- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 3, 2017

As the temperatures cool, the Greater Williamsburg area is warming up seasonal deals for travelers to come see both the historic Colonial town and its environs. Hiking, arts, crafts, beer and wine and an exquisite food scene will all be on offer for those who wish to come to one of America’s most historic areas.

As the holidays approach, historic Williamsburg, Virginia, will be getting into the spirit of the season with special offers of hospitality and deals for travelers to this most historic of towns in the Old Dominion.

On Dec. 3, Williamsburg’s “Grand Illumination” show will feature fireworks to simulate those celebrations that went on in the 18th century. Musical performances will kick off at 5 p.m., with fireworks to follow at 7 p.m. being launched from the Capitol, the Magazine and the Governor’s Palace.

More fireworks are in store when the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra offers four performances complemented by fireworks at their pops concerts this weekend at the Kimball Theatre. And even more music awaits on Dec. 20, with the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir performing at St. Bede Catholic Church.

At nearby Yorktown this Friday, visitors can enjoy the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, followed on Saturday by the Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade, entailing powerboats and sailboats competing to be the most festive vessel on the York River. The vaunted Christmas Market on Yorktown’s Main St. will also be open.

Williamsburg’s Yankee Candle Village features over 40,000 ornaments and 250,000 candles lit up for the season, along with musical entertainment and other activities. Santa has been known to pop by.

As the big day gets closer, you can return to Williamsburg’s Market Square on Dec. 21 for the lighting of the Williamsburg Community Christmas Tree.

And nearby Busch Gardens will host its annual Christmas Town extravaganza, wherein children can come to watch Santa and Mrs. Claus hard at work on the year’s crop of toys. Elves will greet the young visitors at their “North Pole” location.

And the park’s annual “Christmas Town” lights display, with over 5 million twinkling lights, is the largest in North America, and will run through Jan. 1.

For more Christmastime fun in Williamsburg, go to VisitWilliamsburg.com.

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