Grand Illumination this Sunday

Grand Illumination at the PalaceCelebrate 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


  1. Rob says

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

  2. Heather Cummings says

    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????

    • says


      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!

  3. Jane Gray-Jordan says

    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.

  4. Karen Rowley says

    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!

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