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Williamsburg Christmas Celebration

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If you happen to be in Williamsburg during the holiday season, there will be plenty of festivities and history for you to enjoy. Don't leave Williamsburg without experiencing some of the merry activities. Decorations, fireworks, and music are all what make a Williamsburg Christmas enjoyable.

In the beginning, Christmas was not considered much of a holiday in Colonial Williamsburg. The primary religion at the time was the Anglican Church, and therefore practices such as fasting and repentance were followed.

During the 18th century, fireworks were popular for celebration, such as victories or birthdays. Since 1957, fireworks have been part of the Colonial Williamsburg Christmas Celebration. The first Sunday in December, known as the Grand Illumination, officially marks the beginning of the Christmas season. The Grand Illumination usually features music preformed on multiple stages, and fireworks set off from different locations.

Decorations are a big part of the Williamsburg Christmas Celebration. Batches of fresh fruit, tons of pine roping, and truckloads of greenery are what make this celebration unique. Guests come just to see the handmade decorations that makes the Williamsburg Christmas.

The Williamsburg Christmas is an opportunity for you to gather some of the most memorable keepsakes and memorabilia. Shopping is just as the big as the decorations and fireworks. Don't forget to do some of your shopping at the Shops in Merchants Square as they offer everything from clothing to housewares to silver, ready to cater to all tastes. Even the bookstore in the College of William and Mary provides books, magazines and other various gifts.

And of course the best part of the holiday season is the food. Willamsburg does have a variety of restaurants and taverns available to cure your holiday appetite.

Colonial Williamsburg
If you are into learning about our nation's beginning, start here! More information than you can take in, in just one day. Get info from visitors' center or chamber of commerce before you plan your day(s) because not all activities are scheduled each and every day. Be prepared to walk and not all buildings have air conditioning, though they have done a fair job of providing a/c in several places. Governors' mansion a must see. Take a walk back into history.
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-- Joe Moffett - Cumberland, MD
Colonial Williamsburg
We enjoyed this, even though it was a lot of walking. We recommend attending an orientation available at the entrance to historical williamsburg, which really gives you a good history of the town and its restoration. The guided tour through the governor's palace was very nice. We had at king's tavern. Great food. We tasted homemade beer from a barrel that was a wheat and nut blend. Very good. Homemade root beer was very good also.
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-- Robert & Connie Ricci - Ft. Myers, FL
Colonial Williamsburg
I could do it again next week! Having the 2 day pass was great, but a 3 day one would also have been good too. We were there at 9 each day and left at 5 on the first day and 4 on the second day. Did half the park each time. Needed the 3rd day to take in the plays and events that the park offered. We were looking at buildings when jefferson, or washington or the govenor were speaking at the tavern or courthouse. You just couldn't be in two places at once. It rained on our first day and they let us in early to different things so weather was not a problem.
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-- Joan Merriam - London, ON
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