Updated 12/14/22 to remove past events.
As autumn leaves fall along our quaint tree-lined streets and the air takes on a winter crispness, the holiday season shifts into gear in Williamsburg. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, special events fill the local calendar, and the mix of historical and holiday traditions makes for a festive season around town.
Our Williamsburg bed and breakfast is two blocks from Colonial Williamsburg, where the world’s largest living museum's 300-acre campus comes alive during the holidays. Stroll through the Historic Area and enjoy Christmas decorations adorning 18th-century taverns and brick buildings while stopping into many trade shops to see weavers, furniture makers, and more.. As evening snow falls, enjoy the lighted cresset baskets that line the streets, experiencing how the holidays looked a few centuries ago.
Liberty Ice Pavilion opens on 11/18, kicking off the winter activities downtown. Located along Duke of Gloucester St, a block from the inn in Merchant's Square, the rink offers ice skating and skate rentals throughout the winter. Skate with the family, sip hot chocolate or cider, and enjoy the magical setting.
Wind down with a drink at one of the restaurants, wineries, and breweries.
Check the Colonial Williamsburg calendar for special holiday-themed events and shows throughout December, such as folk art ornament making and wreath decorating workshops. Several programs like Talk of the Town - Christmastide, Silent Night, Of Christmas Past, and A Fugitive Christmas take a fascinating look at our country’s past and how history informed our holiday celebrations.
Be sure to visit the magnificent 40-foot-tall tree in the heart of the Historic Area, lit with thousands of lights. It stays lit throughout the holidays.
If you’re looking to add some thrills to your holiday stay, visit nearby Busch Gardens through January 8th, 2023 where you can check out their Christmas Town extravaganza between rides on their world-famous rollercoasters. You’ll find live holiday shows on big stages, specialty shops, and over 10 million lights, one of the most spectacular light displays in the country.
Stay with us and experience the holiday season’s unique charm in Williamsburg!
View more events on the Colonial Williamsburg holiday planner (pdf)