WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 30, 2015 — Historical holiday fun awaits at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, where visitors can experience holidays of centuries past during seasonal events “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia” in November and “A Colonial Christmas” in December. During the holiday season and throughout the year, visitors of all ages can enjoy the museums’ gallery exhibits and historical interpretation in re-created outdoor settings – a Powhatan Indian village, 1607 ships and colonial fort at Jamestown Settlement, and Continental Army encampment and Revolution-period farm at the Yorktown Victory Center.
These living-history museums of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia offer many ways to make the holidays memorable, from tickets and packages including other Williamsburg area attractions to unique shopping opportunities in the museum gift shops.
Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia, November 26-28 – The holiday season begins on Thanksgiving Day with a three-day event that explores foodways of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia and centuries-old cooking and preservation methods. At Jamestown Settlement, historical interpreters demonstrate how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians. Programs at the Yorktown Victory Center examine typical soldiers’ fare during the American Revolution and trace the bounty of a Revolution-period farm from field to kitchen. Learn more.
A Colonial Christmas, December 1 through January 3 – Holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are recalled throughout the month with special interpretive programs and, December 26-31, period musical entertainment. A Jamestown Settlement holiday film compares and contrasts English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony. At the Yorktown Victory Center, visitors hear accounts of Christmas and winter in Revolutionary War encampments and glimpse holiday preparations on a period farm. Learn more.
Visitors can experience the holiday fun with a variety of tickets and packages, available online at https://jyfmuseums.org/visit/vacation-packages/:
History is Fun – This online ticket offers unlimited admission to Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center for seven consecutive days and represents a 20 percent savings over individual admission. The ticket is $21.00 for adults and $10.50 for ages 6-12, and can be packaged with Williamsburg area lodging. Children under 6 are free. The package also includes coupon booklets for Williamsburg Premium Outlets and a Historic Yorktown Rewards Card. Private tours for 14 or fewer people are available at each museum for an additional fee and can be reserved in advance online or by calling (757) 253-4939.
America’s Historic Triangle – This ticket features unlimited admission for seven consecutive days to Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Victory Center and Yorktown Battlefield. The ticket is $89.00 for adults (ages 16 and older), $41.00 for children (ages 6-15), and can be packaged with lodging. Holiday events include Colonial Williamsburg’s “Grand Illumination,” December 6; and Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center’s “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” November 26-28, and “A Colonial Christmas,” December 1 through January 3, 2016.
Christmas Town & Holiday Fun – This vacation package offers admission to Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration™, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center and lodging. It includes coupon vouchers for Williamsburg Premium Outlets and a Historic Yorktown Rewards Card. Christmas Town opens November 27 and continues on select days through January 3, 2016.
Four-Site Value – This ticket features unlimited admission for seven consecutive days to Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Yorktown Victory Center and Yorktown Battlefield. The ticket is $35 for adults (ages 16 and older), $23 for ages 13-15, and $12.50 for ages 6-12, and can be packaged with lodging.
Holiday Shopping in Museum Stores
In time for holiday shopping, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center museum gift shops offer a selection of books, prints, museum reproductions, educational toys, games and souvenirs relating to the 17th and 18th centuries. Admission is not required to visit the museum gift shops, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Shop online at www.shophistoryisfun.com.
How to Get Here
Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round, closed December 25 and January 1, are separated by a 25-minute drive along the Colonial Parkway, a National Scenic Byway. Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free, (757) 253-4838 or visit hif.ciniva.net.