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July 10, 2007

Celebrate Christmas in July at the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Get into the holiday spirit early this year and escape the summer heat with the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg’s Christmas in July programs from July 23-28 that include:

  • Meet the Curator Tour, 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 23. Trish Balderson, manager of museum education, explores the galleries and discusses food preparation and service during the Christmastide.
  • “Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg,” 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 23, Wednesday, July 25 and Friday, July 27. This 30-minute video provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse as Colonial Williamsburg’s prepares and celebrates the holidays.
  • Christmas Decorating Demonstration, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 26. Enjoy the lively, informal demonstrations by members of the Colonial Williamsburg landscape staff. Learn how to make a wreath, swag or other traditional Williamsburg holiday decorations using fresh greens and fruit. Reservations required.
  • Ornaments! 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. Drop in and create an ornament for your Christmas tree inspired by an object on exhibit.
  • Celebrate Christmas in July Museum Social, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. Enjoy the combined talents of performers Ardie Boggs, Ann Robinson and Timothy Seaman as they blend together for a festive celebration of traditional holiday music. A myriad of solo, duo and trio dynamics on Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers and flutes will create a performance full of pure joy and serene beauty. After the concert, enjoy a holiday reception with Christmas cookies, hot cider and more music. Price for advance tickets (purchased by July 24) is $15 per person and $13 for Colonial Williamsburg Good Neighbors. Ticket includes museum admission and refreshments. Make reservations by calling 1-800-HISTORY (1-800-447-8679) or visit any Colonial Williamsburg ticket location. Tickets may be available the day of the performance for $20.
  • Art Stop, 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday, July 27. Drop in and create a holiday keepsake inspired by an object on exhibit.
  • Toys! 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 28. During this “kid’s only” drop-in program, participants create a toy based on an object currently on exhibition.

    Programs are included in museum admission unless otherwise indicated.

    The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Admission is included in any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, a Good Neighbor Pass or by separate museums ticket. For information and reservations call (757) 220-7724.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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