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October 31, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Offers "Bring a Friend" Tickets Just in Time for the Holidays

Beginning Nov. 1, Colonial Williamsburg Good Neighbors and Annual Pass members can “Bring a Friend” for only $15. This ticket offer is exclusive to all Colonial Williamsburg annual pass members and is available until Dec. 23.

"We wanted to say thank you to all our loyal pass members this holiday season," says Skip Ferebee, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of consumer development. “We did this promotion last year, and it was welcomed and embraced by our loyal pass members and they asked for it again. What a great time to bring your friends, neighbors and family members to Colonial Williamsburg…and what a great offer."

“Bring a Friend” single-day tickets may be purchased at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and are $15 for ages six and above. This offer is not available for online purchase. Pass members must present an active pass when making a purchase. There is a limit of 10 per household. Tickets must be purchased before Dec. 23. Tickets expire Dec. 31.

Colonial Williamsburg is a great family experience especially during the holidays. Programs and guided tours available this holiday season include:

  • Tour the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum with the authors of the new publication, “The Art-full Tree,” Nov. 29-Dec. 29. See the folk art that inspired the handmade ornaments, and view the 16-foot tree decorated with 1,000 ornaments. Then create your own art-inspired ornament to take home. Free reservation required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • Grand Illumination, Dec. 4. In the 18th century, illuminations were sometimes held to commemorate the birth of the reigning sovereign. Today, Grand Illumination is held in the Historic Area. Musical performances from multiple stages throughout the Historic Area begin at 5:15 p.m. and fireworks displays from three locations—the Governor’s Palace, Magazine and Capitol—at 7 p.m.
  • Secrets of the Chocolate Maker, Dec. 6. This program demonstrates the process of making chocolate 200 years ago—from roasting and shelling the cocoa beans through grinding the nibs into chocolate.
  • Community Christmas Tree Lighting, Dec. 24. Gather at the Courthouse steps on Duke of Gloucester Street for the annual Williamsburg tree illumination and the traditional retelling of the city’s first Christmas tree.

    Residents of the City of Williamsburg, James City County or the Bruton District of York County are eligible for a Colonial Williamsburg Good Neighbor Pass. Benefits include:

  • Admission to all of Colonial Williamsburg’s exhibition sites and museums.
  • Use of Colonial Williamsburg’s bus service.
  • 25 percent off tickets for most evening programs (for Good Neighbor pass members only).
  • 25 percent off up to 20 general admission passes each year per household for your friends and family.

    Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area offers guests more than 25 trade shops and exhibition buildings open daily. Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    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. This 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. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

    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

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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