Colonial Christmas Tour in Williamsburg , VA

E. Duke of Gloucester St. Williamsburg , VA 23185
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Colonial Christmas Tour in Williamsburg is a memorable holiday experience the whole family will love! The guided candlelight tour will take guests back to the 18th century, where they will hear stories of holiday traditions and see the beautifully decorated homes. Don't miss out on this limited engagement tour on your next trip to Williamsburg!

Good To Know

  • Duration: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Tour is only the first 3 Saturdays in December.
  • Children 6 and under are free.
  • Tours operate rain or shine.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before tour time.


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Colonial Christmas Tour
See Williamsburg's beautiful Christmas decorations and hear of how the colonists celebrated in the 18th century. Where was the first Christmas tree in America? Why did the Masons have their own Masonic private holiday service on the 27th? What fruit was called the Anana, and why was the name changed? Was Santa Claus a part of Christmas here in town? Find out all of this, plus much more on the Colonial Christmas Tour! And get a free lighted candle just for attending!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Colonial Christmas Tour

How long is the tour?

Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes long.

Where does the tour meet?

The tour meets in front of the Capitol Building on the Cul-de-Sac at E. Duke of Gloucester Street.

Is parking available? 

Yes. Free evening parking is available in the Tavern Lot on E. Francis Street.

​What happens if it rains?

Bring an umbrella!  If the conditions become hazardous or severe, we reserve the right to cancel the tour. We recommend dressing appropriately for all weather conditions. We will contact you if the tour is canceled, so be certain to give us your cell phone number when you reserve.

If my tour is canceled, will I get a refund?

If we cancel your tour for any reason, you will receive a full refund or, if you prefer, you may reschedule.

Do we need to print our tickets?

You can either print your tickets or show them via your cell phone.

Are there restrooms available during the walking tour?

Restrooms are available, though generally not along our tour route. They are easily accessible a short distance away, however, so you may walk to one if need be.

How will I recognize my tour guide?

All tour guides dress in historic period costumes and carry lanterns.

What is the pace of the walking tour?

All of our walking tours are taken at an easy pace. However, if you get behind, we will wait at each location before beginning to talk, again.

Is the tour suitable for children?

Yes. Tours last just about one hour. All children 6 and under attend free of charge. 

What happens if I'm late?

If you are late, you will miss the tour. Tours leave right on time, and to be fair to the whole group, we cannot wait for late arrivals, neither will we call to see where you are.

Is the tour dog-friendly?

We love dogs and welcome them on all our outdoor tours. Please see that your dog is friendly, on a leash, and please be sure to bring the appropriate supplies to clean up any messes.

Is the tour wheelchair/stroller accessible?


In what language are the tours conducted?


Can I bring a camera?


Am I allowed to videotape the tour?

The tour is copyrighted. There is absolutely no videotaping allowed.

Can I bring any food or drinks with me?

Absolutely, as long as it is non-alcoholic.

Can I smoke on the tour?

Absolutely not. These are non-smoking tours, which include cigarettes, cigars, and vapor pipes.

Does the tour guide accept gratuities?

Gratuities are welcomed and are not included in the ticket price. While not required, tips are accepted and always appreciated by our tour guides.