New Year's Eve Williamsburg: Things to Do and Where to Celebrate

December 7, 2022

Visit a city filled with relics of the past for a New Year’s Eve that will go down in history!

The city of Williamsburg, Virginia, is a history buff’s paradise. Unlike some history lessons, however, it’s anything but boring. New Year's Williamsburg comes to life with events and attractions to ring in a fresh new start!

Thinking of heading to The Burg to celebrate this year? Here’s the dish on all the can’t-miss events! Live music performances, fireworks displays, and tasty treats are the best way to celebrate in Colonial Williamsburg, VA.

Follow along as we fill you in on the best ways to spend New Year's Williamsburg.

New Year’s Eve Williamsburg VA Events

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Searching for "New Year's Eve 2022 events near me"? Make your way to Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town for a dazzling holiday spectacle complete with fantastic live shows, more than 10 million twinkling lights, and delicious treats like deep-dish cookies and hot chocolate.

Of course, a few of your favorite Busch Gardens attractions will be open for one last thrill of the year! In addition, a special fireworks show at 9 p.m. is part of the Busch Gardens New Year's Eve fun.

This is one of the most impressive Williamsburg, VA, Christmas events around. Keep the fun going when you spend New Year's Eve here, too!

close up of christmas trees and clock with wreaths in at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

photo credit: Busch Gardens Williamsburg via Facebook

Bobby Blackhat New Year’s Eve Spectacular 

Blues fans won’t be blue this New Year’s Eve! This soul-filled night of music will give you all the feels. As a vocalist, comedian, harmonica player, songwriter, and actor, Bobby “Blackhat” Walters is a man of many talents.

Needless to say, he knows how to put on a show with the help of his band. You’ll be tapping your toes throughout the entire performance!

Haunted Williamsburg

Looking for something unconventional to do this New Year’s Eve? A candlelit ghost tour is just the thing! Explore historic spaces with a costumed storyteller guide for a hair-raising experience like no other.Group of people dressed at pirates, ghosts, and witches on the The Ghosts, Witches, and Pirates of Williamsburg Tour with a fire behind them in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Where to See Fireworks on New Year’s Eve in Williamsburg

If you’re looking to end your New Year’s Eve with a bang, look no further than Busch Gardens for a spectacular fireworks display! Keep the light in your eyes bright as you look forward to all that the new year will bring.

The fireworks shoot off at 9 p.m., so don’t be late!

Attractions Open on New Year’s Eve in Williamsburg

While you’re visiting the Colonial Capital, take advantage of the city’s attractions! Some are from antiquity, while others are more modern. Either way, there are plenty of things to do in Williamsburg, VA, in December for young and old alike.

Fill the last day of the year with fun! Check out these destinations on New Year’s Eve:

Be sure to grab tickets and check for any schedule changes ahead of time! This New Year's in Williamsburg, VA, will be one to remember.

Man driving horse drawn carriage in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA in the snow

Photo Credit: Colonial Williamsburg / Facebook

The Best Williamsburg Eats on New Year’s Eve 

If you’re a foodie, here’s the list you’ve been waiting for! Satisfy your appetite before the midnight countdown at one of our restaurant picks.

Holidays like New Year’s Eve tend to draw in more diners than average. Check to see if you need reservations before visiting these top-notch spots! 

Here’s where to go if you’re craving… 

A special New Year’s Eve pre-fixe dinner

Make a reservation at Williamsburg Inn sometime from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Steak and seafood

Get a table at Opus 9 and order up.

Pasta and pizza

Visit Giuseppe’s for the best slices around.

Seafood with a river view

The Riverwalk Restaurant offers delicious noms with a spectacular scene.

Just dessert

The Blackbird Bakery has you covered.

Close up of a green and gold sign that says Fat Canary with a wine glass that morphs into a bird on it with their outdoor seating in the background in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

photo credit: Fat Canary via Facebook

Where to Stay on New Year’s Eve in Williamsburg

After a full day of sightseeing and celebrating the new year, you’ll need to get some shut-eye. Book a Williamsburg hotel New Year's Eve 2022 to do just that. Your first night Williamsburg is best spent on a fluffy comforter complete with ample pillows!

For the best deal on your trip, bundle attraction tickets with a hotel room! Here are our top hotel picks:

Exterior View of The Historic Powhatan Resort - Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

photo credit: Josie Lynne via Facebook

Plan Your New Year's Williamsburg Celebrations Today!

For a quaint New Year’s Eve best suited for those looking for a more relaxing way to spend the evening than partying all night long, Williamsburg, Virginia, is an excellent destination for the whole family.

If one of your resolutions for the upcoming year is to budget better, head to Tripster to get the best rates for your trip! 

Pro Tip: Check out our article about can't-miss things to do in Williamsburg for fun facts about Williamsburg, VA, to prepare for your trip!

Which Williamsburg New Year's Eve 2022 Activities Did We Miss?

Know of any other fun New Year's Eve celebrations in Williamsburg? Share where you'll be ringing in the new year in the comments below!


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Written By Michaela

Michaela is a journalist who views every story she writes as an adventure, leading her to explore new places and meet new people. She is based in the Midwest ...

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