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Williamsburg makes top 20 list of small towns to visit on Christmas

Williamsburg in top small towns
The grand illumination is just one of the reasons Country Living named Williamsburg one of the county’s best small towns for celebrating Christmas. (Photo Courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg)

Williamsburg ranks among the nation’s 20 best small towns for celebrating Christmas, according to Country Living Magazine.

Williamsburg landed the No. 7 spot on the list, behind locations such as  Asheville, N.C. (No. 3), Woodstock, Vt. (No. 2) and Jackson, Wyo. (No. 4).

The No. 1 small town is Leavenworth, Wash., according to the list.

Country Living spotlighted Williamsburg holiday mainstays such as torchlight caroling, fife and drum performances and interpretive programs.

Also noted was the Grand Illumination, with fireworks and a historic gun-salute display.

Finally, the editors said, for “the less historic minded,” there is Busch Gardens and its Christmas Town programming, with its focus on “European holiday traditions.”

Williamsburg was the only Virginia town to make the list, which also included Red Wing, Minn. (No. 16), Annapolis, Md. (No. 10) and Taos, N.M. (No. 13).

Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.

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