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Family-friendly programs are offered throughout the year.

December 2014 program schedule

Check the Calendar for other museum programs offered during your visit.

Museum Programs

Enhance your museum experience by participating in special programs at the Colonial Williamsburg museums. Whether you want to take an in-depth look at a particular artist or introduce your children to the exciting world of art by participating in a hands-on activity, you are sure to find a program you will enjoy. Live performances at the Hennage Auditorium, conversations with a Nation Builder, lectures by visiting scholars, special tours led by curators - check our calendar for daily program details. Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

December at the Museums

  • The Art-Full Tree

    The Art-Full Tree

    Fridays in December, 2:00-3:15

    Inspiration is all around you! Gaze at more than 2,000 handmade ornaments on the museum’s 16-foot, decorated tree and browse the galleries of the Folk Art Museum. Then be sure to drop in to create a folk art ornament for your own tree at home.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • Spy Craft

    Spy Craft

    Saturdays in December, 12:30-1:30

    Drop in and try your hand at reading and writing secret messages with a half dozen techniques used by Revolutionary War spies.

    1 hour - Included in museum admission.

  • “Swinging on a Star”

    “Swinging on a Star”
    A Tribute to the Local U.S.Os and the Troops of World War II

    Saturday, December 6 at 1:30 and 4 p.m.
    Saturday, December 20 at 4 p.m.
    Saturday, December 27 at 4 p.m.

    Bob Hope and Francis Langford just couldn’t be everywhere! Williamsburg citizens helped to take up the slack giving sailors, marines and soldiers in the historic triangle a “home away from home.” Join us as we salute the efforts of local USO organizations efforts to bring some comfort to area servicemen and women serving far from home during World War II. Williamsburg’s place in history didn’t stop with the success of the American Revolution!

    1 hour - A $10 program ticket required in addition to museum admission.

  • Brasstastic Holidays!

    Brasstastic Holidays!

    Tuesday, December 23 at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

    Begin your holiday festivities with the Eastern Virginia Brass and all that Jingle Bell jazz. Then this talented brass quintet shares the joy of the season with seasonal favorites Sleigh Ride, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Saints Halleluiah, Nutcracker and hum along—no sing-along to a good sprinkling of traditional holiday tunes and beautiful Christmas carols. Wonderful, fun, heartwarming—and Brasstastic for all ages.

    45 minutes - An $8 program ticket required in addition to museum admission.

  • Christmastide with Thomas Jefferson

    Christmastide with Thomas Jefferson

    Monday, December 29 at 1:30 and 4 p.m.

    Enjoy sonatas, ballads, and songs from the musical collection of Thomas Jefferson. In this unique presentation, Bill Barker, John Turner, Lee Welch, Sarah Glosson, and Tom Marshall will share music that our third president collected, played, and enjoyed in his travels here and abroad. The program, performed on violin, cello, guitar, and harpsichord, will be narrated by Thomas Jefferson!

    1 hour - A $10 program ticket required in addition to museum admission.