Grand Illumination in Colonial Williamsburg

07/12/12 6:21 PM


To kick off the Christmas Season, Colonial Williamsburg has their annual Grand Illumination Celebration. This is a day of events to celebrate Christmas ending with the illumination of the Colonial areas. At dusk, each of the colonial homes will light candles in their windows.


Then at 7pm, they have their wonderful fireworks display. The fireworks will go off in three locations: The Governor’s Palace (which you see in the pictures), the Capital and the Armory. This was the first year I was able to make this event.







After the fireworks display, the Drum and Fife Corps will march down from the Governor’s Palace back to the Capital in a parade down the main street of Colonial Williamsburg.



If you have never seen it before, I would highly recommend it! It was a lot of people, so you will need to get there early. But it was worth the time.

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Posted by Michelle Darnell | in Year of the Virginia Historic Homes | 22 Comments »

22 Comments on “Grand Illumination in Colonial Williamsburg”

  1. John Says:

    How fun! This would have been fun to attend. 🙂

  2. It was great fun! We can’t wait to do it at Belle Grove next year!

  3. terry1954 Says:

    Wow! That is exciting! We do nothing at all here like that

  4. It was really a lot of fun seeing it this year. We have never been there during the Grand Illumination.

  5. seniorhiker Says:

    Thanks for taking us. We’ve talked about going to Williamsburg for the Grand Illumination for a couple of years, but something has always come up. At least we can enjoy it through your photos.

  6. You are so welcome! I hope you had a good time 😉 You should try and go at least once. It was so worth the time and crowds.

  7. colmel Says:

    We really enjoyed our visit to Colonial Williamsburg a few years back. We also went to Jamestown, Yorktown, and several battlefields from the War Between the States. What a wonderful state Virginia is – and there’s so much yet to see – including your wonderful Belle Grove. Can hardly wait!

  8. We can hardly wait to share it! Yes, I agree with you on the state of Virginia! We have been here since 1992 and still have things to see!

  9. What an evening!

  10. It really was a great time!

  11. My parents visited Colonial Williamsburg several years ago and I’ve wanted to go there ever since hearing them talk about how lovely it was. One day…

  12. You should go! It is so worth the time!

  13. Like I said I want to be there. One of my best Christmas memories when I lived in Virginia was going to this and seeing every thing by candlelight!

  14. It was great. I just wished I had done it sooner!

  15. dogear6 Says:

    Thanks for the pictures and write-up! I was there from 10 am to 2 pm and came home really tired. If I want to do this, I think I’ll have to go later in the day instead. I’m glad to see what I missed – thanks!


  16. You are so welcome! I was there from 12pm to 7pm! We could have passed each other!

  17. belocchio Says:

    Brilliant! Brilliant! Virginia

  18. Thank you! It really was.

  19. deeplyinart Says:

    So so pretty, I love fireworks so much! These photos are so vivid, love them!

  20. Thank you! We really enjoyed seeing them for the first time!

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