It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – everywhere you go on this fabulous historic holiday adventure. You’ll experience the holiday lights at Norfolk Botanical Gardens; enjoy the Star of Wonder Show at Virginia’s Living Museum; participate in Jamestown Settlement’s Christmas Celebration; visit Christmas Town at famed Busch Gardens; partake in the Christmas Tour at Berkeley Plantation AND, after touring Colonial Williamsburg, regal in all its Christmas finery, experience the extravaganza of a lifetime as Christmas and holiday cheer abound with fireworks, music, dancing, caroling and dramatic presentations at the GRAND ILLUMINATION! This adventure will put the spirit of the holiday in your heart and create memories to last a lifetime.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to journey in the footsteps of the Magi, seeking the identity of a mysterious star which foretold the coming of a king? Over the years, the scientific thinking has changed, archeology has revealed new clues about the lands in which these events took place, and our understanding of who the magi might have actually been has grown. As you experience the “Star of Wonder” show in the Abbitt Planetarium, you will be treated to an immersive look at the journey of the Magi, as the latest clues are examined, seeking a fuller understanding of the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem. This is a truly unique experience, not often duplicated.
At Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration. you will be treated to dazzling shows and one-of-a-kind gift ideas. Gaze at more than five million, yes million, twinkling lights while enjoying Busch Gardens’ signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate. A complete Christmas Town experience includes a visit to Santa’s workshop and the parks’ 50-foot tall, light-animated Christmas tree with computerized lights that dance and change color during special evening light shows.
Berkeley Plantation, a 1726 mansion, will be beautifully decorated with fresh greenery from Berkeley’s gardens. Costumed guides will add that special touch to your holiday season with stories of Christmas at Berkeley through four centuries of history. The tour of the manor house, beautifully decorated with fresh arrangements and wreaths cut from Berkeley’s boxwood, cedar and holly trees is followed by a delightful lunch at a Colonial Tavern.
This wonderful holiday adventure holds it all – with time for shopping, a lunch cruise, dinner in an Abbey and something we Midwesterners can experience – holiday lights at the beach!!
Now you know I’m always about the food! Well my research led me to explore the Freemason Abbey and all I can say is – go hungry! The Abbey recently won a challenge for the best She-Crab Soup in the area so be sure to try it! She Crab Soup is a creamy crab soup with a spicy yet mild kick and it can be ordered as a cup or in a crock size. I’d take the crock because we don’t have many restaurants here who feature such a treat! As for dessert, there is in an outstanding apricot bread pudding drunk with brandy sauce and smatterings of raisin. The deep dark chocolate Black Velvet cake with cream cheese frosting is quite an impressive cake as well. It is moist and rich with flavor. Now, what you do between soup and dessert is totally up to you – but please be adventurous!!
This escorted mini – vacations also features a guided tour of Colonial Williamsburg-America’s largest living history musuem of over 500 buildings and 180 acres of magnificent gardens. You will have free time to visit the shops in Merchants Square or discover more of Colonial Williamsburg on your own. Over 40 locally-owned shops and restaurants are waiting. At dusk the Grand Illumination Festivities begin. The Grand Illumination named because hundreds of candles are lit simultaneously in the windows of the Historic Area buildings signaling the official opening of the holiday season in the restored area. A truly awesome sight! Each door is decorated with wreaths fashioned from all natural materials such as apples, oranges, holly and sprig. A variety of traditional holiday entertainment takes place; fifes and drums provide 18th century holiday music; balladeers and musicians perform; and costumed performer’s present entertainment. If this doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit – nothing will.
In the 18th century, illuminations were sometimes held to commemorate the birth of the reigning sovereign. Today the Grand Illumination in the Historic Area celebrates and commemorates its special visitors such as you. An event that is not to be missed – it is sure to be the highlight of your holiday season. Look at this trip as a Christmas present to yourself. Please review the full itinerary and sign up for this escorted vacation as soon as possible. We all know Christmas will be here before we know it! Buon Natale.
Grand Illuminaton & 100 Miles of Lights (click here for itinerary)
November 29 – December 3, 2012 (5 days, 4 nights)
- Escorted vacation (0% fuss, 100% vacation!)
- Tour for active adults (share a great experience!)
- Includes home pickup and return (for clients in Marion and adjacent counties)
Eadie – Interlude blog team
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