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Dec 19
2011

Crystal Carols

Christmas tunes resonate from an instrument you've probably never heard before. Hear Dean Shostak play Ben Franklin's invention: the glass armonica.

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Dec 20
2010

Music for Christmas

The Governor's Musick is Colonial Williamsburg's resident 18th-century musical ensemble. Jane Hanson, Herb Watson, Jenny Edenborn and Wayne Moss perform.

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Dec 6
2010

Williamsburg Christmastide

The heart of Christmas remains unchanged, even as each generation lends new customs to the celebration. Historian Lou Powers talks Christmastide in three centuries.

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Dec 21
2009

Irish Christmas Melodies

Tavern entertainer and musician Kelly Kennedy plays and sings Christmas airs in the Irish tradition.

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Dec 22
2008

Gingerbread Houses

The town is rendered in gingerbread once a year at Colonial Williamsburg. Executive Pastry Chef Joe Sciegaj oversees the construction.

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Dec 1
2008

Christmas in Williamsburg

Doors are decked in Williamsburg's signature style to celebrate the holiday season. Laura Viancour describes the preparations.

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Dec 31
2007

Twelfth Night

Holiday celebrations culminate with Twelfth Night revelries.

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Dec 24
2007

An Irish Christmas

In clear voice and high spirits, Kelly Kennedy sings Irish Christmas melodies.

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Dec 17
2007

A Child's-Eye View

Old toy trains and sprawling dollhouses connect imaginations through the span of years. Curator Jan Gilliam has the happy task of laying them out.

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Dec 25
2006

Christmas Hymns You Thought You Knew

Colonial Williamsburg musician John Turner explains the origins of America's beloved Christmas hymns.

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Dec 18
2006

Colonial Christmastide Dance

Performing Arts Dance Interpreter Marcy Wright talks about 18th-century dance customs, including instructions that called for kisses and hugs.

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Dec 4
2006

An 18th Century Christmas

Historian Lou Powers traces the evolution of Christmas celebrations through the centuries.

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Dec 19
2005

Curator of Historic Interiors

Curator Emily Roberts enjoys setting a proper Christmas supper for 10 in the Palace.

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Dec 5
2005

Professor Minnigerode lights a tree

Bob Doares talks about playing the part of the German professor who brought the tradition of the Christmas tree to Williamsburg in the mid-19th century.

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Nov 28
2005

Planning the Grand Illumination

Tim Sutphin has the daunting task of overseeing details for Colonial Williamsburg's Grand Illumination held the first Sunday in December.

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Nov 21
2005

Decorating for Christmas

Laura Viancour talks about the labor-intensive job of decorating the Historic Area for the Christmas season year after year.

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