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Here’s the wonderful thing about visiting Williamsburg: the end of summer is the beginning of fall.
And that means the beginning of the holiday season. Don’t worry, we’re not rushing the end of summer! But we just thought you should know about the hugely anticipated holiday events that keep the excitement going from now through the end of the year. King’s Creek has the scoop on all of it, so mark your calendars now!
Where: Busch Gardens
When: Friday-Sunday, September 14 – October 27
First up—Halloween! No one does it better than Busch Gardens. Howl-O-Scream is a month-long celebration that offers bone-chilling, elaborate haunted houses, themed scare zones, and spooky shows. A new favorite at the park is the escape room experience, where guests choose between two physical adventure games that test your brain power in a timed mystery exercise packed with tricks and riddles.
The best part is that all of your favorite rides and coasters, like Apollo’s Chariot, Alpengeist and Verbolten, get dressed up for Halloween as well. If you thought that these rides were scary during the day, just wait till you ride them in total darkness…
Where: Jamestown Settlement
When: November 28-30, 2019, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admit it: You totally take your refrigerator, electric stove and microwave for granted. We’re not judging, but our ancestors might. For Virginia’s English colonists and Native Americans, cooking was significantly more challenging and more time-consuming than it is today, but just as critical for survival. Come to Jamestown, one of the cities that make up the Historic Triangle, and learn how food was prepared in 17th- and 18th-century Virginia. This three-day event begins on Thanksgiving Day and teaches you the fascinating story of how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea. The Jamestown Settlement Café even offers a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, so you don’t have to worry about going hungry!
Where: The Palace Green in Colonial Williamsburg
When: Sunday, December 8 at 8:45 p.m.
Nothing gets kids excited like Christmas time, and we highly recommend kicking off the Christmas season with Williamsburg’s renowned Grand Illumination event. Back in the 18th century, people liked to celebrate big occasions with gunfire and fireworks—and you can witness it first-hand in the 21st century from the comfort of a blanket or lawn chair. Gather your loved ones for a night of merriment with musical performances and beautiful fireworks in three locations. (Tip: bring paper cups and a big thermos of hot cocoa for everyone to share.)
Where: Busch Gardens
When: TBD (will be provided when available!)
Christmas Town is Virginia’s largest Christmas celebration. Celebrate this special holiday with Christmas-themed attractions, holiday shows, and gorgeous displays with millions of twinkling lights. Take a stroll through the Polar Pathway, where the unmistakable and heartwarming scent of Christmas trees fills the air as you make your way through larger-than-life light displays. Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland, Sesame Street Forest of Fun and Santa’s Workshop are the perfect attractions for younger children. And don’t forget to check out one of the six stages performing holiday shows that include favorites like Deck the Halls, O’ Tannenbaum, ‘Twas That Night and Scrooge No More!
The best family vacations are arranged in advance, so take advantage of the time you have to plan holiday memories with loved ones that will last a lifetime. Anyone with children knows the years go by WAY too quickly, but you can slow down time by making the most of it at one of these truly remarkable Williamsburg events!