule.

Experience Thanksgiving at Colonial Williamsburg

Instead of staying at home, go out for the holiday at Colonial Williamsburg Thanksgiving Williamsburg VA for a celebration steeped in tradition. This theme park is full of holiday activities and programs that interest inquisitive minds. 

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Snap some pictures of the holiday decorations adorning the capital. Thanksgiving in Williamsburg VA kicks off the Christmas season, so you’ll witness jaw-dropping ornaments throughout the galleries, shops, museums, and even the Berkeley Plantation if you ever stop by the park starting on November 27.  After enjoying all the activities, refuel with a Williamsburg Inn Thanksgiving Dinner.

Book your Colonial Williamsburg Thanksgiving Packages and tickets now and take a step back in time when in Williamsburg for Thanksgiving. Also, you can make a vacation out of it, whereas you can join the upcoming Colonial Williamsburg Christmas events and more attractions with our vacation package.


Start Date:

November 23, 2023

End Date:

December 14, 2023



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