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WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA

A Magical Yuletide in Williamsburg: Traditions, Decorations, Music, Food and Festivities

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Program #7046RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
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Itinerary for Dec 2 — Dec 7, 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: Monday, December 02 - Arrival/Class
Afternoon: Program Registration, Welcome and Room Check In, begins at 4:00pm. Class: "Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg" An introduction to the colonial town and its restoration, undertaken through the vision of a local minister and the generosity of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Program Overview and Road Scholar Introductions

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: Tuesday, December 03 - Colonial Williamsburg guided excursion
Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure

Morning: Class: "A Jamestown Christmas" Learn about the very earliest and more austere customs of this holy season as they would have been practiced by the first English settlers in the New World. Class: "Christmas Traditions of the Past" Take an in-depth look at the holiday traditions of the colonial era. Learn about the songs, the ceremonies and the hearth side celebrations that were observed by our ancestors and that echo even today in some of our customs.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Field Trip: "Colonial Williamsburg and Its Decorations" Walk the length of historic Duke of Gloucester street in the company of two expert guides. Focus on the one hand on the homes, shops, and public buildings. At the same time investigate the remarkable decorations that adorn those buildings. Your guides will describe events and townspeople along with the materials and techniques used to create the wreaths and sprays. Class: "The Joys of Christmas" Learn about the history of the holiday customs as they developed over the centuries, mixing traditions from many European countries as well as those adapted by African Americans based on their own heritage.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Free time to use at your leisure or to return on your own to Colonial Williamsburg where many holiday events will be underway.

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: Wednesday, December 04 - College of William & Mary Wren Building excursion...
College of William & Mary Wren Building excursion and concert; Individual exploration of Colonial Williamsburg

Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure

Morning: Class: "Traditional Williamsburg Christmas Decorations" Now that you have seen the wonderful decorations in the Restored Area, learn the details of how they are put together. The class covers the types of materials that are used, why they might have been chosen, and demonstrates how the wreaths and other displays are created. Field Trip: "College of William and Mary's Christopher Wren Building" First explore this 300 year old building, the oldest continuously used academic building in America. Then enjoy a concert of colonial Christmas music performed in the Wren Chapel by a talented musician.

Lunch: Enjoy the ambiance of a colonial tavern as you eat lunch and are entertained by strolling musicians and other historical characters.

Afternoon: Independent Exploration: "Colonial Williamsburg" Building on the overview of the Historic Area that you enjoyed on Day Two, take time now to return the shops and homes that are of special interest to you. This time will extend into the early evening when the candles come on in the windows, the cressets are lit, and perhaps even a strolling musician or two will add to the magic of your experience.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: Performance; "Big Wigs, Old Goats, and Loose Women and a Christmas Wassail Toast" Delight in the antics of a talented historical interpreter as she entertains you with tales of the common folk, then toasts you with a traditional English drink.

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 Four: Thursday, December 05 - Musical performance; Colonial Williamsburg Museum...
Breakfast: Breakfast

Morning: Performance: "Colonial Instruments and Music" Enjoy the talents of a costumed musician as he plays and explains instruments, both expected and unusual, of the eighteenth century. Field Trip: "Dewitt Wallace Museum and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum" After a brief guided walk through the galleries displaying some of the extensive collections of colonial artifacts belonging to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, stroll through the exhibits on your own to focus on the displays that most catch your interest.

Lunch: Lunch

Afternoon: Free time to return to Colonial Williamsburg on your own or explore some of the other historical sites in the area.

Dinner: Dinner

Evening: This time may again be used to relax or to enjoy some of the special holiday events in the area.

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 Five: Friday, December 06 - Evening Entertainment
Breakfast: Breakfast at your leisure

Morning: Class: "Christmas Past and Present" This lecture traces holiday traditions through the centuries from the colonial period into modern times as new customs are added and old ones are adapted to changing times. Class: "Eye Witness Perspectives of Christmas in Williamsburg: 18th-20th Centuries" Take a more personal look at the yuletide across time by considering the words of people living in Williamsburg during 300 years. Share your own family traditions, both those inherited and those newly begun. This look at holiday observances will help tie the old to the new, bringing a new richness to our own holiday observances.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Workshop: "Its Your Turn: Hands On Decorating" Having now seen and learned about holiday decorations, you have the opportunity to assemble your own table center piece. A wide variety of natural materials, candles, and florists' items are available for inclusion in your creation!

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Evening: Performance; "African-American Music and Christmas Customs" Delight in the singing and storytelling of an amazing woman as she takes you on a journey across the years through the eyes of African-Americans, slave and free, as they celebrate the yuletide in Virginia.

Lodging: Clarion Hotel Historic District

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Saturday, December 07 -
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Class: "Foodways from the 18th Century" Learn about the foods, tools, and methods of the colonial cook. Investigate the role of food in the holiday traditions. Participate in the concoction of a simple but delicious dessert of the time period.

Lunch: Box lunch available after class for your trip home End of Program

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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Williamsburg
Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Jamestown and YorktownOur Road Scholar programs are filled with fascinating and informative classes, field trips, excursions and extracurricular activities. The day-by-day itinerary details what you will see and do. The schedule includes a free afternoon during the week to pursue your own interests; otherwise, there will be only a few hours of unstructured time per day. Because the Road Scholar schedule is so full, there will be little opportunity for independent exploration of other sites in the Williamsburg area. We suggest you consider taking time before or after the program to enjoy local attractions. The Colonial Williamsburg website, www.history.org, includes a detailed calendar of events that you might want to investigate. Websites for other area attractions such as Jamestown and Yorktown will have additional information.
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.
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
4 Performances

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