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December 5 – 11, 2016
Yorktown Market Days and Toyland Parade
The market will operate with extended hours and offer items unique to the holiday season. Decorate a stroller, wagon, yourself, or even a pet and join in the 1:30 pm parade. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet the guests. Plus more!
Jingle Bark in the Park
Join Santa Claus and support the York River State Park. Walkers will receive a set of “jingle bells.” Coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies will be provided. Donations of pet food and supplies will be accepted.
From face painting & crafts projects for kids & adults to fine,folk & contemporary artwork, local authors with books appropriate for all ages, and live music & performances for all musical palates, there’s something to be enjoyed by all. On Prince George Street.
Breakfast with Santa at Riverwalk Restaurant
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus, our special guests from the North Pole, for a kid-friendly breakfast.
“At Christmas be Mery”: A Special Evening at Historic Jamestowne
Sir George Yeardley, Virginia’s Governor in 1620, invites you to an early-Virginia Christmas celebration complete with a seasonal bonfire, caroling, and firing of the Christmas guns! A unique opportunity to see Jamestown Island aglow with firelight.
Origins of Christmas Traditions and Songs
The way we celebrate Christmas has developed over many centuries and borrowed from many different traditions.
Dewey Decibel Concert Series Presents: The Ford’s Colony Dance Band
The Ford’s Colony Dance Band, with its seventeen musicians and vocalists, will perform a 90 minute, “Happy Holidays” concert, playing many of your holiday big band and vocal favorites.
Williamsburg Choral Guild – Christmas Program & Carol Sing
A Williamsburg Choral Guild holiday tradition! Please join us for a free, family-friendly program of traditional Christmas selections, seasonal musical arrangements and a group carol sing.
Music of the Season with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
Join Jefferson and Madison as they delight in sharing with you some of their favorite musical selections, along with happy tales of their long friendship.
A Christmas Toast
Enjoy drinking songs and tavern revelry led by the critically acclaimed Virginia Company (David Gardner, Barry Trott and Cliff Williams) as they invite you to join in on the merriment and fun of an 18th-century style bacchanal.
Now Christmas Comes
Join Williamsburg balladeer Bill Weldon for songs and stories from the holidays of earlier times.
Christmas on the Monitor
A December holiday event commemorating the one and only Christmas spent on the ironclad Monitor before its tragic sinking on December 30, 1862. Climb aboard the Monitor to enjoy a meal and experience daily life of the enlisted men and officers of the famed ironclad warship.
A New Home for the Holidays
Experience seasonal music from the days of Colonial America with Lee Welch, Sarah Glosson and Barry Trott.
Timothy Seaman celebrates Virginia’s rich diversity of trees which so festively adorn the holiday season, with interpretations of sundry tunes and songs such as ‘The Holly and the Ivy,’ ‘O Tannenbaum,’ and ‘Down in Yon Forest,’ featuring the hammered dulcimer, flutes, mountain dulcimer, and psalteries.
The Humors of Whiskey
83 years ago prohibition was repealed. Celebrate with Gregg Kimball and Mary Smith as they share traditional songs, spanning the 18th century through Prohibition, expressing popular attitudes towards whiskey, both for and against.
Civil War Lecture Series: “Gibraltar of the Confederacy: Fort Fisher”
Wilmington, North Carolina on the Cape Fear River was perhaps the most effective blockade runners’ port – trading cotton and tobacco for munitions, medicines, clothing, and other war material.
Fall Lecture Series: Infamy – The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, one of the pivotal events of the 20th century and indeed of world history because it changed the course and possibly even the outcome of World War II.
Watermen’s Museum Hosts Painting on the River
The Watermen’s Museum is hosting a monthly evening of painting with a local artist. No experience needed to have a wonderful night of painting and fun.
WWII 75th Anniversary Commemoration at York Hall
The Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission was created by the Virginia General Assembly during its 2016 Session to honor the anniversary of WWI and WWII events.
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
Through January 2 (select dates)
Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with eight million lights, one of the largest light displays in North America.
A Colonial Christmas at Jamestown Settlement
Through December 31
Experience centuries-old holiday traditions and, December 23-31, festivities featuring period musical entertainment and appearances at Jamestown Settlement by the Lord of Misrule. A Jamestown Settlement holiday film and interpretive programs compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony.
A Colonial Christmas at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Through December 31
At American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in Revolutionary War encampment and glimpse holiday preparations on a Revolution-period farm.
Santaland on Main Street in New Town
Through December 18
Head to New Town this holiday season for all of your shopping needs. Visit Santaland located across from Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts.
Dominion Presents Liberty’s Ice Pavilion
Through February 20
Enjoy a family-friend activity this holiday season on historic Duke of Gloucester St. Join us at Liberty’s Ice Pavilion sponsored by Dominion.
Laser Holidays at the Virginia Living Museum
Through December 31
Get into the holiday spirit with the music of the season and dazzling laser effects in this laser program at the Virginia Living Museum!
Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star
Through December 31
Experience the journey of the Magi around you in the Virginia Living Museum’s state-of-the-art digital planetarium theater!
Christmas in Yorktown Exhibit at Gallery at York Hall
Come and enjoy the best of the best of local artist around our area. There will be a mix of local and Christmas holiday art pieces at the Gallery at York Hall.
Wedmore Place/Café Provencal Oyster Wednesdays!
Wednesdays are now OYSTER WEDNESDAYS at Wedmore Place and the Café Provençal! In addition to our regular Happy Hour specials from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, we’ll be serving up delicious Virginia Oysters for $1.00 all night long each
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