Now that we’re feeling the winter chill in the air, it’s time to heat up your love life. To help you keep that flame burning during this extra special time of year, I’m back with a few final colonial date ideas to do before the New Year.
By Grace McGlade
*Grand Illumination in CW:
You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get in the holiday spirit with your romantic partner, or your friends, this Sunday, December 5th. Watch the sky light up at 6:15pm with fireworks launched from the Governor’s Palace, Magazine and Capitol, as the candles flicker on in the surrounding homes and buildings. This event gets crowded, as students, residents and even out-of-towners flock to CW for the annual Grand Illumination celebration; so make sure to make your way down to the historic area beforehand so you can get a view of the fireworks, and bundle up. You can also stop by to see me and Addie in our colonial home, and we will be offering hot cider, cocoa and holiday treats to students from 4-6pm (more details on our Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=108996609171104&num_event_invites=0#!/event.php?eid=108996609171104). At 5:45 pm, the Fifes and Drums kick off the beginning of the Grand Illumination and after the fireworks, musical performances (on outdoor stages) and caroling begins until about 7:30pm. Let this be the kick off to your holiday season!
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*Holiday Farmer’s Market:
On Saturday, December 11th, take a walk to Merchant’s Square for the special Holiday Market, the final Farmer’s Market of the season. The market takes place from 8:30am-12:30pm, with special musical guests singing holiday favorites from 9-11am, our very own Accidentals- one of W&M’s finest female a cappella groups. Checking out the 30+ vendors selling wreaths, trees, berries, and other gift-giving baked goods and items, would make for a sweet, and festive, date. This could also be a good opportunity to find a seasonal gift for friends, family, or your partner.
*Santa Clause is comin’ to town!
Experience the magic of Christmas again with your sweetheart by paying a visit to old St. Nick (you could even take a picture with Santa Claus)! Santa will be visiting the W&M bookstore from 10am-2pm this Saturday, November 4th, from 12pm- 3pm on Sunday, November 5th, 9am-2pm on Saturday, November 11th, 12-3pm on Sunday, November 12th, 10am-2pm on Saturday, November 18th, and from 12-3pm on Sunday, November 19th. “Old-time Santa”, Father Christmas, will be strolling the streets of Merchant Square from 2:30-5:30pm on Saturday, November 4th, 3:30-6pm on the 5th, 3-5:30pm on the 11th, 3:30-5:30 on the 12th, 2:30-5:30pm on the 18th, and 5-5:30pm on the 19th; so make sure to look out for Santa and check out the holiday decorations in CW.
More information about holiday events in Merchant’s Square, including holiday concerts and performances at: http://www.merchantssquare.org/calendar.html.
Enjoy spending the holidays with your loved ones; whether you are near or far, let them know how grateful you are to have them in your life! I hope your winter season is filled with love, magic, and holiday cheer.