There’s no place like Colonial Williamsburg for the holidays. Here you’ll find enduring traditions, charming decorations, and a season that still warms the heart. One visit and you’ll quickly see why our guests come from near and far to enjoy the festivities while making memories that last a lifetime.
~Architectural Digest, 2017
In the 18th century, illuminations--the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks--celebrated major events such as the birthday of a reigning sovereign, military victories, or the arrival of a new colonial governor. Join Colonial Williamsburg for this special day by strolling the Historic Area and viewing all the unique decorations. Enjoy musical performances on multiple stages throughout the Historic Area and fireworks displays from the Capitol, the Magazine, and the Palace.
With an 18th century resident as your guide, walk about the city and experience the spirit of the Christmastide season as they share reflections on the holiday season, the news of the day, and perhaps even a little juicy gossip!
Lace up your skates and join us on historic Duke of Gloucester Street for family-friendly fun at Liberty’s Ice Pavilion, sponsored by Dominion Energy.
Gather with members of the enslaved community to experience a music-filled message of hope for the holiday season. A spirit-led celebration of songs and stories illuminate the struggles and triumphs of African Americans in 18th-century Williamsburg.