Williamsburg December events and activities
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Top 5 December 2022 Events in Williamsburg

Here are our top five events happening in Greater Williamsburg during December.

Mark Your Calendar for these December Events in Williamsburg

The month of December is full of fun and exciting events all across Greater Williamsburg. Whether you’re searching for family-friendly events, food and drink events, live music or free festivals, you’ll have plenty of options to choose. Be sure to pick up a goWilliamsburg Visitors Guide for even more events happening throughout the year.

Top 5 December 2022 Events in Williamsburg

Here are our top five events happening in Greater Williamsburg during December.

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Throughout December: Busch Gardens Christmas Town

The holiday season shines brightest during Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. From now until Jan. 1, 2023, Christmas Town will feature 10 million twinkling lights as the park is transformed into a winter wonderland. The whole family will love the festive holiday décor, entertaining themed shows and much more during this celebration.

December 3: Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade

On Dec. 3, head to the Victory Monument in Yorktown to watch the Christmas Tree Lighting. The Fifes & Drums of York Town will perform and lead a procession to the waterfront. On Saturday, come out to Yorktown’s historic Main Street for the Lighted Boat Parade at the Yorktown Waterfront.

December 3-17: Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination

Colonial Williamsburg kicks off the holiday season on Dec. 3 with the Grand Illumination. Visit Colonial Williamsburg for a full day of special events culminating in a spectacular firework show. Take part in an array of events and activities happening at Colonial Williamsburg to celebrate the Grand Illumination. Weekends, December 3, 10, 17, 2022.

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December 4: Williamsburg Christmas Parade

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce that the 2022 Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, December 4th at 5 PM. An endearing local tradition since 1965, the Christmas Parade ushers in the holiday season with festive floats, live performances, and a special visit from Santa himself.

Garnering a record of over 15,000 spectators in 2021, the early-evening setting provides a magical backdrop for illuminated floats. Parade spectators are also invited to participate in the illumination by adorning light-up apparel and accessories. This year’s theme, Merry & Bright, evokes the merriment of the season and the hope that it stirs in our community. Parade participants are therefore encouraged to create floats inspired by this theme.

Click here to read more about the 2022 Williamsburg Christmas Parade.

December 18–31: Christmastide in Virginia

Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will give visitors a look at the Christmas traditions of the 17th and 18th centuries during Christmastide in Virginia. From Dec. 18–31, learn about these traditions through interpretive programs and demonstrations. There will be live entertainment at both museums and an appearance by the Lord of Misrule at Jamestown Settlement.