Christmas Past & Present Walking Tours are available every day except Christmas at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., in place of our regular Walk About History Tours. Our 2016 tours begin November 26th and continue through December 31st.
Join us for a stroll through the colonial streets of Williamsburg and learn how Christmas was celebrated from the 18th century to today during this special tour, offered seasonally.
Hear stories from Christmases of the past, the sources of modern-day celebrations in Williamsburg, and how a Christmas decoration sparked an epic battle on Duke of Gloucester Street (between a rooster and a Dalmatian).
Where did the tradition of Grand Illumination come from, and why are those apples stuck in that brick house every year? Hear about the first known Christmas tree in Virginia, and the remarkable history of the man who introduced it here.
As we walk down this historic avenue, we will have plenty of time to take in the beauty – and the inventiveness – of the holiday decorations displayed in the Historic Area every year.
(Tour time: 90 minutes.)
ADVANCE TICKETS REQUIRED
THESE ARE OUTDOOR WALKING TOURS. WE DO NOT GO INSIDE THE HOUSES.
All tours depart from 201 West Duke of Gloucester Street, at the corner of Bruton Parish Church and the Palace Green. You can reach us through the Colonial Williamsburg bus system, by foot from many hotels, and by car.
$16 (Children 7-13)
Children 6 and under FREE!