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Experience a Colonial Christmas at Colonial Williamsburg

Take a step back in time this holiday season at Colonial Williamsburg. Each year, the Williamsburg historic attraction introduces guests to the 18th-century holiday traditions.
Here’s what you can expect this Christmas season:

Grand Illumination Fireworks over Governor's Palace
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Grand Illumination

Each year, the festivities kick off with the Grand Illumination fireworks display. On December 2, 2018, visit from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm for this marvelous show. This performance will reenact the traditional celebrations of fireworks and the firing of guns.
In addition, the celebration will host multiple musical performances throughout the Historic Area. You’ll be able to see the fireworks best from the Capitol, the Palace, and the Magazine.

Christmas Decorations

Colonial Williamsburg transforms into a winter wonderland during the holidays. Look around and you’ll see seasonal wreaths hung on doors, find garland lining fences and windows, and hear carols being sung throughout the city.

Colonial Williamsburg soldiers stand in front of a Christmas tree at night
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Holiday Events

In addition to the Grand Illumination celebration, Colonial Williamsburg hosts a series of special holiday events throughout the season. These events include:
A Raleigh Christmas Party
Several times each night starting after Thanksgiving, your family and friends can join in a riveting Christmas party at the Raleigh Tavern. Guests will dance, participate in entertainment, and enjoy Christmas treats and a toast, as well. Guests must also purchase special tickets for this event.
Dance, Our Dearest Diversion
Learn 18th-century dances in this fun holiday activity. Guests will learn how to participate in country dances, formal minuets, and other popular 18th-century dance styles. Special tickets and reservations are also required for this holiday event.
The Spirit of the Season at the Raleigh Tavern
While the Christmas party occurs here at night, you can take a tour during the day and discover how the tavern transforms for the holiday traditions. While this program is free to attend, reservations are required.
12 Days and Night Before Christmas
Each year on Christmas Eve, Colonial Williamsburg brings family and friends together for a special Christmas presentation. Colonial Williamsburg actors bring two classic holiday tales to life during this performance. Guests must have a separate ticket for this show, too.
Plus, this is just a handful of the holiday events and fun happening at Colonial Williamsburg this Christmas.

Holiday Treats

Throughout the holiday season, Colonial Williamsburg guests can also enjoy tasty seasonal treats found across the historic city. Plus, if you happen to visit on Christmas Day, you can reserve a spot at the buffet.
The Christmas Day Buffet is hosted at the Williamsburg Inn’s Grand Regency Room and features various chef stations, live entertainment, views of the Golden Horseshoe Golf Course, and additional beverages for purchase. Place your reservations today to attend.

Celebrate Christmas at Colonial Williamsburg this Year

Nothing else screams “Christmas” quite like walking down the cobblestone streets of Colonial Williamsburg as the snow falls. Spend this Christmas in Williamsburg by getting your discount tickets today.
Don’t forget to read our tips on visiting Colonial Williamsburg before you go!

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