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The Best Holiday Music in Williamsburg​​

What is it about Christmas music that makes us feel so good inside? Well, according to experts—it’s nostalgia! We all know that music can stimulate our brain’s pleasure centers, but Christmas music is so strongly associated with positive memories that there are few musical experiences like it. This led us to our search for where to find the best holiday music in Williamsburg.​​

Most of the holiday songs we enjoy were written before 1980, a fact that sets the holidays apart from any other time of year. Holiday music is about a homecoming, returning to an earlier time in our lives when Christmas felt the most magical. Williamsburg is delivering huge doses of nostalgia all month long! From gospel to big band music, Williamsburg leaves nothing and no one out this holiday season.

Here are five opportunities to get that cozy, wrapped-in-a-blanket feeling this December.


Holiday Pops

December 3 and 4

The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra is sharing joyful holiday classics with music director Michael Butterman and guest artist Sarah Jane McMahon. You can hear this celebrated soprano’s golden sound at the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church on December 3 and 4 at 2:30 and 4:00 PM. Fill your heart with holiday joy and get your tickets to Holiday Pops here


Williamsburg Strolling Strings

December 11

Listen to your favorite Christmas carols performed by the Williamsburg Strolling Strings throughout the 2nd Sundays Festival on Sunday, December 11 in Merchants Square. The Williamsburg Strolling Strings features talented violin and viola students from the Williamsburg area who enjoy performing a variety of music in fun, festive settings.


A Crooner’s Christmas

December 18

The Kimball Theatre is hoppin’ this holiday season! On December 18 at 2 PM, Good Shot Judy will tribute to the Classic Christmas Crooner Hits from artists like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, Michael Buble, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Bette Midler, and many more. The performance will feature band Good Shot Judy’s 20-piece orchestra featuring the “Jump Jivin’ Judys” (think Andrews sisters), six horns, a string section, and vocalist Brett Cahoon. Get your tickets here before they’re gone!


A Big Band Christmas – Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra

December 20

The Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra is returning to Kimball Theatre for its 13th annual Christmas concert! This is the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit. Enjoy 1930s and 40s yuletide classics by great artists like Les Brown, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington and more. This 16-piece authentic big band creates an experience that transports you to another era of music, and you don’t want to miss it! Get your tickets here.


A Gospel Christmas 

December 29

Celebrate the Christmas season with the spirit-lifting sounds of gospel music at the Hennage Auditorium in Colonial Williamsburg on December 29 from 4:30-5:30 PM. This special music program invites you to listen and learn music in the gospel style and brings to life your favorite traditional carols and Christmas tunes. Plus—Williamsburg is decorated like a Christmas dream this time of year! Get tickets here.


We hope you get a chance to explore these destinations for where to find the best holiday music in Williamsburg​​! Finish your exploration through the sounds of the season by cozying up at King’s Creek.

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