What Yule Do: Dec. 4-6

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Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center will be offering special holiday programs throughout the month of December. (Courtesy JYF)
Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center will be offering special holiday programs throughout the month of December. (Courtesy Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

It is that time of year again: The Historic Triangle is bursting at the seams with fun-filled holiday events and activities.

From now through the New Year we will be bringing you a special weekly edition of all the holiday festivities taking place around town each weekend.


Get in the Christmas spirit with the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band annual holiday concert Friday at Saint Bede Catholic Church. This is one of the group’s most popular performances every year, so head on over at 7 p.m. Friday and take in the sounds of the season. This concert is free and open to the public.

The William & Mary Women’s Chorus, Botetourt Chamber Singers and Choir will give their annual Winter Concert on Saturday, so bring the family and enjoy a day of sing-along carols and joint performances of the choirs. The Women’s Chorus will take the stage at 2 p.m. Saturday and the Chamber Singers and Choir will go on at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for general admission, $3 for students. Both shows will take place at Phi Beta Kappa Hall.

Williamsburg Symphonia’s Holiday Pops Concert will take place at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Symphonia will perform an assortment of seasonal music sure to please the whole family at the Kimball Theatre. Tickets are $27 per person and can be purchased at the Kimball Theatre box office.

St. Mark Lutheran Church is presenting “Virginia Handbell Consort: Holiday Impressions,” a lively program to usher in the Christmas season. The Handbell Consort will take on secular, religious and classical Christmas favorites such as the overtures from the Nutcracker, Carol of the Bells and more. A reception will follow the performance, which begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

The Cantori Choral Ensemble is celebrating 10 years with a Christmas concert at Walnut Hills Baptist Church on Sunday. Drawing on music performed over the past 10 years, the concert is sure to be a moving tribute to the season. The show will begin at 5 p.m. and admission is free.

Shows and Educational Programs

Head over to Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center Dec. 1 through Jan. 3 to celebrate a “Colonial Christmas.” Visitors can learn all about 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions and participate in holiday-oriented tours and interpretive programs. Don’t miss your chance to learn about the food, festivities and traditions off early settlers. Admission is free for residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg.

King of Glory Lutheran Church is celebrating its 25th anniversary this holiday season with “Every Christmas Story Ever Told… And Then Some!” This free show is a wild romp through classic Christmas stories and traditions being performed by the King’s Players on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This show is free and no tickets are required. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Take in a show and support local arts with the Williamsburg Players’ “Holiday Favorites From Stage and Screen.” The company will be singing, dancing and playing all your holiday favorites in this musical revue fundraiser, so head over at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the James-York Playhouse. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and children.

The entire family is in for a treat at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg’s “Wassail!” Come out and enjoy rare musical instruments playing traditional holiday carols at 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $6 in addition to museum admission, so grab the kids and head on over.

Everything Else

Peninsula Agency on Aging is hosting a “Mingle & Jingle Open House” on Friday for area seniors and their families to come out and learn about options for maintaining independence as they age. This festive open house will feature food, music, raffles and tons of information on resources for everything from home-delivered meals to medical transportation. This event will take place at the agency’s Williamsburg offices from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and is free and open to the public.

The Williamsburg Christmas Parade is celebrating its 50th anniversary with year with a Golden Christmas celebration. The parade will kick off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on Richmond Road, so head over and take in floats inspired by the past five decades as well as performances by marching bands and an appearance by Santa Claus. It is promising to be a special year for the parade.

Green Spring Garden Club is presenting the 56th annual edition of its Christmas Homes Tour. From 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, come out and tour around the historic area. All tickets include free parking at the Visitor Center and use of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s buses between the Visitor Center and the Revolutionary City. Tickets are $35 for all six houses or $10 per single house.

Yorktown is putting on its 10th annual Christmas Market on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Bring your wallet and browse among dozens of local craft and specialty goods vendors while enjoying live music and a festive atmosphere throughout the day. Local restaurants will also be serving up holiday favorites, so don’t forget your appetite. Rumor has it that Santa Claus himself will even make an appearance from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing, so don’t miss out on your chance to meet the jolly old elf.

What better way to ring in the holidays than by getting a portrait with your pet? Williamsburg Area Faith in Action is offering Christmas Portraits with your Furry Family Members at St. Francis Pet Resort to benefit the organization’s Therapy Dog Program. Sittings are available from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and reservations must be made in advance by calling Joan Lucera at 757-784-0789.

Head down to the riverfront for the 19th annual Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade at 7 p.m. Saturday. A spirited assembly of boats decked out in holiday lights will transform the night. Head over to view the spectacle or sign up to get your boat in the show by calling 757-890-4970. This event is free and open to the public.

It is one of the biggest weekends of the year for Colonial Williamsburg: Grand Illumination. The festivities will take place throughout the historic area starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday and will include live music, unique shopping opportunities and of course the big fireworks finale. The area is open to the public but some events require additional tickets.