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The Grand illumination

Sunday, December 7, 2014

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Grand illumination at Christmas in Williamsburg

The Grand Illumination weekend is one of the busiest in the year for visitors and residents alike in our historic city. The event is generally scheduled for the first Sunday in December and heralds the beginning of Christmas in Williamsburg and the holiday season in the historic area.

The decorations of fresh flora and fauna begin to go up on the residences on the Duke of Gloucester right after Thanksgiving. This has become quite competitive as a prize goes to the winning decorator.

With a tradition that began in the late 1800s, candles are lit in every window of the historic area at the same moment. It is quite an experience to witness. Since the Jamestown celebration in 1957 fireworks on market square have become an integral part of the celebration.

The Colonial Williamsburg Christmas Decorations Walking Tour offers a guided look at Colonial Williamsburg’s picturesque buildings and streets, decked in their holiday splendor.

55th Annual Christmas Homes Tour

Date: Saturda, December 6, 2014

Presented by the Green Spring Garden Club

Williamsburg Christmas Decorations

This year features: the Bryan House, the Catherine Blaikley House and the Blaikley Kitchen. Edinburgh Castle Tavern will be included on the tour. It is located on the Duke of Gloucester near the Capitol building.This is the home of Bill Barker who portrays Thomas Jefferson for Colonial Williamsburg.Visitors will have the oppourtunity to view Mr. Barker’s extensive collection of Jefferson memorabilia along with Jefferson’s favorite wines. A short walk to Waller Street, the Elizabeth Carlos House contains the current residents’ collection of English antiques and treasures. One additional home, located on North Henry Street close to Merchants Square, dates to the early 1900s. Free use of the Colonial Williamsburg buses is provided to ticket holders. This shuttle can be picked up at the Williamsburg Lodge bus stop.

Tickets, which include use of the shuttle bus from the Visitor Center, will be available at the Visitor Center or visit the website at Green Spring Garden Club/homes tour. Advance purchase recommended.

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