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Visit During the Holidays

There’s no place like Colonial Williamsburg for the holidays.

Here you’ll find enduring traditions, charming decorations, and a season that still warms the heart. One visit and you’ll quickly see why our guests come from near and far to enjoy the festivities while making memories that last a lifetime.

The Historic Area is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Day. | Download a map & program guide here.
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Day.

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We have the perfect ticket or special offer for you. Your admission ticket or pass is your key to a limited selection of featured Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area sites, trades, programs, and gardens, as well as access to two art museums and free parking at the Visitor Center. Plus, purchase and redeem your digital tickets online for a totally touchless experience!

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Savor The Season

Lighting of the Cressets

Join us on the historic Duke of Gloucester Street as we bring our 18th-century streets to life at night.

Father Christmas Strolling Merchants Square

Have you been good this year? Meet with Father Christmas as he takes an afternoon stroll through Merchants Square.

Live Holiday Music in Merchants Square

Enjoy Fife & Drum performances, carolers, and strolling musicians as they fill Merchants Square with music.

Holiday Planner

Join us for one-of-a-kind holiday programs, festive decoration workshops, world-class dining experiences, and more, now available to book online. You can check out the digital holiday planner here to plan your Christmastide trip to the 18th century.

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Special Events

Three Special Weekends

Grand Illumination

New & Noteworthy

A Community Celebration of Music and Song

A Celebration of the Yule Log

Christmas Trees and Museum Treasures

Decorated Wreath Sales

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Visit the Historic Area

Discover government sites, family homes, and historic trades.

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Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

Featuring the best in British and American fine and decorative arts, plus the nation’s premiere collection of American folk art.

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Experience Diverse Voices

Learn the stories of the diverse people who walked these streets nearly 250 years ago

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Dominion Energy Presents Liberty Ice Pavilion

Enjoy a family-friendly activity this holiday season on historic Duke of Gloucester St. Join us at the Liberty Ice Pavilion sponsored by Dominion Energy. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the holidays with a few turns on the ice.

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Dine With Us

With a mixture of historic taverns, modern restaurants, and cafes located in and around the Historic Area, you’ll find the perfect place for a historically inspired family meal or an intimate evening of creative cuisine.

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Carriage Rides

Enjoy a leisurely ride through the Historic Area by horse-drawn carriage. Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of our unique city, far removed from the bustle of modern-day streets.

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Watch Theater Performances

Whether you’re seeing our whimsical outdoor plays or Nation Builders sharing their stories, theatrical performances are great entertainment while you rest your legs.

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Illuminations and Tree Lightings

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Digital Ticketing

Map & Guide



From souvenirs and books, to furnishings for your home and unique 18th-century jewelry handmade by our historic tradespeople, Colonial Williamsburg has a wide variety of shopping. Visit our 18th-century shops in the Historic Area or head into Merchants Square for our WILLIAMSBURG shops.

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Share Your Happy Place

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In addition to these programs, dining, music, and more holiday events requiring separate tickets are released for early hotel guests booked during the holiday season and donorss who give $1,000 annually, offering priority booking. Donors who give $100-$999 can access the holiday planner and priority booking two days before the general public. This status is verified when booking events during this period. To receive early access, donate or book your hotel room with Colonial Williamsburg Hotels. Otherwise, all guests are welcome to book holiday programs and events online and by phone or at a ticketing location beginning September 30, 2021.