The Holidays in Williamsburg Virginia

Williamsburg in Virginia is a magical place to be during the holidays and there is never a shortage of fun things to do. Known as “America’s Historic Triangle”, Williamsburg offers a variety of historical activities for you and your whole family. Among other events, the town offers beautifully decorated old houses, sparking lights, and horse-drawn carriages with jingling bells.

If you’re a museum person, you can head off to the Dewitt Wallace Museum to catch “The Twelve Days and Nights before Christmas”, or watch the annual Christmas tree lightning at Market Square. If you’re hungry or just want to spend time with others, check out the Colonial Williamsburg hotels, where you can also go souvenir shopping and drink hot cider.

If you want to listen to tunes from the 18th century, look no further than the local taverns, where you can enjoy music and entertainment. In the mood for something more? Then go to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens. Here you can find amazing holiday decorations, delicious Italian and German food, and, of course, shopping. Santa Claus is a traditional character almost everywhere in the world, but you can see him in various places around Williamsburg. From November 23rd through December 1st you can see Santa and Mrs. Claus in Christmas Town, in his actual workshop! You can also make cookies with Santa at York Hall and eat breakfast with him at the Riverwalk Restaurant.

Colonial Williamsburg is the home to many age-old Christmas traditions. The first official Christmas celebration started in 1936, and it has grown every year since. Lights have been a big deal since the 1940s, when department stores in the town sold a huge mass of electric candles to the public to place in their windows. Fireworks have also been a popular event since 1957. It was then that the people of Colonial Williamsburg set off fireworks in Market Square to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. The fireworks have been going strong every year since.

If you’re still deciding what to do, why not give the Shirley Plantation a try? This is the state of Virginia’s very first plantation and has been operated by the same family since 1613. You will get a tour of the house and also get a look at the gift shop, which offers Christmas ornaments and cards.

If you are an ice skater, or you just like to watch, you can give Sullivan Square a shot. The rink is open from November 23rd through January 13th and only costs $7 a person.