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November 22, 2011

Holiday Programs Showcase Colonial Williamsburg’s All-natural Decorations

Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, the 18th-century capital of Virginia is dressed for the holiday season with Colonial Williamsburg’s all-natural decorations. Apples, oranges, lemons and pineapples, the 18th-century symbol of hospitality, comprise wreaths, swags and garland adorning exhibition buildings, trade sites and taverns in the Historic Area.

The Christmas Decorations Walking Tour gives guests a guided look at these picturesque exteriors and streets. Guests learn about the materials, construction techniques and holiday traditions of Colonial Williamsburg’s decorations. Tours are offered at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. daily from Nov. 27-Dec. 31 except on Dec. 3, 4 and 25. Admission is only $10 with a Colonial Williamsburg admission pass or $15 without a Historic Area admission pass. (There are no 9:15 a.m. tours on Dec. 3, no 3:15 p.m. tours on Dec. 4 and no 9:15 a.m. or 3:15 p.m. tours on Dec. 25.)

Guests who want to explore how Yuletide celebrations of Colonial times evolved into the signature Williamsburg Christmas look will be interested in the program, “Williamsburg Decorating Ideas for Your Home.” Colonial Williamsburg’s landscape staff shares tricks of the trade as they demonstrate how to decorate a wreath, swag or other traditional Williamsburg holiday decorations using fresh fruit, greens and other natural materials. Guests will leave with information on how to make their own Williamsburg decorations for the holidays or any time of year. This program is offered at 1:15 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 14 and 16. Admission is $5 in addition to a Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area admission, museum pass or Good Neighbor pass.

During the 19th annual “Decorating the Private Homes” at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7, guests celebrate the decorating efforts of Foundation staff and Historic Area residents. Award winners of the private homes decorating contest are announced, and interesting facts about what goes into decorating the Historic Area are sprinkled throughout the program. A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor card provides access to this lecture.

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

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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 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

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