Now the Season for Mirth

"Now the Season for Mirth" Celebrating the Holidays at Colonial National Historic Park December 9thand 10th

Christmas Wreath on Door
For the first time in many years, the Colonial National Historic Park is excited to open their doors for a weekend of family-friendly holiday programs. Superintendent Kym Hall warmly welcomes the public to "come out and enjoy these seasonal offerings."

A Yorktown Christmas: A 1770s Ball and Other Fine Entertainments
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m. (Yorktown visitor center, FREE event)
Eighteenth-century Virginians reveled in a jovial season of feasting, balls, fox hunts, and good fellowship. Begin your festive evening at the visitor center for some orientation, then walk a short path to the Nelson House, warming your hands by the fire to the accompaniment of present-day carolers along the way. Further on, the Yorktown Fifes and Drums ring out with seasonal tunes at the Victory Monument. Outside the Nelson House, meet eighteenth-century people of the past who will share their Christmas traditions. Inside, join us for dancing, singing, card playing, and general merrymaking in honor of the approaching Christmastide!

Discover the Christmas Traditions of the Revolutionary Era
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Yorktown visitor center, admission fee)
Meet eighteenth-century costumed interpreters along Yorktown's Main Street and within the Nelson House to learn how eighteenth-century Virginians celebrated Christmas. Visitors are encouraged to start at the visitor center where they can pay admission and be oriented to events.

Fifes and Drums March
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. (Historic Yorktown)
The Yorktown Fifes and Drums will march down Main Street playing seasonal tunes and music from the Revolutionary era.

Discover the Christmas Traditions of Early Jamestowne
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Jamestown visitor center, admission fee)
Meet seventeenth-century costumed interpreters who will provide insights into how early Jamestown inhabitants kept Christmas four hundred years ago. Join Rebecca Suerdieck for a performance and discussion of early seventeenth-century holiday music.

"At Christmas Be Mery": A Special Evening at Historic Jamestowne
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (Historic Jamestowne, ticketed event)
Colonial National Historic Park will join with Jamestown Rediscovery to present a unique opportunity to see Jamestowne Island aglow with firelight. Sir George Yeardley, Virginia's governor in 1620, invites you to an early Virginia Christmas celebration, complete with a seasonal bonfire, caroling, dancing, and firing of the Christmas guns. Tickets are $18.00, and space is limited! To purchase tickets, go to

Last updated: December 7, 2016

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