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WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA

A Colonial Christmas: Williamsburg’s Yuletide History and Traditions

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Program #12236RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Dec 8 — Dec 11, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, December 08 - Arrival/Class
Afternoon: Program Registration Room Check In Welcome, Program Overview, and Road Scholar Introductions

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Class: "History of Christmas, Part 1" Explore the evolution of holiday traditions from their earliest roots in England through their adaptations by the colonists in the New World in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, December 09 - Class/Field Trip/Evening Program
Note: The field trip includes an extended period of walking interspersed with standing time to view buildings and decorations. A few benches are available for brief rests, but the group is mostly in continuous motion for over an hour along a nearly mile long pebbled street.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure

Morning: Performance: "A Jamestown Christmas" Enjoy a presentation by a delightful costumed interpreter who brings to life the customs of the earliest settlers as she describes her family's yuletide observations. Class: "Introduction to Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg" A Williamsburg native shares her extensive knowledge of her home town as she takes you through the history of Virginia's second capital. Learn about the rise, flowering and decline of the town in the eighteenth century and its resurrection in the twentieth due to the vision of a determined minister and the generosity of the Rockefeller family.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Field Trip: "Colonial Williamsburg" Accompanied by interpretive guides, explore the Restored Area focusing on both history and the acclaimed Yuletide decorations. While you learn about the shops, homes, and public buildings, also discover the secrets behind the materials, themes, and construction techniques used in the fascinating wreaths and garlands that grace the various structures. Class: "Traditional Williamsburg Christmas Decorating" A demonstration by a master decorator of the techniques and materials used in the renowned Colonial Williamsburg seasonal decorations you have just observed on the field trip. This is a great way to get ideas to take home and apply in your own Yuletide celebrations!

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: FREE EVENING

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.

Contact info:
351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com

Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge

Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds)
Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, December 10 - Class/Free time
Note: The Wren Building visit is leisurely and allows for plenty of time for sitting, though the benches are unadorned colonial style. At the museum the overview includes a fairly short walk after which participants can view the exhibits in depth at their own pace.

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure

Morning: Class: "Eye Witness Perspectives of Christmas in Williamsburg: 18th-20th Century" Experience the holiday traditions and beliefs of three centuries of Americans in their own words as you hear excerpts from their diaries and letters. Trace the similarities and changes that occurred through more than 200 years of celebrations. Class: "History of Christmas, Part 2" Continue the investigation of Yuletide customs from Christmas trees to Santa Claus. Learn how the arrival of immigrants from other European countries added to the richness of American traditions.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel

Afternoon: Field Trip: "The College of William and Mary Wren Building" Explore the oldest continuously used academic building in America with your experienced guide. Then listen to a special holiday musical presentation in the Wren Chapel. Field Trip: "The DeWitt-Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum" These two wonderful museums feature Colonial Williamsburg's extensive collection of 18th century furnishings and objects of daily living along with an incredible collection of American folk art. After a brief overview of the facilities by a docent, explore the galleries in depth on your own.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Performance: "Colonial Instruments" An engaging costumed musician plays and explains instruments of the period from the typical to the unexpected.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, December 11 -
Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: Performance: "Big Wigs, Old Goats, and Loose Women, & A Christmas Wassail Toast" A hilarious, thoroughly entertaining program by a costumed interpreter to really place you in the Williamsburg holiday spirit. Demonstration: "Foodway Traditions" Finish your program deliciously as a former Colonial Williamsburg interpreter takes you through the gustatory customs of colonial Americans. The holidays in the eighteenth century were a time of major feasting and this concluding presentation will leave your mouth watering for the delightful concoctions that you might have experienced long ago. Final Farewells

Lunch: Box lunch, of the modern variety, available for your trip home. END OF PROGRAM

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Williamsburg
Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Jamestown and YorktownWhen you come to our Road Scholar program, you'll find the schedule filled with classes and extracurricular activities; your free time will be limited to only a few hours a day, especially in this "Snapshot" program. We spend much of our time on field trips to surrounding historic hot spots, yet we won't come close to going to every interesting place in the Williamsburg Area. Consider staying an extra day before or after the program to explore the historic area. To avoid visiting the same locations as program field trips, visit our web page with links, sample schedules, hotel web pages, Colonial Williamsburg and more.
For additional information, visit: www.wm.edu/learningodysseys

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
3 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
3 Performances

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4.6
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