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Colonial Williamsburg VA Christmas Homes Tour

49th Annual Christmas Homes Tour

Saturday, December 6th, 2008, 10 AM to 6 PM
(Note:  Stable closes at 4 PM)


Bring along your family and friends to the annual Christmas Homes Tour presented by the Green Spring Garden Club in Colonial Williamsburg. Walk along the cobblestone roads, lined with lampposts and greenery. Doors to private residences are opened and the general public is allowed to leisurely stroll through homes in and around the Historical area. 


This Saturday December 6th. 2008 you can tour three private residences in the Historic Area plus two of Colonial Williamsburg’s most significant venues – the Colonial Williamsburg Stable and the historic St. George Tucker House which serves as Colonial Williamsburg’s donor reception center.  The private homes include the Coke-Garrett House, residence of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s President and his wife; Peter Hay’s Shop; and the Timson House. Each of the houses and the Stable will be decorated with holiday floral arrangements.  The Colonial Williamsburg Stable will display the two carriages which carried Queen Elizabeth while visiting Colonial Williamsburg for the 350th and 400th Anniversary of Jamestown in 1957 and 2007.   Animals from Colonial Williamsburg Rare Breeds program will also be in the Stable for visitors to enjoy.


Cost: Tickets $25 ($7 to tour a single house) which includes use of the shuttle bus from the Visitor Center and around the Historic Area. Parking is available at the Visitor Center. 

Tickets will be available at the Visitor Center and the Williamsburg Lodge on Friday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Tickets also will be available during tour hours on Saturday at the Stable and at each house on the tour.

All net proceeds will be allocated to ongoing and new philanthropies to include scholarships and horticultural beautification. For more information call (757) 565 – 9517.


Christmas is a season of wonder and joy – of whimsical decorations, caroling and frost covered windows. Share this special time with your family and friends in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia! Everywhere you look, find intricate decorations and holiday cheer set amidst historical flare. You will fall in love with Colonial Williamsburg at Christmas time.

Find miles of fresh pines strung around lampposts lining the cobblestone lanes, see the soft glow of candlelight in the storefronts, and witness the joy upon the faces of children as they stare in disbelief at the extravagant décor. While waiting in line to purchase your favorite Christmas dessert at the local bakery, enjoy the decadent smells of freshly baked apple pies and strudels. Celebrate the most cherished holiday of all in the most beautiful of settings – Williamsburg, Virginia!

Dating back to 1936, nicknamed the first “official” Christmas in Williamsburg, people have been coming to this magical town to celebrate the wonder of the season. Nothing quite compares to the sights, smells and sounds that one experiences. The Christmas season begins with the Grand Illumination – an elaborate display of fireworks outlining the sky over the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg. Witness the spectacular event of glowing candles, fireworks and holiday music – enlighten your holiday spirit while having an unforgettable time with family and friends.

Sights, Smells…and Sounds! Christmas in Williamsburg means more than just enjoying delicious foods, splendid decorating techniques and frothy delights – it is also about music to the ears! Enjoy 18th century music and lore at the local taverns located throughout Colonial Williamsburg. While staying at your Williamsburg bed and breakfast, hotel or quaint inn, come celebrate Christmas with an evening filled with traditional tavern entertainment. Enjoy your home away from home with your family and friends this holiday season.

Fill your heart with cheer this Christmas! Williamsburg is home to the Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony held annually in Market Square. Gather your loved ones, bundle up and grab a steaming cup of hot cocoa, and watch as the great spruce illuminates joy on the surrounding faces. The time is here – It’s Christmas in Williamsburg! Rejoice and relive history in this stunning, historical area of Virginia.  Find out more about Colonial Williamsburg VA at www.History.org

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Saturday, December 6, 9 a.m. Big doings this year for the annual Greater Williamsburg VA Chamber and Tourism Alliance Community Christmas Parade sponsored by Busch Gardens.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fifes and Drums of Colonial Williamsburg, a contingent of the corps will lead the parade with Stewart Pittman as the Drum Major. The Grand Marshals will be Tim Sutphin, Lance Pedigo and Amy Miller. Honorary Marshals will be members of the original corps from 1958: John “Evans” Harbour, Linc Peters, Jim Teal and Chuck Miller. The alumni corps will also participate, as usual. You won’t want to miss cheering on this celebrated corps of fifers and drummers who have traveled the world representing our community. Yes, Virginia, Santa will be there too!

Click here for a map to the parade route 2008-Williamsburg VA christmas-parade-map-route

Parade route: Duke of Gloucester Street turn right onto Richmond Road, then turn left onto Brooks Street (continue marching) to end at William & Mary Hall Parking lot..

   Colonial Williamsburg’s Holiday Season
November 26 – January 1
Nothing quite compares to spending the Christmastime in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Special programs, dining, entertainment, workshops, decorations and much more.

The Gift of the Magi at the Kimball Theatre
December 2, 5, 12, 19 7:30 pm; Dec. 9 and 16 at 3 pm; and Dec. 10 and 17 at 5 pm. 
The Virginia Premiere Theatre, the Kimball Theatre’s resident professional company, presents a stage adaptation of O. Henry’s classic holiday tale.  Set in New York in the early 1900s, The Gift of the Magi is a story of love, devotion and the true meaning of giving.  A holiday treat for the entire family.  Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors/students and $10 for children under 12. 


Yorktown VA Celebrate Christmas:  Illumination and Tree Lighting
December 5 at 7 pm
The holiday lights go on and the festive season begins at 7 pm with entertainment at the Victory Monument followed by the Procession of Lights through Historic Yorktown to Riverwalk Landing.  The tree lighting ceremony, which includes holiday entertainment and a visit from Santa, begins at 7:30 pm and concludes at 8:30 pm.  Free.   
From Dec. 6 through Jan. 1, the statues will be on display in the lobby of the Museum.  Would-be parents are invited to come in and touch them for FREE during regular hours. 


The Mystery of the Christmas Star Holiday Planetarium Show  Newport News VA
December 6 – 31
Experience a totally new version of the “Star of Wonder.” The Virginia Living Museum has presented the “Star of Wonder” since its inception, but never like this — all around you in the museum’s new state-of-the-art digital planetarium theater! Become immersed in the majesty and mystery of the scientific puzzle that is the Star of Bethlehem. See website for schedule details.

Yorktown VA Christmas Market
December 6 from 10 am – 4 pm
Join us for Yorktown’s 3rd annual Christmas Market. This event features demonstrations, musical entertainment, living history exhibits, roasted chestnuts and hot cider, arts and crafts and much more!

Williamsburg VA Symphonia Holiday Pops Concert
December 6 & 7, 1:30 and 3:00 pm
Williamsburg’s professional orchestra presents its annual program of holiday favorites sure to please the whole family.  Admission is $20.  Tickets are available through the Williamsburg Symphonia website or call 757-229-9857. 

Yorktown VA Lighted Boat Parade
December 6 at 6 pm
Decorated in holiday spirit, area boaters parade the York River in competition for “Best of Show.”  Waterfront events begin at 6 pm.  Enjoy hot cider and musical performances in the glow of a beach bonfire while awaiting the magnificent parade of lights.  Free. 

 Grand Illumination Colonial Williamsburg
December 7 from 4:45 pm – 7 pm
Grand Illumination is Colonial Williamsburg’s festive way of marking the beginning of the Holiday season, complete with music and fireworks throughout the Historic Area.

Merchants Square Holiday Markets
December 13 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Located on Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square.

A Kid’s Holiday Weekend
December 13 & 14, 20 & 21 and 27 & 28, from 9 am – 4 pm
On three weekends in December, Colonial Williamsburg welcomes children and their families for a journey back in time. During this time, sites around town will be focused on sharing fun, food preparation and festive entertainments.

Christmas in Williamsburg VA: A Magical Night on Duke of Gloucester Street
December 13 & 14, 2 and 5:30 pm (Dec. 13), 2 pm (Dec. 14)
A comforting blend of holiday classics with a modern-day story line to capture your heart!  Student from the Institute for Dance, company members of Williamsburg Ballet Theatre and local performers and artists, young and old, bring the melodies of the classics to life once again.  Join us for a night of music, dancing and celebration.  Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors/children. 

A Colonial Christmas
December 20 – January 4
Holidays of centuries past are recalled through activities based on historical accounts. Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.

Celebrate the Season: Don Irwin in Concert
December 20, 7:30 pm
Popular pianist and Steinway artist, Don Irwin returns to Williamsburg for his annual holiday concert.  Don’s unique style and passionate piano performances are known all over the world.   His holiday concerts are the crown jewels of his talented career, and this is sure to be one to remember!  All seats are $25.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Colonial Williamsburg
December 24
Colonial Williamsburg and the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg co-sponsor the lighting of an evergreen on Duke of Gloucester Street in the Historic Area.

First Night Celebration Williamsburg VA
December 31
Williamsburg welcomes the new year with a variety of entertainment at Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William and Mary, concluding with a grand finale of fireworks at midnight. .


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Holiday Concerts December 2009 Colonial Williamsburg Virginia

One of the first question I get asked by clients who are thinking of moving to Williamsburg VA is “What is there to do in Williamsburg ? Are there any concerts or cultural events ? ”  Here is just a sampling of holiday music programs offered by Colonial Wiliamsburg in the upcoming 2009 Christmas Season.  Note that if you live here and have a ” Good Neighbor Pass” a lot of these concerts are free !

The list includes all of the following holiday musical programs  being offered in Colonial Williamsburg this 2009 Holiday Season:

  • Raise a Ruckus. Carson Hudson and his friends explore American folk music and the instruments that Americans have played over the last 400 years. Presented in conjunction with the “Cross Rhythms” exhibition, various folk instruments will be demonstrated with anecdotes and stories. 1:30 and 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Tickets are $6.
  • Christmas Hymns You Thought You Knew. Join John Turner and Michael Monaco in a festive beginning to the holiday season, as they take a fresh look at familiar carols and hymns from Christmases past. Sing familiar words and sometimes unfamiliar tunes accompanied by a variety of instruments including the harpsichord. The concert begins at 4 p.m. on Thursdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Tickets are $6.
  • Profound Joy. Multi-instrumentalist Timothy Seaman celebrates the great wonder of the holiday season with early American, old European and new compositions from his recording of the same name. Winter, Christmas and Hanukkah themes are heard in the glowing drama of the extended-range hammer dulcimer and the awe-filled sounds of the low whistle, bamboo flute, mountain dulcimer and psaltery. This hour-long program is held at 4 p.m. on Fridays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Ticket price is $6.
  • A Grand Illumination Celebration. Timothy Seaman’s Virginia Sky joins The Three Jolly Coachmen for a stupendous serving of upbeat seasonal musical fare. Together they blend striking Celtic melodies on harp, whistles and hammered dulcimer with guitar, banjo, bass and singing in the lively tradition of The Kingston Trio. The unprecedented and colorful family event kicks off Grand Illumination at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Tickets are $10.
  • A String Band Christmas. The Runaway String Band plays a mix of holiday songs and instrumentals from the hills of Appalachia to the sidewalks of New York. String bands in the 1920s-30s played a wide variety of popular songs and tunes. The Runaway String Band continues the tradition of the Virginia string bands, presenting hot instrumentals, three and four-part harmonies and a selection of traditional holiday music and stories from the early 20th century. 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 28 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Ticket price is $8.
  • Sticks, Strings and Songs. Join Lee Welch, Lance Pedigo and Wayne Hill for holiday music performed on a variety of percussion and string instruments. Enjoy contemporary and traditional settings of holiday favorites in this unique musical offering. 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Ticket price is $6.
  • A Baroque Christmas. A student ensemble from the College of William and Mary performs Christmas and chamber works of Bach, Handel, Corelli, Vivaldi and others. The ensemble consists of Nick Fitzgerald on baroque violin, Rachael Blake on baroque flute, Jon Brvenik on cello and Alice Real on harpsichord. This hour-long concert begins at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Ticket price is $7.
  • A Williamsburg Christmas. Join Trio String Wind—Ardie Boggs, Tim Seaman and Phillip Skeens—for a heartfelt and compelling blend of seasonal music ranging from Celtic through classical with hammered dulcimer, flutes, Celtic harp, guitar, whistles and bodhran. 1:30 and 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Ticket price is $9.
  • An Acoustic Christmas. Beautiful instrumental arrangements of your favorite Christmas tunes performed on hammered dulcimer and classical guitar by the Miller Rowe Consort from South Carolina. The hour-long program begins at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Ticket price is $10.
    Fiddling Away the Holidays. Master fiddler John Turner keeps a Colonial Williamsburg Christmas tradition by singing, playing and reveling in the lighter side of the holiday season. Included is the not-to-be-missed Twelve Days of Christmas as only John and his eclectic collection of whistles and instruments can provide. The hour-long program begins at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16.
  • Seller of Songs. Stephen Christoff explores early American music both seasonal and year-round, telling the story of Americans and their struggle for freedom from the 18th century and beyond. Guests will experience both familiar and unfamiliar instruments: the musical saw, octave mandolin, comb and paper, hand-flute, Jew’s harp, spoons and hand-bone. The hour-long program begins at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17 the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Ticket price is $6.
  • Here We Come a Wassailing. Join Lee Welch and Barry Trott for traditional tunes and tales that celebrate winter and the spirit of the colonial holiday season. Customs and carols abound in good-humored and high-spirited music, sung and performed on a variety of stringed, wind and percussion instruments. The one-hour program begins at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Ticket price is $6.
  • Christmas with the Colonial Singers. Enjoy a Christmas concert of songs, legends and the memories of the Christmas traditions in colonial America. The hour-long program begins at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Ticket price is $7.
  • Charting the Holidays. Experience seasonal music from the days of Colonial America. Discover the origins of popular traditions as settlers arrived from the British Isles and Europe, bringing their music and customs to the Colonies. Join Lee Welch, Sarah Glosson and Barry Trott in this engaging holiday show at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Ticket price is $8.
  • Colonial and Traditional Music of the Christmas Season. A lively mixture of carols and old wassailing tunes with colonial songs and dance melodies all performed on appropriate period instruments. Musicians and music historians David and Ginger Hildebrand provide commentary between selections to set the scene and illuminate the cultural context of 18th-century music in America. 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 26 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Ticket price is $8.
  • Christmas Music from the Jefferson Collection. Enjoy sonatas, ballads and songs from the musical collection of Thomas Jefferson sung and performed on violin, cello and guitar and narrated by Thomas Jefferson. Join Bill Barker, Lee Welch and Sarah Glosson for the music that Thomas Jefferson collected, played and enjoyed in his travels here and abroad. The hour-long program begins at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Tickets are $10.
  • Whoop and Holler. Musical historian and performer Carson Hudson explores the history of the Virginia banjo from the 18th century to today. Hear music played on reproduction banjos. This hour-long program begins at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 2.
    European musical holiday traditions are highlighted in the following Colonial Williamsburg programs:
  • St. Andrew’s Day Museum Social. Scottish fiddling master John Turner teams up with singer-guitarist Cliff Williams and fellow Scottish fiddler David Gardener to create a fitting musical tribute on this day honoring Scotland’s patron saint. After the concert, enjoy Scottish-inspired treats in the museum’s café and music throughout the museum. 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Tickets are $25 by November 22, $20 for Good Neighbors by Nov. 22 and $30 when purchased Nov 23-30.
  • Celtic Whispers and the Nativity. Join Ardie Boggs on the Celtic Harp, as she travels through the misty space of time, from Ireland to the Holy Land, tracing the Pagan conversion to Christianity. The concert begins at 4 p.m. on Mondays, Dec. 1 and 15 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Ticket price is $6.
  • Artisan’s Celtic Wonderland. The trio Artisan—Ardie Boggs, Timothy Seaman and Anne Robinson—brings unique Celtic and seasonal music on two magnificent Celtic harps and virtuosic hammered dulcimers, flutes, whistles and psalteries. Delighting guests with the beautiful holiday sounds of joy and peace, this hour-long program begins at 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Ticket price is $9.
  • A European Yuletide. The Virginia Sky Trio—Timothy Seaman, Ann Robinson and Peter Budnikas—celebrates the Christmas sounds of the Europeans who settled America. Enjoy charming and vibrant interpretations performed on hammered dulcimers, Celtic harp, guitar, Highland bagpipes and flutes. 1:30 and 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 27 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Ticket price is $9.
  • Hogmanay: Scottish New Year’s Celebration. Prepare for the beginning of 2009 with John Turner, Cliff Williams and David Gardner, three of Williamsburg’s most talented musicians, as they celebrate Hogmanay with songs and tunes from Scotland. The hour-long program begins at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. Ticket price is $9.
    A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, Good Neighbor Card or museums ticket provides access to enjoy these musical programs. A separate ticket is required where indicated.

    Entrance to the museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For information and reservations call (757) 220-7724. Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

    For reservations and more information, call 1-800-HISTORY. or www.History.org