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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

Nov 28
11:30 AM
Through the Seasons of the Year:
Songs of Rural Life
NEW--Include this late-morning concert in your plans for Thanksgiving weekend. Through music of the season, you'll explore the world of planting, farming, herding and other delights of rural life (including drinking and courting)! Talented performers, Lynn and Barry Trott always bring something to delight listeners of all ages.
Nov 28
4:00 PM
Swinging on a Star:
A Tribute to the Local USOs
and the Troops of World War II
Join us for an entertaining evening as we salute the efforts of local USO organizations' efforts to bring comfort to area servicemen and -women serving far from home during World War II. Bob Hope and Frances Langford just couldn't be everywhere, so Williamsburg citizens helped take up the slack. Their efforts gave sailors, marines, and soldiers in the Historic Triangle a home away from home.
Nov 29
3:00 PM
Peter Pelham: The Modern-day Orpheus
Explore the life, music, and legacy of 18th-century Williamsburg's premier musician and Bruton Parish organist. Colonial Williamsburg's Michael Monaco will perform some of Mr. Pelham's own compositions as well as selections that were known to him. In addition, you will learn about the role of music in the Church of England's worship service during the 18th-century.
Nov 30
3:00 PM
Traditional Music for St. Andrew’s Day
NEW--Enjoy a lively performance of traditional Scottish music during this St. Andrew's Day celebration. Fiddlers John Turner and David Gardner are joined by guitarist/vocalist Cliff Williams for this annual event honoring Scotland's patron saint. Along the way, you'll discover Scottish fiddling tunes that have become American folk classics.
Dec 1
10:00 AM
Carols for the Season
Would you recognize the carolers of 18th-century Williamsburg? What were their songs of the season? Find out when you join some of these citizens.
Dec 1
4:00 PM
Deck the Halls
In a rousing Christmas show filled with humor, anecdotes, and singing, multitalented musician Stephen Christoff performs holiday music on an assortment of unique instruments from the 18th century. You'll hear the musical saw, Jew's harp, Spanish guitar, trombone, comb and paper, bottles, spoons, and mandolin. He'll even teach you how to use your hands as a musical instrument.
Dec 2
2:00 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 2
2:30 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 2
3:00 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 2
3:30 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 2
4:00 PM
Songs and Stories of the Yuletide
Lee Welch and Doug Austin present a delightful program of carols, tales, and tunes celebrating the Yuletide. Explore the traditions, dances, and music of the colonial period, sung and performed on a variety of early instruments. A pleasure for the entire family.
Dec 3
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 3
11:15 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 3
2:00 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 3
2:30 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 3
3:00 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 3
3:30 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 3
4:00 PM
Civil War Christmas
NEW--Celebrate the rich heritage of exquisite music and customs that grew out of the American Civil War. Timothy Seaman lovingly performs festive and heartfelt tunes of the era on hammered dulcimer, psaltery, mountain dulcimer, flute, and other instruments. The program will include selections from "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground," Timothy's recent CD of Civil War music.
Dec 4
10:00 AM
Carols for the Season
Would you recognize the carolers of 18th-century Williamsburg? What were their songs of the season? Find out when you join some of these citizens.
Dec 4
2:00 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 4
2:30 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 4
3:00 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 4
3:30 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 4
4:00 PM
Hymns for the Holidays
NEW--How different do beloved carols sound without their traditional tunes? Find out as John Turner and Kelly Kennedy perform hymns from several different religious traditions. You'll also discover forgotten carols--and singing styles--and have a chance to lend your voice to holiday favorites.
Dec 5
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 5
10:30 AM
From Naples to North America:
The Mandolin in American Music
Join Doug Austin and Barry Trott for an enjoyable concert of mandolin music. Explore the history of the mandolin in America and hear tunes and songs written for the "family"--from the Baroque period to the present. Classical pieces, traditional tunes from America and Europe, music from mandolin orchestras, jazz standards, and holiday tunes will fill the air.
Dec 5
11:15 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 5
1:30 PM
An Irish/English Country Christmas
Share the joyful seasonal music of the Irish and English countryside. With characteristic good humor, Kelly Kennedy, Andy Cleveland, and Craig DuBose bring an authentic British Isles folk Christmas to life. Enjoy excellent three-part harmony and tunes played on fiddle, guitar, accordion, piano, and percussion. You'll want to accept the invitation to sing and dance along!
Dec 5
2:00 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 5
2:30 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 5
3:00 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 5
3:30 PM
A Revolutionary Holiday:
Victory Ball at the Raleigh Tavern!
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 5
4:00 PM
An Irish/English Country Christmas
Share the joyful seasonal music of the Irish and English countryside. With characteristic good humor, Kelly Kennedy, Andy Cleveland, and Craig DuBose bring an authentic British Isles folk Christmas to life. Enjoy excellent three-part harmony and tunes played on fiddle, guitar, accordion, piano, and percussion. You'll want to accept the invitation to sing and dance along!
Dec 5
7:00 PM
Hurrah for the Holidays
NEW--The excitement of Radio City Music Hall comes to Williamsburg in a festive experience for the entire family. This lively musical review features precision kick line dancers and holiday favorites from yesterday and today. You'll take home some special memories from this evening with the Hurrah Players, Virginia's leading family theater company.
Dec 6
1:30 PM
Williamsburg Symphonia
Holiday Pops Concert
Williamsburg's professional orchestra presents its annual Holiday Pops Concert, featuring a festive program of seasonal music to delight the whole family. Music Director/Conductor Janna Hymes.
Dec 6
1:30 PM
Swinging on a Star:
A Tribute to the Local USOs
and the Troops of World War II
Join us for an entertaining evening as we salute the efforts of local USO organizations' efforts to bring comfort to area servicemen and -women serving far from home during World War II. Bob Hope and Frances Langford just couldn't be everywhere, so Williamsburg citizens helped take up the slack. Their efforts gave sailors, marines, and soldiers in the Historic Triangle a home away from home.