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Christmas In Colonial Williamsburg
Enjoy A Colonial Christmas
Experience Christmas the old fashioned way in historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
Colonial Williamsburg is a great family destination any time of year, but it's best in December when the town's buildings are beautifully decorated for Christmas.
Along with enjoying the wonderful holiday decorations, you will also experience the rich history that Colonial Williamsburg is famous for.
Holiday Decorations at Colonial Williamsburg
One of the most popular winter activities in Colonial Williamsburg is walking through town to see the beautiful wreaths, swags and other holiday decorations.
You can walk around on your own or take a guided tour that explains the materials used, how they're made and the stories behind each wreath.
Did the colonists decorate this way for Christmas?
No. Christmas celebrations were very simple in colonial America, usually only marked by a special dinner. Decorating with wreaths and window candles at Christmas time started much later in America.
These traditions have been beautifully incorporated into life at Colonial Williamsburg. The wreaths and other decorations are all hand made using materials (fruit, shells, feathers, etc) that would have been available to the Virginia colonists.
Colonial Williamsburg on the Web
- Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg
The official site of Christmas time in Colonial Williamsburg. You'll find a short history of the decorations and info on the special events held during the winter holidays.
- Colonial Williamsburg
The official website for Colonial Williamsburg. Get the latest info on events, tickets, special offers, educational resources and even take a virtual tour of the city.
Learn More About Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg - Books on Colonial Williamsburg decorations
Recommended Reading Before You Visit
A wealth of beautiful pictures and information about touring Colonial Williamsburg, this guide will help you plan your trip and relive the experience when you return home.
Have You Visited Colonial Williamsburg at Christmas Time?
Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Visit
- Be Prepared to Walk - There is a lot to see in Colonial Williamsburg, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Try to plan out your route in advance to minimize backtracking.
- Dress for the Weather - Williamsburg in December is typically mild with highs in the 50s. Check the latest forecast with WeatherBug.
- Research Special Offers - The official Colonial Williamsburg hotels usually offer package rates that include the exhibit admissions. Check the official site for details.
- Make Dinner Reservations Early - Reservations fill up quickly for the on site restaurants.
- Take At Least One Guided Walking Tour - They're very informative, fun and give you a deeper understanding of colonial life in Williamsburg. The guides are knowledgeable and able to answer any questions.
- Check The Daily Events List - There are different events going on each day. These include court sessions, town meetings, famous speakers and demonstrations of colonial life. Catch one of Thomas Jefferson's speeches if possible. The daily events are published in the brochures available at the visitor center or you can check the online calendar.
Other Area Attractions
- Shirley Plantation
Established in 1613, Shirley Plantation is Virginia's first plantation and the oldest family owned business in North America. If you only have time to tour one of the James River plantations, this is the one.
- Williamsburg Winery
It's only a short drive from Colonial Williamsburg to this beautiful winery. (good wines, too)
- Jamestown and Yorktown
Visit Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Visit Yorktown where the British army surrendered to General Washington ending the American Revolution.
- Berkeley Plantation
Berkeley is the birthplace of William Henry Harrison, 9th U.S. President and Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Colonial Christmas Decorations
Colonial Williamsburg Photo Credits
Except where otherwise noted, all Colonial Williamsburg photos are used under Creative Commons from their respective owners via Flickr. Owner info can be found by clicking on the photo to view their Flickr page.
Governor's Palace at Christmas copyright and used by permission of Mac33.
Wreath by Tobyotter, used under Creative Commons.
Fruit & Pine Cone Christmas Wreath by Tobyotter, used under Creative Commons.
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