Williamsburg Christmas Events

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There is nothing quite like Christmas in Williamsburg.  With exciting attractions at Busch Gardens and Colonial Williamsburg, dining in historic taverns, world-class shopping, and magical holiday shows, your holiday memories will be made here.

Here are some of the must-see attractions as part of any Williamsburg Christmas package.  Visit our Williamsburg Tickets page for a list of all available tickets or visit our Williamsburg Christmas Packages page to see a list of our most popular combinations!

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Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area

The sights and sounds of an 18th Century holiday come alive in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. As you stroll cobblestone streets lit each evening with crackling bonfires, the smell of more than five miles of authentic pine roping surrounds. Performances by the Fife and Drum Corps celebrate American Independence, while the windows of historic homes shine with a single candle, a tradition that was started in Williamsburg.

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Busch Gardens Christmas Town

More than eight million lights twinkle as you wind your way through the European countries of Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. A perfect combination of heartwarming and fun, Busch Gardens will have everyone saying “This is Christmas!” In addition to thrilling rides, you will enjoy Broadway style holiday shows as well as interactive shows and dining experiences that feature your Sesame Street friends—and of course the jolly elf himself, Santa Claus. Captivating confections tempt around every corner with signature Hot Chocolate and holiday treats that bring a smile to every face.

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Williamsburg Premium Outlets

The best brands at outlet pricing may sound too good to be true, but at Williamsburg Premium Outlets it is exactly what you will find. They will never know you saved hundreds when they open the boxes on Christmas morning! With 130+ stores, Williamsburg Premium Outlets has it all in one convenient location. Don’t miss Black Friday Savings when the doors open at midnight. Williamsburg Premium Outlets has the name brands you want at discount prices, including Coach, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Nike, Under Armour, Brooks Brothers, and more!

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Yankee Candle Village

At the Yankee Candle Flagship Store, your whole family can experience an enchanting mix of shopping and entertainment. One of only two such stores in the country, here you will find a lot more than candles. A complete Christmas Village offers animated scenes, a toy train that travels along a sky full of twinkling stars, and real snow! With a home store, toyshop, café, and—of course—more than 400 different scents of Yankee Candles, there is something here to make everyone’s eyes sparkle.

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Merchants Square

Adjacent to the Historic Area you will find Merchant’s Square, with casual and fine dining, art galleries, boutiques, and Colonial Williamsburg at Home signature stores. This charming area—that feels like something out of a Dickens Village—is the place to find the perfect gift for the person with everything. A sandwich from the world-famous Cheese Shop is a must for lunch while The Trellis Restaurant is home to the original Death By Chocolate. Stop in for dessert or to pick up a signed copy of the famous cookbook.

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Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Foundation

At the Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center, holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are recalled through special interpretive programs. A Jamestown Settlement holiday film and guided tours compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony. At the Yorktown Victory Center, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in Revolutionary War encampments and glimpse holiday preparations on a 1780s farm.