Where better to celebrate Thanksgiving than America’s Historic Triangle? Vacation in the region the first colonialists called home and feel the true spirit of tradition come to life. With a focus on food and freedom, a Thanksgiving in Williamsburg, Virginia is a special time of year.
These traditional events make Thanksgiving in Williamsburg an educational and entertaining experience for all.
Virginia Thanksgiving Festival
You can pay tribute to the original colonists at Berkeley Plantation during the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival. The attraction celebrates the 1619 observation of Thanksgiving on November 3, 2019, honoring the site of the First Official Thanksgiving. The day includes history, food, and fun with tours of the 1726 manor house, plus living history programs.
The festival is open from 11:00 am-4:00 pm, with house tours also available from 9:30 am-4:30 pm. The highlight of the day is the re-enactment of the Landing of Captain Woodlief and his men. This holds special importance as the first Thanksgiving occurred when Captain John Woodlief led the newly-arrived English colonists to a grassy slope along the James River and instructed them to drop to their knees and pray in thanks for a safe arrival to the New World.
The festival is free to attend. Parking prices are:
- $5.00 per motorcycle/bike
- $10.00 per car/van
- $20.00 per bus
Foods and Feasts of Colonial Virginia
The Foods and Feasts of Colonial Virginia are explored during Thanksgiving Weekend, November 28-30, 2019, at Jamestown Settlement and the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. While at the Jamestown Settlement, visitors can discover how the English colonists in Virginia and the Powhatan Indians gathered, preserved, and prepared their food. This interactive experience is eye-opening for all visitors spending Thanksgiving in Williamsburg, VA. Hours operate from 9 am to 5 pm. Tickets cost $17.50 for adults and $8.25 for ages 6-12.
In addition, The Jamestown Settlement Café will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 11 am to 4 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Call the Jamestown Settlement Cafe at (757) 253-2571.
At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, visitors can learn about the food eaten by soldiers during the American Revolution. In addition, guests can watch how a 1780s farm produces food from the field to the kitchen.
Thanksgiving at Colonial Williamsburg
Bountiful feasts are found at Colonial Williamsburg restaurants all Thanksgiving long, where guests can experience historical dining traditions.
A Thanksgiving Feast with all the trimmings is served at Williamsburg Lodge from 11:00 am-5:00 pm. Place your reservations far in advance for this popular Thanksgiving dinner. The 2019 feast prices are as follows:
- Adults: $71.95
- Youths, ages 3-10: $38.95
- Children, ages 2 and under: Free
Christiana Campbell’s Tavern, Shield’s Tavern, King’s Arms Tavern, and Chowning’s Tavern all feature holiday dining as well, with dinner service from 11:00 am-7:45 pm. Reservations are required for these traditional Thanksgiving meals.
Educational and entertaining activities are also held at Colonial Williamsburg throughout the week of Thanksgiving. Watch as President George Washington officially proclaimed Thursday the 26th of November, 1789 as a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer.” Plus, you can hear traditional songs and hymns throughout the day, too.
Get a Jump Start on Celebrating Christmas in Williamsburg, VA
Visitors can also get a head start on celebrating Christmas while in Williamsburg, VA. Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town, a spectacular holiday extravaganza you cannot miss, opens November 15, 2019. Christmas Town dazzles with over 5 million twinkling lights, festive shows, and unique shopping.
Plus, Colonial Williamsburg begins their holiday programming November 28, 2019, too.
Celebrate this Thanksgiving in Williamsburg
Book your Williamsburg vacation today for a Thanksgiving trip you’ll never forget.