WILLIAMSBURG® offers a cornucopia of 'instant heirloom' holiday collectibles
In the quest for the perfect traditional Christmas figurine, miniature building or even the latest from Madame Alexander, WILLIAMSBURG® offers an abundant selection of “instant heirlooms” for the holiday collector.
A jolly 18th-century St. Nick crafted by Lynn Haney, America’s pre-eminent sculptor of Santa figures, starts the season off with the perfect holiday touch. Handsomely attired in wine-colored velvet and gold brocade with fur trimming, the Lynn Haney Santa carries a rocking horse, a violin and pineapple wreath. Each Santa is based on a German papier maché antique and has an expressive wood resin face complete with a beard and wig made of fine mohair and wool, as well as a soft, padded body. Custom made exclusively for WILLIAMSBURG, the Lynn Haney Santa retails for $300.
Colonial Williamsburg welcomes the holiday season in style each year, with the Grand Illumination--a festive lighting of candles in the windows of buildings throughout the Historic Area, musical entertainment, the singing of Christmas carols and a grand fireworks display. Four new Grand Illumination Carolers from Byers’ Choice commemorate the annual event in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area that heralds the advent of Christmas. Dressed for an evening of holiday music and dancing, the Grand Illumination family includes a man, woman, girl and boy. The adult figures are 14 inches high and retail for $76 each. The children are six inches high and retail for $70.
Guests visiting the Raleigh Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area today can hear lively political debates, meet Founding Fathers and even attend evening concerts, all performed by knowledgeable interpretive staff. The tavern’s location near the Capitol—the seat of colonial government—and its proprietor’s sympathy for the colonists’ cause made it an important 18th-century gathering place. Tradition holds that students from the nearby College of William and Mary founded the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society there in 1776, and tavern regulars included George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Peyton Randolph and Patrick Henry. A collectible version of the Raleigh Tavern, created by The Lang Companies in hand-painted porcelain, is priced at $145.
Many 18th-century artists, fascinated by nature, the elements and the seasons, were inspired to create a series of prints—some even depicted women representing the seasons. This fascination has inspired an exclusive collection of four Madame Alexander dolls, each of which represents the four seasons. The collection includes Catherine (winter), Anne (spring), Elizabeth (summer) and Abigail (fall), and is a limited edition of 1,500 for each season. Each doll is eight inches tall, dressed in beautifully detailed gowns based on costumes in the Colonial Williamsburg textile collections, and retails for $95 each.
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