Williamsburg Aglow for the Holidays

by Casey Higgins | Posted on November 18th, 2011

Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg

Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg

Yesterday I gave you the scoop on Richmond’s amazing lights for the 100 Miles of Lights event that covers multiple cities every year. Today, Williamsburg’s up!

Kick off the festivities in Colonial Williamsburg on December 4 with the Grand Illumination event. First, it’s free – no ticket or reservation is required – and second, there are THREE fireworks displays and multiple stages of musical performances. The show starts at 5:15 p.m. Arrive early for good parking.

If you care to stay the night, there are enticing travel packages to be had, and they cover more than what you might think.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens is entering its second year. If you’re imagining just a few lights to decorate BG, think again. There are now FIVE MILLION lights (up from a mere two million last year), a 50′ Christmas tree with animated lights, and I hear the park even smells like Christmas with the scent of warm sugar cookies and pine wafting in the wind.

If you “do” Christmas Town, know these things in advance:

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

1. You must buy the peppermint fudge hot chocolate. It’s mandatory and you won’t be sorry. (Really it’s not mandatory, but let’s pretend it is.)
2.  There are real penguins. You will fall in love, no questions asked.
3.  Santa is there, and he’s a good Santa, too. Not a mall Santa at all. And he’s building toys.
4. Elmo and the Sesame Street Forest of Fun gang are in on the Christmas action, too.
5. The shows are heartwarming, traditional, and just what you expect at Christmas time.
6. While not all of the rides are available in the winter, plenty are, and the one you mustn’t miss is Flight of Lights.
7. The dining menus change to reflect a traditional Christmas meal.
8. Christmas Town is not open daily. The schedule:
- Begins November 25
- Friday and Saturday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 3 to 9 p.m.
- Daily from December 16 through 31, 3 to 10 p.m. Exceptions: Close at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
9. Christmas Town is an affordable gift (and will no doubt be very much appreciated). A single evening ticket is $24.99. If you can and want to go three consecutive nights, I suggest the Discovery Ticket for $32.99.

Back to those travel packages …

 A Williamsburg Christmas Experience * Three days of unlimited admission to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens * Choose your own accommodation * from $119.99/person for two nights

Christmas in Williamsburg from Country Inn & Suites * Two tickets to Busch Gardens for one day * $20 restaurant gift certificate valid at over 60 area restaurants * Christmas gift * breakfast * from $139/night

Decked Out with All the Trimmings * Three-day Discovery Ticket to Busch Gardens * Two Busch Gardens Parking Vouchers * Dining certificate for a traditional meal and hot chocolate served in a souvenir mug * Choose your own accommodation * rates dependent upon number of guests and lodging choice 

Hungry for more 100 Miles of Lights info? Go to Virginia.org/100MilesofLights/.

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