Christmas Events in Williamsburg Dec 1-8 ,2013

December 1 – 8 (Grand Illumination)

Grand Illumination 2013
Dec 8, 4 – 8 pm

In the 18th century, illuminations were held to celebrate major events!  Join us in Colonial Williamsburg for this very special event.

A Colonial Christmas
December, 9 am – 5 pm
Holiday traditions of 18th-century Virginia are recalled through special interpretive programs.

Christmas Market on Main
Dec 7, 10 am – 3 pm

Whether you are searching for a holiday gift for family, friends, or as a treat to yourself, youre sure to find it at the Christmas Market on Main. Historic Main Street. Free.

Williamsburg Symphonia Holiday Pops Concert
Dec 7 – 8, 2 pm (Sat); 1:30 & 3 pm (Sun)

The Williamsburg Symphonia presents its 2013 Holiday Pops concert at the Kimball Theatre during Grand Illumination weekend.

Holiday Tree Lighting at Yankee Candle
Dec 1, 10 am – 7 pm

Join Yankee Candle Village as we light up the Holidays!  See website for complete information.

Christmas Tree Lighting in Yorktown
Dec 6, 7 – 8 pm

Evening highlights include a performance by The Fifes and Drums of York Town, festive music and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free.

Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade
Dec 7, 6 – 8 pm
The Yorktown waterfront is bedazzled with holiday sights and sounds, including a spectacular floating parade of lights starting and complimentary hot cider.

New Town Art Gallery Holiday Season Party
Dec 6, 5 – 8 pm

Join us for our Holiday Season party.  We will have musical entertainment, hors doeurvres, wine and other refreshments.

Father Christmas Strolls the Square
Dec 7, 2:30 – 6 pm & Dec 8, 4 – 5 pm

Feel the spirit of the past with Saint Nicholas who will stroll the streets of Merchants Square until Christmas.

Williamsburg Christmas Parade
Dec 7, 9 am

This year’s theme is Christmas Trees and Memories. The parade runs right down Duke of Gloucester Street.

Holiday Skating in New Town
Through Jan 26, 2014
James City County Parks & Rec is teaming up with New Town again this year to offer skating on Sullivan Square!  It will be bigger and better than last year! 

String Winds Williamsburg Christmas
Dec 6, 1:30 & 4 pm

Enjoy the dynamic and joyous sounds of Timothy Seaman and Phillip Skeens as they celebrate the holidays with their unique instruments.

Cookies with Santa
Dec 8, 1 – 4 pm

Christmas is alive at York Hall where children and parents can visit with Santa Claus, enjoy some tasty treats, and shop for holiday gifts in The Gallery at York Hall. 301 Main Street.

Groaning Board
Dec 8, 4 – 6 pm

Celebrate the season with a grand feast of holiday favorites and a variety of traditional entertainment, including balladeers, fifes & drums, and madrigal singers.  Reservations required.

Grand Illumination Wine & Dine Dinner
Dec 8, 4:30 – 9 pm

Celebrate Colonial Williamsburgs Grand Illumination with a fabulous dinner.  At the Williamsburg Lodge.

Grand Illumination Dinner Chownings Tavern
Dec 8, 4:15 – 7:30 pm

A wonderful way to begin a spectacular evening!  Reservations required.

Grand Illumination Dinner Kings Arms Tavern
Dec 8, 4:15 – 7:30 pm

A wonderful way to begin a spectacular evening!  Reservations required.

Grand Illumination DinnerCampbells Tavern
Dec 8, 4:15 – 7:30 pm

A wonderful way to begin a spectacular evening!  Reservations required.

Dean Shostaks Crystal Carols
Dec 2, 1:30 pm; and Dec 4, 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

Join us for this popular Christmas concert!  At the Kimball Theatre.

Deck the Halls
Dec 2, 4 – 5 pm

A rousing Christmas show filled with humor, anecdotes, and singing.  See website.


Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star
Through Dec 31

Experience the journey of the Magi around you in the Virginia Living Museums state-of-the-art digital planetarium theater!


Laser Holidays at the Virginia Living Museum
Through Dec 31

Get into the holiday spirit with the music of the season and dazzling laser effects! Featuring classic holiday favorites  and unique reimaginings.

Poisoned Dwarf presents Celtic Night at the Kimball
Dec 7, 7 pm

Join Poisoned Dwarf for an exciting evening of Celtic music and fun. Known for its upbeat, rollicking performances of Irish traditional music

MAD Chocolart Party!
Dec 8, 1 – 4 pm

There will be chocolate (of course!), other sweets, savory bites, still and bubbling wine, plus book signings and art by Connie.  Must RSVP by Dec 4.  See website.

54th Annual Christmas Homes Tour
Dec 7, 10 am – 6 pm

Presented by the Green Spring Garden Club, features private residences beautifully decorated with holiday floral arrangements; some are open for the first time for this years tour.

Steinbach Signing Event
Dec 8
The Steinbach family started their business by purchasing a timber yard and operating a wood sawmill. There, they began to craft nutcrackers and other wooden products.

After Thanksgiving Sale
Through Dec 1

Join us at Williamsburg Premium Outlets for its annual After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness!  See website for more info.

Watermens Museum Oyster Roast
Dec 7, 1 – 3 pm

Enjoy oysters, clam fritters, clam chowder and a variety of beverages. Watermens Museum. Admission. Tickets Required.  See website.

Around the World with Santa
Dec 7, 11 am – 3 pm

Bring the family and participate in make-and-take crafts and learn about traditions from around the world plus a special visit from Santa!  Mariners’ Museum.

Holiday Breakfast Kings Arms Tavern
Thursdays, Dec 7 – 28, 8 am

Begin your historic day with fellow patriots and enjoy delicious fare, spirited conversation, and 18th-century music. Reservations required

Winter Wonderettes
Through Dec 2, 7:30 pm (Dec 1, 2 pm)

When Santa turns up missing, the Wonderettes must use their talent and creative ingenuity plus some great holiday tunes to save their holiday party.  See website.

32nd Holiday Antiques Show
Through Dec 1
Thirty-five dealers feat. furniture and decorative accessories from the 18th, 19th & early 20th centuries including silver, antique jewelry, ceramics, fine glass & more.

Thomas Jefferson Wine Dinner
Dec 7, 7 pm

Dine in the company of Thomas Jefferson for a delightful combination of his favored fare and international wines while he reflects on his world travels. Reservations required

Wine, Wit & Wisdom Old World Roots, New World Wine
Dec 7, 2 – 4 pm

Sample some of Virginias best wines paired with some of the best products from local farmers and artisan food crafters.

Songs and Stories of the Yuletide
Dec 4, 4 – 5 pm
Lee Welch and Doug Austin present a delightful program of carols, tales, and tunes celebrating the Yuletide.

Christmas Decorations
Dec 1, 3 – 4 pm
Gather for an afternoon exploring Christmas traditions from around the Old Dominion.

Christmas with the Hampton Roads Mandolin Ensemble
Dec 7, 1:30 & 4 pm
Around the turn of the 20th century, mandolin ensembles were all the rage. Even the College of William and Mary had its own Mandolin and Glee Club!

Christmas Brass
Dec 7, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Celebrate the season with a unique concert by talented balladeers Gabe Stone and Stephen Christoff — offering a fascinating and tuneful show featuring rare brass instruments.

Free Holiday Concert USAF Heritage of America Band
Dec 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm

USAF Heritage of American Band free holiday concert.  At Jamestown High School.  See website.

Un-Civil Christmas: Holiday Music of the Civil War
Dec 7, 7:30 & 9 pm

Soldiers and their families looked to familiar traditions to remind them of better times & the ideals for which they were fighting.

A Christmas Concert for Williamsburg
Dec 4, 7:30 – 9:15 pm

The Sound Investment proudly presents A Christmas Concert for Williamsburg,  the second in its series of Music to Remember concerts.

Constitutional Conversations
Dec 4, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

The award-winning nine-month long examination of our nations founding document. Features breakout sessions for adults and students.

First Thursdays: Tacky Sweater Party
Dec 5, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Looking for something fun to do after work on the first Thursday of every month?  Join us at the Mariners’ Museum!

Just CrossStitch – 27th Annual Christmas in Williamsburg Needlework Seminar
Dec 6 – 8

Come celebrate 30 years of Just CrossStitch at the 27th annual Christmas in Williamsburg needlework seminar.

Santa Claus Visits the W&M Bookstore
Dec 1 & 8, 12 – 3 pm

Delightful encounters await children of all ages when they visit Santa in his sleigh at the College of William & Mary Bookstore!

Thursday Afternoon Film Series
Dec 5, 2 pm

December is request month for the Williamsburg Regional Librarys Thursday Afternoon Film Series.  This week:  Moonstruck (1987). 

Book Signing: David Baldacci
Dec 6, 6 – 8 pm

Join bestselling author David Baldacci at the bookstore as he signs copies of his latest book, King and Maxwell.

Book Signing: Newt & Callista Gingrich
Dec 7, 2 – 4 pm

Newt & Callista Gingrich return to Merchants Square over Grand Illumination weekend.

Botanical Garden Fundraiser
Dec 7 – 8

Go Ape in Freedom Park will donate $10 of every ticket sold to the Williamsburg Botanical Garden and the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association.

Comedy Club of Williamsburg presents Pat Dixon with Noah Gardenswartz
Dec 6 & 7, 7:30 pm

At the DoubleTree by Hilton, 50 Kingsmill Rd. For more info and ticket purchase visit the website or call 757-286-9448

Book Signing: Jane Hampton Cook
Dec 8, 12 – 2 pm

Join author Jane Hampton Cook for a signing of her book about John Quincy Adams, American Phoenix.

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