Williamsburg Aglow for the Holidays

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Nov 18, 2011 | Updated: Apr 17, 2018

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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 with the Grand Illumination. 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.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens must be on your “Christmas in Williamsburg” radar. If you’re imagining just a few lights to decorate BG, think again. There are five million lights, a 50′ Christmas tree with animated lights, and 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. Buy the peppermint fudge hot chocolate.
2.  There are real penguins.
3.  Santa is there, and he’s a good Santa. Not a mall Santa at all.
4. Elmo and the Sesame Street Forest of Fun gang are in on the Christmas action, too.
5. The shows are inspirational, traditional, and just what you’d 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 an affordable gift (and will no doubt be very much appreciated). A single evening ticket is $30.


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


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