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December 1, 2010

Grand Illumination this Sunday

Grand IlluminationCelebrate Grand Illumination with us this Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010,  in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Musical performances on several stages begin at 4:45 p.m. Fireworks displays from three locations—the Palace, Magazine, and Capitol— begin at 6:15 p.m.

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Watch video from past years’ celebrations.

2011 UPDATE: The 2011 Grand Illumination is on Sunday, December 4, 2011, beginning at 5 p.m. Learn more


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  1. When is Grand Illumination 2011?

  2. Since I’ve been to Williamsburg in the winter but not for Grand Illuminations, which historical restaurants will be open for dining, both for the illuminations and in January when I’ll return with friends?

    Thank you!

  3. I am not planning to go into any buildings, can I bring my pet, A small/

  4. Where is the best place to observe the show? Do we need to bring chairs/blankets?

  5. I’m sorry that I missed this this years Grand Illumination, I always try to see this when I can. I like to have all of the future Coloinal Williamsburgs up coming events emailed to me from now on. Happy Holidays to every one reading this.

  6. LOVED the Grand Illumination last night. 1st time I’d been to it since they moved it to Sundays (when I went to it, it was on a weeknight). My son had never seen Williamsburg at night before – he loved it!
    Just wondering one thing – what was the est attendance last night????

    • Heather,

      It was a pleasure to have you as our guest at Grand Illumination; we hope you and your son will come back to enjoy it for many years to come.

      Because the Historic Area has no entrance gate or turnstiles, attendance can be difficult to quantify. However, early estimates suggest that our crowd of revelers was very strong, and somewhat larger than last years’.

      Happy holidays!

  7. when is the 2012 grand illumination

  8. thank you so much!!!Now I can plan! we WILL be there!/e

  9. I stumbled accross the date above for 2012. the colonial williamsburg site did not mention the grand illumination.