Monday, December 20, 2010

Colonial Christmas

Robert and I spent  Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg in 1988. We took our two dogs Pylon and Bentley with us and had a wonderful time.

It was unseasonably warm that year and we had packed heavy winter sweaters. The day before Christmas the temperature reached 80 degrees and we thought we might need to make a trip out of the area to buy cooler clothes, but the next day cooled off enough to be comfortable.

I made reservations for this trip a year in advance. It was a challenge because we had to make decisions on where and when we would eat meals a year in advance. It worked out well and Williamsburg is delightful at Christmas.

 Every building is decorated and prizes are awarded for the best decorations.

There are parades...

carriage rides.....


 and lots of people in character who will stop and chat.

Bentley was fascinated with these geese until one chased him. Then he decided they weren't  so interesting after all.

We had our Christmas dinner at the Inn.
There was a huge tree.


The delicious dinner was accompanied by a harpist.

If you ever get the opportunity to spend Christmas in Williamsburg, I strongly recommend it.

15 comments:

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We went to Williamsburg once,may even have been the same year, but it was June, hotter than blue blazes. Our kids were young and really not much into the historical aspect of vacationing. But the adults,including my mother, really loved it there. I would love to go back one of these days. You got some wonderful photos.

Anny said...

That's a very nice place to spend Christmas :) I love places where people are in period clothes and go in character.. its a lotta fun.. like a back to the past feel :)

Have a Merry Merry Christmas Rob and Sue.. and to Morgan, Tsar and the Porties too :)

scotsmad said...

Thanks. SHE'll add it to her list since her usual visits are in VA in December.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

♥I am Holly♥ said...

What beautiful pictures!! I've only been there once and that was in 1981! I'm not even sure where my pictures are. Yours are really nice!! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Asta said...

SOunds like a pawfect Chwissmussy holiday
Just the wight atmosphewe fow this time of yeaw
smoochie kisses
ASTA

Stella said...

Most of my traveling has been West, but I have always had a yen to see Colonial Williamsburg. Maybe someday!

Great pictures!

Cheers and hugs,

Jo and Stella

Mango said...

My momma and master would like a holiday like that. It looks really cool.

Slobbers,
Mango

Kristin G. said...

The holiday decorations are son nice! I really have to visit the Colonial attractions some time. I'm a little ashamed to say that I live in SW Virginia, and have been to (and through) Williamsburg a few times, but never visited Colonial Williamsburg. I'll put that on my To Do list. Happy Holidays!!

Zona said...

What a timely post - the two leggers were JUST talking about making a trip down to Williamsburg during the Christmas season one of these years. After seeing your pictures, it's a must! Like the OP, we've only been there during the summer.

Wags,
Zona

PeeS: Mom LOVES your pink turtleneck!

Scrabblequeen said...

I'm eager to get to Williamsburg at all, even if it's not Christmas! Sounds like a wonderful trip...

Maggie and Mitch said...

Our mom went to Williamsburg with the Girl Scouts when she was in 6th grade and has never been back. It's a gorgeous spot to visit and our gram's favorite spot on earth!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Channon said...

LOVE CW at Christmastime. I've still not made it to the Grand Illumination yet, but I will, even if I have to tag along with some friends of ours who go most years!

gMarie said...

Looks absolutely lovely! I need to vacation during the holidays again - maybe next year. g

Nichole said...

Beautiful photos... simply gorgeous! I would love to visit Williamsburg this time of year!

Yoda_the_Dog said...

We live right down the road from Williamsburg and we are NOT having an 80 degree Christmas this year!