Market on Main: Historic Yorktown hums for the holidays is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Alpacas in Yorktown
Alpacas, Santa Claus and a vintage fire truck will be at Yorktown’s Christmas Market on Saturday. (Photo courtesy York County Public Information)

From live Alpacas and antique cars to roasted chestnuts and Santa Claus, Yorktown’s Main Street will come alive for the holidays Saturday.

The 11th Annual Yorktown Christmas Market kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m., according to a release.

Even if you’ve finished your holiday shopping, there will be plenty to do.

If you need gifts, crafters will be selling everything from jewelry and pet accessories to pottery and wreaths.

If shopping makes you hungry, there will vendors with fudge, cupcakes and kettle corn.

If you like entertainment with a holiday theme, there will be strolling carolers and a brass quartet.

And if you’re into living history, Yorktown buildings and museums will be open and decorated for the holidays, including the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, Yorktown Battlefield, the York County Historical Museum, Custom House, Watermen’s Museum, and Museum on Main.

If you go, here’s a sample of what you’ll find and tips on how to get around.

Gifts and Shopping

Vendors will have a wealth of arts-and-craft items for you to take home and enjoy — or give away.

Among the offerings: Christmas greens and wreaths, jewelry, woodwork, candles, bamboo pillows, painted glassware, pet accessories, birdhouses, coastal art, alpaca products, handmade soaps and lotions, photography, pottery, gift baskets and Christmas ornaments, according to the release.

Local stores and galleries will also get into the spirit with displays, giveaways and discounts.

Black Dog Gallery will have holiday decorations, frames and cookies.

The Gallery at York Hall will have a “Christmas in Yorktown” exhibit with the Senior Center of York, and pewter Christmas ornaments made by Mark Shields, a local artist.

On the Hill Gallery will have live entertainment from Rich Follett and light refreshments.

Nancy Thomas Gallery will be giving away a free angel pin with every purchase and offering a 15 percent discount on certain items.

Grace Church Parish Book & Gift Shop will be open from 11 2 p.m., with holiday gifts and advent calendars.

Food, Glorious Food

Chestnuts roasting in Yorktown
Seasonal fare like roasted chestnuts will be available in Yorktown Saturday. (Photo courtesy York County Public Information)

Yorktown eateries will be also be on hand with some limited samples from their menus, including Water Street Grille, Creekside Catering, Chef K, Kathi’s Clam Chowder, and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Market vendors will offer a range of treats, seasonal and otherwise, for gift-giving or consuming on the spot.

There will be roasted chestnuts, clam chowder, cookies, crepes, donuts, jams and jellies, bread, seafood, peanuts, hot pepper sauce, cupcakes, seasonings, spice blends, dips, candy, chocolate fudge, kettle corn and pies, according to the release.


The Fifes & Drums of York Town will perform just after the opening bell, meaning when The Town Crier rings in the market at 10 a.m.

Santa Claus will be on Main Street from 10-11 a.m. and from 1-2 p.m. He’ll be at Riverwalk Landing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

At 10:30 a.m., the Dickens Trio will sing carols while dressed in period costume.

The Santabones, a trombone quartet, will perform holiday selections at 12:15 p.m.

Between Read and Nelson Streets, The Watermen’s
 Museum will have interactive programs about sailors of the 1700s.

The Peninsula Model Train Club will host a model-train display in York Hall’s lower level from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Antique car buffs take note: York County’s oldest original fire truck, a 1955 Dodge, will be at the corner of Main and Nelson Streets. And several antique cars will be on display on Main Street.

Brass quintet takes Yorktown
Strolling carolers, a fife-and-drum band and a brass quartet will be among the musicians in Yorktown Saturday. (Photo courtesy York County Public Information)

Getting Around

The Yorktown trolley will run from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., following its usual route.

There is handicapped parking on the lower level of the parking terrace at Riverwalk Landing , York Hall, the National Park Service Visitor Center, and in public parking areas.

There is no rain date for the Christmas Market. Call the weather hotline for updates at 757-890-3520.

For a holiday-event schedule, go to or call 757-890-3500.