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November 17, 2009

Christmas decorations tours, workshops introduce guests to renowned natural holiday decorations

Celebrate the splendor of the holiday décor throughout Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area with 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 Lumber House on Sunday, Nov. 29 through Jan. 2 at 9:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 5 the tour begins at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 6 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.

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. 8-11 and Dec. 14-18 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum—Hennage Auditorium. This program requires a free reservation in addition to museum admission.

Join us for our 17th 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 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 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.

Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

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.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are comprised of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made in America during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and embracing most categories of American folk art by well-known folk artists. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from the period 1670–1830.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets, in Williamsburg, Virginia and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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