Thanksgiving is a great time to visit Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown.
Celebrate Thanksgiving in Greater Williamsburg
The holiday season offers plenty of one-of-a-kind experiences in Greater Williamsburg. The history and traditions within the area make for the perfect weekend getaway or day trip. Whether you step back in time and discover how the early colonists and native people celebrated the holidays or enjoy some of the area’s new attractions, there’s so much to see and do. Thanksgiving is a great time to visit Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown.
Thanksgiving in Williamsburg 2019
Here’s what’s happening in Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown this Thanksgiving season.
Virginia Thanksgiving Festival
Every year on the first Sunday of November, Berkeley Plantation hosts the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival. This annual tradition dates back to 1619 when Captain John Woodlief and his crew of 35 men landed on the shores of the James River.
The day will be filled with family-friendly events, including a reenactment of the first English Thanksgiving, Chickahominy tribal dancers, a parade with horse-drawn carriages, fife and drums, musicians, colonial period games, dancing, arts and crafts, a corn mazy, storytelling, cornhusk doll making, a silent auction and more.
The Thanksgiving dinner will be catered and feature smoked turkey legs, Brunswick stew, barbecue, Virginia ham biscuits and more. Food vendors will also be on-site during the event.
Food & Feasts of Colonial Virginia
Experience the traditions of a colonial Thanksgiving during Food & Feasts of Colonial Virginia. This holiday event at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown explores the foodways of 17th and 18th century Virginia. Learn about how food was gathered, preserved and prepared during that time and visit a recreated Powhatan Indian village along with a Continental Army encampment. Each museum will have different activities and attractions that are not only educational but engaging and fun for all ages.
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Thanksgiving at Colonial Williamsburg
Gather your friends and family for a Thanksgiving celebration at Colonial Williamsburg. The historic attraction will host several Thanksgiving programs and even serve a Thanksgiving feast at Colonial Williamsburg’s restaurants.
Enjoy the special Thanksgiving programming including President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, Songs of Harvest and Thanksgiving, Harvest Home Love Songs, as well as Colonial Williamsburg other holiday and Christmas-themed activities.
Don’t feel like cooking on Thanksgiving Day? Bring the whole family to Colonial Williamsburg and have a meal at one of the living-history museum’s restaurants. King’s Arms Tavern, Christiana Campbell’s Tavern and Shields Tavern will all host a traditional 18th century-style Thanksgiving meal. Advance reservations are required. Or, pick up dessert for your Thanksgiving dinner. Raleigh Tavern Bakery will have a pie sale on Thanksgiving Day.
Shopping in Williamsburg
After Thanksgiving Day, don’t miss your chance for fantastic savings during Black Friday shopping in Williamsburg. From the picturesque boutiques dotting Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown to the fabulous finds just waiting to be discovered at the Williamsburg Premium Outlets, you can make some historic savings when you shop in Greater Williamsburg.
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