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Grand Illumination


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In the 18th century, illuminations--the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks--celebrated major events such as the birthday of a reigning sovereign, military victories, or the arrival of a new colonial governor. Join Colonial Williamsburg for this special day by strolling the Historic Area and viewing all the unique decorations. Enjoy musical performances on multiple stages throughout the Historic Area and fireworks displays from the Capitol, the Magazine, and the Palace.

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Make a day out of your Grand Illumination adventure. From ice skating to special Christmas tours to our holiday decorations, there’s plenty of Yuletide fun to go around. Here are just a few of the activities you can enjoy before the fireworks.

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