The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. From spooky ghost tours to public trials to concerts of 18th-century music, you’ll find an array of nightly performances in the Historic Area.
Discounts on evening programs are available to all Annual, Good Neighbor, and Collegiate Pass holders. To receive that discount, pass holders must purchase tickets in person at any Colonial Williamsburg ticketing location, or by calling (888) 965-7254.
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!Learn More
Among many Native communities in the Eastern Woodlands, storytelling takes place in the fall and winter, when domestic activities are mostly indoors and men are out hunting. Come hear the stories and traditions of tribes that frequented Williamsburg in the 18th century.Learn More
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.Learn More
Join your family and friends for a raucous Christmas party at the Raleigh Tavern. Come toast the season, enjoy a dance, and partake in the liveliest of entertainments. Enjoy a tasty treat at the end of your tour through the Christmas Party.Learn More
Wander the streets and gardens of Colonial Williamsburg's historic area while our guide conjures stories of spirits who still call Williamsburg home. For an engaging hour, listen to true tales of unnerving experiences shared by employees, residents, and guests: modern ghost stories featuring lost love, murder, betrayal, and things that go bump in the night!
After sundown, Williamsburg's haunted history comes out! During this one-hour walking tour, enter haunted properties and meet people who lived to tell of their experiences with the supernatural.... You may even meet ghostly inhabitants themselves! Each tour involves a different cast of characters. This program is not appropriate for young children.
The regal Palace Ballroom comes to life by candlelight as Colonial Williamsburg's early music ensemble, the Governor's Musick, offers an elegant evening of chamber music. Musicians playing period instruments showcase 17th- and 18th-century music for harpsichord, voice, flute, and strings, drawing listeners back in time with the beauty and importance of colonial music. Not appropriate for children ages six and under.
You decide! Is Grace Sherwood a witch? Question witnesses. Weigh evidence. Finally, cast your vote for the guilt or innocence of “the Virginia Witch.” Not appropriate for young children due to subject matter and intense emotion.
Sit in on the 1719 trial of Israel Hands, one of the crew members of the fearsome pirate Blackbeard. Hands is on trial for piracy at the Capitol under Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood. Weigh the evidence against him and judge for yourself! Not appropriate for young children due to subject matter.
Participate in a fun wool-spinning class for beginners. You'll learn the history of the drop spindle as well as the skills needed to spin your own yarn. All required supplies are provided, including your own drop spindle to take home. Not recommended for children under 10. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.
Take the challenge! Locked in a room with other suspected patriots, you must all work together to find clues and solve riddles to escape the King’s wrath. You have only one hour before a British officer will interrogate you!
For 81 years, Williamsburg served as the seat of Virginia government. But what happened after the capital moved to Richmond? For more than two centuries, Williamsburg was a sleepy, small town. Using images and personal stories, explore the booms, busts, and eventual restoration of this unique community.