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Williamburg’s guide for navigating holiday event traffic this weekend

Christmas Parade 2015
City of Williamsurg float from the 2015 Christmas Parade. (file photo)

The holiday season is here, and the Williamsburg Police Department has released a guide for navigating through traffic in the city this weekend.

The city will play host to the annual Christmas Parade at 8 a.m. Saturday and Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to a City of Williamsburg news alert.

“These fun holiday events bring in many visitors and guests to the city,” the alert said. “To best prepare for company and heavy traffic, please note the following road closures, detours and parking recommendations as provided by the Williamsburg Police Department:”

Closures, parking and traffic guides for the events are as follows:

Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 3, 8 a.m.

The parade will begin at Richmond Road and Brooks Street, traveling east on Richmond Road to the intersection of North Boundary Street and Duke of Gloucester Street. It will cross over onto the Duke of Gloucester Street and proceed to Henry Street where it will turn right. The parade will end at the intersection of Francis Street. The parade is expected to last an hour.

The following streets will close at 7:55 a.m.:

  • Richmond Road from Wythe Avenue to North Boundary Street
  • North Henry Street from Prince George Street to Newport Avenue
  • Francis Street from Nassau Street to South Boundary Street
  • Nassau Street from Francis Street to Newport Avenue

The following street will close at 7:40 a.m.:

  • Richmond Road from Lafayette Street to Wythe Avenue


Richmond Road East – Detour Lafayette Street to Page Street. Tum right onto York Street; continue on Francis Street to South England Street. Tum left onto South England Street and right onto Newport Avenue. From Newport Avenue tum right onto South Boundary Street and left onto Jamestown Road.Vehicles exiting parking lots east of Lafayette Street on Richmond Road will be detoured at Wythe Avenue.

Jamestown Road – Detour South Boundary Street to Newport Avenue. From Newport Avenue, turn left and proceed to South England Street. Tum left onto South England Street and right onto Francis Street. Continue on Francis Street to York Street and Turn Left on Lafayette Street. Proceed straight on Lafayette Street to Richmond Road.

Grand Illumination – Sunday, December 4, 5-7:30 p.m.

The following streets will close at 8:00 a.m.:

  • Duke of Gloucester Street
  • Blair Street
  • Botetourt Street
  • Queen Street
  • Colonial Street
  • Nicholson Street from Palace Green east to North England Street
  • Prince George from Nassau Street east to Palace Green
  • Palace Street from Duke of Gloucester north to Nicholson Street
  • Scotland Street from Palace Green east to North England
  • Nicholson Street from Palace Green east to North England
  • Nicholson from North England east to Waller
  • North England from Nicholson north to Tobacco Road

The following streets will close at noon:

  • Francis Street from the intersection of Page and York Streets west to Henry Street
  • Waller Street
  • South England Street from the intersection with Francis Street south to Newport Avenue
  • Nassau Street from Prince George Street south to Newport Avenue
  • Court Street

Other streets:

  • Scotland Street from North England to Palace Green will close to pedestrian traffic at 5:15 p.m.
  • Tobacco Road from North England Street to the Colonial Parkway will close at approx. 6:55 p.m.
  • Route 132Y from the Colonial Parkway west to Route 132 will close to facilitate vehicle traffic leaving the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center parking lots at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Parking for events:

  • The Prince George Parking Garage on Henry Street may be used for parking for both events.
  • The Parking Terrace on Boundary Street is also available.
  • PLEASE observe all “No Parking” areas.
  • Please do not block any driveways, fire hydrants, or park vehicles too close to intersections.
  • It is recommended not to park on any “off road,” grass, or non-pavement areas.
  • Colonial Williamsburg advises that Handicap parking spots will be in the Tavern parking lots on Francis Street.
  • Avoid parking anywhere near the railroad tracks or crossing areas.
  • Plan on a heavy volume of traffic before and after these events.
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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