Pomegranate, Holly, & Boxwood Wreath
at the Courthouse
Cotton, Berries, Feather, Antlers,
& Pine Wreath at Shield’s Tavern
The main thoroughfare in the historic district is Duke of Gloucester Street. During a daytime stroll at this season one will see practically every door decorated with original, professionally designed wreaths which will be judged and awarded ribbons in various categories.
The natural materials are embellished with pages
from 1770’s VA Gazette & Colonial Clay Pipes
at the Raleigh Tavern
Fan designs appear over some doors
Wrought Iron Cresset
As evening approaches battery operated or electric candles (obviously a break with the colonial tradition) are lit in every window throughout the town. This Williamsburg tradition has caught on with visitors and is now practiced all around the country. At dusk, bonfires are lit at various locations and “cressets” that line Duke of Gloucester Street will be set aflame. These wrought iron poles and baskets, 6-7 feet in height, are filled with a resinous pine, thereby providing lighting for the colonial streets.
Throughout the day and evening hours, market stands in the historic area provide visitors hot cider, coffee, chocolate and cold refreshments as well as bakery items. The taverns furnish an authentic 18th century eating experience for hungry visitors.
An a cappella group from the College of William & Mary, located at one end of Duke of Gloucester Street, as well as other singers and musical programs perform on outdoor stages throughout Colonial Williamsburg.
A spectacular fireworks display, launched simultaneously from three different sights, the Governor’s Palace, the Magazine and the Capitol is the culmination of a wonderfully festive evening. It’s no surprise that visitors return year after year.