Market Square

Colonial Williamsburg Market Square
Colonial Williamsburg Market Square
Colonial Williamsburg Market Square

Join the Bustle of a Market Day

As in the 18th century, Market Square is a hub of activity. Walk in the steps of the founders as you gather to observe a militia review or browse the wares at the seasonal stands. Listen as a proclamation is read from the Courthouse steps or simply watch the people passing by.

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Schedule of
Operation:

Public access. See hours of Outdoor Market Stands.

Ticket Required?

No
About this Historic Site: placeholder Come and Go

Upcoming Events at Market Square Events

Dec 9
5:30 PM
Illumination of Market Square
Enjoy a traditional 18th-century seasonal celebration featuring the illumination of Market Square and the surrounding buildings with candles and cressets. The spectacle will be accompanied by a narrative, the firing of muskets, and music performed by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums.
Dec 16
5:30 PM
Illumination of Market Square
Enjoy a traditional 18th-century seasonal celebration featuring the illumination of Market Square and the surrounding buildings with candles and cressets. The spectacle will be accompanied by a narrative, the firing of muskets, and music performed by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums.
Dec 23
5:30 PM
Illumination of Market Square
Enjoy a traditional 18th-century seasonal celebration featuring the illumination of Market Square and the surrounding buildings with candles and cressets. The spectacle will be accompanied by a narrative, the firing of muskets, and music performed by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums.
Dec 24
5:30 PM
Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Make this annual community event part of your Christmas tradition. Gather for a special reading of "The Night Before Christmas" and learn about the first Christmas tree in the United States. Join in singing classic Christmas carols and watch as the large evergreen tree on Market Square is lighted. Cosponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg.
Dec 6
2:00 PM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. You may take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or even the defendant. Experience how the rights of all Virginians were managed in open court.
Dec 6
2:30 PM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. You may take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or even the defendant. Experience how the rights of all Virginians were managed in open court.
Dec 6
3:00 PM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. You may take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or even the defendant. Experience how the rights of all Virginians were managed in open court.
Dec 6
3:30 PM
Order in the Court
Participate in a local court session where lives, liberties, and property are contested. You may take on the role of justice, attorney, litigant, petitioner, or even the defendant. Experience how the rights of all Virginians were managed in open court.
Mar 29
7:00 PM
In Defense of Our Liberty
This is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. As a new recruit, see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. Learn how soldiers lived, fought, and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. This event is held outdoors in all weather conditions. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.
Mar 29
8:30 PM
In Defense of Our Liberty
This is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. As a new recruit, see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. Learn how soldiers lived, fought, and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. This event is held outdoors in all weather conditions. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.
Apr 5
7:00 PM
In Defense of Our Liberty
This is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. As a new recruit, see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. Learn how soldiers lived, fought, and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. This event is held outdoors in all weather conditions. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.
Apr 5
8:30 PM
In Defense of Our Liberty
This is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army. As a new recruit, see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century. Learn how soldiers lived, fought, and survived an eight-year ordeal to become free and independent. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin. This event is held outdoors in all weather conditions. Due to safety issues, everyone must be an active participant.
Dec 12
6:00 PM
Caroling at the Courthouse
Join in the festivities! Gather at the Courthouse for a holiday sing-along.
Dec 13
6:00 PM
Caroling at the Courthouse
Join in the festivities! Gather at the Courthouse for a holiday sing-along.
Dec 14
6:00 PM
Caroling at the Courthouse
Join in the festivities! Gather at the Courthouse for a holiday sing-along.
Dec 19
6:00 PM
Caroling at the Courthouse
Join in the festivities! Gather at the Courthouse for a holiday sing-along.
Mar 17
11:55 AM
Firing of the Noon Gun
In the life of Continental soldiers, the noon gun signaled a cessation of morning drills and work parties and a start to preparing the midday meal. On this daily occurrence, the gun may be fired by one lucky guest.
Mar 17
2:30 PM
Running of the Engine
In the 18th century, the responsibility of fighting fires rested with the public, so people practiced with and tested fire engines. Join the Military Programs staff and test your skill in helping to run the bucket brigade.
Mar 18
11:55 AM
Firing of the Noon Gun
In the life of Continental soldiers, the noon gun signaled a cessation of morning drills and work parties and a start to preparing the midday meal. On this daily occurrence, the gun may be fired by one lucky guest.
Mar 18
2:30 PM
Running of the Engine
In the 18th century, the responsibility of fighting fires rested with the public, so people practiced with and tested fire engines. Join the Military Programs staff and test your skill in helping to run the bucket brigade.