Christmas in Williamsburg

Christmas in Williamsburg

The most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate the holiday season with your friends and loved ones surrounded by festive decorations, timeless charm and wonderful traditions.

Take a break from the typical commotion, and travel back in time tIMG_5703o Colonial Christmas for the whole weekend! Liberty’s Ice Pavilion is open now through February 29, 2016 on Duke of Gloucester Street… A wonderful activity for the whole family! The Williamsburg Christmas Parade is on Saturday, December 5 from 8:30-11 am and runs down Duke of Gloucester Street through Merchants Square. The theme of this year’s parade, brought to you by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, is “Our Golden Christmas, 1965-2015.” Also on Dec. 5, enjoy the 56th Annual Christmas Homes Tour, presented by the Green Spring Garden Club, Inc. Tour six houses in Colonial Williamsburg and near Merchants Square. Tickets are $30 and support scholarships and local horticultural projects. Purchase tickets here.

One of our favorite traditions – Grand Illumination is on Sunday, December 6. Enjoy music from the Fifes & Drums and other entertainment at 5 pm. The fireworks and the lighting up of the Revolutionary City begins at 7 pm.

Beginning on Thanksgiving and through Dec. 21, enjoy A Christmas Carol Street Theatre in Merchants Square. Back for the 8th year, the Virginia Theatre Machine puts on a 30-minute street theater production of the Christmas classic.

Greet Father Christmas in Merchants Square each weekend beginning on Nov. 28 and on Dec. 22, 23 and 24. There will also be Strolling MKimballChristmasusical Entertainment throughout the day in Merchants Square from Dec. 15-24.

Don’t forget about the Holiday Williamsburg Farmers Market each Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm in Merchants Square, featuring wonderful products and produce from Virginia.

Enjoy the music of the season at the Williamsburg Symphonia Holiday Pops Concert! Williamsburg’s symphony orchestra presents its annual Holiday Pops Concerts, featuring a festive program of seasonal music for the whole family at the Kimball Theatre. Visit for more information. You can order your tickets by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

Regardless of how traditions have changed throughout the years, nothing compares to the Christmas season in Colonial Williamsburg. While you’re in town, relax at File & Drum Inn, a cozy, warm and inviting bed and breakfast located in the heart of downtown Williamsburg. Learn more at

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