from all over (mainly the East Coast) gather to kick off the
holiday season with Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg.
It’s a great tradition that includes live music and
refreshments, and the crowds on a cold night actually make it
If it’s your first time, make plans to come to Williamsburg well
in advance – it’s a popular weekend and everything books up
fast. Come prepared to be busy that weekend because there’s a
Holiday Parade down Duke of Gloucester Street, and the Christmas
Homes Tour, as well as Grand Illumination. You’ll be busy – and
it’s usually cold – so make sure you bring your energy and a
warm coat. The Grand Illumination celebration is free and open
to the public, some of the other events require tickets – so
make sure to decide your itinerary in advance.
The whole city is abuzz with movement – things to do and see,
getting some Christmas shopping in, and enjoying the camaraderie
that Grand Illumination creates. The best way to navigate it is
to plan ahead and have a good local insider to go to for advice.
That’s one of the great things about staying at a
Breakfast in Williamsburg—someone who can give you the inside
scoop on things like where to park, best
places to eat and ways
to make the most of your visit.
We’re so glad you are thinking about joining us for this holiday
kickoff. It’s a lot of fun and a wonderful annual tradition to
share. You’ll be an expert Grand Illumination guest in no
Find information on Historical Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown & Yorktownn
Willamsburg bed and breakfast for
Grand Illumination as early as you can plan your getaway. This
weekend books quickly!
Photo credit: Chuck Durfor of Rockville, Maryland
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