Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination Dec. 4, 2011

The big event this weekend is the Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg. If the weather is good, you can expect tens of thousands of people to celebrate the start of the Christmas season with you. The Illumination activities begin at 5:15, with fireworks at 7:00 p.m. Get there before dusk so you can stroll Duke of Gloucester Street and enjoy the decorations. Colonial Williamsburg has a full day of activities planned, plus some  a capella programs at the DeWitt Wallace Musem. It’s free to walk around the historic area and enjoy the sights; you need tickets to go inside the exhibits.

Be sure to make your way to Merchants Square, where the following activities are planned:

Dec. 4  Grand Illumination Sunday on Merchants Square

  • A Christmas Carol, Noon–12:30 p.m., 1:30–2 p.m.
  • Santa visits the College of William & Mary Bookstore, 12–3 p.m.
  • Strolling Santa, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Strolling Musical Entertainment, throughout the day
Don’t miss Ed Whitaker’s 15-minute version of A Christmas Carol. It’s laugh-out-loud funny. Not convinced yet? See last year’s pictures.

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