Love is what the holidays are all about and Virginia’s classic seasonal events put love at the heart of holiday getaways – from Christmas-themed tours to special holiday deals.
The “Colonial Christmas” program at Jamestown Settlement features a film and interpretive presentations that compare and contrast 17th-century English Christmas customs with how the season may have been observed in Jamestown Settlement’s early years. For the month of December, daily tours and programs in the outdoor living-history area allow visitors to learn about the English colonists’ first Christmas at sea, enter a re-created colonial fort and take a scenic drive on Colonial Parkway to Yorktown, where the victory of the American Revolution was won. Call 757-253-4838 or visit www.explorewilliamsburg.com for more information.
Civil War Christmas at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre on December 17 brings visitors back 150 years to see how soldiers and civilians celebrated Christmas time during the Civil War when they were away from their families and loved ones. For more information, visit http://www.pwcgov.org .
New for 2011, Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration will dazzle visitors as Busch Gardens gets decked out in holiday splendor this Christmas. From November 25-December 31, the popular park will be ablaze with over two million twinkling lights, holiday traditions, dazzling shows and one-of-a-kind gift ideas. Call 800-343-7946 or visit www.christmastown.com for more information.
The Annual Scottish Christmas Walk parade held on Saturday, December 3 at 11am, honors Alexandria’s Scottish heritage. More than 100 Scottish clans dressed in traditional tartans will march through the historic streets of Alexandria. Call 703-746-3301 or visit www.scottishchristmaswalk.com for more information.
More than 100 holiday events and 30 new programs bring historic Christmas cheer to the streets of Colonial Williamsburg. For more information visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/visit/holidays/holidayPrograms.cfm
Visit www.Virginia.org for more trip ideas or call 1-800-VISITVA for a free Virginia is for Lovers travel guide.
For more information about top events in Virginia take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Virginia.