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This site will help you plan your perfect weekend getaway to America's Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Each week, we'll feature different events and programs happening in our area. Whether you're planning a romantic escape, family adventure or relaxing retreat, the Williamsburg area offers something for every want, need and desire! Need help planning your trip? Contact us!

 



         


What's Happening:
December 15 - 21


This Week Only
Kimball Theatre- I’ll Be Home for Christmas: Don Irwin in Concert
Dec 19,
7:30 pm
Steinway Artist Don Irwin brings his annual Christmas show to the Kimball Theatre. The perfect blending of piano virtuosity and technique, coupled with heart and emotion, bringing your favorite holiday music to life. Celebrate this festive time of year with the beautiful music of the season performed by one of the world’s most gifted pianists.
Kimball Theatre – A Big Band Christmas
Dec 16 -
17, 7:30 pm
Swing to an evening of holiday classics from the 1930s and 1940s featuring The Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra. We’ll feature arrangements of the Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, and Duke Ellington orchestras as well as other seasonal favorites of the Big Band era.
A Candlelight Christmas Historic Homes in Charles City offer Progressive Tours during the Holiday Season
Dec 20,
3:15 pm - 7 pm
Break away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and let your imagination travel back to a by-gone era. Partake in a progressive candlelight tour of Edgewood, Shirley and Berkeley Plantations. Enjoy the famous hospitality at these three historic homes with Christmas celebrations through four centuries of history.
Williamsburg Farmers Market (LAST MARKET OF THE SEASON)
Dec 20,
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Over 30 vendors will have produce, eggs, baked goods, meats, cheeses, and more at the Williamsburg Farmers Market. Lynn Trott performs 10:30 am until 12:30 pm, and bagpipe performance by Geoffrey Saur at 12:30 pm. The Market accepts SNAP/EBT, credit cards, and W&M Express. Check online for available products and produce. The next market is February 14.
Colonial Williamsburg: A Chef’s Demonstration & Tasting : Prologue to Eggnog
Dec 20,
10 am - 12 pm
Eggnog just isn’t for drinking! Williamsburg Inn Executive Travis Brust will demonstrate how to make a number of unexpected desserts that feature his delicious eggnog recipe. Discover the decadent taste of Bourbon ice-cream with bruleed eggnog meringue and some of Chef’s other creations.
Bruton Parish: “AN ECLECTIC CHORAL HOLIDAY”
Dec 17,
10 am - 12 pm
The Williamsburg Music Club presents a free program featuring The Warhill Choirs, directed by Lisa Stone, with a diverse program of holiday choral music. Program begins at 11 a.m., Coffee & Conversation at 10 a.m. Public is invited.
“At Christmas be mery”
Dec 19,
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sir George Yeardley, Virginia’s governor in 1620, invites you to a special evening at Historic Jamestowne. From the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, travel by bus along the Colonial Parkway and learn of early English Christmas traditions and what the earliest Jamestown settlers expected during their Christmastide.
Colonial Williamsburg: A 1940s Bassett Hall Christmas
Dec 17, at
Multiple Times
Imagine yourself celebrating Christmas with the Rockefellers as you enjoy an evening at Bassett Hall. Multiple lighted trees and candles in every window will welcome you to the festively decorated house. The dining room table will be set for a lavish Christmas dinner party.
Colonial Williamsburg: Twelfth Night at the Governor’s Palace
Dec 17 -
19, at Multiple Times
Music and shipwrecks and swordfights–excitement for the entire family! Join us for this entertaining presentation of Shakespeare’s famous comedy about mistaken identity–appropriately performed during the holiday season.
Colonial Williamsburg: A Victorian Christmas Dinner
Dec 17 -
18, 7  - 9 pm
Enjoy a holiday dinner celebrating traditions originating in Victorian Britain. Dine on an elegant meal, prepared by Williamsburg Inn Executive Chef Travis Brust, and savor the included wine.
Holiday Music in New Town
Dec 1
- 18,  Afternoon or Evening

Come enjoy holiday music in New Town! We will have various groups performing throughout the month. Visit the website to see the full schedule!
Colonial Williamsburg: Christmas Victorian Tea
Dec 17 - 18, 3 - 4:30 pm
There’s nothing like a Victorian Christmas with its party games, delightful decorations, and fragrant food and drink. Travel back in time and learn how these wonderful traditions developed. Meakin, an English butler, will share these traditions with you during this special English tea.
Swinging on a Star: A Tribute to the Local USOs and the Troops of World War II
Dec 20,
at Multiple Times
Join us for an entertaining evening as we salute the efforts of local USO organizations’ efforts to bring comfort to area servicemen and -women serving far from home during World War II. Bob Hope and Frances Langford just couldn’t be everywhere, so Williamsburg citizens helped take up the slack.
Colonial Williamsburg: Wine, Wit & Wisdom- Italy: From the Grape to the Glass
Dec 20,
2 - 4:30 pm
Join Executive Chef Rhys H. Lewis for an interactive, educational, and fun wine tasting. Explore the grapes and the wines of Italy’s most celebrated wine regions paired with some of the best products from local farmers and artisan food crafters
Holiday Evening in the VLM Planetarium – Virginia Living Museum
Dec 20,
"Star of Wonder" 6:30 pm, "Laser Holidays" 7:30 pm
The Virginia Living Museum Planetarium presents “Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star,” an immersive look at the journey of the Magi, as we examine the latest clues and seek once more to understand the Star of Bethlehem. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Santa Visits the W&M Bookstore and Cafe – Merchants Square
Dec 21,
see website for times
Visit Santa in his sleigh at the W&M Bookstore and Café. Fans from age 2 to 102 will love this special, magical experience in the relaxed atmosphere of the bookstore café. A professional photographer will be on site for custom holiday photos.
“A Christmas Carol” Street Theater – Merchants Square
Dec 21,
see website for times
Enjoy a hilarious 30-minute street theater production of the Christmas classic from the Virginia Theatre Machine. Back for a 7th year! Exclusively in Merchants Square. Weather-permitting. See website for weather-related rescheduling.
Great Wolf Lodge Holiday Luncheon!
Dec 15 -
19, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Treat your staff or family to a holiday buffet at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg. Come and enjoy the feel of a big holiday party for a small holiday price. Reserve for an office of 1-2 people or reserve a table for a party of 10.
 
Historic Organ Recitals at the Wren Chapel
Dec 15 -
16, 10 am
All are welcome to join us for a recital on the historic 18th-century organ in the Wren Chapel. Recitals last a half-hour and are free and open to the public. All recitals this December are Christmas or Advent themed. More times
Father Christmas Strolls the Square – Merchants Square
Dec 20 -
21, see website for times
Greet Father Christmas in the Square on weekends throughout the season. Find him at the Christmas tree outside from the Precious Gem from 4-5 p.m. each day. See website for specific strolling hours on each day.
Make Your Own Ceramic Ornament (Youth)
Dec 16,
6 - 8 pm
Make your own, unique mixed media painting! In a two-hour class, you will learn the basics of mixed media painting and create your own piece of art! Visit our website for details and to register.
Introduction to Making Ceramics
Dec 18,
6 - 8 pm
Taught by our artist-in-residence, this two-hour class is an introduction to the basics of making ceramics by both the slab building and coil building methods.
Ongoing
“Busch Gardens Christmas Town”™
Through
Dec 31 (Select days, see website for schedule)
Celebrate the spirit of the season at Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town™. Christmas Town brings holiday traditions to life with heartwarming shows, delicious holiday dining and festive shopping opportunities. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world and keep warm with a mug of Busch Gardens’ signature hot chocolate.
A Colonial Christmas at Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
Dec 1
Jan 4, 2015 at 09:00am to 5:00pm

Holiday traditions of the 17th- and 18th-centuries are recalled through special interpretive programs and, from Dec. 26-31 and Jan. 2-5, musical entertainment of the period.
Centuries of Christmas at Berkeley Plantation
Dec 6 -
Jan 1
The elegant 1726 mansion will be beautifully decorated with fresh greenery from Berkeley’s gardens. Costumed guides will add a special touch to your holiday season with stories of Christmas at Berkeley through four centuries of history. Christmas tours are conducted daily from 9:30 until 4:30. The cost is $11 per person.
Colonial Williamsburg: Illumination of Market Square
Dec 9 -
23, 5:30 - 6:30 pm (Weekly Recurring)
Enjoy a traditional 18th-century seasonal celebration featuring the illumination of Market Square and the surrounding buildings with candles and cressets. The spectacle will be accompanied by a narrative, the firing of muskets, and music performed by the Fifes and Drums.
Colonial Williamsburg: Christmas Decorations Walking Tour
Dec 8 -
24, Various Times (Weekly Recurring)
Enjoy a guided look at Colonial Williamsburg’s picturesque building exteriors and streets decked in their holiday splendor.
MAD presents: The Holidays in Food and Art
Through
 Dec 31, 9 am - 6 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays
Thanksgiving and Christmas inspired chocolate desserts and cookies by Marcel Desaulniers are complemented by a collection of handmade Santas made by Connie Desaulniers.
A Touch of Earth Featured Artist of the Month – Russell Turnage
Dec 1
-31, Mon- Sat 9:30am - 5:30pm | Sun noon-5:00pm

Come see the works of local artist Fussell Turnage on display all month. Mr. Turnage is a local ceramic artist specializing in pottery.
Merchant Square Holiday Events
December

Holiday Entertainment each weekend in December, and daily beginning December 8. Merchants Square will again host festive holiday entertainment, including strolling musicians, Santa Claus and Father Christmas, and the family favorite “A Christmas Carol” in 30 minutes performed by the VA Theatre Machine.  Plus, much more!
Christmas in Yorktown Exhibit at The Gallery at York Hall
December
Come and enjoy the best of the best of local artist around our area.  There will be a mix of local and Christmas holiday art pieces at the Gallery at York Hall. 
A Celebration of Quilts
Through
Jun 30, 2016

Take in this new exhibition in the McCarl Gallery that features dozens of quilts that represent the diversity of quilts made in American from the 18th through 20th centuries. Several of the quilts are new to the collection and have never before been seen by the public.
Toshi Yoshida exhibit at Muscarelle Museum of Art
Oct 16 -
 Jan 11, 2015, see website for museum hours
Toshi Yoshida, 1911-1995 October 16, 2014 — January 11, 2015 Whether you are visiting for the first time or the hundredth, a visit to the Muscarelle is always an invigorating and  unique experience  in Williamsburg.
A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South
Through
Dec 31, 2015
This wide-ranging new exhibition celebrates the remarkable objects that were created in or imported to the Chesapeake, the Carolina low country, and southern backcountry. Created in conjunction with several sister institutions, the exhibition will highlight the aesthetic diversity brought to the region by the varied cultures and ethnic groups.
Jacques Callot Studies from the Permanent Collection
Through
Jan 11, 2015

This collection of etchings, by the 17th-century French printmaker Jacques Callot, represents a significant acquisition for the Museum. A variety of series that Callot completed over his career are on view, including a pristine impression of one of his best-known works, the etching of Saint Amond.
"Paper Trail: Recording Rites of Passage in German-Speaking America" Exhibit
Through June 30, 2015
A new exhibition at Colonial Williamsburg’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum celebrates the highly decorative and intricate records created by a diverse German-speaking population in early America. “Paper Trail: Recording Rites of Passage in German-Speaking America” is a collection of 17 frakturs — all created in Virginia and Pennsylvania — opening Saturday, June 29 in the Mary B. and William Lehman Guyton Gallery.
China of the Most Fashionable Sort Exhibition
Through 
Dec 31

China of the Most Fashionable Sort: Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial America will open March 15 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum of The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Chinese export porcelain played an important role in the lives of eighteenth-century colonists.
European Paintings from the Permanent Collection and Important Loans
Through
Jan 11, 2015

This exhibition is comprised of a selection of European landscapes, portraits and religious images, from the Baroque and Renaissance periods. The paintings come from the permanent collection and loans from Thomas D. Dossett and Associates and the Collection of Francesco and Oletta Lauro. Works by Titian, Diego Velázquez, and Luca Giordano.
Gallery at York Hall themed exhibits
Through  Dec 30
In its 13th season, the Gallery is located in York Hall and features a variety of themed exhibits that changes every six to eight weeks.

Savage Ancient Seas: Dinosaurs of the Deep Exhibition at the Mariners’ Museum
Through  Jan 5, 2015: Mon- Sat 9 am- 5 pm.; Sun: 11 am - 5 pm

Venture into the deep, dark pre-historic world of carnivorous marine reptiles, gigantic flesh-eating fish, flying reptiles with 3-foot skulls and the biggest sea turtles to have ever lived.

The World of Pocahontas, Unearthed
Through
Dec 31

The World of Pocahontas, Unearthed, an exhibit at the Voorhees Archaearium, reveals new details about the material world of Virginia’s Native peoples and their interaction with the English settlers. The exhibit draws from thousands of archaeological artifacts found at James Fort.

Kabuki Theater Woodcuts Exhibit
Through 
Jan 11, 2015

Kabuki (its name comprised of the Kanji characters for “sing”, “dance”, and “skill”) is a form of Japanese theatre known for its elaborate costumes, striking makeup, and intricate choreography. The ancient celebration of the beautiful and the bizarre is immortalized in this exhibition.
CELEBRATING THE AMERICAN SCENE: Painters of the Federal Art Program
Through Jan 11, 2015

The paintings and watercolors in this exhibition were commissioned by the Federal Arts Project (1935—1943), a sector of the Works Progress Administration that promoted the creation of hundreds of thousands of works of art around the country for display in schools, libraries, and other public buildings.
European Paintings from the Permanent Collection and Important Loans
Through Jan 11, 2015

This exhibition is comprised of a selection of European landscapes, portraits and religious images, from the Baroque and Renaissance periods. The paintings come from the permanent collection and loans from Thomas D. Dossett and Associates and the Collection of Francesco and Oletta Lauro. Works by Titian, Diego Velázquez, and Luca Giordano.
 “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” Special Exhibition – Jamestown Settlement
Through
Sept 2015, 9 am - 5 pm

Objects from The Mariners’ Museum are featured in this special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement tracing the evolution of the dugout canoe through the centuries, from the watercraft of the Powhatan people 400 years ago to multi-log trade vessels and work and racing boats. More than 100 objects from The Mariners’ Museum.
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