The Williamsburg Christmas Market, reminiscent of traditional Christmas bazaars in Europe, will come back to Downtown Williamsburg for its fourth consecutive year.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Similar to the previous year, around 40 vendors, including multiple food vendors, will be stationed on Court Street between the Art Museum of Colonial Williamsburg and the city’s Bicentennial Park. The market will be operational for five weekends leading up to Christmas.
According to Steve Rose, co-founder of CultureFix and the organizer of the market, the area’s nonprofit CultureFix coordinates and manages the market. Williamsburg has provided funding to run the market and allocated space for the event at no cost.
Entry to the market is free.
The market will kick off on Nov. 24-26 and continue every weekend in December: Nov. 30-Dec. 3, December 7-10, December 14-17 and December 21-23. Timings have been slightly adjusted from the previous year as follows: Thursday, 11am to 6pm; Friday, 11am to 7pm; Saturday 10am to 7pm; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Christmas Market in Williamsburg starts next weekend and there will be opportunities for photographs throughout the market, including at the chalet where Santa Claus will be located. Courtesy of CultureFix
“We have procured additional chalets this year,” Rose stated, “to accommodate food vendors and other individuals.” He mentioned that wooden chalets can be secured for the evening and “appear more aesthetically pleasing and reminiscent of European styles than just tents.”
Vendors reserve their spaces on a weekend basis. In total, there will be roughly 60 vendors during the 18 days of the market.
About 45,000 individuals attended last year’s event. “It’s somewhat challenging to gauge attendance when there are no entry tickets,” Rose commented. “However, we meticulously assess the number of visitors on a day-to-day and weekend-by-weekend basis. We anticipate a slight increase in the volume of patrons at the market this year.”
He mentioned that rain would diminish attendance, but not cold weather. They will offer hot cider, hot chocolate, and gluhwein – hot mulled wine – and patrons enjoy that and being outside in the cooler temperatures.
There will also be festive music, fire pits, and photo opportunities throughout the market, including at the chalet where Santa Claus will be situated.
Ice rink opens in Colonial Williamsburg
The Liberty Ice Pavilion on Duke of Gloucester Street at the edge of Merchants Square opened on 17 November and will remain open for most of the winter until 27 February.
The rink, approximately 50 by 70 feet in size, is made of real ice. This marks the rink’s ninth year in operation.
The daily rate for skating is $16 for adults, $14 for youth (3-12 years). Skate rentals are priced at $6. There is also a seasonal skate pass available, costing $110 for adults and $95 for youth.
Discounts are accessible for Colonial Williamsburg staff and volunteers, CW Pass members, military personnel, and William & Mary students. Regular admission is $3 off on weekdays.
The posted rink schedule (subject to change) is Sunday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, noon to 10 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be varied operating hours for the holidays, which can be found at www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/tickets/ice-skating.
Hot cider, coffee, and other refreshments are offered near the rink.
Whaling company continues business
The Whaling Company Restaurant at 494 McLaws Circle in James City County is continuing its operations for its 43rd year.
Whaling Company in James City County. Courtesy of Stephen York
“I’ve received numerous inquiries from people, asking whether we are still running,” owner Steve York stated. They were under the impression that we were shutting down.
The news about the sale of the property where the restaurant is situated apparently caused some confusion. “This is unrelated to my restaurant,” York clarified.
“We are continuing to operate under the Whaling Company banner,” he affirmed. “We have been in business since 1980 and have a fondness for Williamsburg, our long-term guests, and our employees.”
At least 20 of the current employees have been with York for the past decade.
There are still available slots for the restaurant’s reservation-only Thanksgiving Day dinner, which includes a turkey with all the fixings. The cost is $45 per person. Reservations can be made at 757-229-0275.
Colonial CPA Group to open new office
Colonial Real Estate Holdings LLC has acquired a 2,069-square-foot first-floor office condominium at 5400 Discovery Park Blvd. Through a $480,000 investment from Libcor Properties in Casey LLC in James City County.
Colonial CPA Group will establish a new office in New Town in early 2024, as per Cushman & Wakefield. Thalhimer Real Estate of Richmond.
Other establishments within the three-story, 30,000-square-foot building include Cornerstone Wealth Management, Remax, Hecker & Associates, Ryan Homes, and Davenport Wealth Management.
Andy Dallas of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale on behalf of the seller, while Teresa Nettles also represented the buyer with Thalhimer.
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen opens
Yusuf Atay is the new proprietor and operator of Dreammaker Bath & Kitchen, a design/remodeling enterprise with “top-notch craftsmanship and ethical principles,” as per his statement.
The establishment is situated at 5131 Main Street in Newtown, James City County.
Originating from Antioch in southern Turkey, Atay sought a brand that would be renowned for its interior design expertise. They opted for DreamMaker, which has franchises across the United States.
The Prescription Shop has partnered with Williamsburg Landing
Dr. Henry and Jade Ranger of The Prescription Shop met with residents at Williamsburg Landing on November 13 for a presentation with residents and their families. Courtesy of Z Ranger
The Prescription Shop will take over pharmaceutical services for residents and replace Williamsburg Landing’s current pharmacy provider.
The pharmacy has previously conducted on-site vaccine clinics. The new collaboration will commence on December 1st.
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SL Nussbaum Realty Co. of Norfolk has announced the following lease renewals:
• America’s Best Contacts & Glasses and GameStop at the Shops at Cedar Valley in York County. Nussbaum’s Maggie Spillane and Chris Hauck represented the landlord in two transactions.
• Duck Donuts at Marketplace Shops. Nussbaum’s Tyler Jacobson represented the landlord.
• Virginia ABC store at the James York Plaza Shopping Center in York County. Nussbaum’s Maggie Spillane represented the landlord.
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