Tuesday, September 26, 2023

What Yule Do: Dec. 16-20

This week's "Wine, Wit & Wisdom" is all about celebrating Christmas in Virginia. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg)
This week’s “Wine, Wit & Wisdom” is all about celebrating Christmas in Virginia. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg)

Christmas is just a week away, and the Historic Triangle is celebrating the lead-up to the holiday with plenty of festive concerts and special programs all over town. Get in the spirit of the season while you still can.

Head to the Museum

Head over to Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center 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.

Stephen Christoff will star in “Deck the Halls,” a rousing holiday show at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Christoff will be bringing humor and singing, accompanying himself on a various rare instruments like the musical saw, Jew’s harp, Spanish guitar, comb and paper, spoons and mandolin. The show begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday, and tickets are $5 on top of museum admission.

Head over to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg this Thursday for “Joy in the Morning,” a special program led by a Colonial-era former slave and Baptist preacher Gowan Pamphlet. His inspirational message will bring home the joy and importance of family that is central to this time of year. This program will begin at 11 a.m. and admission $3, plus the cost of a museum ticket.

The Runaway String Band will be performing its unique brand of acoustic holiday music at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg this Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m.  These longtime Williamsburg-area musicians will be taking on a mix of holiday songs from regions up and down the east coast, intermixed with classic seasonal stories. Tickets are $7 in addition to museum admission.

Music of the Season

The trombone quartet “SantaBones” is presenting a special holiday program Wednesday at Bruton Parish Hall featuring seasonal favorites, contemporary jazz and show tunes. This free show is presented by the Williamsburg Music Club and will begin at 10 a.m.

The Williamsburg Women’s Chorus is putting on its annual winter concert Friday at Walnut Hills Baptist Church. The chorus will be joined by guest singers from the Williamsburg Youth Chorale and the Williamsburg Treble Singers, and will perform a selection of seasonal favorites. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students.

Everything Else

Bust out your best ugly sweater and head over to Alewerks this Friday for an Ugly Sweater Party! From 5 to 9 p.m. come out and enjoy pint specials for everyone and anyone wearing an ugly sweater. Plus there will be live music from the Lovecats. A portion of the proceeds will go to Child Development Resources, so don’t miss you chance to have some fun and get in the holiday spirit.

Wine, Wit & Wisdom” is celebrating Christmas in Virginia on Saturday. Join Sommelier Noreen Graziano for a festive and interactive tasting of Virginia wines and small bites featuring local, artisanal ingredients. The fun starts at the Williamsburg Lodge at 2 p.m. and tickets are $50.95 per person. Eat, drink and be merry!

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