5 Events You’ll Only Find During the Holidays in Williamsburg

Looking to get into the holiday spirit and wake up from that cabin fever? Williamsburg is full of classic traditions and new offerings for people of all ages. From ice skating at Liberty’s Ice Pavilion to The Grand Illumination, to beverage tastings at some of Williamsburg’s best new pubs and breweries. Can you cross everything off this list?


  1. Ice Skating

Skate into the wintery spirit at Liberty’s Ice Pavilion on the bustling Duke of Gloucester Street. Parking available at the Merchants Square lots or in the paid garage on Henry Street. Pricing ranges from $4.25 – $12 depending on age.

2. Caroling 

You’ll find live brass bands and carolers going from corner to corner in Merchants Square all month – not to mention the big man in red, making his rounds with candy canes and smiles!

3 ladies singing
smiling Santa Clause on street

3 A Christmas Carol

Performed in the middle of the street: It has become a beloved Williamsburg tradition every holiday season; you simply can’t miss this two man production of “A Christmas Carol” – it’s a classic story turned into an outdoor family experience for the books.

4 The Grand Illumination

The grandest fireworks display you’ll ever see; did you miss the Grand Illumination this year? Here are some photos of the incredible festivities, including live jazz on the Palace Green to bring us back to the days of Colonial Williamsburg’s Restoration period of the 1930’s! Make reservations now for next year’s visit!

5 Holiday Beverage Tastings

Go to your favorite Williamsburg Breweries, Wineries and Meaderies (With two new breweries popping up in just the last 2 months) Williamsburg is filled to the brim with places to explore and sit down for a glass of Holiday Cheer! Check out events coming up at the Williamsburg Winery, the Hair of the DoG Bottle ShopThe Silver Hand Meadery, and the newest hot spot minutes from our doors, the Amber Ox!

fireworks shop from each side of building

So, where are you going first?