• psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813

STAR SPANGLED NIGHTS AT BUSCH GARDENS KICKS OFF FRIDAY WITH EXTENDED FIREWORKS

– Busch Gardens® celebrates America with a bang during a patriotic summer spectacular, Star Spangled Nights, every Friday, Saturday and  Sunday, July 3 through Sept. 6, 2015. Guests can enjoy patriotic themes throughout the park during the day. The sky lights up at night with fireworks choreographed to a moving original soundscape. Unique merchandise and culinary offerings blend seamlessly with rich musical traditions, creating a fun red, white and blue event that can only be found at Busch Gardens.

This Friday and Saturday, guests will enjoy an extended fireworks show in honor of the July 4 weekend.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg® celebrates America with a bang during a patriotic summer spectacular, Star Spangled Nights, every Friday, Saturday and  Sunday, July 3 through Sept. 6, 2015.

July 4th Independence Day Celebration-2015- Williamsburg VA

 

july 4th williamsburg va fireworksThere’s no better place to celebrate independence than the town where so much history was made.(Williamsburg VA)  Bring your family and spend the holiday with us this July 4th.

As darkness falls, high flying aerial fireworks visible from much of the Historic Area in Williamsburg celebrate our nation’s birthday. The best places to see these spectacular fireworks are from Market Square, Palace Green, or the Public Hospital grounds. Parking is available at the Visitor Center but, due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available from 8:45 until 10:45. Shuttle bus service is available with or without tickets on the 4th of July.

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m., and a whole day of special programming precedes them.

LIGHT UP YOUR INDEPENDENCE DAY AT AMERICA’S BIRTHPLACE

Join us in Williamsburg for a vibrant and patriotic Fourth of July celebration. With a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a leisurely picnic in the Palace Garden and a dazzling display of fireworks—you’ll want to come early and stay late into the evening.

INDEPENDENCE DAY IN “THE REVOLUTIONARY CITY”

Begin your Independence Day celebration with our special morning militia muster in “The Revolutionary City” and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. Spend your afternoon touring the city before the  evening Independence Day Celebration.  Our stunning fireworks display—and your participation with glow sticks—finishes out the night.

JULY 4TH, 2015 EVENT SCHEDULE, COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG VA

Colonial Williamsburg’s programs begin with “Salute to the States” at 10 a.m. on July 4 on Market Square behind the Courthouse. A special militia muster in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation salutes the 13 original colonies. The Fifes and Drums perform, flags of each state are displayed, and music and cannons celebrate the event.

The Declaration of Independence is our nation’s founding document and announces a vision of a new society in which “all men are created equal.” A special interpretation at noon at the Capitol gives voice to “the People’s” document.

During “Music for the Fireworks” at 8 p.m. behind the Courthouse on Market Square, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums perform a concert of patriotic music. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and can be enjoyed on Palace Green or from Market Square.

Parking is available at the Visitor Center. Due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available between 8:45 and 10:45 p.m. Shuttle bus service is available with or without Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and park at the Visitor Center and take Colonial Williamsburg’s buses to the Historic Area. No ticket is required to enjoy this program.

Event Schedule July 4th, 2015

10 a.m.
Salute to the States behind the Courthouse

11 a.m.
Reading of the Declaration of Independence on Courthouse steps

11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Colonial Faire at various locations including tomahawk throwing, cannons, drills, 3-legged races, quoits, and crafts (admission ticket required)

1:30–3 p.m.
Colonial Auction at Market Square

5–9 p.m.
Historic Tavern dining available
Reservations required

8:15–8:45 p.m.
Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums Perform

8:45–9:15 p.m.
Illuminations of Market Square and Palace Green

9:10 p.m.
Salute to the Nation: A special tribute to our Armed Forces

9:20 p.m.
Fireworks begin

Parking and Transportation

Take advantage of free parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, where you can purchase admission tickets and use our shuttle bus service. Please note that the pedestrian bridge to the Revolutionary City will be closed to traffic from 9:15 to 10 p.m.

Shuttle Schedule

9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Every half hour from the Visitor Center to all regular stops

8–9 p.m.
Express service ONLY from the Visitor Center to the Palace stop

9–11 p.m.
NO SERVICE*

11 p.m.
Regular service to all stops

Free admission for Military to Colonial Williamsburg for Memorial Day Weekend 2015

Tomorrow through Monday, May 22-25. 2015 — Colonial Williamsburg offers free admission tickets to active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, national guardsmen and their immediate dependents. 

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The “Honoring Service to America” ticket provides admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City, including the daily “Revolution in the Streets” program, the Capitol and the Governor’s Palace, 30 historic trades sites and the military encampment, the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of founder John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. The tickets also include an Orientation Walk, a tour that provides an overview of Colonial Williamsburg and its restoration, free shuttle bus service to and from the Regional Visitor Center, a viewing of the movie, “Williamsburg: the Story of a Patriot,” and free parking at the Visitor Center.

The service member need not be present, and free “Honoring Service to America” tickets will be provided to dependent family members of currently deployed troops with appropriate identification. Military veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork, form DD 214, as identification of service. These weekend-long admission tickets are available at the Visitor Center. 

A Memorial Day commemorative program begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25 on the Palace Green. Wreaths will be placed at the Palace, Bruton Parish Church and the French gravesite to honor those interred on or near those sites from the American Revolution, the Civil War and other conflicts. A procession with Fife and Drum support will begin at the Palace and proceed to each site, where prayers will be recited and volleys fired. This service is free and open to the public.

More info here

Williamsburg VA Christmas Events December 1-7th 2014

Grand Illumination 2014
Dec 7
Light Up Your Evening with fireworks, bonfires, and the lighting of candles in the windows or cupolas of public buildings and private homes. Celebrate as live musical performances and a dazzling display of fireworks cap off a weekend of holiday events.

Williamsburgs Annual Christmas Parade!
Dec 6, 8:30 am

This years Christmas Parade theme: A Storybook Christmas.  Our community parade promises to be a great family event featuring floats, bands a mnage of animals and the jolly ole Elf himself, Santa Claus! 

Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade
Dec 6, 7 pm

The Yorktown waterfront is bedazzled with holiday sights and sounds, including a spectacular floating parade of lights starting at 7pm, caroling around a roaring beach bonfire, musical performances and complimentary hot cider.

A Colonial Christmas at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
Dec 1 – Jan 4, 2015 

Holiday traditions of the 17th- and 18th-centuries are recalled through special interpretive programs and, from Dec. 26-31 and Jan. 2-5, musical entertainment of the period.

Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec 5, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Evening highlights include a 7 pm performance by The Fifes and Drums of York Town at the Victory Monument, festive music at Riverwalk Landing.

The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Holiday Pops
Dec 6 – 7, 1:30 pm & 3 pm

The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Holiday Pops, all your favorite music of this festive season. At the Kimball Theatre.

Kimball Theatre Hurrah For the Holidays
Dec 5, 7 pm

The excitement of Radio City Music Hall comes to Williamsburg in a festive experience for the entire family. This lively musical revue features precision kick line dancers and holiday favorite.

Wine & Design presents: Holiday Snowman Wine Bottle Painting Project
Dec 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Holiday Snowman Wine Bottle Painting Project. You must register and pay online for this special class. We will be using our regular acrylic paints and also textured paints too.

Christmas Market on Main
Dec 6, 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.

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

Join Yankee Candle Village as we light up the holidays! Sing along with Christmas carolers as Santa lights the Village Christmas Tree at 5pm 6pm.

Green Spring Garden Club Christmas Homes Tour
Dec 6, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

The 55th Annual Christmas Homes Tour, presented by the Green Spring Garden Club, Inc., will take place on Saturday, December 6, and features houses decorated with holiday florals.

Centuries of Christmas at Berkeley Plantation
Dec 6 –  Jan 1

The mansion will be decorated with fresh greenery from Berkeleys gardens. Costumed guides will add a special touch to your holiday season with stories of Christmas at Berkeley.

New Town Welcomes the Holidays
Dec 5, 5:30 – 8 pm

Bring the family and ring in the Holidays in New Town. At 7:30. the lights will come on welcoming the Holiday Season. 

Holiday Music in New Town
Dec 1 – 18 (see website for times)

Come enjoy holiday music in New Town! We will have various groups performing throughout the month.

Exquisite pottery by local ceramic artist, Russell Turnage
Dec 1 – 31

New work by ceramic artist, Russell Turnage . Exquisite and functional pieces for everyday use and special occasions.

New Town presents Where Holiday Wishes Come True
Dec 2 – 4, 5 – 8 pm

Get a chance to win $50 to your favorite New Town establishment! See website for details.

Celtic Night at the Kimball
Dec 6, 7:30 pm

Delight in an entertaining evening of Celtic music and fun. Popular local group Poisoned Dwarf performs solely on acoustic instruments for their own brand of Irish traditional music. 

A Candlelight Christmas Historic Homes in Charles City offer Progressive Tours during the Holiday Season
Dec 6, 3:15 – 7 pm

Partake in a progressive candlelight tour of Edgewood, Shirley and Berkeley Plantations.

Watermens Museum Annual Oyster Roast
Dec 6, 12 – 3 pm

Reminiscent of Chesapeake Bays Golden Days, when our shores contained billions of oysters. At the Yorktown Waterfront.

Berkeley Plantation Christmas Wreath Workshop and Tour
Dec 6

Begin your afternoon touring the 1726 manor house, decorated with fresh arrangements and wreaths cut from Berkeleys trees.

This Century Art Gallery Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
Dec 5, 12:30 – 3:30 pm

Join us to explore the wonderful world of Living Wreaths perfect for the Holidays.

A Christmas Carol Street Theater Merchants Square
Dec 5, Times Vary

Enjoy a hilarious 30-minute street theater production of the Christmas classic from the Virginia Theatre Machine.

Yankee Candle : Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornament!
Dec 6 – 7, 11 am – 6 pm

Create a blown-glass holiday heirloom with the help of the Chrysler Museum Mobile Glassblowing Studio Team.

Father Christmas Strolls the Square Merchants Square
Dec 6, see website for details.

Greet Father Christmas in the Square on weekends throughout the season.

Auntie Ms American Cottage: Art Workshops Felted 3D Santa Head with Artist Valerie Johnson
Dec 6, 9 am or 12:30 pm

Come join us to create a needle felted 3D Santa Head just in time for the Holidays.

Colonial Williamsburg: Wine, Wit & Wisdom: British Fortifications
Dec 6, 2 – 4:30 pm

Join Executive Chef Rhys H. Lewis for a flavorful study of sherry, port, and madeira.

This Century Art Gallery Holiday Workshop Glass Etching
Dec 4, 2 – 4:30 pm

Etching glass is easier than you think and makes the perfect gift!

Historic Organ Recitals at the Wren Chapel
Dec 4 – 6, 10 am

All are welcome to join us for a recital on the historic 18th-century organ in the Wren Chapel.

WILLIAMSBURG CHORAL GUILD CAROLS AND HOLIDAY SONGS
Dec 6, 1 – 3 pm

Sing carols and holiday songs with members of the Williamsburg Choral Guild.

Make Your Own Ceramic Ornament (Youth)
Dec 6 – 7, 10 – 11 am

Everybody likes homemade gifts for Christmas!

Annies Needle Arts Festival
Dec 4 – 7, 8 am – 5:30 pm

Annies Needle Arts Festival is a four-day cross-stitch and needle art event sponsored by Just CrossStitch magazine.

 

Click here for Christmas in Williamsburg Information

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Ice skating returns to Williamsburg at Mid County Park

James City County Parks and Recreation welcomes winter with cool fun at Mid County Park! The County’s seasonal synthetic ice rink, previously located in New Town, has moved to Mid County Park to offer users more space and an improved skating surface.

Iceburg, the Skate Rink at Mid County Park, opens for the winter season Nov. 15-March 1. To accommodate more guests, the operating season was expanded. The relocation to Mid County Park also offers rink visitors access to more amenities including picnic tables and shelters, indoor restrooms and heated facilities, more ADA accessible parking and walking routes as well as full use of the popular and nearby Kidsburg playground as another fun recreational offering. All park facilities will remain open during skate rink operating hours.

There are weekday, weekend and winter break hours. The rink is open daily – weekdays 5-9 p.m. and weekends noon-9 p.m. The rink is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Operation hours may be adjusted based on weather conditions, participation numbers and special events. Also check out jamescitycountyva.gov/iceburg regularly for the complete list of themed skating nights and festivities.

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Skating is $8/adult and $7/youth ages 6-17, and the fee includes the skate rental. James City County and Williamsburg residents can skate for $7/adult and $5/youth ages 6-17, including skate rental. Youth ages 5 and younger skate for free. Season passes are also available for families, adults, youth and seniors ranging from $30-65 per person depending on residency. The rink will maintain a supply of skates ranging from children’s 9 to women’s 10 to men’s 13.

There is no age requirement, but everyone entering the rink must wear skates. Children under 12 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

The surface of the open-air skate rink is made of an EZ Glide 350 synthetic ice surface, offering a smooth surface suitable for all skating activities. Synthetic ice has a similar surface to ice, and almost anything that can be done on refrigerated ice can be performed and perfected on this synthetic ice. While synthetic ice is about 65 percent of the speed of real ice, there is risk of injury from falls and collisions. Skaters of all ages and abilities will find the surface as a safe and enjoyable alternative to refrigerated ice.

During the seasonal operation of the Skate Rink, the park’s basketball courts will be closed through March 7. Please visit the County parks offering basketball court options: Ironbound Park, 150 Magazine Rd., Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Memorial Hwy. and the Warhill Sports Complex, 5700 Warhill Trail which features four courts with lights. Two indoor courts are also available at the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Rd. For a one-time fee of $10, County residents can purchase a Daily Card, good for two years. The Card provides free access to the Center fitness equipment and courts on three days – Thursdays, 1-3 p .m.; Fridays, 6-8  p.m.; and Saturdays, 2-5 p.m.

For more information on skating, group rates or to schedule private functions, please call 757-259-5360.

$12 CHRISTMAS TOWN™ TICKET THE BEST DEAL OF THE SEASON

Lock in the best deal Busch Gardens Williamsburg Christmas Town™ deal of the season during Busch Gardens’ 12 Days of Christmas special offer. This $12 single-day Christmas Town ticket represents a $20 savings off the regular $32 one-day ticket price.
     The limited-time, online-only sale starts Nov. 12 and runs through Nov. 18.  The Christmas Town $12 single-day ticket is redeemable on any one of the following dates: Nov. 21, 22, 23, 30, Dec. 7, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22 or 30.
     “The $12 Christmas Town ticket is the best deal of the Christmas Town season,” said Marketing Vice President Dan Dipiazzo. “Pick one of the 12 days to visit and discover why Christmas Town is the place where Christmas shines brightest.”
     Visit ChristmasTown.com/VA to take advantage of the offer. 

Lock in the best deal Busch Gardens Williamsburg Christmas Town™ deal of the season during Busch Gardens’ 12 Days of Christmas special offer. This $12 single-day Christmas Town ticket represents a $20 savings off the regular $32 one-day ticket price.

Grand Illumination 2014 at Colonial Williamsburg

imageIlluminations—firing guns into the air and lighting fireworks—were commonly used during the 18th century to celebrate major events such as great military victories, the birthday of the monarch or the arrival of a new colonial governor. To usher in the season, Colonial Williamsburg carries on this tradition  with its annual Grand Illumination on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

The celebration begins at 5 p.m. when candles are lit in the windows of public buildings, shops and homes. Live entertainment also begins at 5pm on four outdoor stages at Palace Green, Market Square, the Gaol and Capitol building.

.At 6:45 p.m. the Fifes and Drums march down Duke of Gloucester Street, and guests are invited to join in.

At 7 p.m., fireworks will fill the sky over the Historic Area from four locations: the Governor’s Palace, Market Square, and the north and south sides of the Capitol building.

Colonial Williamsburg Ambassadors, wearing special badges, will be available to assist guests, making it easier for guests to get the most out of their holiday experience. The Ambassadors will be stationed in the Historic Area, Visitor Center and other high traffic areas to hand out broadsides, answer questions, and guide and direct guests.

 

Schedule of Events 2014

Come to experience the Revolutionary City dressed in timeless natural decorations on a walking tour or take in a live auction on the Market House stage. Then, enjoy a relaxed dining experience and musical performances before the fireworks light up the sky

Choose from more than 20 guided and self-guided tours throughout the Revolutionary City—all included in a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket.

10:30 a.m.–
8:15 p.m.
Guided tours, dining events, live music, and shopping throughout the Revolutionary City, historic taverns, and resort restaurants
12 p.m. Market House Auction begins
4 p.m. Grand Illumination Supper at the Williamsburg Lodge
5 p.m. Candles are lit in public buildings and homes
5 p.m. Entertainment begins on outdoor stages at Palace Green, Market Square, Gaol, and the Capitol
6:45 p.m. Fifes and Drums play Grand Tattoo
7 p.m. Fireworks at Governor’s Palace, Market Square, and the Capitol
8 p.m. A Grand Medley of Entertainments at the Kimball Theatre
9:30 p.m. Buses to the Revolutionary City resume operations until 10 p.m

Parking and Transportation

Please park at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and take the shuttle buses to the Revolutionary City.

Shuttle Schedule

9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Every half hour from the Visitor Center to all regular stops
5:30–6:45 p.m. Express service ONLY from the Visitor Center to the Palace stop
6:45–9:30 p.m. NO SERVICE*
9:30–10 p.m. Regular service to all stops

More info here

VIRGINIA THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL AT BERKELEY PLANTATION

imageOn Sunday November 2, 2014 come and celebrate the first English Speaking Thanksgiving in the New World at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City VA.  Join in for a day dedicated to history, food and fun with tours of the 1726 manor house, a living history program, tribal dancers, arts, crafts and jewelry vendors, choral music, traditional Thanksgiving dinner and a re-enactment of the Landing of Capt Woodlief & his men.  Nowhere can you find a more exciting, more educational or more enjoyable way to add to holiday traditions than a beautiful fall day at Berkeley Plantation

 

Sunday, November 2, 2014
@ Noon
Berkeley Plantation
12602 Harrison Landing Rd.
Charles City, VA 23030-3339
(Directly off scenic Rt. 5 between Richmond and Williamsburg)
Festival & Plantation Gardens/Grounds Free
Car Parking $5.00 Donation
Bus Parking $20.00 Donation
House Tours 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Click here For information  or Call 888-466-6018

 

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Christmas Town at Busch Gardens opens Nov 21 for 2014 season

Yes, I know Halloween isn’t even here yet but Busch Gardens Williamsburg is already putting away Howl O Scream and making preparations to open Christmas Town on Nov 21st

The Williamsburg theme park’s annual Christmas celebration starts Nov. 21, 2014 and runs select days through Dec. 31. Guests can feel the warmth of the holidays while strolling along paths lit by more than eight million twinkling lights. image
     A night at Christmas Town lets guests take a break from the hustle-and-bustle of the holidays and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. True to its European heritage,Busch Gardens pulls out the stops for its annual Christmas event with idealized representations of the world’s best Christmas traditions.
     Guests are invited to celebrate the opening of Christmas Town at a special Christmas Town Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 21. The lighting ceremony celebrates the arrival of the holiday season and will culminate with the synchronized lighting of the park’s eight million Christmas lights. An aerial photographer will capture the moment when Busch Gardens Christmas Town transforms into the place where Christmas shines brightest.
Scrooge No More! ™, is coming to Busch Gardens’ Globe Theatre for Christmas Town. Join Scrooge live on stage in an all-new musical at the Globe Theatre as he is swept away by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, who teach him the importance of family and friends being together at Christmas.
     Guests can create their own Christmas Town holiday traditions with a $32 Christmas Town Fun Card that offers unlimited admission for the 2014 Christmas season.
     Annual pass members can save even more with an exclusive offer designed just for them.  Active annual pass members can purchase a Christmas Town pass for $25 and receive unlimited admission to Christmas Town for the 2014 season along with regular pass member benefits like free parking and discounts on park purchases.  Visit www.bgwpass.com for complete details.
     Visit christmastown.com for complete Christmas Town details, including ticket information and an operating schedule. While there, sign up for Busch Gardens’ email updates and be the first to know about upcoming special offers on Christmas Town tickets and other exclusive holiday deals.

50% Off Admission to Howl O Scream for Veterans

Just a reminder that  Veterans and Active Duty Military can get 50% off Busch Gardens Williamsburg single day tickets!

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is proud of our military that serve, defend and protect our country along with American veterans who served and fought.  For your courage, valor and sacrifice, we thank you.

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In addition to the current Waves of Honor complimentary program for active military, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is celebrating our heroes for bookings through October 26, 2014 with 50% off single-day admission tickets (off front gate price) for qualified service members and veterans.  This offer can be redeemed from September 2 – October 26, 2014.

This offer is available to veterans and military members from U.S. only.  This offer is available exclusively online or at participating military bases. This offer is not available at the front gate.  Up to six (6) single-day admissions can be purchased.

Active duty military who have already visited our parks using the Waves of Honor complimentary program in the last 12 months can take advantage of this offer.

Click here to check out all the details!

For non military Busch Gardens is still offering several coupons for discounts on Howl-O-Scream tickets.

Visitors can find coupons for $5 off admission ($10 off if tickets are purchased online) at Wendy’s locations and through Papa John’s Pizza

What’s happening in Williamsburg VA July 4th week…

July 1 – 6

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Fourth of July (Colonial Williamsburg)

Jul 4 10 am 10 pm

Celebrate the anniversary of the nations birth in the Revolutionary City! Join Colonial Williamsburg for a special militia muster. Enjoy a salute to the 13 original states, featuring music performed by the Fifes and Drums, flags of each state, the firing of muskets and cannon.

Independence Day Celebration in Yorktown

Jul 4 8 am – 10 pm

Red, white, blue and you! You dont want to miss Independence Day in Yorktown where our independence was won and patriotism abounds. Come to historic Yorktown and salute America along the waterfront! Festivities.

Busch Gardens presents Lee Greenwood

Jul 4 at 7:00 pm

Lee Greenwood rocks the stage at Busch Gardens on July 4. Busch Gardens Live is bringing the heat with a sizzling summer line-up. Concerts will be held at the Busch Gardens Royal Palace Theatre.

New Town Music Fest

 Jul 5, 2014 at 5:00 – 10:00 pm

Celebrate the holiday weekend with some local music talent and a National Act! 5:30pm-6:30pm Johnny St. Clair 7:00pm 10:00pm Highway 101 Gates open at 5:00 pm in Sullivan Square. Concert is rain or shine. Children under 12 are FREE.

Liberty Celebration Yorktown Victory Center

Jul 4 – Jul 6,at 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Military and tactical drills, and role-playing demonstrations salute the anniversary of Americas independence. Visitors can see in museum galleries a rare broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence dating to July 1776.

Busch Gardens Live presents The Romantics

Jul 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The Romantics rock the stage at Busch Gardens on July 5. Busch Gardens Live is bringing the heat with a sizzling summer line-up. Concerts will be held at the Busch Gardens Royal Palace Theatre.

July 4th Danielle Bradbery Concert College of William and Mary

Jul 4, Gates open 5pm | Show  6:30pm

Danielle Bradbery, 2013

Winner NBCs The Voice. With special guest Bria Kelley. Concert held at the Lake Matoaka Amphitheater at William & Mary.

In the Trenches Tour

Jul 1, 10:00 am

Guests get an inside the ropes tour of the original 1607 James Fort, once thought lost to history. Join Dr. William Kelso who led a team of Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists that found the original fort site in 1996.

Independence Day Concert: USAF Heritage of America Band

Jul 2, 7:00 pm 8:15 pm

Back for the 22nd year, the full Heritage of America concert band will play American favorites and patriotic tunes in honor of Independence Day.

July 4th Summer Sidewalk Sale at Williamsburg Premium Outlets

Jul 3Jul 6, 9am – 9pm; Sun 10am – 8pm

Dont miss the annual July 4th Summer Sidewalk Sale at Williamsburg Premium Outlets. Enjoy extended hours and extra savings on top of our every day savings of 25% to 65%.

The Summer Breeze Concert Series

Jul 2, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

The Summer Breeze Concert Series will kick off with the fan favorite Independence Day Concert on July 2, and run each Wednesday through August 27. More of what you love in the heart of downtown Williamsburg.

Williamsburg Farmers Market

Jul 5,  8 am -12 pm

Producers of locally grown: produce, seafood, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, baked goods, pasture-raised meats, cheeses, herbal and goats milk soap, fresh bread, pumpkins, honey and eggs.

Fireworks in the Planetarium

Jul 4, – at 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Raining outside? Cant stand the mosquitoes? All the good viewing spots taken? Come enjoy the most amazing Fourth of July laser displays in the Virginia Living Museums nice cool planetarium! Spirit of America is a laser show full of great patriotic music.

Berkeley Plantation Wreath Laying

Ceremony

Jul 4, 11:00 AM

Annual commemoration honoring Benjamin Harrison V, one of seven Virginia signers of the Declaration of Independence and 18th century owner of Berkeley Plantation.


July 4th events in Williamsburg VA 2014

imageThere’s no better place to celebrate independence than the town where so much history was made.(Williamsburg VA)  Bring your family and spend the holiday with us this July 4th.

As darkness falls, high flying aerial fireworks visible from much of the Historic Area in Williamsburg celebrate our nation’s birthday. The best places to see these spectacular fireworks are from Market Square, Palace Green, or the Public Hospital grounds. Parking is available at the Visitor Center but, due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available from 8:45 until 10:45. Shuttle bus service is available with or without tickets on the 4th of July.

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m., and a whole day of special programming precedes them.

Independence Day Celebration

Light up Your Independence Day at America’s Birthplace

Join us in Williamsburg for a vibrant and patriotic Fourth of July celebration. With a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a leisurely picnic in the Palace Garden, a performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and a dazzling display of fireworks—you’ll want to come early and stay late into the evening.

Independence Day in “The Revolutionary City”

Begin your Independence Day celebration with our special morning militia muster in “The Revolutionary City” and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. Spend your afternoon touring the city before the evening Independence Day Celebration, including a lively picnic in the Palace Garden and performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Our stunning fireworks display—and your participation with glow sticks—finishes out the night.

July 4th, 2014 Event Schedule, Colonial Williamsburg VA

Colonial Williamsburg’s programs begin with “Salute to the States” at 10 a.m. on July 4 on Market Square behind the Courthouse. A special militia muster in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation salutes the 13 original colonies. The Fifes and Drums perform, flags of each state are displayed, and music and cannons celebrate the event.

The Declaration of Independence is our nation’s founding document and announces a vision of a new society in which “all men are created equal.” A special interpretation at noon at the Capitol gives voice to “the People’s” document.

During “Music for the Fireworks” at 8 p.m. behind the Courthouse on Market Square, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums perform a concert of patriotic music. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and can be enjoyed on Palace Green or from Market Square.

Parking is available at the Visitor Center. Due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available between 8:45 and 10:45 p.m. Shuttle bus service is available with or without Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and park at the Visitor Center and take Colonial Williamsburg’s buses to the Historic Area. No ticket is required to enjoy this program.

More info here

Event Schedule

10 a.m.
Salute to the States behind the Courthouse. Commemorate the anniversary of the birth of our nation with this special militia muster that salutes the 13 original states. The Fifes and Drums play, flags of each state are displayed, and muskets and cannon celebrate the significance of this historic day. Come, cheer, and be part of this celebration

noon
A Declaration of Independence at the Courthouse. Gather with the citizens of Williamsburg–on July 25, 1776–to hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Only a few weeks ago, Virginia’s representatives adopted their own Declaration of Rights and a Constitution for the new state.

4–7:30 p.m.
Independence Day Celebration: Food,
Fanfare & Fireworks

Casual come-and-go evening at the Williamsburg Lodge
Reservations required

5:30–7 p.m.
Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums Perform on Market Square. Celebrate the holiday with the distinctive sounds of the Fifes and Drums in this exciting, patriotic performance.

5–9 p.m.
Historic Tavern dining available
Reservations required

8–9:30 p.m.
Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs in front of the Governor’s Palace
 Colonial Williamsburg again welcomes the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, led by Jo Ann Falletta, to our Independence Day Celebration on Palace Green. Recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional symphony orchestras, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra has enriched the cultural life of the Hampton Roads community for more than eight decades

9:20 p.m.
Fireworks begin

Gather on Market Square or Palace Green to celebrate our nation’s birthday with an exciting fireworks display. Afterward, enjoy the pageantry of a torchlit Fifes and Drums march from Palace Green, down Duke of Gloucester Street, ending on Botetourt Street.

Parking and Transportation

Take advantage of free parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, where you can purchase admission tickets and use the FREE shuttle bus service. Please note that the pedestrian bridge to the Revolutionary City will be closed to traffic from 9:15 to 10 p.m.

Parking and Transportation

Take advantage of free parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, where you can purchase admission tickets and use our shuttle bus service. Please note that the pedestrian bridge to the Revolutionary City will be closed to traffic from 9:15 to 10 p.m.

Shuttle Schedule

9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Every half hour from the Visitor Center to all regular stops

8–9 p.m.
Express service ONLY from the Visitor Center to the Palace stop

9–11 p.m.
NO SERVICE*

11 p.m.
Regular service to all stops

 

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Celebrate New Years Eve at First Night Williamsburg

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Williamsburg’s First Night event celebrates its 21st anniversary on Dec. 31, and there are festivities planned from 3 to 11:45 p.m., concluding with a grand finale of fireworks.

The children’s activities begin at 3 p.m. at Matthew Whaley School with special performances, food, games and a special children’s version of fireworks done in time for the little ones to head to bed.

Performances on the main stages — located at  historic venues in Williamsburg — begin at 6 p.m., with most continuing through 11:45 p.m.Enjoy the area’s finest professional entertainers including singers, instrumentalists, magicians, storytellers, puppeteers, jugglers, clowns, bands, a Big Band orchestra and more! A variety of music is featured, including classical, shag, blues, R&B, Broadway, jazz, country, blue grass, folk and patriotic.  All performances take place indoors.

At midnight, the New Year is welcomed with a large fireworks display at Zable Stadium at the College of William & Mary. The best viewing seats for the fireworks are at the stadium. Pachanga will serve as the Finale musical act.

Admission to all performances is included when you purchase a First Night button for $15. Children under 5 years old are free. Bus shuttles between event locations are free with a button.

Make sure to bring a flashlight to help with outdoor navigation between events. Plan your stops ahead of time using the maps and schedule available on the First Night website — firstnightwilliamsburg.org. Plan several alternative events to attend as crowds are large and events fill up early.

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2013 First Night Performers include:

Bobby Blackhat Blues Band
Blues
7:30 – 8:15 / 8:30 – 9:15
Location: Kimball Theatre
Blues harmonica player, vocalist, and songwriter Bobby ‘BlackHat’ Walters brings together the finest blues musicians in Hampton Roads to perform classic, modern, as well as original blues tunes that will keep your toes tappin’ and your hips shakin’ all night long.
www.bobbyblackhat.com

Buffalo Bill
Wild West
3:00 – 3:30 / 4:45 – 5:15 / 6:30 – 7:00
Location: Matthew Whaley School – Lobby
The family friendly program is a thoroughly interactive storytelling session presented by Buffalo Bill himself! The kids get to take part in reenactments of Buffalo Bill’s True Tall Tales, the Wild West Show, and a Snake Oil Show. There is even an Old Fashioned Melodrama with kids starring in the roles of villain, hero, and other westerners!
brianbelge.com

Celtica
Celtic
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Campus Center – Trinkle Hall
Celtica is a six-piece ensemble featuring classic Celtic music ~ those timeless tunes you”ve always loved, and always true to the original … with perhaps one or two little changes! The best of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and others are brought to you with fire and verve. Celtic music to fire up the soul and reminisce about past memories and future dreams.

Children’s Fireworks
Fireworks
7:15 – 7:30
Location: Matthew Whaley School

Clan MacCool
Celtic
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Sadler Center – Chesapeake Room
Clan MacCool is a high energy, interactive,entertainment of traditional Irish,Scottish and Maritime songs and tunes with a definite Piratical twist! Clan MacCool has a fun style that encourages singing along and audience participation. Their repertoire spans several centuries of songs and tunes, and they put on a great show.
facebook.com/pages/Clan-MacCool/182560788490526

Ronny Cox (New Performer)
Acoustic / Country/Folk
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall
In Hollywood, they say it takes smart actors to play stupid characters, and nice guys to play nasty villains. Cox is the poster-boy for the latter point. He played slithery corporate snakes in "RoboCop" and "Total Recall;" but as a singer-songwriter, he is a study in easygoing amiability and unforced charisma. He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight, and a lulling Southwestern folk sound. His repertoire is a smart mix of witty ditties, bluesy swing tunes, heart-on-sleeve romances, and real-life anthems.
ronnycox.com

C. Shells
Children’s music and games
4:00 – 4:30 / 4:45 – 5:15 / 5:30 – 6:00
Location: Matthew Whaley School – Food Court
C. Shells is a children’s musical duo comprised of Cindy Kays and Shelly Craig Potter. Together Cindy and Shelly have over 45 years of musical experience. Shelly, a Hampton Roads native, has been a featured solo performer at many local clubs and blues festivals. An accomplished guitarist and teacher, Shelly performs a diverse variety of music from blues to bluegrass. A native of Lancaster, PA, Cindy has performed folk and Celtic music at colleges and pubs in Virginia, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. She also teaches beginner mandolin at a local music shop. With a delightful mix of songs and musical styles, "C. Shells" will have children of all ages laughing, smiling and stamping their feet. From rock ‘n’ roll to Cajun, waltzes to ragtime, blues to bluegrass, Cindy and Shelly want everyone to have fun at their concerts, so check your repertoire of dog barks and duck quacks and bring them to the show!
www.cshellsmusic.com

Ron Fetner
Acoustic / Country/Folk
9:15 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Sadler Center – Tidewater Room
A nationally awarded songwriter, Ron Fetner’s music has been labeled a ‘unique blend of New England Folk and the soul of the South.’ Incorporating elements of folk, southern Appalachian, rock and jazz, Ron has found a voice in our American music.
ronfetner.com

First Baptist Sanctuary Choir
Gospel
7:00 – 7:30 / 8:00 – 8:30
Location: First Baptist Church
Members of all the choirs of this 225-year-old church will combine to present a varied program of religious vocal music including hymns, anthems, spirituals and gospel songs.

Grand Finale and Fireworks!
Fireworks
11:45 – 12:30
Location: Zable Stadium – Grand Finale
Join us for the annual Finale of Fireworks at midnight.

Hilton Brass (New Performer)
Classical
7:15 – 8:00 / 8:15 – 9:00
Location: Ewell Recital Hall
The Hilton Brass is the Peninsula’s preeminent, professional, chamber brass ensemble. The quintet, which is composed of local musicians, has delighted area audiences since 1983 with its exciting and diverse musical offerings. Comfortable with all styles of music, the Hilton Brass can make your special event truly unforgettable.
hiltonbrass.com

Jae Sinnett Trio
Jazz
9:00 – 9:45 / 10:00 – 10:45 / 11:00 – 11:45
Location: Williamsburg Library Auditorium
Drummer, composer and jazz producer/announcer on Norfolk public radio, Sinnett is joined by pianist Justin Kauflin and bassist Terry Burrell in a program of performance and discussion of jazz music.
jaesinnett.com

Kim Kalman
Americana
7:45 – 8:45 / 9:45 – 10:45
Location: Sadler Center – Lodge 1
Although fully in command of her acoustic guitar, Kim’s voice is the true instrument. Her song selection and interpretation echoes her spirituality as she alternately lifts you, rocks you, soothes and seduces.
kimkalman.com

Kenya Safari Acrobats
Acrobats
9:45 – 10:30 / 10:45 – 11:30
Location: Sadler Center – Commonwealth Auditorium
A fast-paced Kenya Safari Acrobats – a troupe generally consisting of six to eight highly-trained athletes – take the stage for jaw-dropping acts and antics. Though thousands of miles from their African homeland, the Kalamas incorporate much of their native culture into their high-energy shows. The Kalamas and company bring to the stage, a unique mix of education and family entertainment. The stage acts include fire ring jumping, a human pyramid, magic, feats of strength and Krystina Kalama as a contortionist.
kenyasafariacrobats.com

Kier
Comedy
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Sadler Center – Tidewater Room
Smart comedy, flawless musical impressions… and lot”s of heart.
heykier.com

Kolonial Klowns
Clown Troupe/ Facepainting
3:45 – 6:15
Location: Matthew Whaley School – Food Court
Williamsburg’s local clown troupe will entertain children of all ages with face painting and balloon sculptures. Kolonial Klowns of Williamsburg operates as a nonprofit, educational organization and features awarding-winning clowns among its members.
facebook.com/pages/Kolonial-Klowns/289466414407055

Little Windows (New Performer)
Irish and Appalachian Songs and Tunes
9:30 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:15
Location: Ewell Recital Hall
Little Windows creates a mix of Appalachian and Irish music, and traditionally-based originals, with a special focus placed on unaccompanied ballads. They also explore the spiritual nature of song and harmonic sound.
littlewindows.net

Tim Nolan
Juggling
3:00 – 3:30 / 4:45 – 5:15
Location: Matthew Whaley School – Gymnasium
Tim Nolan is a professional juggler and basketball trick shooter from Elizabeth City, North Carolina, who now lives in Norfolk, Virginia. He has performed at the White House, Busch Gardens, the Guinness Museum in London, the Super Bowl, and the World’s Fair.

Pachanga (New Performer)
Classic Rock
7:30 – 8:15 / 8:30 – 9:15
Location: Sadler Center – Commonwealth Auditorium
A collaboration of two groups one originating in 1984 and the other in 2013 featuring hits from the 60s through the 90s all in the area of Rock. These guys have all played together in various settings including Classic, Christian and Modern Rock all coming together in a musical celebration for the season.

Poisoned Dwarf
Celtic
9:15 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Williamsburg United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Poisoned Dwarf plays driving traditional Celtic music, and for them, the tunes matter most. Focusing primarily on Irish traditional music, and with acoustic instruments only, this band from Williamsburg, Virginia has entertained audiences in many different settings for years. The Irish flute, whistle, guitar, Scottish Small-Pipes, banjo, a variety of percussion instruments (including bones and bodhran), accordion, and of course fiddle are all brought to the dance for Poisoned Dwarf performances.
poisoneddwarf.com

Puckett & Person
Acoustic / Country/Folk
7:00 – 7:30 / 9:00 – 9:30 / 11:00 – 11:30
Location: Sadler Center – Lodge 1
Music for recording artists Lana Puckett and Kim Person has been a lifelong passion since early childhood. Each artist brings a uniquely different musical and vocal style to the duo as well as both being multi-instrumentalists. "Straight From The Heart" is what you get from the performance team of Lana Puckett and Kim Person. Passionate vocals, precision harmonies and impeccable guitar playing will draw you in like a magnet. Both artists are polished musicians and warm entertaining singer/songwriters.
reverbnation.com/lanapuckettandkimperson

Rockin’ in the New Year
Rock and Roll
7:00 – 11:00
Location: Community Building
Featuring Local Bands.

Runaway String Band
Bluegrass, Old-Time & Swing
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Williamsburg United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
Includes four long-time Williamsburg-area musicians playing a wonderful variety of bluegrass, old time, and swing music. With lush vocal harmonies and hot instrumentals, the band combines the sound of early string bands with a strong New Acoustic edge.
runawaystringband.com

Timothy Seaman
Dulcimer and flute
7:15 – 8:00 / 9:15 – 10:00
Location: Christopher Wren Building
Timothy Seaman’s music genre is a vibrant self-styled blend of Appalachian, Classical, Celtic, and contemporary approaches. Folk music is done quite differently than it’s usually heard; and many of Timothy’s best pieces are his new compositions encompassing many different styles and moods. Audience comments after concerts often express joy, awe, and gratitude for a thrilling experience.
timothyseaman.com

Soundworks
Acoustic Harmonies
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Williamsburg United Methodist Church Sanctuary
This a’cappella men’s group features a variety of musical presentations. The ensemble has performed in professional concerts, historic theatres, music festivals, the Richmond Pops Band, and Barbershop Harmony Society Shows.
soundworkschorus.org

Seth Stainback and the Roosterfoot (New Performer)
Blues
9:45 – 10:30 / 10:45 – 11:30
Location: Kimball Theatre
A blend of blues, country, folk, old gospel and rock n roll, Stainback has laid the foundation needed to pursue his sound even further with his newly formed group Roosterfoot. What started out as a father/son duo with Keith Stainback has turned into a soulful powerhouse after adding former Wet Willie guitarist Larry Berwald , fellow shipyard worker Steven Yewcic on bass and Jason Bruner on drums. In their short time together they have already shared the stage with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Anders Osborne, ZZ Top, Hank Williams Jr., Eric Lindell, Robert Earl Keen, Kip Moore, & Bob Segar to name a few. Armed with a tough work ethic, these boys are on a big road with a long haul.
sethstainback.com

The Rick Strickland Band (New Performer)
Classic Rock
9:15 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall
The Rick Strickland Band features the awarding winning music of singer/songwriters Rick Strickland and Lesa Hudson, along with the stellar musicianship of Art Benton, Debbie Anderson and Don Hamrick. The band boasts an impressive collective resume having performed with international recording acts including Billy Joe Royal, The Clovers, Joe South, The Shirelles and Ray Stevens, and have performed at some of the nation’s most legendary venues. RSB’s musicianship and vocals are stunning, the music & lyrics touch the soul and are fun to sing and dance to, and the energy and professionalism are always over the top when the Rick Strickland Band takes the stage!
therickstricklandband.com

The LCV Project
Acoustic Guitar
7:00 – 7:45 / 8:00 – 8:45
Location: Williamsburg Library Auditorium
Come and enjoy the versatile sounds of acoustic guitarist/instrumentalist Louis Vangieri. He is a relentlessly creative acoustic-guitarist/songwriter and performer and has been active in the acoustic-music community since the mid-1970s. He performs a blend of folk, country swing, pop-rocker, traditional, soft jazz, peaceful new age, classical, nostalgia and well written original works.
reverbnation.com/lcvproject

The Main Event Band
R&B, Soul, Beach, Country, Funk
9:15 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Sadler Center – Chesapeake Room
This is the ultimate party band featuring R&B, Soul, Beach, Country & Funk. Shag the night away or sit and listen. The Main Event Band delivers top-notch vocals, a tight rhythm section, and one of the best set of horns.
themaineventband.com

Thirst ‘n Howl
Children’s Music
3:45 – 4:30 / 5:30 – 6:15
Location: Matthew Whaley School – Lobby
Entertainment and education in interactive musical shows for all ages.

Three Jolly Coachmen
Kingston Trio
9:15 – 10:15 / 10:30 – 11:30
Location: Williamsburg United Methodist Church Sanctuary
Relive and fall in love all over again with the lively, infectious music of the Kingston Trio. If songs like ‘The MTA,’ ‘Tijuana Jail’ and ‘Tom Dooley’ bring the memories flooding back, you don’t want to miss this. We dare you not to sing along!

Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra
Classic Swing
9:00 – 9:45 / 10:00 – 10:45 / 11:00 – 11:45
Location: Campus Center – Trinkle Hall
A 16-piece authentic big band that plays all the best music from the height of the swing era, 1930’s and 1940’s, as well as some popular swing hits of today. Hear the original arrangements from many of the bands that played and recorded those all time favorites.
williamsburgclassicswing.com

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.

VLMChristmasStar

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!

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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.

Brought to you by the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce..

54th Annual Williamsburg VA Christmas Homes Tour Saturday, December 7, 2013

The 54th Annual Williamsburg Christmas Homes Tour, presented by the Green Spring Garden Club Inc., features houses decorated with holiday floral arrangements. All are located in and around The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Revolutionary City.

imageVisit six private residences in and around Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City, open to the public for the Green Spring Garden Club’s Christmas Homes Tour, several for the first time. Each will be beautifully decorated with holiday floral arrangements.

The houses include three charming residences on the Duke of Gloucester Street near Merchants Square: the Bryan House, the Catherine Blaikley House and the Blaikley Kitchen. Also on the Duke of Gloucester Street, but near the Capitol, is the Edinburgh Castle Tavern, home of Bill Barker who portrays Thomas Jefferson for Colonial Williamsburg. Featured will be Mr. Barker’s extensive collection of Jefferson memorabilia along with Jefferson’s favorite wines. Nearby on 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. It is the recently-renovated Newell home showcasing period architectural features and furniture.

Tickets will be sold at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and the Williamsburg Lodge on December 6 from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm and on December 7 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. During Tour hours tickets will also be sold at each of the Houses.

Ticket Prices: $30 for a Full Tour ticket and $10 for a Single House admission. Parking at the Visitor Center is free; a ticket enables you to ride the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation buses on tour day.

Time:10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Date:December 7, 2013

Christmas Town Opens This Friday at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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Nov. 19, 2013—All throughout Busch Gardens®, hundreds of “elves” are scurrying to prepare the park for Christmas Town™, which opens Friday, Nov. 22.  They may not have pointy ears and jingle bells on their feet like the elves recently featured in the #sELFies hashtag on the park’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels, but their work is equally as important.

 

In late October, Busch Gardens wrapped up its annual Howl-O-Scream event and now the park has taken on a stunning new look for the holidays. Teams of fast-paced “elves” began illuminating the park’s 300 acres of holiday fun. Down came the spider webs and pumpkins and in their place, park employees  began assembling  more than six million lights, hundreds of wreathes, garlands and lighted trees, including O Tannenbaum, a fifty-foot tree whose  many twinkling lights dance in time to music.  From big changes to tiny details, it takes help from all park teams to get Busch Gardens into the holiday spirit.

clip_image004[4]Shops full of toys for good girls and boys start to sparkle with a little “magic” from the Merchandising team, including Assistant Visual Merchandiser Allison Duncan. Duncan, who recently moved to Virginia from North Carolina, is directing a team who is in charge of store decorations in the England, Italy, Scotland and New France areas of the park.

 

“It’s my first time at Christmas Town so I don’t know what to expect,” said Duncan, “but I think our team’s done a good job executing the designs we’ve developed .”

 

Some stores, like the Emporium shop will be getting yuletide makeovers. “This year it’s going to be very Victorian and just gorgeous,” said Duncan, hinting that the store is likely to be her favorite and a hit with guests as well.

 

In the bakery, the culinary teams are preparing to bake cookies for Santa as well as park guests who will visit Christmas Town.

 

“We’re doing a whole lot of cake and baked goods testing,” said Durell Council, a supervisor at the bakery. “We have newclip_image006[4] menus in our restaurants and Christmas Town breads and cakes to prepare.”

 

Along with gingerbread cookies, snowman cupcakes and red velvet cake, guests visiting Christmas Town will be able to satisfy their sweet tooth with a new Black Forest cake dripping with chocolate ganache and topped with a chocolate-covered cherry.

 

For Maria Rubino, an entertainment technician from New York working on the installation of Christmas Town, a day’s work may require hanging wreaths and stringing garland or checking light bulbs on Big Ben.

 

“During Christmas Town I also maintain the lights by walking through the park troubleshooting and repairing decorations,” said Rubino, “so I get to see Christmas Town from a guest perspective too.”

 

clip_image008[4]Rubino said she is most looking forward to guest’s reactions to the holiday celebration, “because as fun as it is putting up all these decorations, I love the reactions from people when they see everything, especially the kids.”

 

“I’m so happy to be here now working with this team,” said Rubino, “because we really do feel like little elves.”

 

Allison Duncan, Durell Council and Maria Rubino represent the hundreds of the team members involved in transforming the scares of Howl-O-Scream into the winter wonderland of Christmas Town.  The lights of Christmas Town turn on Nov. 22 and twinkle select days through Dec 31. 

 

Pay for a day and enjoy unlimited access to the holiday celebration with a Christmas Town Fun Card.  For more information, including a complete operating schedule, visit www.christmastown.com/va.

 

July 4th events in Williamsburg VA 2013

imageThere’s no better place to celebrate independence than the town where so much history was made.(Williamsburg VA)  Bring your family and spend the holiday with us this July 4th.

As darkness falls, high flying aerial fireworks visible from much of the Historic Area in Williamsburg celebrate our nation’s birthday. The best places to see these spectacular fireworks are from Market Square, Palace Green, or the Public Hospital grounds. Parking is available at the Visitor Center but, due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available from 8:45 until 10:45. Shuttle bus service is available with or without tickets on the 4th of July.

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m., and a whole day of special programming precedes them.

Independence Day Celebration

Light up Your Independence Day at America’s Birthplace

Join us in Williamsburg for a vibrant and patriotic Fourth of July celebration. With a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a leisurely picnic in the Palace Garden, a performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and a dazzling display of fireworks—you’ll want to come early and stay late into the evening.

Independence Day in “The Revolutionary City”

Begin your Independence Day celebration with our special morning militia muster in “The Revolutionary City” and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. Spend your afternoon touring the city before the evening Independence Day Celebration, including a lively picnic in the Palace Garden and performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Our stunning fireworks display—and your participation with glow sticks—finishes out the night.

July 4th, 2012 Event Schedule, Colonial Williamsburg VA

Colonial Williamsburg’s programs begin with “Salute to the States” at 10 a.m. on July 4 on Market Square behind the Courthouse. A special militia muster in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation salutes the 13 original colonies. The Fifes and Drums perform, flags of each state are displayed, and music and cannons celebrate the event.

The Declaration of Independence is our nation’s founding document and announces a vision of a new society in which “all men are created equal.” A special interpretation at noon at the Capitol gives voice to “the People’s” document.

colonial williamsburgfourthofjulyDuring “Music for the Fireworks” at 8 p.m. behind the Courthouse on Market Square, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums perform a concert of patriotic music. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and can be enjoyed on Palace Green or from Market Square.

Parking is available at the Visitor Center. Due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available between 8:45 and 10:45 p.m. Shuttle bus service is available with or without Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and park at the Visitor Center and take Colonial Williamsburg’s buses to the Historic Area. No ticket is required to enjoy this program.

More info here

Event Schedule

10 a.m.
Salute to the States behind the Courthouse

noon
A Declaration of Independence at the Courthouse

5–7:30 p.m.
Independence Day Celebration: Food,
Fanfare & Fireworks

Casual come-and-go evening
Reservations required

5–7:30 p.m.
Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums and Alumni Perform on Market Square

5–9 p.m.
Historic Tavern dining available
Reservations required

8–9:30 p.m.
Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs in front of the Governor’s Palace
Reservations required for exclusive seating

9:20 p.m.
Fireworks begin

Parking and Transportation

Take advantage of free parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, where you can purchase admission tickets and use the FREE shuttle bus service. Please note that the pedestrian bridge to the Revolutionary City will be closed to traffic from 9:15 to 10 p.m.

Shuttle Schedule

9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Every half hour from the Visitor Center to all regular stops

8–9 p.m.
Express service ONLY from the Visitor Center to the Palace stop

9–11 p.m.
NO SERVICE*

11 p.m.
Regular service to all stops

*Buses to “The Revolutionary City” will not run during the fireworks. Please plan to arrive early.

Enhanced  Trolley Service on July 4th-2013

Starting to dread the traffic and parking hassles on the 4th of July?  The Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA) is offering a great alternative.

Park at New Town or High Street and ride one of the three trolleys scheduled to run at approximately 15 minute intervals.   
The Trolley will begin its normal service at 12:00 p.m. and run until 11:00 p.m.  Passengers can ride all day for only $2.00.

As an added bonus, starting at 5:00 p.m., the first 200 children on the Trolley will receive a Patriotic Glow Necklace or Bracelet.
For more information on the Williamsburg Trolley please call WATA 757-220-5493 or visit their website to view the new trolley route and schedule.

williamsburg trolley

4th of July Ice Cream Social

A Sentara Williamsburg  Community Hospital Auxiliary event with proceeds used for
equipment, free screenings, training and scholarships

The 31st annual "Ice Cream Social" has become a tradition for locals and visitors and is sponsored by Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.

Money raised from the social helps support the auxiliary’s community programs, including free mammogram, bone density and health screenings for the uninsured, scholarship programs, pediatric gift bags in emergency, chemo cap program and holiday tray favors for patients

The  event takes place 4:30-7 p.m. July 4, 2013 in the Wren yard in front of William & Mary. Sponsored by the auxiliary of Sentara Williamsburg Regional medical Center. Music by Smith Wade Band. Ice cream, cake, hot dogs, soft drinks, raffle prizes, games, face-painting.

A HUGE scoop of ice cream and some homemade cake costs $3. Hot dogs will be sold for $3 and soft drinks will be $1.
The social has become an ideal place to spend some time before the gala fireworks display in the Historic Area at night fall.

This is a a great community event and a nice place to picnic before the fireworks in CW.

There are always a lot of people–and especially families–who attend and we look forward to good weather.

Please plan to attend and bring your co-workers and friends and family !

Nearby July 4th events

FIFTY NIGHTS OF FIREWORKS KICKS-OFF @ Busch Gardens

Join Busch Gardens Williamsburg  in celebration of summer at IllumiNights — a nightly extravaganza featuring live performances, music and special effects that culminate in a park-wide firework spectacular. July 1 through Aug. 11, journey through the park as each village celebrates IllumiNights in its own way with multiple performances throughout the evening.

  • Event runs July 1 – August 11 ,2013
  • Enjoy special shows in each country at 5:30, 6:30, 8 and 9 p.m..
  • Each night enjoy a fireworks spectacular starting at 9:30 p.m..
    Event Website

Busch Gardens is the source for nighttime fun this summer when IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore returns with 50 nights of spectacular live performances throughout the park followed by nightly fireworks. Guests can visit Ireland for The Legend of Killarney, where larger-than-life puppets spin a magical tale of leprechauns and a lost fortune. In France, Voila! transports families to the bustling streets of Paris where outdoor performances including exciting ladder walkers entertain park guests. In Italy, lush gardens transform into a stage for an Italian strength troupe at Giardino Magico. In addition to the other night-time entertainment, Germany’s Oktoberfest Plaza is turned upside down with colorful characters and crazy critters at the all-new Wunderbarn!. Henrik and Helga, owners of the zany Black Forest Farms lead the German festivities that build to a rollicking finale with park guests’ favorite, The Chicken Dance. Park performances begin nightly at 5:30 p.m. and culminate with the park’s signature Tour de Force: Fireworks Finale at 9:30 p.m. This spectacular fireworks show blends dazzling color with an original score that can be viewed throughout the park. It’s the perfect summertime capstone to a wonderful day at the Williamsburg theme park.

Yorktown Independence Day Celebration
07/04/2013
9:00 AM – 9:15 PM
Event Website

Come to historic Yorktown and salute America along the waterfront!  Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with the patriotic parade on Water Street. Evening activities feature a bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m.; a patriotic concert at 8 p.m. at the Riverwalk Landing stage; and, a spectacular fireworks show on the York River at 9:15 p.m.  For complete information, visit the July 4th website. Free. (757) 890-3500

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In historic Yorktown, salute America along the Yorktown waterfront beginning with a 9 a.m. patriotic parade on Water Street and during its evening Independence Day Celebration, featuring a bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m. and patriotic entertainment at 8 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing, followed by spectacular fireworks on the York River at 9:15 p.m.

The 33rd annual Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 4. Activities taking place in Historic Yorktown will include:

 8 a.m. Yorktown Independence Day 8k Run and 5K Walk – York High School

 9 a.m. Parade on Water Street – music provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Band at Riverwalk Landing

 4 p.m. Event Parking opens Corner of Cook Road and Ballard Street

 7 p.m. Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony – Riverwalk Landing Stage

 8 p.m. United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band ( Dixie Band) – Riverwalk Landing Stage

 9:15 p.m. Spectacular Fireworks Display over the York River

 For additional event information, please visit www.yorkcounty.gov/fourth  or call York County Parks and Recreation at 890-3500.

Christmas Tree lighting in Colonial Williamsburg

imageA special reading and traditional carols highlight this year’s annual Christmas Eve tree lighting ceremony on Market Square in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24.  The community is invited to gather at the Courthouse on Duke of Gloucester Street for the special program.

Prior to the tree lighting, guests can witness an 18th-century holiday tradition at 5 p.m., the firing of the Christmas guns. During the 18th century, it was customary for guns to be fired in salute to the holiday season and as an expression of joy and celebration. Actor-interpreter Stephen Seals will read the classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at 5:25 p.m.

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg will participate in the tree lighting ceremony. City of Williamsburg Mayor Clyde Haulman officially turns the switch to light the live evergreen tree with 6,000 lights installed by Colonial Williamsburg operations staff.

Colonial Williamsburg and the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg have cosponsored the lighting of a Christmas tree on Market Square since 1959. 

No tickets or reservations required for either event.

imageLooking for other things to do in Williamsburg at Christmastime ?

Download the holiday planner here

Visit Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Read more about Christmas traditions in Colonial Williamsburg

Holiday events tonight in New Town-Williamsburg VA

New Town is a 365-acre mixed-use development in Williamsburg (James City County), Virginia, that includes an open air shopping mall with lots of free parking, national retailers and local shops, entertainment venues and a 12-screen theater, fine restaurants and quick eating spots, medical and dental offices, banks, credit unions and other financial institutions, business and personal service providers, accounting and legal firms, not-for-profit and educational entities, post office, courthouse and other government offices, parks and walking trails, and residential homes, apartments, townhomes, and condominiums. We are located at the corner of Ironbound Road and Monticello Avenue, 1/2 mile east of Route 199.

Read more about New Town here

Seven Inspiring Ways to Discover America’s Historic Triangle This Holiday Season

imageThe festive and timeless allure of Greater Williamsburg creates unforgettable holiday memories. Consider these seven ways to experience the region this year:

Carol through the Past: Join an evening of caroling with Governor Yeardley at Historic Jamestown’s A Christmas Be Merry evening program before witnessing the firing of the Christmas guns on Jamestown Island.

Dance Minuets: Visit the historic Governor’s Palace ballroom for A Collection of Colonial Dance, a special evening performance of colonial minuets, country, and theatrical dances accompanied by live music played on period musical instruments.

Experience Colonial Traditions: During A Colonial Christmas at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, discover through historical interpretation the holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century colonial Virginia.

Take Tea with Charles Dickens: Create family memories on December 17 at Holiday Tea with Charles Dickens, featuring a delightful one-man performance of A Christmas Carol by Gerald Dickens, the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, at the Williamsburg Inn, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

Travel through Europe: Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration transforms America’s most beautiful theme park into a winter wonderland with six million twinkling lights, dazzling Christmas-themed shows, culinary masterpieces and artisan-made gifts. 2012 brings new experiences with Holiday Hills, a nostalgia-inducing Americana Christmas-themed section of the park. Celebrate a time gone by when holiday traditions were bold, flashy and warm as apple pie.

Uncover Decorating Secrets: New for 2012, learn Colonial Williamsburg techniques for making the wreaths, swags, centerpieces, and traditional decorations using fresh fruit, greens and other natural material that decorate historic properties in the Revolutionary City.

Toast to the New Year: Join Williamsburg Lodge Executive Chef Rhys Lewis for Wine, Wit & Wisdom, the interactive wine tasting experience, as he pairs some of the world’s greatest wines with artisan cheeses and chocolates for New Year’s Eve in “Champagne” and Other Sparkling Places.

For more information on visiting Greater Williamsburg and the holiday offerings, go to www.visitwilliamsburg.com.

Grand Illumination–Colonial Williamsburg 2012

Colonial Williamsburg kicks off the holiday season with its annual Grand Illumination on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012Colonial Williamsburg kicks off the holiday season with its annual Grand Illumination on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012

through expanded hours and more immersive celebrations to herald the start of the 2012  holiday season.

The celebration begins at 5 p.m. when candles are lit in the windows of public buildings, shops and homes. At 5:15 p.m., live entertainment begins on four outdoor stages at Palace Green, Market Square, the Gaol and Capitol building.

The public can participate in the lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. when thousands of guests will be invited to activate glow sticks simultaneously to illuminate the town.

Following the lighting ceremony, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums play Grand Tattoo on all four outdoor stages to signal the beginning of Colonial Williamsburg’s holiday season.

imageAt 7 p.m., fireworks will fill the sky over the Historic Area from four locations: the Governor’s Palace, Market Square, and the north and south sides of the Capitol building.

At 7:30 p.m. the Fifes and Drums march down Duke of Gloucester Street, and guests are invited to join in.

Colonial Williamsburg Ambassadors, wearing special badges, will be available to assist guests, making it easier for guests to get the most out of their holiday experience. The Ambassadors will be stationed in the Historic Area, Visitor Center and other high traffic areas to hand out broadsides, answer questions, and guide and direct guests.

Illuminations — the firing of guns into the air and lighting fireworks — were commonly used during the 18th century to celebrate major events. The tradition of Grand Illumination originated in 1934 with a “White Lighting.” The first re-creation of an 18th-century Christmas in Williamsburg featured single candles in the windows of the Historic Area’s restored and reconstructed buildings, as well as garlands and greens on the outside of the buildings.

For more information, visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.

 Schedule of Events 2012

On Sunday, December 2, come early and stroll the Revolutionary City and decide which decorations you like best. Then, enjoy a relaxed dining experience and musical performances before the fireworks light up the sky.


10:30 a.m.–8:15 p.m.
Guided tours, dining events, live music, and shopping throughout the Revolutionary City, historic taverns, and resort restaurants


5 p.m.
Candles are lit in public buildings and homes


5:15 p.m.
Entertainment begins on outdoor stages at Palace Green, Market Square, Gaol, and the Capitol


6:30 p.m.
Guests illuminate the Revolutionary City with glow sticks


6:40 p.m.
Fifes and Drums play Grand Tattoo


7 p.m.
Fireworks at Governor’s Palace, Market Square, and the Capitol


8 p.m.
A Grand Medley of Entertainments at the Kimball Theatre


9:30 p.m.
Buses to the Revolutionary City resume operations until 10 p.m.

 Parking & Transportation

Please park at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and take the shuttle buses to the Revolutionary City.

Shuttle Scheduleimage

9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Every half hour from the Visitor Center to all regular stops

5:30–6:45 p.m.
Express service ONLY from the Visitor Center to the Palace stop

6:45–9:30 p.m.
NO SERVICE*

9:30–10 p.m.
Regular service to all stops


*Note: Historic Area Buses will not run during the fireworks. Please plan to arrive early. Bus Stop locations are available on the interactive map at the bottom of this page.

Download the 2012 Colonial Williamsburg holiday planner here

53rd Annual Williamsburg VA Christmas Homes Tour

The Green Spring Garden Club Homes Tour will feature six houses in and around Colonial Williamsburg, open to the public only for the tour, several for the first time. Each will be beautifully decorated with holiday floral The Green Spring Garden Club Homes Tour will feature six houses in and around Colonial Williamsburg, open to the public only for the tour, several for the first time. Each will be beautifully decorated with holiday floral arrangements. Four houses are private residences; two are used for special functions.The houses include the Custis Tenement, on Duke of Gloucester Street, now serving as the newly-renovated and decorated gathering place for Bruton Parish Church; the Unicorn’s Horn, a charming private residence also on Duke of Gloucester Street; and the Coke-Garrett House on Nicholson Street, furnished with adaptations, reproductions and antiques from the Colonial Williamsburg collection.Three additional homes are located close-by on South England and Tyler Streets.The Seymour Powell Tenement is one of the 88 original buildings from 18th-century Williamsburg, filled with the residents’ collection of lovely antiques. The Richardson home is a completely-renovated and enlarged “cottage-style” house built in 1910. The Brooks home, built in 2009, is a contemporary home with traditional touches, an outdoor kitchen and lovely gardens.

Tickets are $30 for a full Tour ticket and $10 for a Single House admission. Tickets will be sold at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center and the Williamsburg Lodge on November 30th from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and on December 1st from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. During Tour hours tickets will also be sold at each of the Houses on the Tour.

Want to go ?

SATURDAY  DECEMBER 1, 2012   10AM to 6 PM

Parking at the Visitor Center is free and a ticket enables you to ride the Colonial Williamsburg buses on Tour day.

Top 10 Halloween Events in Hampton Roads VA 2012

Here are a few Spooky Places to Freak You Out in the Hampton Roads, Williamsburg, New Kent, Gloucester VA Beach and Chesapeake areas during the 2012 Halloween Season. Experience thrills at  haunted houses, graveyards and enchanted woods. Please send me an email if I missed any….

Williamsburg –  – Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is imagethe ideal place to be scared silly. Great new haunted houses like Dead Line offer a modern spin on some classic scares. Howl-O-Scream fans suffering from coulrophobia take note that the evil clowns are back and have taken over Festa Italia in Fear Fair and Grin and Scare It. Finally, Fiends is back in the Festhaus by popular demand. Gasparich and his creative team have breathed new life into Busch Gardens’ classic show that debuted during the first Howl-O-Scream in 1999. It is always “Code Pink” in Dr. Weirdstein’s laboratory, and the good doctor is once again feverishly working on his latest and greatest invention. Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28, 2012..

Toano/ Williamsburg – At  Pumpkinville! – your family can pick their own pumpkins from the patch, or choose from our large selection in the yard. There are lots of free activities: the hayride runs the perimeter of the field, try the corn maze, or toss bean bags and rings! We have a large selection of pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, flowers, wooden cut-outs, arts and crafts and fall decorations.

Williamsburg -SPOOKY HAYRIDE THROUGH THE WOODS –October 18-.20 and October 25-27, 2012

Join us for this hour long spooky hayride through the woods of the York River State Park. Discover some of its haunted past through storytelling and costumed interpreters. Don’t worry, you can pretend that you are not scared, but no one will really believe you. Not suitable for children under 3. Reservations required.

Fee:   $3/person, $25/group

For more information about these or other programs, please call the park office at (757)566-3036 or visit the website

Charles City – October 12 &October 19 2012  – Berkeley Plantation Autumn Sunset and Spirits Tour – Come early to explore the beautiful October gardens at Berkeley. Meet your costumed guide at the Gazebo on the West Lawn. Relax and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, magnificent panoramic views of sky, field and James River as sunset falls. At twilight marvel at Berkeley’s amazing history as your guide leads you through a candlelight tour of the elegant 1726 mansion. Reservations are required. $

Charles City   James River Plantation Progressive Ghost and Spirit Tour

Experience a unique evening of ghost stories, graveside readings, a reading of the Legend of Rippons Run and a retelling of the Beechwood Tragedy.  In addition you will explore Piney Grove’s collection of antiques, historic buildings (Piney Grove-1790, Ashland-1835, Ladysmith-1857 & Duck Church 1917) and gardens, and enjoy an elegant four-course candlelight dinner. 5 – 9 p.m. $55 per person (plus $2.75 tax). 804-829-2196.

Charles City – Oct , 2012 – Ghostly Tales and a Graveyard Trail – Celebrate the bewitching spirit of Halloween with ghostly stories of “Aunt Pratt,” the legendary ghost of Shirley Plantation and the eleven generations of the same family to live at Shirley. Guided house tours will include the tales of “Aunt Pratt” as featured in Haunted Plantations of Virginia by Beth Brown and Ghosts of Virginia, by L. B. Taylor. Make sure you take a tour of the Great House at Shirley before the cemetery walk so you can see the portrait of Aunt Pratt. Aunt Pratt became so famous for her strange behavior that in the 1974 she was featured in a newspaper cartoon among several other publications.

Charles City  Renwood Fields  Bring your family, church group, company employees,image senior citizens or student field trip for “kernels of fun” in our seasonal Amazing Maze Maize. Admission includes courtyard activities, guided tractor ride, farm museum and picnic area.

CLOSED ON SUNDAYS.

2012 Schedule

Oct 6  open from 10am until dusk.
Oct 12, 13, 19, 20 26, 27 and Nov 2 & 3 from 10 am until 10pm
Come after dark on those days for
MOONLIGHT MAZES!!!! One of the most popular!
Bring your own flashlights!

Chesapeake Ghost Train at Northwest River Park – Ride the terrifying train and see the haunts and ghouls of the haunted woods of Northwest River Park. Reservations required) Tickets will be available, however limited, at Northwest River Park during train times on a space available basis. Train times to be announced. $ October 18-20 & 25-27 ,2012

Chesapeake-  Spooky Acres Haunted House  Come celebrate 18 years of haunting with the March of Dimes annual Spooky Acres Haunted. Young and old alike are sure to have a frighteningly good scare or two at Spooky Acres! –

Dates for 2012: October 5,6,12,13,18,19,20,24,25,26,27,29,30 & 31

Chesapeake Corn Maze and pumpkin patch at Bergey’s Breadbasket – The 5-acre maze is a fun and educational activity for your whole family. We also have hay rides and games, and you won’t be able to pass by our family-run bakery without stopping for a treat!

Gloucester  Haunted Trail at Beaverdam Park –  October 26, 27, 2012

This night of fright is held on the Nature Trail at Beaverdam Park. Volunteers turn the woods into a very noisy and scary place! Open to all ages, however youth ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $5 – adults & youth 13 or over; $3 – youth 12 and under. Not recommended for children under 8 years old.

Gloucester Green Hand Farm Park – The Green Hand Farm Park is open in the fall September 28th through November 11th, 2012

Green Hand Farm Park boasts a GIANT 4+ acre Corn Maze & a smaller one for younger children 🙂 A 3+ acre Pumpkin Patch ! Fun Activities for children of all ages! Hayrides, campfires w/a group, Friday & Saturday ‘Flash Light’ Nights – go through the maze in the dark!

 New Kent Journey Haunted Trails Are you looking for a great scare this Halloween Season?
Look no farther than the deep, dark, woods of New Kent where we scare you mind, body and soul.

Journey Haunted Trails offers four terrifying trails for you to experience, plus an all new Journey to the Past Gross Museum that contains the grossest things found in the ancient pages of Scripture, spilled out on display, for the first time for all to see!

Exit 211 on I 64 – Fridays and Saturdays, Oct 2012 –

Newport News – Night of the Living Museum – Saturday Oct. 20 2012 at the Virginia Living Museum – Enjoy non-scary Halloween fun for families with children ages 12 and under. See live animal shows featuring Halloween critters. Meet the Pumpkin Lady, Storytelling Witch, Spider Lady and Magic Wizard. Dig for ancient shark teeth. Visit the enchanted lagoon, pirate cove, and magical waterfall. Take a nighttime hike. Hunt for aliens in the planetarium ($2+ adm.). Creepy crafts and Halloween games.

PortsmouthMUSEUM MADNESS: Calling all Ghosts, Goblins, Princesses & Superheroes!

Put on your costume and come to the four Portsmouth Museums for a haunting day of Halloween fun! Enjoy magic shows, a variety of crafts, pumpkin decorating, storytelling, and face painting. In addition, the Lightship Portsmouth is transformed into a haunted vessel for Museum Madness, where visitors can meet the ghosts of sailors & pirates past! For more information on Museum Madness, contact Katie Barnes at (757) 393-8591.

Portsmouth -Olde Towne Ghost Walk : Friday, October 26, 2012

Take a guided walking tour past the haunted houses and mysterious creaking mansions of Olde Towne.Guides take spectators on a walk past haunted houses and mansions of Olde Towne, a 20-square block, 500 building area on the National Register of Historic Places.At each house on the tour, actors in appropriate costume will retell the legends of ghostly visitations and things that go bump in the night. Cameras are welcome. Houses are private properties and not open to the public. admission. For more information

VA Beach  NightMare Mansion

Located on the resort strip of Virginia Beach. Walk at your own pace through the narrow hallways. Enter at your own risk!

imageVirginia Beach Haunted Hunt Club Farm & Halloween Fest – Come for the Haunted Hayride, Village of the Dead & Field of Screams. Grab some friends and come on out to the farm for an evening of good old Halloween fun. $

Virginia Beach Midnight Manor Haunted Attraction

Friday and Saturday  October 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, & 28-2012

At Midnight Manor Haunted Attraction, a trio of ghoul-infested haunts inspires nightmares in covens of two or six with Hollywood-style and 3-D special effects. The gnarled beckon of a skeletal grim reaper lures in brave souls and paleontology majors to the Midnight Manor castle, where they tread cautiously through supernatural frights, including a bloodthirsty mummy and desecrated gravesite. Cobwebs lace the lairs of a vengeful pharaoh while a slaughtered skeleton drips blood behind bars. Then thrill seekers hightail it to the Trail of Terror, where they face off against the woodsy demons and overworked lumberjacks that dwell in the forest’s foreboding darkness. Finally, the Maniac Maze breathes life into horror stories as murderous clowns sneak up on unsuspecting wanderers ogling 3-D effects and devouring on-site snacks.

Not recommended for children under 8 years.

 

If I missed any in the area please add them in the comments field. Let me and the readers know what you thought of these attractions. Share in the comments below or on my Facebook Page.

  

TRICK-OR-TREAT HOURS Hampton Roads VA

Trick-or-treating hours for each city are as follows:

  • Norfolk, until 8 p.m.
  • Virginia Beach, dusk to 8 p.m.
  • Portsmouth, dusk to 8 p.m.
  • Chesapeake, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Suffolk, until  8 p.m.
  • Hampton, dusk to 8 p.m.
  • Newport News, until 8 p.m.

  

Like what you are reading ? Want to receive updates by email in the future ? Sign up here  banner psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I have no connections to these attractions. Please contact then directly for dates/ times/ info. I  would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to  Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities,   condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New KentPoquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton,  Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth  Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry,  Va Beach, Yorktown  and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @  757-254-8136

Celebrate the 4th of July in Colonial Williamsburg VA-2012

July 4thThere’s no better place to celebrate independence than the town where so much history was made. Bring your family and spend the holiday with us this  July 4th.

As darkness falls, high flying aerial fireworks visible from much of the Historic Area celebrate our nation’s birthday. The best places to see these spectacular fireworks are from Market Square, Palace Green, or the Public Hospital grounds. Parking is available at the Visitor Center but, due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available from 8:45 until 10:45. Shuttle bus service is available with or without tickets on the 4th of July.

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m., and a whole day of special programming precedes them.

Independence Day Celebration

Light up Your Independence Day at America’s Birthplace

Join us for a vibrant and patriotic Fourth of July celebration. With a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a leisurely picnic in the Palace Garden, a performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and a dazzling display of fireworks—you’ll want to come early and stay late into the evening.

An Unforgettable Celebration

Adults: $75, Children ages 5-12: $29

Attend a lively picnic filled with colonial entertainments in the garden of the majestic Governor’s Palace. Guests will enjoy a tasty menu of boxed dinner options—as well as exclusive, reserved seating for the performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, led by the amazing JoAnn Falletta. Guests will also enjoy a prime view of the spectacular fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Join us for a leisurely meal and a front-row view of this memorable evening. Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets today.

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Independence Day in “The Revolutionary City”

Begin your Independence Day celebration with our special morning militia muster in “The Revolutionary City” and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. Spend your afternoon touring the city before the evening Independence Day Celebration, including a lively picnic in the Palace Garden and performance by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Our stunning fireworks display—and your participation with glow sticks—finishes out the night.

July 4th, 2012 Event Schedule, Colonial Williamsburg VA

Colonial Williamsburg’s programs begin with “Salute to the States” at 10 a.m. on July 4 on Market Square behind the Courthouse. A special militia muster in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation salutes the 13 original colonies. The Fifes and Drums perform, flags of each state are displayed, and music and cannons celebrate the event.

The Declaration of Independence is our nation’s founding document and announces a vision of a new society in which “all men are created equal.” A special interpretation at noon at the Capitol gives voice to “the People’s” document.

colonial williamsburgfourthofjulyDuring “Music for the Fireworks” at 8 p.m. behind the Courthouse on Market Square, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums perform a concert of patriotic music. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and can be enjoyed on Palace Green or from Market Square.

Parking is available at the Visitor Center. Due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available between 8:45 and 10:45 p.m. Shuttle bus service is available with or without Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and park at the Visitor Center and take Colonial Williamsburg’s buses to the Historic Area. No ticket is required to enjoy this program.

More info here

 

The 30th annual "Ice Cream Social" has become a tradition for locals and visitors and is sponsored by Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.

Money raised from the social helps support the auxiliary’s community programs, including free mammogram, bone density and health screenings for the uninsured, scholarship programs, pediatric gift bags in emergency, chemo cap program and holiday tray favors for patients

The  event takes place 4:30-7 p.m. July 4, 2012 in the Wren yard in front of William & Mary. Sponsored by the auxiliary of Sentara Williamsburg Regional medical Center. Music by Smith Wade Band. Ice cream, cake, hot dogs, soft drinks, raffle prizes, games, face-painting.

A HUGE scoop of ice cream and some homemade cake costs $3. Hot dogs will be sold for $3 and soft drinks will be $1.
The social has become an ideal place to spend some time before the gala fireworks display in the Historic Area at night fall.

This is a a great community event and a nice place to picnic before the fireworks in CW.

There are always a lot of people–and especially families–who attend and we look forward to good weather. 

Please plan to attend and bring your co-workers and friends and family !

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Parking & Transportation

Take advantage of free parking at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, where you can purchase admission tickets and use our shuttle bus service. Please note that the pedestrian bridge to “The Revolutionary City” will be closed to traffic from 9:15 to 10 p.m.

Shuttle Schedule

9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Every half hour from the Visitor Center to all regular stops

8–9 p.m.
Express service ONLY from the Visitor Center to the Palace stop

9–11 p.m.
NO SERVICE*

11 p.m.
Regular service to all stops

*Buses to “The Revolutionary City” will not run during the fireworks. Please plan to arrive early.

Nearby July 4th events

FIFTY NIGHTS OF FIREWORKS KICKS-OFF @ Busch Gardens
07/01/2012 – 08/19/2012
9:30 PM
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Celebrate our country’s birthday with two nights of fantastic fireworks on July 3rd and 4th 2012

Busch Gardens is the source for nighttime fun this summer when IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore returns with 50 nights of spectacular live performances throughout the park followed by nightly fireworks. Guests can visit Ireland for The Legend of Killarney, where larger-than-life puppets spin a magical tale of leprechauns and a lost fortune. In France, Voila! transports families to the bustling streets of Paris where outdoor performances including exciting ladder walkers entertain park guests. In Italy, lush gardens transform into a stage for an Italian strength troupe at Giardino Magico. In addition to the other night-time entertainment, Germany’s Oktoberfest Plaza is turned upside down with colorful characters and crazy critters at the all-new Wunderbarn!. Henrik and Helga, owners of the zany Black Forest Farms lead the German festivities that build to a rollicking finale with park guests’ favorite, The Chicken Dance. Park performances begin nightly at 5:30 p.m. and culminate with the park’s signature Tour de Force: Fireworks Finale at 9:30 p.m. This spectacular fireworks show blends dazzling color with an original score that can be viewed throughout the park. It’s the perfect summertime capstone to a wonderful day at the Williamsburg theme park.

Yorktown Independence Day Celebration
07/04/2012
9:00 AM – 9:15 PM
Event Website

In historic Yorktown, salute America along the Yorktown waterfront beginning with a 9 a.m. patriotic parade on Water Street and during its evening Independence Day Celebration, featuring a bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m. and patriotic entertainment at 8 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing, followed by spectacular fireworks on the York River at 9:15 p.m.

The 33rd annual Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 4. Activities taking place in Historic Yorktown will include:

 8 a.m. Yorktown Independence Day 8k Run and 5K Walk – York High School

 9 a.m. Parade on Water Street – music provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Band at Riverwalk Landing

 4 p.m. Event Parking opens Corner of Cook Road and Ballard Street

 7 p.m. Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony – Riverwalk Landing Stage

 8 p.m. Glen Boswick and the Sounds of Swing Orchestra – Riverwalk Landing Stage

 9:15 p.m. Spectacular Fireworks Display over the York River

 9:45 p.m. Glen Boswick and the Sounds of Swing Orchestra – Riverwalk Landing Stage

For additional event information, please visit www.yorkcounty.gov/fourth  or call York County Parks and Recreation at 890-3500.

Williamsburg Home Wins WAVY TV Holiday Light Contest

imageThe Emory family won the 2011 WAVY.com Holiday Lights contest with their winter wonderland home in Williamsburg.

The home, located at 112 Timberwood Drive, boasts 150,000 lights.

As you stroll through the amazing display, you’ll find yourself at the North Pole, catch penguins playing and you may even spot Santa. In fact, some tell the homeowner he resembles jolly St. Nick.

2011 marks the third year Elaine and Randy Emory have asked visitors to donate to the local food bank.( FISH)  They are hoping to double last year’s food total.

Christmas Events in Williamsburg VA

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TOP 10 LOCAL HALLOWEEN EVENTS In Hampton Roads Williamsburg , Richmond VA. and beyond for 2011

Here are a few Spooky Places to Freak You Out in the Hampton Roads, Williamsburg, New Kent, Gloucester and Richmond VA areas during the 2011 Halloween Season.

Experience thrills at  haunted houses, graveyards and enchanted woods. Please send me an email if I missed any….

Williamsburg – Sep 24-Oct 31 – Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is imagethe ideal place to be scared silly. Great new haunted houses like Dead Line offer a modern spin on some classic scares. Howl-O-Scream fans suffering from coulrophobia take note that the evil clowns are back and have taken over Festa Italia in Fear Fair and Grin and Scare It. Finally, Fiends is back in the Festhaus by popular demand. Gasparich and his creative team have breathed new life into Busch Gardens’ classic show that debuted during the first Howl-O-Scream in 1999. It is always “Code Pink” in Dr. Weirdstein’s laboratory, and the good doctor is once again feverishly working on his latest and greatest invention.

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg begins Sept. 23 and continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 30, 2011.

ToanoPumpkinville! – Your family can pick their own pumpkins from our patch, or choose from our large selection in the yard. There are lots of free activities: the hayride runs the perimeter of the field, try the corn maze, or toss bean bags and rings! We have a large selection of pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, flowers, wooden cut-outs, arts and crafts and fall decorations. Bundles of cornstalks and bales of straw also available for purchase.

Williamsburg-  SPOOKY HAYRIDE THROUGH THE WOODS –October 20-22 and October 27-29, 2011

Join us for this hour long spooky hayride through the woods of the York River State Park. Discover some of its haunted past through storytelling and costumed interpreters. Don’t worry, you can pretend that you are not scared, but no one will really believe you.
Thursday, Oct 20 & 27, 2011 only one hayride. Fridays & Saturdays additional rides will be scheduled at 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Not suitable for children under 3. Reservations required. Fee: $4/person, $8/family, $25/group. For more information about these or other programs, please call the park office at (757)566-3036 or visit our website

Charles City – Oct 14 & 21, 2011 – Berkeley Plantation Autumn Sunset and Spirits Tour – Come early to explore the beautiful October gardens at Berkeley. Meet your costumed guide at the Gazebo on the West Lawn. Relax and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, magnificent panoramic views of sky, field and James River as sunset falls. At twilight marvel at Berkeley’s amazing history as your guide leads you through a candlelight tour of the elegant 1726 mansion. Reservations are required. $

Charles City – Sep 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 21, 28, 29, 2011 – James River Plantation Progressive Ghost and Spirit Tour – In Williamsburg’s James River Plantation Country you will experience an evening of spirited tale telling with "Tours-by-the-Owners" while visiting Piney Grove, Ashland, Ladysmith and Duck Church. You will hear the Legend of Rippons Run, visit the Harwood graveyard, and hear of the Beechwood Tragedy. The evening concludes with hot cider and homemade cookies!

Chesapeake –October 20-22 & 27-29, 2011  Ghost Train at Northwest River Park – Ride the terrifying train and see the haunts and ghouls of the haunted woods of Northwest River Park. Tickets go on sale, at all community centers, and Northwest River Park, or register online at http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/parks on September 18. (Reservations required) Tickets will be available, however limited, at Northwest River Park during train times on a space available basis. Train times to be announced. $

Chesapeake- October 1,7,8,14,15,20,21,22,26,27,28,29,30 & 31, 2011 Spooky Acres Haunted House  Come celebrate 15 years of haunting with the March of Dimes annual Spooky Acres Haunted. Young and old alike are sure to have a frighteningly good scare or two at Spooky Acres!

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– 10am-7pm Friday and Saturday now through October 29th  Corn Maze at Bergey’s Breadbasket – The 5-acre maze is a fun and educational activity for your whole family. We also have hay rides and games, and you won’t be able to pass by our family-run bakery without stopping for a treat!

Charles City – Oct 22-31, 2011 – Ghostly Tales and a Graveyard Trail – Celebrate the bewitching spirit of Halloween with ghostly stories of “Aunt Pratt,” the legendary ghost of Shirley Plantation and the eleven generations of the same family to live at Shirley. From October 23-31, 2011, guided house tours will include the tales of “Aunt Pratt” as featured in Haunted Plantations of Virginia by Beth Brown and Ghosts of Virginia, by L. B. Taylor. Make sure you take a tour of the Great House at Shirley before the cemetery walk so you can see the portrait of Aunt Pratt. Aunt Pratt became so famous for her strange behavior that in the 1974 she was featured in a newspaper cartoon among several other publications.

Charles City  Renwood Fields  Bring your family, church group, company employees,image senior citizens or student field trip for “kernels of fun” in our seasonal Amazing Maze Maize. Admission includes courtyard activities, guided tractor ride, farm museum and picnic area. CLOSED ON SUNDAYS. September: Open from 10 am til dusk on Saturdays only. Weekdays by appt. only Oct 2 & 9  open from 10am until dusk.
SPECIAL MOONLIGHT MAZES!!!! One of our most popular! Moonlight maze dates are:
Oct 14 & 15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29.
Bring your own flashlights!

 Haunted Trail at Beaverdam Park –  October 21, 2011, October 22, 2011

  This night of fright is held on the Nature Trail at Beaverdam Park. Volunteers turn the woods into a very noisy and scary place! Open to all ages, however youth ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $5 – adults & youth 13 or over; $3 – youth 12 and under. Not recommended for children under 8 years old.

Gloucester Green Hand Farm Park – Green Hand Farm Park boasts a GIANT 4+ acre Corn Maze & a smaller one for younger children 🙂 A 3+ acre Pumpkin Patch where any size is only $5.00! Fun Activities for children of all ages! Hayrides, campfires w/a group, Friday & Saturday ‘Flash Light’ Nights – go through the maze in the dark!

New Kent Exit 211 on I 64 – Fridays and Saturdays, Oct 1-30, 2011 – Because truth is far scarier than reality, Journey Haunted Trails offers three terrifying trails for you to experience, plus an all new Journey to the Past Gross Museum that contains the grossest things found in the ancient pages of Scripture, spilled out on display, for the first time for all to see!

Newport News – Oct 22,2011 – Night of the Living Museum at the Virginia Living Museum – Enjoy non-scary Halloween fun for families with children ages 12 and under. See live animal shows featuring Halloween critters. Meet the Pumpkin Lady, Storytelling Witch, Spider Lady and Magic Wizard. Dig for ancient shark teeth. Visit the enchanted lagoon, pirate cove, and magical waterfall. Take a nighttime hike. Hunt for aliens in the planetarium ($2+ adm.). Creepy crafts and Halloween games.

Portsmouth – Oct 29, 2011 –  MUSEUM MADNESS: Calling all Ghosts, Goblins, Princesses and Superheroes!
Enjoy a haunting day of Halloween fun at the Portsmouth Museums, including frightfully fun Arts and Crafts, Face Painting, and Wizardry! Ships, Spooks & Seas!
Enjoy a wide variety of Halloween themed crafts and activities at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum! Listen to scary stories, and at Discovery Cove, build a ghost ship, make a pirate flag or a porthole monster! The Frightship Portsmouth!
The Lightship Portsmouth will be transformed into a haunted vessel, the "Frightship." Inside, meet ghosts of sailors and pirates past. Note: The ship will be completely transformed by creative lighting and lots of spooky decorations, both inside and outside the ship!

Be sure to stay for the Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat in Olde Towne Portsmouth October 29, 2011, Saturday, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This event is held exclusively for all children up to age 12, on the Saturday before Halloween.

imageOlde Towne Ghost Walk Oct 29, 2011

Take a guided walking tour past the haunted houses and mysterious creaking mansions of Olde Towne.Guides take spectators on a walk past haunted houses and mansions of Olde Towne, a 20-square block, 500 building area on the National Register of Historic Places.At each house on the tour, actors in appropriate costume will retell the legends of ghostly visitations and things that go bump in the night. Cameras are welcome. Houses are private properties and not open to the public. admission. For information please call 757-393-2346

Richmond VA Blood Lake Oct 14-31, 2011

Blood Lake is moving to Windy Hill Sports Complex at 16500 Midlothian Turnpike.   Our devious cast of terrifying characters stalk their prey like the voracious timber wolf stalks sheep. Beware the plethora of tricks and traps for the unwary traveler on this path of doom, for the breeze that blows on Windy Hill this October carries a chill like no other. Blood Lake at Windy Hill is an outdoor haunted trail attraction. If you love being scared or watching your friends scream in terror, then you don’t want to miss this year’s trail.

Richmond VA Scream Forest  Sept 30-Oct 31, 2011
Dare to experience Scream Forest. We put you out in the woods…on foot, with nothing between you and the creatures of the night…where no one cares if you scream! Escape from the forest and find the Bedlam House- a haunted house full of surprises.

Richmond VA Creepy Hollow Hayride
Creepy Hollow Hayride located in Richmond, Virginia returns with it’s tractor drawn haunted hayride. Creepy Hollow Hayride is filled with spooky scenery, amazing illusions & scary surprises. It’s a unique experience designed to entertain you every turn.

VA Beach NightMare Mansion

Located on the resort strip of Virginia Beach. Walk at your own pace through the narrow hallways. Enter at your own risk!

imageVirginia Beach – Sept 30- Oct 31 ,2011Haunted Hunt Club Farm & Halloween Fest – Come for the Haunted Hayride, Village of the Dead & Field of Screams. Grab some friends and come on out to the farm for an evening of good old Halloween fun. $

Midnight Manor Haunted Attraction,  Friday and Saturday from October 8 to October 29, 2011. At Midnight Manor Haunted Attraction, a trio of ghoul-infested haunts inspires nightmares in covens of two or six with Hollywood-style and 3-D special effects. The gnarled beckon of a skeletal grim reaper lures in brave souls and paleontology majors to the Midnight Manor castle, where they tread cautiously through supernatural frights, including a bloodthirsty mummy and desecrated gravesite. Cobwebs lace the lairs of a vengeful pharaoh while a slaughtered skeleton drips blood behind bars. Then thrill seekers hightail it to the Trail of Terror, where they face off against the woodsy demons and overworked lumberjacks that dwell in the forest’s foreboding darkness. Finally, the Maniac Maze breathes life into horror stories as murderous clowns sneak up on unsuspecting wanderers ogling 3-D effects and devouring on-site snacks.

If I missed any in the area please add them in the comments field. Let me and the readers know what you thought of these attractions. Share in the comments below or on my Facebook Page.

 

TRICK-OR-TREAT HOURS Hampton Roads VA

Trick-or-treating hours for each city are as follows:

  • Norfolk, until 8 p.m.
  • Virginia Beach, dusk to 8 p.m.
  • Portsmouth, dusk to 8 p.m.
  • Chesapeake, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Suffolk, until  8 p.m.
  • Hampton, dusk to 8 p.m.
  • Newport News, until 8 p.m.

 

Central Virginia

Richmond – Thursday-Saturday through Oct 29 – Capital Creepers EERIE NIGHTS Ghost Tours of Richmond – There are no cheery guides to greet you here, instead we offer you our "Ghoul Guides," a group of the walking dead doomed to haunt the streets of Richmond and tell you all about its tragic past. We mesh haunt gore with history. Our tours are for mature audiences, but families are welcome! Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. $
Richmond – Thursday-Saturday through Nov 5 – A fascinating exploration of Richmond’s oldest and most haunted neighborhood – that’s Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours. Hear tales of trauma and tragedy at or near the sites where paranormal activity has been reported. $
Doswell ( Near Richmond)- Weekends Sept 30 through Oct 30 – Halloween HAUNT at Kings Dominion – Beginning September 30, as dusk settles over cheery grounds of Kings Dominion, the atmos-fear will change as shrieks and screams signal that Haunt is coming to life. Families and children may enjoy Halloween fun during daylight hours with age-appropriate, non-scary activities!

For more information and details about HAUNT, please visit www.haunt.kingsdominion.com. Please keep in mind that HAUNT is a PG-13 event; it is not intended for young children.

HOWL-O-FEST! Kings Dominion

Every Saturday and Sunday beginning October 1, visit the Not-So-Scary Monsters, say hello to Patch the Pumpkin, hear Stories of the Seas, and join in the Howl-O-Fest Scavenger Hunt! Don’t forget to paint your very own pumpkin to take home! Your family can also meet the PEANUTS while they are in their favorite costumes at the PEANUTS Meet and Treats!

This year there are more activities for kids than ever before! Most activities are on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm. Click HERE for more spooktacular daytime activities for the little ones!

Chester – Oct 21-22 – Things that Go Bump in the Night – Experience an evening of spellbinding accounts and legendary tales as storytellers relive old English legends and folklore. Join us by the fireside and listen to European stories early Colonists told as they recounted tales from their homeland. Capture the essence of what a Colonist felt between 1607-1622 in a strange new land surrounded by danger, darkness and uncertain peril. $
Gordonsville – Oct 21-22 – The Exchange Hotel Ghost Walk – A fun tour of the Hotel and don’t come alone because you’ll need a hand to squeeze when someone from the Civil War comes to visit an old friend at the hospital on the top floor! Hope to see you there they will be waiting! $
Richmond – Oct 23 – Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – Fun in the Children’s Garden featuring a pumpkin and harvest theme. $

 

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This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com  and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to  Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities,   condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New KentPoquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton,  Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth  Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry,  Va Beach, Yorktown  and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @  757-254-8136

Celebrate July 4th in Colonial Williamsburg VA 2011

5On the Fourth of July, guests can walk the streets where Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, once walked and celebrate more than 250 years of freedom with family programs, music from Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums, and fireworks.

Colonial Williamsburg’s programs begin with “Salute to the States” at 10 a.m. on July 4 on Market Square behind the Courthouse. A special militia muster in commemoration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation salutes the 13 original colonies. The Fifes and Drums perform, flags of each state are displayed, and music and cannons celebrate the event.

Patrick Henry speaks to townspeople about the choices confronting American and invokes his famous speech that calls America to arms at 11 a.m. during “The Times That Try Men’s Souls” in front of the Raleigh Tavern.

The Declaration of Independence is our nation’s founding document and announces a vision of a new society in which “all men are created equal.” A special interpretation at noon at the Capitol gives voice to “the People’s” document.

colonial williamsburgfourthofjulyDuring “Music for the Fireworks” at 8 p.m. behind the Courthouse on Market Square, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums perform a concert of patriotic music. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. and can be enjoyed on Palace Green or from Market Square.

Parking is available at the Visitor Center. Due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available between 8:45 and 10:45 p.m. Shuttle bus service is available with or without Colonial Williamsburg admission tickets.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and park at the Visitor Center and take Colonial Williamsburg’s buses to the Historic Area. No ticket is required to enjoy this program.

Governor’s Palace Picnic

Join us on July 4 for an all-American picnic and festive patriotic entertainment. Dine on a variety of chilled picnic favorites and Colonial Williamsburg specialties at the annual summer evening picnic from 7:30-9 p.m. on the Governor’s Palace grounds. Enjoy exciting performances by musicians, dancers, storytellers and balladeers plus plenty of games for the kids. Guests receive a free commemorative picnic blanket, so all you’ll need to bring are your chairs. March with the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums to a premium, reserved viewing area for the fireworks extravaganza.

Cost is $55 adults and $25 youth (12 and under) and includes tax and gratuity.

For more information and reservations, call 1-800-447-8679. Reservations must be made by July 2. In case of rain, call the information hotline at (757) 565-8888.

Brews, Blues & BBQ

This Fourth of July, celebrate the American tradition of barbecue in the place where America’s quest for independence began. Enjoy the sights of Colonial Williamsburg, specially brewed beer and the traditional blues sound of Li’l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes, "the hottest swing blues band on the east coast.”

For dinner, guests can choose between pulled pork barbecue or barbecued half chicken served with southern baked beans and coleslaw. Williamsburg AleWerks draft beer and Williamsburg Winery wine will be among the beverages served. Tickets are $28 for adults and $12 for children six-12. Price includes nonalcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity. Reservations are not required. Prices, menu items and operating schedules are subject to change.

Dinner is served from 5:30-9 p.m. on the Virginia Lawn at the Williamsburg Lodge. Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks are at 9:15 p.m.

Explore Independence Day celebrations in Hampton Roads here

Celebrate the 4th in Williamsburg, Yorktown and Hampton Roads VA 2011

imageThere’s no better place to celebrate independence than the town where so much history was made. Bring your family and spend the holiday with us this Sunday, July 4th.

Leading up to the fireworks display, the famous Fifes and Drums of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation perform a concert of patriotic music on a stage behind the Courthouse on Market Square.

Day celebration and starts at 8:15

As darkness falls, high flying aerial fireworks visible from much of the Historic Area celebrate our nation’s birthday. The best places to see these spectacular fireworks are from Market Square, Palace Green, or the Public Hospital grounds. Parking is available at the Visitor Center but, due to heavy traffic, shuttle bus service to the Historic Area is not available from 8:45 until 10:45. Shuttle bus service is available with or without tickets on the 4th of July.

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m., and a whole day of special programming precedes them.

Learn more about  4th of July celebrations. in Williamsburg VA and here

imageWilliamsburg VA-  Four Nights of Fantastic Fireworks at Busch Gardens as it  Celebrates Independence Day  2011- Prepare to “ooh” and “aah” as the sky above the world’s “Most Beautiful Park” explodes with color to top off Independence Day festivities. Celebrate America’s birthday at Busch Gardens with four nights of patriotic fireworks set to music July 1 – 4. The fireworks extravaganza, “Boom ‘n July,” is included with park admission and begins each night at 9:15 p.m..

The villages of Oktoberfest and San Marco are prime viewing areas for the fireworks show.
Guests also can dine in the park’s Black Forest Picnic area behind Das Festhaus during a pre-fireworks buffet that also includes access to an exclusive fireworks-viewing area near Festhaus park. Dinner seating begins at 8:30 p.m.. For more information on the Boom ‘n July fireworks or to make dinner reservations, visit www.buschgardens.com/va  or call (800) 343-7946. FYI there are now fireworks from every night ,June 27th –August 21 at Busch Gardens as part of their IllumiNights, A Busch Gardens Encore. This park-wide, outdoor celebration combines live performances, music, special effects and fabulous fireworks for 56 evenings this summer.


LOCALS TIPS:
For those trying to watch the Busch Gardens fireworks for free, don’t try to park on the flyover from Interstate 64. Police will move you along. There are a few places to view them along Rt 60 and Rt 143

The 29th annual "Ice Cream Social" has become a tradition for locals and visitors and is sponsored by Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.

Money raised from the social helps support the auxiliary’s community programs, including free mammogram, bone density and health screenings for the uninsured, scholarship programs, pediatric gift bags in emergency, chemo cap program and holiday tray favors for patients

The  event takes place 4:30-7 p.m. July 4, 2011 in the Wren yard in front of William & Mary. Sponsored by the auxiliary of Sentara Williamsburg Regional medical Center. Music by Smith Wade Band. Ice cream, cake, hot dogs, soft drinks, raffle prizes, games, face-painting.

A HUGE scoop of ice cream and some homemade cake costs $3. Hot dogs will be sold for $3 and soft drinks will be $1.
The social has become an ideal place to spend some time before the gala fireworks display in the Historic Area at night fall.

This is a a great community event and a nice place to picnic before the fireworks in CW.

There are always a lot of people–and especially families–who attend and we look forward to good weather.  Rain date is July 5th.

Please plan to attend and bring your co-workers and friends and family !

Yorktown Fourth of July Fireworks. 9:15 p.m. over the York River. The best viewing areas are along the waterfront and at the Yorktown Victory Monument. The beach picnic area will not be open to the public as it will be used as the launch site for the fireworks show. Visitors are urged to arrive in Yorktown before 5:30 p.m. for the fireworks show due to heavy traffic. Once the parking area has reached capacity, the entire town will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Visitors are urged to arrive in Yorktown before 5:30 p.m. for the fireworks show due to heavy traffic volumes. Once the parking area has reached capacity, the entire town will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Visitors arriving early for the fireworks show are encouraged to enjoy the following activities:

  • 4 p.m. The Fifes & Drums of York Town – Victory Monument
  • 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children’s Fun & Games Area – Main and Nelson Streets
  • 5 p.m. Voices of the Yorktown Chorale – Victory Monument
  • 5:30 p.m. The Story Behind the Hallowed Words of the Pledge of Allegiance– Presented by Guy Manchester – Victory Monument
  • 6 p.m. Parade on Historic Main Street – Begins at Main & Ballard Streets, heading toward the Victory Monument – background music by U.S. Coast Guard Band
  • 7 p.m. Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony – Victory Monument
  • 8 p.m. U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band – Victory Monument
  • 9:15 p.m.  Spectacular Fireworks Display over the York River

For a complete schedule and detailed information on the Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration, please visit www.yorkcounty.gov/fourth

Secret Viewing  Spots  From Locals:

Watch the Yorktown Fireworks aboard a boat on the York River. The reflection of the fireworks against the water is magnificent.

Rent a room at The Duke of York Motel in Yorktown. “Viewing from the fourth floor pool area is exquisite,”.

The Yorktown Fourth of July Celebration Committee recommends viewing from the Victory Monument. Fireworks are launched from the beach picnic area directly below the monument.

Parking in Yorktown is difficult. Arrive early enough to score a spot in the parking deck at Riverwalk. From there, it’s a short left down Water Street to the Colonial Parkway or Route 17.

In addition here is my 2011 annual list of area fireworks and 4th of July celebrations for the Williamsburg, Yorktown and Hampton Roads VA areas .  I will continue to update it as information is received.

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Grand Illumination in Williamsburg VA Dec 5, 2010

grand illumination williamsburg vaIlluminations—firing guns into the air and lighting fireworks—were commonly used during the 18th century to celebrate major events such as great military victories, the birthday of the monarch or the arrival of a new colonial governor.

Colonial Williamsburg carries on this tradition on Dec. 5 with Grand Illumination. The tradition of Grand Illumination originated in 1934 with a “White Lighting.”  The first re-creation of an 18th-century Christmas in Williamsburg featured single candles in the windows of the Historic Area’s restored and reconstructed buildings, as well as garlands and greens on the outside of the buildings. 

Guests can be part of Colonial Williamsburg’s holiday season that features fireworks, music and candlelit buildings. The celebration begins in the late afternoon with a variety of entertainment, starting at 4:45 p.m. on multiple outdoor stages throughout the Historic Area. The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums provides 18th-century music appropriate to the season. Other performers present holiday entertainment found in Williamsburg two centuries ago and today.

CW Christmas PlannerAt 5:45 p.m. the Fifes and Drums signals the beginning of Grand Illumination, from all four stages. At 6:15 p.m., candles are lit in public buildings, shops and homes, and fireworks are launched at three Historic Area locations: the Governor’s Palace, Magazine and Capitol. After the fireworks, entertainment resumes on the outdoor stages and continues until 7:30 p.m.

Guests will have the opportunity to continue the celebration of Grand Illumination with tours of the Governor’s Palace and Capital by candlelight. These walking tours are held every 15 minutes from 7:30-8:30 p.m.  A Historic Area admission ticket that includes the Governor’s Palace or Capitol is required. For more information, call (757) 229-2141 or 1-800-HISTORY.

Download the 25 page Christmas Planner from Colonial Williamsburg


Here are a few other Holiday Events in the Williamsburg/ Yorktown areas of Virginia for 2010

Since so many people plan in advance I wanted to post a few highlights of the  Christmas Season events for the Williamsburg and Yorktown area of Virginia for the upcoming 2010 Holiday Season.  This list is by no means complete. You can find more info on the Colonial Williamsburg Christmas page and the Christmas in Williamsburg website

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

ChristamsTownNovember 26 – December 31 (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays; daily December 17 – 31, except Christmas Day) Experience Busch Gardens in a whole new light during Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration. Holiday traditions, dazzling shows and one-of-a-kind gift ideas will make everyone say, "Now this is Christmas." Gaze at more than two million twinkling lights while enjoying Busch Gardens’ signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate. A complete Christmas Town experience includes a visit to Santa’s workshop and the park’s 50-foot tall, light-animated Christmas Tree. This year Christmas Town has been enhanced with additional operating days and the inclusion of the Italy village. For more information, including a complete operating schedule, visit the website or call 800-343-7946.

Master Thespian’s "A Christmas Carol"
Thanksgiving – Christmas (two performances each weekend)
This 20-minute version of Charles Dickens’ classic returns to Merchants Square!

Candlelight Concerts at Bruton Parish Church
Every Saturday in December, 8 pm

Continuing a tradition begun in the 18th century, Bruton Parish Church each Saturday presents recitals by instrumental and choral groups, interspersed with organ and harpsichord recitals by the church’s own splendid musicians. Concerts are held at 8 p.m. every Saturday. On Duke of Gloucester Street in the Historic Area. Free (freewill offerings accepted). Call 757-229-2891 for additional information.

Annual Holiday Celebration at the Williamsburg Winery
December 5, 12 – 4 pm
Enjoy Grand Illumination like never before! Come out to the Williamsburg Winery as seven great chefs prepare their signature dishes for you — all paired with a Williamsburg Winery wine. This event includes round-trip transportation from the Williamsburg Winery to the Historic Area starting from 3 pm – 9 pm. Cost is $30/person. Holiday Celebration tickets ONLY cost $18/person (non-drinkers and children are $10/person). Partial proceeds from this event benefits the American Red Cross. Call 757-229-0999 for additional information. Overnight packages are available.

Illumination and Christmas Tree Lighting Yorktown
December 3, 7:30 p.m.

The holiday lights go on and the festive season begins at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment at the Victory Monument followed by the process of light through historic Yorktown to Riverwalk Landing. The ceremony includes holiday entertainment and a visit from Santa. 757.890.3500

College of William and Mary Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert
December 2, 8 pm
In its 82nd season, the Symphony Orchestra combines the talents of undergraduate, graduate and community musicians. Tickets are $8; free for children under 12. Call (757) 221-2674. At Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall.

College of William and Mary Wind Symphony Holiday Concert
December 3, 8 pm

Founded in 1929, the William and Mary Wind Symphony is the artistic cornerstone of the William and Mary Band program, presenting the finest in symphonic wind music. Comprised of both music majors and non-music majors, the Wind Symphony brings together talented wind, brass and percussion players to perform wind ensemble and symphonic band music from a repertoire that spans the 16th through the 21st centuries. Tickets are $8; free for children under 12. Call (757) 221-2674. At Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall.

Colonial Christmas Show
December 4 – 5
Head to the Colonial Christmas Show — at Trinkle Hall on the College of William and Mary campus. Live music provided by Ardie Boggs. Exhibitors from 6 different states will be showing and selling the best in handcrafted work, fine art, jewelry, folk art, wearable art, paper, baskets, pillows, photography, quilts, Christmas decor, food, gifts and much more! Show is from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 5 pm on Sunday. Trinkle Hall is located at the corner of the Campus Center, across from the Wren Building.

Christmas Night Concert – Presented by Cantori Vocal Ensemble
December 5, 3 pm
Established in the fall of 2005, Cantori is an auditioned choral ensemble composed of professional musicians and singers with extensive vocal and choral experience. It has earned a reputation for musical excellence, clarity of tone, and singular blend of voices. This concert will celebrate the Christmas season with music both joyful and reflective. Music to be performed will include excerpts from Monteverdi’s Christmas Vespers and traditional English carols arranged for choir by Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, and Norman Luboff. The second half of the program will feature the entertaining extended work, A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas, by Craig Courtney, in which each "day" is set in the style of a different composer, with many tunes which will be familiar to the audience. The concert will be held at Walnut Hills Baptist Church, 1014 Jamestown Road in Williamsburg. The concert is free, but an offering will be received in support of Cantori.

Christmas Carol Concert
December 5, 4 pm

The Virginia Chorale, the 20-voice professional choral ensemble, will present their Christmas Carol Concert at the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon, December 5. Tickets for the concert or for the season are available at the door or by calling 757-627-8375. This marks the 4th year of Virginia Chorale concerts in the new sanctuary at the church!

College of William and Mary Choirs Holiday Concert
December 4, 2 pm and 8 pm

The Choir of the College of William and Mary, a 70-member mixed choral ensemble, celebrates 88 years of choral singing at the second oldest institution of higher education in the United States. Tickets are $9; free for children under 12. Call (757) 221-2674.

51st Annual Christmas Homes Tour
December 4, 10 am – 6 pm
Christmas at CWPresented by the Green Spring Garden Club. Enjoy touring five homes and buildings decorated for the holidays by garden club members and professional floral designers. Visit the Lightfoot House on East Francis Street, home of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation presidents; and the President’s House at the College of William and Mary. The Tayloe House and the Grissell Hay Lodging House, both on Nicholson Street in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, are also included. All four are original buildings from the 1700s. The fifth location is the Williamsburg Masonic Lodge built in 1931 on the site of the "Old Mason’s Hall." It is across from the Lightfoot House. Tickets are $25 (or $7 to tour a single building). Ticket price includes use of Colonial Williamsburg buses from the Visitor Center and around the Historic Area. This is a fundraising project. All proceeds benefit local horticultural projects and provide scholarships for area students. Please see the Garden Club website for details or call 757-903-2161.

Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade
December 4, 7 pm

Yorktown Lighted Boat ParadeDecorated in holiday spirit, area boaters parade the York River in competition for "Best of Show." Waterfront events begin at 6 p.m. Enjoy hot cider and musical performances in the glow of a beach bonfire while awaiting the magnificent parade of lights. Yorktown waterfront. Free

Williamsburg Community Christmas Parade
December 4
Come out to the annual Christmas Parade

Christmas Town Dash
December 5
Chick-fil-A and Busch Gardens are partnering together to bring you Christmas Town Dash 8K – a run that will travel throughout the park! This event will help raise money for Toys for Tots. See website for complete information!

Williamsburg Symphonia – Holiday Pops
December 4 & 5, 1:30 & 3 pm
Seasonal music to delight the young and the young at heart, at the Kimball Theatre, Williamsburg; performances each day at 1:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Visit the website or call 757-229-9857 for updates and ticketing info.

Candlelight Concerts at Bruton Parish Church
Every Saturday in November & December, 8 pm

Continuing a tradition begun in the 18th century, Bruton Parish Church each Saturday presents recitals by instrumental and choral groups, interspersed with organ and harpsichord recitals by the church’s own splendid musicians. Concerts are held at 8 p.m. every Saturday. On Duke of Gloucester Street in the Historic Area. Free (freewill offerings accepted). Call 757-229-2891 for additional information.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 24, 5:30 pm

Colonial Williamsburg and the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg co-sponsor the lighting of an evergreen on Market Square. More than 2,000 guests will gather at the steps of the Courthouse on Duke of Gloucester Street in the Historic Area. A local resident shares a recollection from her great-grandmother, Martha Page Vandegrift, who in 1842 witnessed the first Christmas tree in Williamsburg at the George Tucker House. The president of the Kiwanis Club and the mayor of Williamsburg deliver holiday remarks and ask that the Christmas tree lights be turned on. Following the tree lighting, the audience lights individual candles.