Williamsburg probably is one of the absolute best places to visit during the holidays? Why? Well, let us just count the reasons:
1. The Grand Illumination. No one does lights like Colonial Williamsburg. And we don’t mean electric lights, we mean gun fire and fireworks. Colonists performed “illuminations” in a big way, with lots of noise and explosions (the good kind: the aforementioned fireworks). Colonial Williamsburg every year recreates this blast with fireworks and the firing of guns, as well as covering the city’s buildings with wreaths and other decorations (candles, for example) as Colonists decorated their homes. Colonial Williamsburg celebrates with the Grand Illumination ever year and this year (2013), the special event takes place December 8.
2. Colonial Williamsburg offers many wonderful holiday programs in late November through January 1, including walking tours of the town’s holiday finery; special tours of the area (including the old fort at Jamestown), as you learn about how early settlers to the area as well as Colonists celebrated the seasons; and lots more.
3. Holiday musical performances are plentiful during late November and throughout December. You’ll have the opportunity to watch – and even participate in – several 18th-century holiday events that include fiddlers, flutists, harpsichordists, singers, and more! Many performances have the artists (musicians as well as performers) clad in 18th-century clothing.
4. Holiday food! Enjoy pastries and other desserts in an elegant setting at the Williamsburg Inn where you are staying.. Listen to 18th-century music during the holiday breakfast at the King’s Arms Tavern. Eat with Thomas Jefferson (well, an actor) and drink great wines at the Thomas Jefferson Wine Dinner. Jefferson will discuss his world travels as the both of you (and other guests) eat some of his favorite dishes and drink some of his favorite wine varietals.
5. Holiday shopping!!! Purchase gifts that you’ll find only in Williamsburg. From reproductions of 18th-century furniture and silverware (so authentic looking you’ll think they’re true antiques), to fine art and sculptures, to clothing and more, you’ll find it here in Colonial Williamsburg and the surrounding areas! Save your Christmas shopping for Williamsburg!