Colonial Christmas in Williamsburg

Grand Illumination Weekend Experience

  • Date

    December 7-10, 2019 | Sat / Tue – 4 Days

  • Location

    Colonial Williamsburg | Berkeley Plantation | Yorktown


Relive Christmas past on this joyous holiday trip! Experience centuries-old holiday traditions in Colonial Williamsburg, where carolers in historical costume walk through the streets, handmade wreaths don the doorways, and candles twinkle in the windows. Visit during Grand Illumination weekend, when the Revolutionary City lights up with fireworks, fifes and drums provide 18th-century-holiday music, balladeers and musicians perform, and celebratory activities abound. Enjoy dinner in a historic tavern and tour Berkeley Plantation. Stop in Historic Yorktown on Christmas Market day and stroll the booths with handmade wares as well as the shops, galleries, museums, and restaurants — among the aromas of roasted chestnuts and mulled cider


  • A magical time to be in Williamsburg for a truly old-fashioned holiday experience
  • Welcome dinner at a Colonial Tavern
  • Special Grand Illumination celebration dinner
  • Christmas decorations tour in the Revolutionary City
  • Guided tour of Berkeley Plantation
  • Spend time in historic Yorktown
  • Free day in Colonial Williamsburg
  • Optional visit to popular Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
  • Yankee Candle Village


  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Newport News, Virginia
  • Escorted
  • 3 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling


Sat, Dec 7: Fly to Newport News, Virginia and transfer to historic Yorktown just in time to enjoy their Christmas Market festivities. Check in to the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites located near Colonial Williamsburg, steps from all of the action; and you’ll have a pass to enter the Revolutionary City for the duration of your stay. Settle in and then have some free time to explore. The grounds are full of candlelight, music, and merriment, with enchanting holiday programs and events. This evening, join the group at an historic tavern for a Welcome Dinner and colonial pub experience. (Meal: Dinner)

Sun, Dec 8: Following breakfast, take a delightful and informative Christmas Decorations walking tour, and then have the day at leisure to do as you please in Colonial Williamsburg. This evening, gather with the group for an included Grand Illumination Celebration Dinner followed by viewing thousands of Christmas illuminations being activated among festive musical performances, warm bonfires, and fireworks displays — the kick off to the season and the grandest event of the year! (B,D)

Mon, Dec 9: After breakfast, depart forBerkeley Plantation. The Georgian mansion on the grounds is the birthplace of William Henry Harrison (“Old Tippecanoe,” governor of the Indiana Territory and ninth President of the United States), and is the ancestral home of his grandson, Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States and U.S. Senator from Indiana. Tour the mansion and enjoy some hot cider and cookies. Spend extra time in Colonial Williamsburg this afternoon and evening, or choose the option to visit Busch Gardens Christmas Town, offering one of the largest Christmas light displays in North America, as well as festive food and drink, holiday shopping, and heart-warming, top-rated shows! (B)

Tue, Dec 10: Enjoy a leisurely morning before you pack up all of your holiday memories and check out of the hotel. Stop at Yankee Candle Village, with more than 400,000 candles and 200 different scents. Stroll through their Holiday Park and its 40,000 ornaments. Take part in activities like Wax Works, where you can create your own jar candle. There’s time for lunch on your own before transferring to the airport to catch the flight home. (B)


Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites.

Boasting the ideal blend of comfort and convenience, the Woodlands Hotel & Suites is the perfect starting point for your adventure in Colonial Williamsburg, centrally located next to the Visitor Center. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator • complimentary WiFi Internet access • outdoor pool • fitness center • full-service spa.


  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $1,699
  • Triple P/P – $1,589
  • Single – $1,999
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $1,259
  • Triple P/P – $1,149
  • Single – $1,559

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