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October 14, 2008

CW spreads joy of the season with holiday decoration programs

Each holiday season Colonial Williamsburg transforms into a winter wonderland as ornate wreaths and swags adorn the storefronts and private residences of the Historic Area. Celebrate the splendor of the holiday décor throughout Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area with interactive programs sure to fill your heart with the spirit of the season.

Christmas Decorations Walking Tour provides a guided look at Colonial Williamsburg’s picturesque building exteriors and streets decked in their holiday splendor. Learn about the materials, construction techniques and traditions of Colonial Williamsburg decorations. The tour begins at the Greenhow Lumberhouse on Friday, Nov. 28 through Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 6 the tour begins at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 7 the tour starts at 9:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. On Thursday, Dec. 25 the tour starts at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Ticket price is $10 with a general admission ticket and $15 without.

Enjoy lively, informal demonstrations by talented members of the Colonial Williamsburg landscape staff in Decorating for a Williamsburg Christmas. Learn how to make a wreath, swag or other traditional Williamsburg holiday decorations using fresh greens and fruit. This program is full of good advice for making decorations year-round with fresh materials and can be enjoyed at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 9-12 and 15-19 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. This program requires a free reservation in addition to museum admission.

Join us for our 16th annual celebration of the decorating merriment undertaken by the residents of Historic Area as they trim their homes with holiday cheer in Decorating the Private Homes in the Historic Area. This fun-filled celebration demonstrates the seasonal efforts of the staff and Historic Area residents who decorate the private homes using innovative, natural ingredients. Award winners for the private homes decorating contest are announced and interesting facts about the process of decorating the Historic Area are sprinkled throughout. This program is held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium and is included in museum admission.

A Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, Good Neighbor Card or museums ticket provides access to enjoy these holiday décor programs.

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.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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