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Holiday Musical Performances

Musicians perform in Merchant's Square during the holiday season

Filling the heart with the joy of music, 18th-century holiday events usually centered on lively song! Fiddles, flutes, and harpsichords capture the spirit of the season today, as they did nearly 300 years ago.

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Upcoming Musical Performances Events

Dec 22
4:00 PM
Christmas Brass
Celebrate the season with a unique concert by talented balladeers Gabe Stone and Stephen Christoff. They'll offer a fascinating and tuneful show featuring the serpent and sackbut--rare brass instruments from the 18th century! You'll also hear songs and music played on a variety of instruments, including the mandolin, guitar, mouth harp, and bones.
Dec 22
6:00 PM
Caroling at the Courthouse
Gather at the Courthouse for a holiday sing-along.
Dec 23
2:00 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 23
2:20 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 23
2:30 PM
New Brasstastic Holidays!
Begin your holiday festivities with the Eastern Virginia Brass and all that Jingle Bell jazz. Hum along--no, sing along--to a good sprinkling of traditional holiday tunes and beautiful Christmas carols. Share the joy of the season as this talented brass quintet presents seasonal favorites, such as "Sleigh Ride," "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "The Saints Hallelujah," and themes from the "Nutcracker." Wonderful, fun, heartwarming--and Brasstastic for all ages.
Dec 23
2:40 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 23
3:20 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 23
3:40 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 23
4:00 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 23
4:30 PM
New Brasstastic Holidays!
Begin your holiday festivities with the Eastern Virginia Brass and all that Jingle Bell jazz. Hum along--no, sing along--to a good sprinkling of traditional holiday tunes and beautiful Christmas carols. Share the joy of the season as this talented brass quintet presents seasonal favorites, such as "Sleigh Ride," "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "The Saints Hallelujah," and themes from the "Nutcracker." Wonderful, fun, heartwarming--and Brasstastic for all ages.
Dec 23
6:00 PM
Caroling at the Courthouse
Gather at the Courthouse for a holiday sing-along.
Dec 24
10:30 AM
A “Georgian” Christmas
On each side of the Atlantic, a famous George celebrated Christmas! Discover some of the Christmas customs shared by George III and George Washington. Enjoy songs that illustrate Christmas food and drink, a short theatrical scene, and some country dances.
Dec 24
11:00 AM
A “Georgian” Christmas
On each side of the Atlantic, a famous George celebrated Christmas! Discover some of the Christmas customs shared by George III and George Washington. Enjoy songs that illustrate Christmas food and drink, a short theatrical scene, and some country dances.
Dec 24
11:30 AM
A “Georgian” Christmas
On each side of the Atlantic, a famous George celebrated Christmas! Discover some of the Christmas customs shared by George III and George Washington. Enjoy songs that illustrate Christmas food and drink, a short theatrical scene, and some country dances.
Dec 24
2:00 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 24
2:20 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 24
2:40 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 24
3:20 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 24
3:40 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 24
4:00 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 24
4:00 PM
Profound Joy
Timothy Seaman celebrates the wonder of the holiday season with early American and old European melodies as well as new compositions from his recordings. Listen as the extended-range hammered dulcimer dramatically showcases winter, Christmas, and Hanukkah themes. It's a perfect time to reflect on the meaning of the season before attending the Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Market Square.
Dec 24
7:30 PM
Un-Civil Christmas:
Holiday Music of the Civil War
Should you celebrate a holiday during wartime? Often, soldiers and their families looked to familiar traditions, especially music, to remind them not only of better times with loved ones, but also of the ideals for which they were fighting. Join our folk musicians as they share anecdotes and Christmas songs that gave both sides strength and comfort during the American Civil War.
Dec 24
9:00 PM
Un-Civil Christmas:
Holiday Music of the Civil War
Should you celebrate a holiday during wartime? Often, soldiers and their families looked to familiar traditions, especially music, to remind them not only of better times with loved ones, but also of the ideals for which they were fighting. Join our folk musicians as they share anecdotes and Christmas songs that gave both sides strength and comfort during the American Civil War.
Dec 26
10:30 AM
New Home and the Holidays
NEW--Explore the richness of holidays at home and with family in this concert filled with American and worldwide melodies and songs of Christmas warmth, comfort, and joy. Skilled instrumentalist Timothy Seaman performs on hammered dulcimer, flutes, mountain dulcimer, psaltery, autoharp, and more.
Dec 26
10:30 AM
A “Georgian” Christmas
On each side of the Atlantic, a famous George celebrated Christmas! Discover some of the Christmas customs shared by George III and George Washington. Enjoy songs that illustrate Christmas food and drink, a short theatrical scene, and some country dances.
Dec 26
11:00 AM
A “Georgian” Christmas
On each side of the Atlantic, a famous George celebrated Christmas! Discover some of the Christmas customs shared by George III and George Washington. Enjoy songs that illustrate Christmas food and drink, a short theatrical scene, and some country dances.
Dec 26
11:30 AM
A “Georgian” Christmas
On each side of the Atlantic, a famous George celebrated Christmas! Discover some of the Christmas customs shared by George III and George Washington. Enjoy songs that illustrate Christmas food and drink, a short theatrical scene, and some country dances.
Dec 26
1:30 PM
New Merry Mari
Celebrate St. Stephen's Day with traditional Scottish music presented by three talented performers. Mari Black, 2013 U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, and Master Fiddler John Turner are joined by guitarist/violinist Wayne Hill for this festive concert.
Dec 26
2:00 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 26
2:20 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 26
2:40 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 26
3:20 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 26
3:40 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 26
4:00 PM
The Holiday Ball
NEW--Imagine yourself in Williamsburg during Christmastide of 1773. You've been invited to a ball at Mr. Southall’s Raleigh Tavern. Step the most modern country dances, sing holiday favorites old and new, engage in lively conversations with the people of Williamsburg,  and learn of some of the local customs and traditions. You will soon find yourself warm with cheer as you enjoy the festivities.
Dec 26
4:00 PM
New Merry Mari
Celebrate St. Stephen's Day with traditional Scottish music presented by three talented performers. Mari Black, 2013 U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, and Master Fiddler John Turner are joined by guitarist/violinist Wayne Hill for this festive concert.
Dec 27
11:30 AM
New Masonic Music for the Feast of St. John the Evangelist
The Christmas season in the 18th century was a time of wassailing and fellowship. Throw a group of freemasons into a tavern on the feast of St. John the Evangelist, and jollity was the order of business! Enjoy a fun-packed hour of music from an 18th-century Table Lodge performed by award-winning fiddler David Gardner. The Master Mason and official musician for Williamsburg Masonic Lodge no. 6 will present music that entertained Masons like George Washington, Peyton Randolph, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Benjamin Franklin.