Tourism Top 10

Posted on: December 22, 2017

How Will You Enjoy the Weekend?

Dec. 29

  • Enjoy Puppet Storytime at the James City County Library on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 11 a.m. Our puppets and teen puppeteers are back to visit for this fantastic monthly story time. Sing and dance with our puppets and enjoy stories, flannel games and other activities. This program is recommended for ages 3 and up.
  • Hangar 09 plays Billsburg Brewery to kick off a weekend of New Year’s Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 30 from 6-9 p.m. You don't want to miss this one, these guys are great! There will be a heated tent and a new New England IPA release.
  • Take the kids to a lock-in at the WISC on Sunday, Dec. 31. Drop off is from 7-9 p.m. Pick up is at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1. This is for children ages 5-12. The event will include fun in the Zone, gymnastics and activities on the indoor turf. A late night snack will be provided along with a sparkling juice toast at midnight. When registering, register each child separately as detailed information on each child is needed. Remember to use the drop down to select “additional siblings” to save money!
  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Billsburg Brewery with fireworks, an oyster roast and live music. This event will be on Sunday, Dec. 31 from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m. This is the first ever oyster roast at Billsburg Brewery. There will be new beers on tap including the B2 Oyster Stout, Paper Canoe and many others. Tickets are available online.
  • Experience a special New Year’s Eve Dinner at La Tienda Tapas Bar and Market on Sunday, Dec. 31 from 5-8 p.m. Chef Ika is preparing a seasonal menu featuring the festive flavors of Spain. Enjoy four courses of delicious plates paired with four incredible Spanish wines including a glass of sparkling cava to celebrate the occasion. There will be two seatings: 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Reservations can be made online or by calling 757-253-1925.
  • Ring in the New Year with a special dinner at Café Provençal! Café Provençal will be open from 5:30-9 p.m. Price of menu is $85 per person, exclusive of taxes and gratuity. Extensive wine and beverage list will be available. Sommeliers' wine pairing is an additional $50 per person. Reservations require a credit card upon booking. For reservations, please call Kelly Kincaid at 757-258-0899 ext. 192.

First Course: Local champagne poached oysters with smoked trout mousse, arugula, balsamic vinegar or Showalters Cider consomme oxtail dumpling or seared foie gras with candied pistachio salad and a petit Verdot reduction

Main Course: Dry-aged New York Strip with potato hash, butter beans, homemade steak sauce or seared scallops with Byrd Mills grits, cherry tomato, sweet potato, bacon or seared duck breast with black eyed pea cake, honey glazed carrots, pickled cranberries

Dessert: Cheesecake lollipops with candied confetti sparkles or pumpkin butterscotch molten cake with cardamom ice cream and spiced caramel

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg is hosting a New Year's Eve Extravaganza! Party will be kicked off with dinner at 7:30 p.m. There will be live music, comedians, games, late night snacks and a champagne toast. Ticket packages that include rooms are available. To make a reservation, visit or call 757-220-2500.
  • York River State Park will kick off 2018 with the annual First Day Hike on Monday, Jan. 1. The First Day Hike is a trek to a distant, hidden gem in the park. The Pamunkey Overlook is at the bottom of a steep bluff along the York River. The observation platform gives guests a commanding view over the cord grass and across the river to Wererocommico, where Chief Powhatan once ruled Tidewater Virginia. The hike covers a little over 4 miles. Bring water and a lunch/snack and be prepared to pack in/pack out. Much of the terrain is flat. But, the hill leading to the overlook is steep. Dogs on leashes are welcome. 
  • Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™ is open daily through Monday, Jan. 1. Experience the largest light display in North America along with festive food and drink, wonderful shows including ‘Twas that Night at the Royal Palace Theatre and a visit to Santa’s new North Pole workshop. Christmas Town was ranked as the fourth Best Theme Park Holiday Event by readers in a USA Today poll.
  • Experience centuries-old holiday traditions at Jamestown Settlement during A Colonial Christmas. Visitors will learn about Jamestown colony’s early years as well as the English colonists’ Christmas at sea in December 1606, and the Powhatan Indian hospitality shown to Captain John Smith’s trading party in 1608 during a winter storm. There will be special festivities from Dec. 23-31 featuring period musical entertainment and appearances at Jamestown Settlement by the Lord of Misrule. A Jamestown Settlement holiday film and interpretive programs compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony.

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