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Fire and ice – a grand start to the holiday season.

Fireworks, ice skating, hot cider, musical performers, holiday decorations, cressets and candles ablaze … the festivities are all around you during Sunday’s Grand Illumination. Here’s how to enjoy it to the fullest:

Check out Liberty’s Ice Pavilion presented by Dominion Resources. Lace up some skates or just enjoy the ambience of our winter wonderland with friends and family – along with a cup of hot chocolate or cider.

See it all — you’ll need a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket to gain entry into all the historic sites and to ride our convenient shuttle.  Live locally?  Be sure to get a Good Neighbor Pass for only $10!

Make dining reservations at the Williamsburg Lodge’s Illumination Feast and Festivities. For dining without reservations, visit the Williamsburg Inn Restoration Bar, Huzzah! BBQ Grille, or one of the many concession stands located throughout the Historic Area.

Download the CW Explorer App from the App store or Google Play for up-to-the-minute event information and navigation help.

Share photos and videos of your Grand Illumination celebration on Colonial Williamsburg’s Facebook Page, Colonial Williamsburg on Twitter, and Colonial Williamsburg on Instagram using #CWGrandIllumination.