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November 14, 2010

Christmas Decoration Tours, Workshops Introduce Guests to a “Williamsburg Christmas”

Celebrate the grandeur of the holiday season throughout Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area with programs sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Christmas Decorations Walking Tour provides a guided look at Colonial Williamsburg’s picturesque building exteriors and streets decked in their holiday splendor. Learn about the materials, construction techniques and holiday traditions of Colonial Williamsburg decorations. The tour begins at the Greenhow Store Office on Sunday, Nov. 28 through Saturday, Jan. 2 at 9:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., except on Dec. 4, 5 and 25. On Saturday, Dec. 4 the tour begins at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 5 the tour starts at 9:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 25 the tour starts at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Ticket price is $10 with a general admission ticket and $15 without one.

Join us for our 18th annual fun-filled celebration of the holiday decorating undertaken by the residents of the Historic Area as they trim their homes with holiday cheer in Decorating the Private Homes. Award winners of the private homes decorating contest are announced and interesting facts about what goes into decorating the Historic Area are sprinkled throughout. This program is held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Admission to this event is included in all Historic Area admission passes.

Explore how Yuletide celebrations of colonial times evolved into the signature “Williamsburg Christmas look” that is admired today in the Historic Area during Williamsburg Decorating Ideas for Your Home. The Colonial Williamsburg landscape staff shares tricks of the trade as they demonstrate how to adorn a swag, wreath or other traditional holiday decorations using fresh fruit, greens and other natural materials. This program is full of good advice for making decorations year-round with fresh materials and can be enjoyed at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 6-10 and Dec. 13-17 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. This program requires a $5 ticket in addition to museum admission.

Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

Entrance to the museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For more information and reservations call (757)220-7724.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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Penna Rogers
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