WILLIAMSBURG, Va., November 1, 2012 — Families can discover 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center with a “History is Fun for the Holidays” online ticket and vacation package available through December.
History makes the holidays fun during seasonal events “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” November 22-24, and “A Colonial Christmas,” December 1-31, at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. The two museums offer extensive 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 1780s farm at the Yorktown Victory Center.
The holiday season begins on Thanksgiving Day with “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” which explores foodways of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia. 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 1780s farm from field to kitchen.
During “A Colonial Christmas,” holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are recalled through special interpretive programs and, December 26-31, period musical entertainment. A Jamestown Settlement holiday film and guided Christmas-themed tours compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony. Christmas-themed tours, available at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. December 1-21 with advance reservations, highlight the English colonists’ Christmas at sea in December 1606, the Powhatan Indian hospitality shown to Captain John Smith’s trading party in 1608 during a winter storm, and feature encounters by the Lord of Misrule, an English tradition. At the Yorktown Victory Center, visitors hear accounts of Christmas and winter in Revolutionary War encampments and glimpse holiday preparations on a 1780s farm.
The “History is Fun for the Holidays” online ticket provides 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 $20 for adults, $10 for ages 6 through 12, and can be packaged with lodging. Children under 6 are free. When purchasing an online ticket, visitors also can register for a special two-hour Jamestown Settlement Christmas-themed tour offered December 1-21 at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; space is limited to 25 people per tour. Christmas tours can be reserved online or by calling (757) 253-4939. The “History is Fun for the Holidays” vacation package starts at $219 two adults and two children, based on a double occupancy, with a minimum two-night stay, and three days of unlimited museum admission. Private tours are available at each museum for an additional fee. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including the College of William and Mary, receive complimentary museum admission with proof of residency.
In time for holiday shopping, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center museum shops offer a selection of books, prints, museum reproductions, educational toys, games and souvenirs relating to the 17th and 18th centuries. Shop during your museum visit or online. The “History is Fun for the Holidays” vacation package also includes coupon booklets for Williamsburg Premium Outlets and a Historic Yorktown Rewards Card.
Several other multi-attraction holiday ticket and package options with Williamsburg area historical attractions and theme parks are available. Packages include lodging at one of a variety of Williamsburg area accommodations and include free admission for children under 6 and free parking.
Among the holiday getaways, “America’s Historic Triangle for the Holidays” features seven consecutive days of unlimited visits to Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City and Art Museums, Yorktown Victory Center and Yorktown Battlefield. The admission ticket is $81 for adults (ages 18 and older), $35.50 for children (ages 6-17), and can be packaged with lodging starting at $389 for two adults and two children, based on a double occupancy, with a minimum two-night stay. Holiday events include Colonial Williamsburg’s “Grand Illumination,” December 2, Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center’s “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” November 22-24, and “A Colonial Christmas,” December 1-31, and Historic Jamestowne’s “At Christmas be mery,” December 19 and 21 (separate admission fee).
The “Christmas Town & Colonial Fun” package offers admission to “Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration” and Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center and lodging, starting at $324 for two adults and two children, based on double occupancy, with a minimum two-night stay. The package includes coupon vouchers for Williamsburg Premium Outlets and a Historic Yorktown Rewards Card.
Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; closed Christmas and New Year’s days. Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 South at the Colonial Parkway next to Historic Jamestowne, administered by the National Park Service and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia). The Yorktown Victory Center is located on Route 1020 in Yorktown near Yorktown Battlefield, administered by the National Park Service.
For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.