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December 1, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg’s Holiday Programs Feature Celebrations Including Songs and Storytelling in Virginia’s 18th-century Capital

Guests can experience an array of holiday programs including songs and storytelling in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Art Museums.

  • “Kate’s Christmas Box” explores Christmas through the eyes of African Americans during the Colonial era. Meet Kate and find out what types of gifts she might have received through the customary giving of Christmas “boxes.” Guests are encouraged to join in the traditional circle dance. 2 p.m. Mondays and Fridays through Dec. 30 at Great Hopes Plantation. Entry is included in all Historic Area admission passes.
  • “A Christmas Tale” celebrates the season with music, theater and dance that delighted generations past. 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Dec. 1, 6, 8, 13, 15 and 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and noon Dec. 20, 22, 27 and 29 at the Raleigh Tavern Apollo Room. Entry is included in all Historic Area admission passes.
  • “Christmastide At Home” explores Colonial Williamsburg’s traditions and customs. Learn about the first Christmas tree in Williamsburg and discover how we have arrived at today’s Christmas traditions. 7 p.m. with new tours beginning every 15 minutes up until 9 p.m. on Dec. 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22- 23, 26- 27, 29- 31, 2011, and Jan. 1, 2012, at the Lumber House Ticket Office. Tickets are $15 dollars for adults and $7.50 for children under six.
  • “A Grand Medley of Entertainments” features an 18th-century traveling show – where everything that can go wrong does! Tickets for adults are $15, while tickets for children under six are $7.50. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 12, 20, 23 and 25 at the Kimball Theatre.
  • “Washington’s Ladies Await the Hero’s Return” illustrates the joys and sorrows, hopes and fears of the three most important ladies in General Washington’s life – his wife Martha, mother Mary Ball Washington and sister Betty Lewis – as they wait the hero’s return. 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, 13, 15 and 19 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St. A $3 ticket is required in addition to any Historic Area or museum admission pass.
  • “The Night the Animals Spoke” gives guests at Great Hopes Plantation two versions of the same Christmas story from different perspectives -- a plantation mistress and a member of the enslaved community. 10 a.m. on Dec. 10, 17 and 31. Entry is included in all Historic Area admission passes.
  • “Musical Diversions at the Courthouse” presents lively music for the holiday season at the Courthouse. 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dec. 22, 23, 25, 29 and Dec. 31. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children under six.
  • “Lanthorn Tour” features a walking tour of shops from Williamsburg’s most accomplished trades people beginning at Greenhow Lumber House. Learn about masters, journeymen and apprentices, the technology of the trades and the circumstances that shaped Virginia’s economy. 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children under six. Weather permitting.
  • “A Sermon for the Season” presents an 18th-century sermon appropriate to the season. Most of the faculty members at the College of William and Mary during the 18th century were ordained ministers. Sermons were regularly read for the education of the students. No admission ticket is required for this 30-minute event. 11 a.m. Mondays through Dec. 26 at the Wren Chapel.

    For more information or reservations, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit

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

    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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    Penna Rogers
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