Holiday Traditions

Colonial Holiday Traditions

Discover how the holidays were celebrated by Jamestown settlers and Revolutionary War soldiers. These videos highlight colonial holiday traditions, which are featured in our annual special events “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia” and “A Colonial Christmas.”

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Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia
During the Thanksgiving holiday, explore foodways of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia during the annual special event “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” a three day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day at Jamestown Settlement and the The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

A Colonial Christmas 
The annual special event “A Colonial Christmas” offers a glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions with special tours and interpretive programs throughout the month of December. From December 26 through 31, musical entertainment of the period is also included. Songs and sounds of the season will be performed during the week by musicians on fifes and drums, guitar, violin, recorder, and pipe and tabor.