Colonial Williamsburg Christmas
Colonial Williamsburg kicks off the 2014 holiday season on November 21 and celebrates daily through the end of the year. Authentic decor addorns the entire Historic Area as well as the shops in Merchant's Square. Enjoy festive dining experiences at the Colonial Williamsburg hotels and Taverns including breakfast with Santa or Tea with Mrs. Claus!
Enjoy a meal surrounded by those you love, stroll through our shops, enjoy hot cider and hand-crafted gingerbread houses in our hotels, or attend classic holiday events. Festive decorations and timeless charm set the stage for an unforgettable experience.
Visit our Williamsburg Christmas page to learn about other holiday attractions including Busch Gardens Christmas Town.
Few realize that the tradition of a single candle in the windows originated in Williamsburg. With handcrafted wreaths on each door, more than five miles of live pine roping and bonfires in the evenings you will be surrounded by heartwarming holiday ambiance! Bring along a cup of hot apple cider and enjoy one of the daily Christmas Decorations Walking Tours. Here you'll have an up-close guided tour of buildings in their holiday splendor.
Grand Illumination - Sunday December 7
In the 18th century, illuminations were sometimes held to commemorate the birth of the reigning sovereign. Today Colonial Williamsburg celebrates this annual event the first Sunday of December with musical performances on multiple stages and fireworks from three locations.
Daily children's activities are hosted throughout the season. Examples include a guided Children's Orientation Walk that offers first hand view of the 18th Century holiday experience from a child's perspective. In addition Holiday Tea is offered at the Williamsburg Inn and Breakfast with Santa Claus is offered at the Williamsburg Lodge on special dates during the holiday season. Be sure to check the calendar of events for details and call for reservations for these special events.
Shows and Programs
The holiday season is packed with holiday shows and special events each and every day. Come together to enjoy the holiday magic of the Revolutionary City. Your admission ticket allows you access to the theatrical performances, festive music, guided tours of 18th-century buildings, and personal interactions that occur daily in the Historic Area. In the Kimball Theatre you will find seasonal productions including "Christmas Dreams" and "Christmas Memories" both of which are family oriented productions that awaken the Christmas spirit in us all.
Dining in one of the Colonial Williamsburg Taverns is sure to be one of the highlights of your visit! The crackle of a bonfire welcomes you most evenings outside of each Tavern. Inside enjoy traditional 18th Century fare while friends from the past provide live interractive entertainment. The peanut soup and peppermint ice cream are seasonal favorites!
Reservations are suggested for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day meals.
Ther are added benefits when you spend your Williamsburg Christmas Vacation at an official Colonial Williamsburg Hotel. You will receive preferred reservations at taverns and restaurants as well as the award winning Spa at Colonial Williamsburg. Weather is often mild in Decelember so plan to take advantage of the onsite Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. You can stay on site with almost any budget including the luxurious Williamsburg Inn, or the award winning Williamsburg Lodge. More budget conscious travelers can experience the same benefits for less at the Colonial Williamsburg Woodlands or Governor's Inn.