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November 16, 2010

Colonial Williamsburg’s “Kid’s Holiday Weekends” Tell the Story of How 18th-century Families Celebrated the Season

Explore how 18th-century families celebrated special occasions during Colonial Williamsburg’s “A Kid’s Holiday Weekend” on Nov. 27-28, Dec. 11-12, 18-19 and 26. These special programs for young guests and their families include seasonal traditions such as harvests, Christmas, New Year’s and Twelfth Night.

Programs may include: dressing up for the holidays; 18th-century music, dance, storytelling and a puppet show; celebrating religious traditions; singing carols; participating in food preparation; leisure activities such as Loo (a popular card game); and an introduction to British holiday traditions.

These programs are included with any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket.

“A Kid’s Holiday Memories Tour”

Guests can enhance their children’s holiday weekend experience with “A Kid’s Holiday Memories Tour.” The tour includes visiting with a character interpreter, making holiday decorations and playing various colonial games with a trained costumed guide. As guides lead guests through their experience, families will discover where the first Christmas tree was placed in Williamsburg, how colonial Virginians observed Christmas, whether 18th-century children received holiday gifts as children do today, if slaves received gifts and much more.

Cost is $15 per person for adults and youth, ages six to 17 and $7.50 for children under six, with any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket. A parent must accompany his or her child.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. TThis town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121