Top 20 Things to Do in Williamsburg over Christmas Break 2020
From our friends at Localourist.com – Live Like a Local. Play Like a Tourist!(TM)
- Ice Skating in Merchants Square – if you haven’t – it is really fun. And if you don’t want to skate you can always grab a hot chocolate in the snack shack and watch your friends and family skate from the benches that surround the rink. Live Like a Local: If you have a Good Neighbor Pass you get a discount on Monday – Friday! Call it DoG St. if you want to Live like a local or Duke of Gloucester if you want to Play Like a Tourist.
- Christmas Celebration at Busch Gardens – it isn’t Christmas Town…and that is why they did not call it that…but it is beautiful and we are thankful that during COVID they could open to the capacity that they have been able to…so if you can – take your family and experience a little Christmas magic.
- Drive the Best Christmas Lights in Williamsburg – Light Up the Burg – Map! Live Like a Local and visit all your favorite local neighborhoods in “the Burg” as locals call it! Here is the list and map!
- Eat outside in Merchants Square under umbrellas and heated lamps. You are supporting local businesses, socially distancing and who knows if the outdoor seating will stay after COVID ends – so enjoy it as one fun thing that came out of 2020.
- NYE Fireworks at Busch Gardens during their Christmas Celebration event on Dec. 31 for an awesome New Year’s Eve Celebration at night! Festive firework display shooting off at 8:30pm. This is a limited capacity event so reservations are required. Check out all the details on the event and tickets options HERE
- Visit the Museums of Colonial Williamsburg (yes, bring the kids!) They have a tour that includes making an ornament. **Good Neighbor Pass gets you admission FREE.
- Paint on Pottery – in studio or To Go Kit – Now is your chance to make some memories. Paint with your kids and grandkids. You can paint in the store or pick the items and paint and take it home in a To Go Kit. You return your painted item, they bake it then call you to come get it. Easy Peasy! You can also do a socially distanced painting party (limited numbers). Visit them online here.
- Do the Pete the Cat Story Walk in Merchants Square. Thanks to our fabulous Williamsburg Library (locals know it at WRL)- you can get a map and find Pet the Cat appearing all over Merchants Square. Learn more here.
- Check out the Snow at Yankee Candle and get some fudge while you are there! It didn’t snow on Christmas, but it “snows” every 4 minutes in Yankee Candle Village Store and kids love this!
- Visit the Virginia Living Museum – This museum is a favorite with families. They have indoor animals but also a huge outdoor (stroller and small child friendly) walking trail that leads to a huge Dino themed park. They even have a night time walking light tour: Nature Nights Holiday Lights and get ready for their New Years Event too: Wild Welcome 2021! Put visiting the VLM (how locals refer to the Virginia Living Museum) on your list!
- Visit the Zoo in Richmond. If you haven’t been then you probably don’t know that you can feed giraffes…yes, that is correct. You and your kids can walk up to them and feed them. It is a bucket list kind of experience. Kids will love how incredibly long their tongues are! They are offering both drive thru and walk thru – but check their site before you go for which day is which! If you are from the Burg this one is a Play Like a Tourist thing to do!
- Shop local and eat local. When all the dust settles from this messy year of 2020 we all really want our stores and restaurants to still be there. The only way that has even a chance of happening is to shop and dine locally. They need you in their stores and eating their meals! If you can, when you can, please shop and dine local.
- Don’t forget our State Parks! York River State Park is a great place to walk, bike, fish, walk the dog and so much more. Chippokes State Park is a short ferry ride away and it is definitely worth the drive (they still have their First Day Hike on Jan 1, 2020 listed but check back as things may change). You can find sharks teeth there!
- Take the Ferry! It is free and kids love it. When you get to the other side you can visit Chippokes State Park, Smithfield’s main stree or just pull into the Surrey Seafood House and have lunch or dinner on the patio on the water! Here is a link to the Ferry Schedule
- Haunted Williamsburg – these are the only official tours of Colonial Williamsburg and they are going on nightly at 7 pm until January 2, 2020. They will then take a break till spring. These tours are recommended for 8 years and older and take you to some historically spooky spots! Your Good Neighbor Pass gives you a discount on evening programs so make sure to have it when you book!
- Parks & Playgrounds – if the weather cooperates head to one of our amazing playgrounds or parks in the area. Need to refresh you memory on all this area has to offer? Check out our Best Playgounds and Parks in Williamsburg area post.
- Shoot a Flintlock Musket – Yes, this is a thing…and you can try it at Colonial Williamsburg. You will get to fire live rounds at a target from two different reproduction 18th-century flintlock firearms that were used during the Revolutionary War. It would definitely be something not many could boast that they have done – so if you are game, they are too. Ages 14 and older (age 14 – 17 must be with an adult). Must be 12 and older to observe. Here is how it works…
- Live theatre at the Hennage Auditorium – including Who Will Bring My Presents – which tell the tale of Grandfather Frost from Russia, LaBefana from Italy and our own Santa Claus. Discover stories and traditions from their countries in this show for the entire family on Dec 27th at 5 pm. For all the upcoming Hennage shows visit here. This is one that you will want to Live Like a Local – because locals can use their Good Neighbor Pass to get admission to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg for free. Hennage programs may have an additional show fee.
- Kings Dominion Taste of the Season! – Kings Dominion is celebrating the season with a limited-time, limited-capacity outdoor holiday food experience. At Kings Dominion’s Taste of the Season guests will enjoy rides, food, shows and don’t forget Peanuts characters like Snoopy are the part of this theme park’s experience!
- New VR World – How about an out of this world experience. New to Virtual Reality or are you “old hat”? Either way this Live Like a Local gem has the technology to move you into another dimension! You can book your times over the holidays for your family, or your kids and their friends…it is up to you. They have VR driving games, diving adventures in the ocean, active jumping around games and those battle games everyone loves too. Give them a call and they can walk you through it or visit their site. Visit Here to Learn More.
Visit our Best things to Do in Williamsburg page that has a guide of things to do for every month!
Make sure to visit our Daily Calendar of Events in Williamsburg. That will give you an hour by hour guide of what is going on!
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