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Williamsburg named in the top 25 ‘Hallmark-esque’ town in America

The lighting ceremony for the Colonial Williamsburg Christmas tree will take place at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

Runaway Suite, a blog by, recently compiled a list of the top 25 Hallmark Christmas Towns. is a hotel and travel agency site with stories such as the top places to visit for thrill-seekers and the top warm places to travel in the winter months.

Out of the Top 25 Hallmark Christmas Towns Index, Williamsburg was ranked at No. 6.

“We did the work for you and ranked some of the nicest, coziest small towns in America perfect for a Hallmark movie,” according the blog post. “Our process factored in scenery, friendliness, walkability, Christmas cheer, and small-town business representation.”

Williamsburg was chosen because of the blend of English traditions and new, original ones to the cheery atmosphere and jovial townspeople.

The blog post also noted the tradition of lighting cressets and placing single candles in windows and well as the 2,500 wreaths displayed in the historic area and the Christmas lights at Busch Gardens.

“It’s like slipping back into colonial days in this historic town,” according to the blog post. “Don’t be surprised if you run into a characteristic tricorne hat, especially during Christmastime.”

Read more about the Top 25 Hallmark Christmas Towns Index here.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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