It all starts around these parts with the Grand Illumination Weekend which always falls on the first Sunday in December. Grand Illumination has been a traditional Colonial Williamsburg’s Christmas season officially begins with Grand Illumination, a spectacular evening when candles twinkle in the windows of Historic Area homes and buildings, fat wood crackles in street-side cressets, and the heavens explode with Fireworks. Tens of thousands of guests turn out—families, friends, and strangers crowd the streets to Witness the spectacle of lights and launch themselves on the Yuletide.
This year experience a memorable holiday event at Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination on December 5th, 2010. Colonial Performances begin at 4:45 pm at the stages around the historic area and continuing after the fireworks until 7:30 pm. At 5:30 pm they will light up the candles in the homes, shops and public buildings. Also a magnificent fireworks display will take place simultaneously at three locations in the Historic Area, concluding a weekend of old-fashioned merriment and cheer, and heralding the start of the holiday season. Near the Governor’s Palace, the Magazine, and the Capitol. There are no admission tickets required to attend the Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination celebration.