Your Ultimate Holiday Guide to Williamsburg

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The Holiday season is upon us! And here in Williamsburg, there’s so much going on to celebrate. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled the Ultimate Holiday Guide to all the special seasonal events so you don’t miss any Christmas festivities. Here we go!


First off, there are several recurring opportunities available in Williamsburg throughout the entire season. Come explore Sparkleland in Merchant’s Square every week Thursday through Sunday. You can enjoy special performances and activities, or come meet Santa! Just next door is the Liberty Ice Pavilion, open daily for the perfect cold-weather past-time. Every Thursday and Sunday, head over to Charlton’s Coffeehouse for Christmas caroling, complete with burning cressets.

If you have a love for the historic side, Colonial Williamsburg tours are perfect at this time of year. Check out their Christmastide in Virginia tour to learn about traditions and techniques of a colonial Christmas, or the Midwinter Stories presentations throughout the day. For some 17th century classics, consider the seasonal concert series at the Governor’s Palace where you can enjoy impressive musicianship and historic holiday-themed selections.

We would be amiss to forget Busch Gardens’ Christmastown, Williamsburg’s own winter wonderland! Always a local favorite, you can experience the sights, sounds, and smells of holiday comfort and take in thousands of Christmas lights!


There are, of course, some special events throughout the season as well. Here’s the ones we’re most excited about!

-November 24: The annual Tree Lighting party, complete with free hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts, of course.

-December 1: The Williamsburg Christmas parade, a must see!

-December 1-2: Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops concert, conducted by Janna Hymes.

-December 2: the ever-popular Grand Illumination! It’s a well-known Williamsburg tradition, including performances by the best local musicians and a beautiful fireworks display.

-December 15: “At Christmas Be Mery”: A Special Evening at Historic Jamestown, where you can experience traditional early-English traditions, including the firing of the guns and a seasonal bonfire.


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It’s certainly no secret that Colonial Williamsburg is known for it’s breathtaking and naturally-made decorations, and this year is no exception. The streets and buildings will soon be adorned by garlands and, in particular, wreaths made locally from natural materials to make a beautiful seasonal landscape. You can read all about the history of this tradition here, then take to the Williamsburg streets to experience this unique Christmas decor. You can even take a tour around such houses with this special Colonial Williamsburg tour.

We take such pride in these homemade decorations, in fact, that this year the Christmas Homes Tour is in it’s 58th year! This unique tour includes entry to several historic buildings like the Nelson-Galt House, Edinburgh Castle Tavern, and Benjamin Waller House. It’s a special event over the course of December 1-2; click here for tickets!


Finally, here’s a simple recipe for a cold-weather classic…mulled cider! It’s the perfect cozy drink for the holiday season…

This recipe is from The Pioneer Woman, click here for the whole post. 

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4 whole cinnamon sticks

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

8 whole allspice berries

Orange peel from 1 orange

Lemon peel from 1 lemon

1/2 cup maple syrup

6 cups unfiltered (fresh squeezed is great) apple juice

1/2 cup dark rum (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, allspice berries, orange peel, and lemon peel in a medium saucepan. Pour in maple syrup and apple juice, then bring to almost a boil. Reduce the heat to its lowest setting and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and serve in mugs.

(Add a splash of rum for an adults-only version! Yum, yum, yum.)


We hope this Holiday Guide sets you up nicely to experience all the Williamsburg area has to offer this season!  It can be easy to get wrapped up (no pun intended) in Christmas crazy, so take a little time to experience the beauty of the area and the joy of the season. It only comes once each year, here’s to the loveliest year yet!

What’s your favorite way to bring in the holiday season? Let us know below!

9 Ways to Enjoy the Season this Fall

pumpkin on wood floor

Autumn has finally arrived! The trees are changing, the days are cooler, and we at the Fife and Drum Inn are looking forward to all the exciting events Williamsburg has to offer this season. 


OCTOBER:

Now that the weather is cooling down, it’s the perfect time head just up the road to Pumpkinville in Toano, VA. You can pick out the perfect pumpkin to spice up your home and check out the selection of fall-themes crafts and decorations. Corn mazes, games, and a hayride complete the perfect autumn outing- check it out now through October 28!

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For any William and Mary alumni out there, Homecoming is just around the corner! Join us here in Williamsburg October 18-21 for a weekend reunion, and for a personal and memorable trip, remember to stay at the Fife and Drum Inn.

If you’re in the mood for something a little spooky this October, there are several local events and surprises to last all season long. Start at Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, a Halloween staple in Williamsburg. This year, this scary celebration marks its 20-year anniversary and a new Era of Terror. Filled with new shows, scare zones, and haunted houses, it’s a must-see!

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For a more historical Halloween scene, try a Ghost Walk in Colonial Williamsburg, or a haunted hayride at York River State Park on October 20, 26, and 27. Also check out Monsters, Mayhem, and Musick, a baroque concert series playing every Tuesday at the Governor’s Palace. These are great opportunities to experience a new side of history and are a fun way to see the area!


NOVEMBER:

As the season of harvest and Thanksgiving approaches, there are a few great opportunities in the area to make this year extra special. The Virginia Thanksgiving Festival on November 4 kicks off the season with a day immersed in the history of the First English Thanksgiving, complete with food and dance.

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On Turkey day, Blue Talon Bistro’s annual Turkey Trot is a great way to start! It’s a time-honored tradition that supports local charity and brings people closer together. Finally, you can sit down to a beautiful Thanksgiving buffet at the Williamsburg Inn.

No matter how you choose to spend your fall season, it’s the people you spend it with that make it truly special. We hope that as the air gets colder, the company around you gets warmer.

Who will you be spending this season with? Leave a comment and let us know!

A Look at a Williamsburg Christmas During Colonial Times

lady in green blouse and skirt standing in doorway of cabin

Christmas is come, hang on the pot, Let spits turn round, and ovens be hot; Beef, pork, and poultry, now provide To feast thy neighbors at this tide; Then wash all down with good wine and beer, And so with mirth conclude the Year.


Virginia Almanac (Royle) 1765

This poem from 1765 makes the holiday sound strikingly similar to today’s traditions – but there are a few specific changes we’ve made over the years. Ranging from tree trimming to gift giving, traditions have changed a bit.

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Gift Giving Was a Bit Different Without Santa Claus in the mix, eighteenth century shopkeepers would suggest items appropriate for gifting. Customs like candy in wooden clogs, came over from Europe and eventually transformed into stockings. Learn more about it here

12 Days of Christmas: Each night of Christmas was celebrated and Twelfth Night was the most festive night for parties and balls. While most people who observe Christmas today only celebrate the 24th and 25th, the advent calendar is a relic of the past that carries the tradition of multiple days of merriment. 

12th Night:  Dancing, drinking, eating, and games ruled. Perhaps a bean and a pea, or two coins of different value, baked into the Twelfth Night cake.  Selecting this “King of the Bean,” for instance, is a custom as old as the Roman Saturnalia. The idea was to bake a bean into a cake, with the honorific going to the person who drew the lucky portion. The lucky pieces settled the succession of the party and the cake from year to year. Learn more here

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Lord of Misrule:  The chosen captain of all holiday mischief always wears yellow and green scarves as he does a jolly dance through the streets on Christmas Day. This whimsical tradition fell out of fashion when more puritanical ideals took hold. Today, a holly jolly Santa Claus has the cheery undertones of this character without the mischief.   

No Christmas Trees: The tradition of a Christmas tree first started to catch on in Europe in 1848 when a decorated tree graced Windsor Castle. Around the same time Professor Charles Minnegerode, moved to the United States to teach German at The College of William and Mary. With him came the tradition of tree trimming when he delighted students by decorating a tree outside the St. George Tucker House. In 1928, The Richmond News Leader wrote about this grand day when Martha Vandergrift decades later. Learn more here.

Decorations: You’ll see gorgeous wreaths up and down Duke of Gloucester Street this year; a time honored tradition, though one that we can’t be sure the accuracy of. One thing is for sure; the hanging of a sprig of mistletoe was a common practice in these days.

Tune into this local program to learn more about what a Colonial Christmas was like with a guest appearance from the Lord of Misrule and demonstrations of traditions of the past.

As we look back through history and observe the traditions of the past, it begs the question, what traditions will stand the test of time and what will change or fade away in the future? Are there any traditions you would like to add or traditions you can’t stand?

One tradition that seems to stick is a holiday greeting in all shapes, sizes, and languages. So Merry Christmas to all!

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

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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!

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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!

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So, where are you going first?

Holiday Recipes from our Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast 

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Most of us have a favorite holiday treat to indulge on during the season, or a go-to recipe that’s always a hit at potlucks. Cherished holiday recipes are typically comforting and familiar, often bringing us a sense of nostalgia – like Grandma’s special hot cocoa with just the right amount of marshmallows, or Uncle Johnny’s famous pot roast with his secret blend of spices.


At our family-run Williamsburg bed and breakfast, we strive to make our guests feel at home during their stay by offering refreshments and home cooked breakfasts each day. For those of you who aren’t able to join us during the cold winter months, we wanted to share a couple of our favorite recipes guaranteed to keep you warm throughout the winter, from our family to yours!

French Toast Casserole (makes 8 servings)

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cups
  • tbsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 10 slices of 1 inch thick French bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh
  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • Powdered sugar (optional)
  • Blueberry or maple syrup (optional)

Directions:

–        Heat oven to 350 degrees

–        Generously grease a 2 ½ quart or 13×9 inch baking dish

–        Beat flour, milk, sugar, vanilla, salt and eggs in a large bowl with a hand beater until smooth

–        Stir in bread cubes until coated

–        Pour bread mixture into pan

–        Top evenly with cubed cream cheese, blueberries and nuts

–        Bakes 20-25 minutes, uncovered, until top is golden brown

–        If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup


Hot Spiced Apple Cider (makes 4 servings)

Flavored with cinnamon, cloves, ginger and orange. This easy, one-step recipe is the perfect warm drink for Thanksgiving or your holiday party.

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 apple, cut into slices
  • 1 orange, cut into slices
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 slices fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. whole allspice

–        Add all ingredients into a large pot. Bring to a simmer and cover for about 10-15 minutes. Serve hot. 


Edwards Ham Fantastic Biscuits (makes 6 servings)

We borrowed this recipe from our friends over at Edwards Ham because it is a Virginia party favorite and, frankly, too good not to share.

Ingredients:

1 package rolls

6 slices provolone cheese

10 ¾ oz can of undiluted cream of chicken soup

6 slices of Edwards Virginia Country Ham, thinly sliced

¼ cup white wine

1 stick butter, melted

1-2 tsp. mustard (depending on your flavor preferences)

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. onion, diced and minced

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

–        Line a 13×11 inch pan with foil that has been lightly greased with cooking oil spray

–        Place rolls that have been filled with ham and cheese in the foil-lined pan, making sure they are very close together

–        Mix melted butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onion and salt and pepper, then pour over rolls

–        Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes, or cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to make


These are just a few of the recipes Sharon and Billy love to make for their family and friends to warm their spirits and keep stomachs happy around the holidays. These are tried and true favorites that guests of our Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast rave about. We hope you’ll take a stab at them. What holiday recipe are you famous for in your family?

A Williamsburg Halloween

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Halloween is always a fun time of year in Williamsburg – from spooky decorations around the historic area to a park full of frights and hauntings at Busch Gardens.


Many children spend the holiday trick or treating in their own neighborhoods, but there are countless opportunities to take part in the many family-friendly events happening around town in the weeks leading up to the big night. Colonial Williamsburg invites children ages 3-12 to the historic area to a themed trick or treat event each year. This year’s Revolutionary-themed event will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 2-5 p.m. Click here for more information.

The Halloween holiday certainly isn’t just for kids. Williamsburg offers a slew of fun for adults, too.

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“A Haunting of DoG Street” transforms the historic area into a spooky, haunted colonial town from October 15-31. Visitors participate in haunted carriage rides and ghost walks, and face the wrath of the mad king in “The Mad Revenge of King George.” For more information on all of Colonial Williamsburg’s Halloween programs, click here.

Ghost tours are scheduled year round, but they’re sure to take on a more eerie feel as we creep closer to Halloween night.

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Across town, Busch Gardens’ famed Howl-O-Scream transforms the otherwise festive, joyful park into 380 acres of fright and excitement. There is something for everyone at HOS, from seriously scary haunted houses, to incredible dance & music performances, to the park’s rides which you can now experience at night! This year’s Howl-O-Scream, which features 7 haunted houses, an escape room and frightening shows, runs from September 23 to October 29. Click here for more information on the park’s attractions and hours.

Innkeepers, Billy and Sharon, are both life-long Williamsburg locals and are happy to answer any questions you have about the above events.

Halloween in Williamsburg: 2017 Activities & Events

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With its origins dating back to the early 1600s, the Williamsburg, Va., region has a long and haunted history, adding a sense of Old-World scares and superstition to the area’s annual Halloween happenings. This October, both kids and adults alike will find something to scream about when visiting this historic place and its outlying environs.


Much of the activity this year focuses on Colonial Williamsburg, but the depth and breadth of the living-history museum’s offerings for the season is beyond diverse enough. Nearby museums and theme parks, including the historic Jamestown Settlement, also get in on the spectral fun.

Starting on Sept. 23, the Busch Gardens Williamsburg theme park transforms into a ghoulish landscape for Howl-O-Scream, which runs through Oct. 29. After 6 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night the park takes its spooky turn, serving up a horrifying assortment of haunted houses, live shows and immersive themed Terror-Tories like Axe Alley, Demon Street, Ripper Row, Sideshow Square and Vampire Point. The park will extend its hours to midnight on Saturday nights in October, just to allow more time for scares. (Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg, VA 23185; https://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg)

No proper Halloween is complete without a spooky soundtrack, and in Colonial Williamsburg, the sounds of haunting take on an appropriately historical twist. The Governor’s Musick—Colonial Williamsburg’s resident baroque ensemble—will present several concerts highlighting the darker side of baroque music in Monsters, Mayhem and Musick, presented on the Tuesday evenings of Oct. 17, 24 and 31, at the Governor’s Palace. The event isn’t appropriate for children 6 and under, but older concertgoers are sure to find the concert absolutely spellbinding. (Two performances nightly. Governor’s Palace, 300 Palace Green St., Williamsburg, VA 23185; https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/plan/calendar/monsters-mayhem-and-musick)

In Williamsburg, even the museums get involved in the ghostly fun. Returning for its 18th year is Night of the Living Museum, a family-friendly Halloween event held at the Virginia Living Museum, featuring themed galleries filled with characters and Halloween decorations. Highlights include demonstrations of pumpkin-carving secrets, live animal shows, presentations on spiders and other creepy crawlies, Halloween crafts and games, trick-or-treating, nighttime hikes along the boardwalk, and “Fright Light,” a special Halloween laser light show at the Abbitt Planetarium. Costumes are encouraged. (Oct. 20 & 21, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601; https://thevlm.org)

Another terrifying Halloween transformation happens at the historic Jamestown Settlement, which presents Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement on Oct. 20 & 21, complete with smoke, lanterns and eerie sound effects throughout the recreated 1600s fort. Families with elementary school-aged children can spend the evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m. listening to ghostly tales, exploring haunted houses and ships, and tempting fate with a series of grisly games. (Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185; http://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/fright-nights-at-jamestown-settlement)

In the 18th century, the tale of Jack of the Lanterns gave rise to our modern-day jack-o-lantern tradition. So, it only seems fitting that this Halloween in Williamsburg, you can take in a mesmerizing display of pumpkin-carving prowess at Jack of the Lanterns, featuring more than 250 jack-o-lanterns placed on Historic Area porches and steps along Duke of Gloucester Street. Each night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 27 to Oct. 31 jack-o-lanterns will light your path. (Colonial Williamsburg, Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg, VA 23185; https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/plan/calendar/jack-of-the-lanterns)

Let’s not forget, Colonial Williamsburg also has a history of being fairly spooky all year round. Each night from 7 to 8 p.m., and 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Ghosts Among Us walking tour takes visitors through the district’s reportedly haunted homes and buildings, accompanied by an ever-changing cast of characters and guides. A similar nightly event, the Official Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Walk, focuses on treading lightly through the Historic Area’s streets and gardens, where your guide will give you chills by spinning yarns of ghostly hauntings and encounters. (Colonial Williamsburg, 101 Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg, VA 23185; https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com)

And in perhaps the most unique offering at Colonial Williamsburg this year, immerse yourself in The ‘Mad’ Revenge of King George III, where you’ll traverse the halls and grounds of the Capitol in an alternate version of reality in the mad king’s mind; a reality in which the American Revolution ended in a British victory and the patriots faced a gruesome end for their revolt. Fortunately, this version of history is purely a work of frightful fiction. (Oct. 28, 7 to 9 p.m.; Capitol, 500 East Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg, VA 23185; https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/plan/calendar/the-mad-revenge-of-king-george-iii)

Reasons for Romance in Williamsburg: Proposal, Anniversary, Elopement

Since it is the month of romance and Virginia is indeed for lovers, we thought we would write a post this month about all things LOVE in Williamsburg.

Whether you need suggestions for a date night, inspiration for a proposal spot, or lodging for a wedding party – look no further!

DATE IDEAS & ROMANCE IN WILLIAMSBURG

1. The Spa at Colonial Williamsburg is a perfect way to relax with your valentine on any day of the year.

2. Dinner at the Fat Canary*, a true Williamsburg treat usually requiring a reservation due to its popularity

3. Dinner (and a show) at A Chef’s Kitchen*, where chef John Gonzales cooks your multi-course meal right in front of you, pairing with drinks all along

4. Find the perfect gift at the Precious Gem in Merchant’s Square

5. A scenic carriage ride through Colonial Williamsburg – where else will you have the chance to see the sites in a colonial carriage?

*ask us to help make reservations for you!

PROPOSING IN WILLIAMSBURG?

There are many spots for proposing in Williamsburg that are ideal. Here are our top 3.

Crim Dell – a romantic bridge hidden behind the Sunken Gardens of William and Mary College, this spot has seen many a proposal in its time.

The River – in our area we have not just one, but TWO scenic rivers: the James and the York, both a short, beautiful drive away via the Virginia Parkway. Sunset on the river is an unforgettable place to pop the question.

Lake Matoaka Ampitheatre – this gorgeous outdoor theatre hidden in the college woods is a perfect backdrop to get on one knee.

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CELEBRATE AN ANNIVERSARY IN WILLIAMSBURG

We have returned to the Fife & Drum for our anniversary each year. It is the little special touches that mean so much to us.” ~ Sarah & Roger

Through the years, we at the Fife and Drum Inn have hosted countless anniversary celebrations and weddings. Our space provides the perfect relaxing, private area for your occasion and Billy and Sharon can help you come up with the perfect plan for romance. See our Romance Package here!

ELOPEMENT

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Weddings in Williamsburg are always a wonderful idea, in our opinion. Some of the best places for the ceremony to consider include:

The Wren Building at William & Mary

Jamestown Church at Historic Jamestown 

Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg

We hope you will consider a romantic getaway in Williamsburg this year… you may just fall in love all over again!

Williamsburg Holiday Dining Guide

looking down on various types of foods

Over the years, Williamsburg has become a mecca of exceptional restaurants, many of which are located just a short walk away from our bed and breakfast. Which ones will you choose to dine at this season? Here are the holiday schedules of some of our favorites – we would be happy to make recommendations and reservations for you during your stay.  


Restaurant

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

New Year’s Eve


Aromas

Open

Closed

Open


Berret’s Seafood Taphouse

Open

Closed

Open


Blackbird Bakery

Open

Closed

Open


Blue Talon Bistro

Open

Closed

Open


Capitol Pancake House

Open

Closed

Open


Cheese Shop

Open

Closed

Open


Chowning’s Tavern

Open

Open

Open


Christiana Cambell’s Tavern

Closed

Open

Closed


Corner Cafe

Open

Closed

Open


Culture Cafe

Open

Closed

Open


DoG Street Pub

Open

Closed

Open


Fat Canary

Closed

Closed

Closed


Fat Tuna

Open

Open

Open


Gabriel Archer Tavern at the Williamsburg Winery

Open

Closed

Open


Golden Horseshoe

Open

Open

Open


Hair of the DoG Bottle Shop

Open

Closed

Open


King Arms Tavern

Open

Open

Open


La Yaca

Open

Closed

Open


Maurizio Italian Restaurant

Open

Closed

Open


Pekong & Mongolian Grill

Open

Open

Open


Pierce’s Pitt Barbecue

Open

Closed

Open


Retro’s Good Eats

Open

Closed

Open


Sal’s By Victor

Open

Closed

Open


Second Street

Open

Closed

Open


The Hound’s Tale

Closed

Closed

Open


Shields Tavern

Open

Open

Open


The Trellis

Open

Closed

Open


Two Drummers Smokehouse

Open

Closed

Open


Williamsburg Inn

Open

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Williamsburg Lodge

Open

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A Williamsburg Halloween

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Through the years, Williamsburg, VA has quickly become a fantastic place to spend the spookiest holiday with fun and frights for every age. In fact, for the whole month of October, Williamsburg allows Halloween fanatics to celebrate as much as they wish. Here’s a layout of everything Halloween this year:


Busch Gardens Howl-o-scream

Howl-o-scream has been a raging success since its beginning. Open on weekends from late September through October 30, the park is open day and night, complete with rides, hilarious Halloween shows, games and more. Every evening at 6 as the sun goes down, the “haunted houses” open and creepy characters show up behind bushes to spook you – if you dare to stay later, be prepared for a great goulish time! Get tickets here.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Haunting on DoG Street

This is the second year of the Haunting on DoG Street, and it is another highly recommended event for any and every age! Once again, there are family friendly activities during the day – kids can dress up and trick or treat around CW – and later into the night, more adult activities are introduced. This year the theme is “Curse of the Sea Witch”, complete with a creepy “Tavern of Terror” and a “Dance with the Dead”. Do you dare to celebrate with the pirates?

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Our Favorite Williamsburg Ghost Tours

There are an overwhelming number of ghost tours in Williamsburg, and for a good reason – our lovely city has seen a lot of history, and there are countless stories and legends of ghosts & spirits roaming its streets. We’ll make it easy for you; here are our top favorite tours in the city!

Williamsburg Walking Tours

If you want some good ghost stories PLUS a dose of history about Williamsburg, the Ghostly Tales tour is for you. The guides here do a wonderful job of balancing spooky stories with fun facts that will keep you informed and entertained. Be sure to check out their other themed walking tours as well! Find out more here.

Official Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Walk

If you want an unforgettable, unique ghost tour experience, that’s what you’ll get on this tour. CW’s ghost tour is the only one in the city that allows visitors inside the buildings to listen to costumed interpreters act out ghost stories. Be ready to get spooked! Find out more here.

Which Williamsburg Halloween events and tours sound most enticing to YOU? We hope you have a fun-filled holiday!