A Colonial Christmas European Style
Enjoy a “Colonial Christmas” at Jamestown Settlement. This program compares the contrast of English Christmas customs of the 1600s with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years. In the re-created colonial fort, you may encounter the English tradition of the Lord of Misrule, “grand captain of all mischief.” An afternoon drive on the scenic Colonial Parkway takes you to Yorktown, where the decisive victory of the American Revolution was won. Take a stroll through Historic Yorktown village and along Riverwalk Landing. Next stop, the Yorktown Victory Center. At the Continental Army encampment, learn about winter camp life and hear accounts of Christmas during the war, as well as assist the quartermaster in preparing military supplies. At the 1780s farm, historical interpreters demonstrate a variety of holiday activities, including sharing the English tradition of Boxing Da and setting a farmhouse table for a holiday feast.
“The Christmas Decorations Walking Tour” at Colonial Williamsburg is a great way to enjoy the Historic Area all decked out in holiday finery with boughs, wreaths and other decorations. At the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, 18th- & 19th-century holiday traditions will be the subject of special focus tours. Art programs will allow you to explore the exhibitions, make a toy, ornament or decoration to take home. In the evening, enjoy Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration Europen style. Stroll under a canopy of more than a million twinkling lights and on every street corner you’ll hear the sounds of the season. From traditional Christmas favorites in England, to country-style classics in New France and Celtic sounds in the streets of Ireland. Make sure to visit Santa’s workshop at the North Pole before heading to Oktoberfest to view Virginia’s tallest lighted Christmas tree.