4 Great Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Williamsburg, VA

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Williamsburg, VA is the home to some of the most important historic sites in America, including the historic triangle of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, and Yorktown.

In fact, the Williamsburg area played an important role in the history of Thanksgiving in America.

Williamsburg also has plenty of excellent restaurants, all of which make it one of the best places to celebrate November and Thanksgiving weekend.

Below are some of my top recommendations for things to do for Thanksgiving in Williamsburg, Virginia.


Where to Stay in Williamsburg, VA
Great Wolf Lodge WilliamsburgGreat for Families
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The Historic Powhatan Resort by DiamondGreat for Furnished Apartments
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Club Wyndham KingsgateGreat for Recreation and Amenities
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Kingsmill ResortGreat for Nature Trails

Colonial Williamsburg

Location:

101 Visitor Center Dr, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Dates:

Throughout November and Thanksgiving Week

Tickets:

You can buy tickets here.

Description:

Colonial Williamsburg is decked out with special decorations for the Thanksgiving holiday. The historic site also has a number of different events throughout the month of November and Thanksgiving Week.

As befitting Thanksgiving, many of the festivities revolve around special Thanksgiving dinners!

You can book a reservation for Christiana Campbell’s Thanksgiving dinner, which is a fixed-price menu that includes an appetizer, main course, and dessert. There are also Tavern musicians to accompany your meal!

There are several additional special Thanksgiving Dinners to choose from, including Thanksgiving Dinner at King’s Arms Tavern, Thanksgiving Dinner at the Williamsburg Lodge, and Thanksgiving Dinner at Sweet Tea and Barley.

For an extra special feast, book a table at the Williamsburg Inn, which features a four-course meal of traditional dishes!

November is National Native American Heritage Month, and there are numerous special events to mark the occasion, including interpretative stories and reenactments about the Native Americans in colonial Virginia.


Building at Jamestown Settlement

Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia

Location:

Jamestown Settlement

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Dates:

November 24 and 25, 2023

Tickets:

You can buy tickets here.

Description:

The annual Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia event is held around Thanksgiving and features fun cooking demonstrations that teach guests how meals were made back during the colonial period.  

Clay pots, iron kettles, smoking, and salt curing are all used to make the food. Events are held at both Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.


Virginia Thanksgiving Festival at Berkeley Plantation

Location:

12602 Harrison Landing Rd, Charles City, VA 23030

Dates:

Sunday, November 5, 2023 (11 am to 4 pm)

Tickets:

  • Buses: $30.00
  • Cars: $20.00
  • Bikes: $5.00

Description:

The Virginia Thanksgiving Festival at Berkeley Plantation is an annual event in November that celebrates the first Thanksgiving in Colonial Virginia. The tradition has continued since 1619, when early English settlers first arrived at the site.

As part of the festival, there are activities for the whole family, including a juggling and magic show, colonial period re-enactors, a parade, dance performances by a Native American group, and musical performances. You can also tour the mansion for an extra fee.

There are also plenty of food options available at the event, including BBQ, turkey legs, Brunswick stew, Virginia ham biscuits, kettle corn, hot dogs, and funnel cakes.


Blue Talon Bistro Turkey Trot

Location:

420 Prince George St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

The Turkey Trot takes place around Colonial Williamsburg and The College of William and Mary campus.

Dates:

November 23, 2022 at 8:30 am

Tickets:

You can register for the Turkey Trot here.

Description:

You can work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner by taking part in the annual Blue Talon Bistro Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day.

The annual event is sponsored by the Blue Talon Bistro, which is a local restaurant. The Turkey Trot takes place around the nearby College of William and Mary campus and Colonial Williamsburg.

You can take part in the 5K Turkey Trot or a 1-mile walk/trot/run. There is also a kid’s fun run after the 5K event.

The Blue Talon Bistro also serves great food, and it’s one of my top recommendations for restaurants in Colonial Williamsburg!


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