Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination

December 5, 12 & 19, 2020


Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination will look and feel a little different this year, but our mission remains the same – to bring the Williamsburg community together to celebrate the holiday season. Yuletide entertainment will include the dramatic presentation of an original holiday story, traditional music of the season, and a joyful appearance by Father Christmas, culminating in the Grand Illumination fireworks display.

  • This December, our Grand Illumination festivities will be on Saturday, December 5th, Saturday, December 12th, and Saturday, December 19th from 5:30 p.m.– 7:00 p.m.each night and will feature a single location for fireworks on Palace Green.
  • Free reservations are required to view the fireworks and to enter the Palace Green area. If you do not have reservations, you will not be able to view the fireworks from any other location within the Historic Area.
  • Capacities will be very limited.
  • Audience areas will be marked on Palace Green. All audience areas will be 6 ft from each other to maintain physical distancing protocols. Each audience area is designed for parties of four but can fit up to six guests max.
  • Chairs will be provided.
  • Palace Green will be closed for the Grand Illumination event for the entire day. Only guests with reservations will be permitted into the audience area.
  • While Duke of Gloucester St will be lined with cressets and strolling 18th-century entertainers from Chowning’s Tavern to the Capitol building, there will not be fireworks at the Capitol or the Magazine this year.
  • The area west of North England St from Scotland St to Duke of Gloucester St, including the green space behind the Courthouse will be closed beginning at 4 p.m. each night. The grass area west of the Lumber House ticketing office on Duke of Gloucester St will also be closed.