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Williamsburg Grand Illumination - VA - 2019

Williamsburg Grand Illumination - VA - 2019

‘Tis the season to experience the customs of the past, make a lifetime of memories and begin your holiday season with a Colonial Williamsburg Christmas tradition tour this year. You'll enjoy a magical fireworks display during the Grand Illumination, a holiday planetarium program, a chance to check off names on your holiday shopping list, and more!

Package Includes: 

2 Nights' Lodging, 2 Deluxe Continental Breakfasts, 1 Lunch at Captain George's Seafood Buffet, 1 Boxed Lunch, 1 Dinner, Guided Tour of Colonial Williamsburg including the Governor's Palace, Admission to the Grand Illumination, Admission to Virginia Living Museum with Holiday Planetarium Program, Celebration of Lights, Fireworks Display, Guided House Tour of Centuries of Christmas at Berkeley Plantation and Self-guided Grounds Tour, Guided House Tour of Christmas at Shirley Plantation and Self-guided Grounds Tour, Baggage Handling and Transportation.








Following meal and rest stops en route, we will arrive for check-in and enjoy a Holiday reception at the SpringHill Suites, Williamsburg (757-941-3000). During our two-night stay, you may wish to utilize the hotel amenities which include an indoor pool, fitness center, business center, and coin operated laundry facility. In-room features include mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, and complimentary internet service. Next, we will depart for the Virginia Living Museum where we are invited into the museum's planetarium for a truly enlightening experience. Become immersed in the majesty and mystery behind the scientific puzzle of the identity of the Star of Bethlehem. Experience the fascinating journey of the Magi around you in Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star. Afterwards, we will depart for dinner included at an area restaurant. The evening concludes with a drive through the Celebration of Lights to light up your holidays with their award-winning two-mile drive through spectacular animated scenes. View whimsical toys, elegant swans, leaping reindeer, multi-colored snowflakes and scenes from Virginia's past portrayed in a kaleidoscope of dazzling colors. We will return to the hotel for the remainder of the evening to unwind after a busy day of touring.



A deluxe continental breakfast will be included at the hotel before we depart with our guide for a tour of Colonial Williamsburg including the Governor's Palace and focusing on the holiday decorations from 1699 to 1780. Colonial Williamsburg was the political, social and cultural capital of Britain's largest, wealthiest and most populous colony. Colonial Williamsburg encompasses more than 500 buildings and 90 acres of magnificent gardens. In the shops, taverns, government buildings, homes and streets, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Mason and other Virginia patriots debated the ideas of liberty, independence, and personal freedoms that led to the founding of American democracy. Interact with costumed interpreters of varied age, race and social position as they provide a first-hand view of life when the town was the capital of Virginia colony. We will have some free time to browse through Merchants Square located adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg featuring an 18th-century style retail village and shops. Afterwards, we will depart for a spectacular buffet lunch included at Captain George's. Captain George's legendary buffet has been heralded up and down the East Coast as one of the best collections of fresh seafood and regional cuisine available. There is something for everyone! Following lunch, we will return to the hotel for a brief time to freshen up prior to the evening's festivities. Next, it's back to Colonial Williamsburg for the Grand Illumination. In the 18th century, illuminations were sometimes held to commemorate the birth of the reigning sovereign. Beautiful greenery and colorful bows adorn the streets of Colonial Williamsburg. The Grand Illumination is an adaptation of a common practice during the 18th century, when ordinary citizens celebrated extraordinary events, major military victories, the arrival of a new colonial governor or the birthday of a monarch by firing guns and using fireworks. The Grand Illumination signifies the onset of the holiday season with hundreds of candles lit simultaneously in the windows along with music, dance and merriment. The festivities are topped off by a magnificent firework display which takes place simultaneously in three locations within the Historic Area. Dinner this evening will be on your own at High Street with a variety of restaurants to pick from. At the conclusion of the festivities, we will return to the hotel for the evening.

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Wake to a continental breakfast once again included at the hotel before we check out and depart for a guided house tour and self-guided grounds tour of Berkeley Plantation. Celebrate "Centuries of Christmas" at what was once home to William Henry Harrison (9th U.S. President) and Benjamin Harrison (23rd U.S. President). In 1691, Berkeley was purchased by Benjamin Harrison III who established the first commercial shipyard on the James River. Tobacco was shipped from the plantation to England and 18-gun battleships were built there for the Revolutionary Navy. This elegant 1726 mansion will be beautifully decorated with fresh greenery from the gardens and costumed guides will add a special touch with stories of Christmas at Berkeley and more through four centuries of history. Take time to stroll through the grounds at your leisure. Next, we will travel to the Shirley Plantation to learn about the Christmas traditions of the Hill-Carter family and Virginia's oldest plantation and family-owned business. Several features such as the "Flying Staircase" and the Queen Anne Forecourt are the only remaining examples in North America of this architectural style. Experience an authentic Christmas with generations of ornaments, decorations and special collections that fill the home with Holiday Spirit. Browse the gift shop for one-of-a-kind items to commemorate your visit or give as a special gift to a friend or loved ones. Take a stroll around the grounds to enjoy the lovely estate. Afterwards, we will depart for home with a boxed lunch to enjoy along the way home.




B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, BL=Boxed Lunch, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details Times
Camp Hill Camp Hill Radisson, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass
Park near Radisson sign across from McDonalds
Carlisle Carlisle Point Mall, 800 East High Street
Park in mall lot across from Pizza Hut
Chambersburg Chambersburg Wal-Mart, 1730 Lincoln Way East
Park in Wal-Mart Lot behind gas station
York Springs York Springs - Wolf's Terminal
200 Old US Rt. 15 - Park near large sign
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