Thursday, November 30, 2023

Celebrate ‘Christmastide in Virginia’ at Jamestown Settlement, American Revolution Museum

History lovers can experience 'Christmastide in Virginia' at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution at Yorktown museums this holiday season. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)
History lovers can experience ‘Christmastide in Virginia’ at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution at Yorktown museums this holiday season. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation announced Friday their holiday programs at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

“Experience 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions through interpretive programs and demonstrations, and enjoy festive fun with period musical entertainment, all from a safe social distance,” according to the nonprofit’s news release. “‘Christmastide in Virginia’ event activities are included with general admission and have been adapted to ensure the health and safety of everyone with new protective protocols.”

Admission is free for Historic Triangle residents with proof of residency. You can read more about each museum’s events below.

Jamestown Settlement

Outdoor areas: See the English colonists’ Christmas at Sea, Powhatan Indian hospitality with historical interpreters and how people used hunting tools and preserved food. Expect wreaths and “fancy cooking” at James Fort, too.

Musical entertainment: Daily at the fort at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Expect fiddler David Gardner on Dec. 19-20, 24, 26, 30-31 and caroling by Rebecca Suerdieck on Dec. 21-23, 27-29.

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

  • Location: 200 Water St.
  • Tickets: Adults $15.25, children ages 6-12 $7.75 and children 6 and younger get in free.

Outdoor areas: See the Continental Army’s experience in the winter months such as food rations and see “flintlock musket” demonstrations from historical interpreters. Expect holiday traditions like decorating the table and open hearth cooking at the Revolution-era farm.

Musical entertainment: Daily at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Fifes & Drums of Yorktown perform on Dec. 19, 22-24, 26, 30-31 and musician Carson Hudson on Dec. 20-21, 27-29.

You can buy tickets online to both museums which costs $27.50 for adults and $13.50 for children ages 6-12. Each combo ticket has seven days of unlimited museum visits.

Those looking for last minute holiday gifts can visit the museums’ gift shops ––without paying admission––which is open everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or shop online here.

“Christmastide in Virginia” goes from Dec. 19-31 at both museums. The outdoor areas are open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the indoor areas are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking is free and private tours are available for 14 people or less but reservations is required. The museums are closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.


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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