Historic Yorktown will celebrate the holidays throughout December.
The celebrations begin with the 76th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 4 at Riverwalk Landing.
The evening will begin with the TRADOC Arsenal Brass Band at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Fifes and Drums of York Town. The tree lighting follows at 7:30 p.m. with a virtual message from Santa Claus.
The Freight Shed will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to write holiday cards to military members and Santa. Registration is required because there is a 250-person capacity. Social distancing circles will be used. www.yorkcounty.gov/treelighting.
The Christmas Market on Main will be Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jewelry, art, wreaths, and baked goods will be available from nearly 60 vendors.
The Town Crier rings in the market at 10 a.m. followed by the Fifes and Drum of York Town. Santa Clause will greet the crowd from York County’s first fire trucks along with strolling entertainment.
The Watermen’s Museum will have a free Viking Yuletide Program on Dec. 5, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Dec. 6, from noon to 5 p.m.
Learn about ancient Norse influences modern Christmas culture. There will be demonstrations of traditional crafts and sport. The event will feature a Viking-era encampment and Victorian display. Odin and St. Nicolas will be available for photos.
The Gallery at York Hall will have a modified version of Cookies with Santa on Dec. 6 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Children can drop off their pre-written wish list, receive a goodie bag and shop. Pictures with Santa, in a mask, and six-feet away will be available.
The Mistletoe Market is Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. The market features chowders and soups, baked goods, jams and honey. There will be holiday wreaths, candles, soaps and seasonal art. New this year is an ice carving demonstration. The Toyland Parade is for all those dressed in holiday attire.
Christmastide in Virginia is Dec. 19-Dec. 31 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Enjoy Colonial Virginia holiday traditions with interpretive programs, cooking demonstrations and musical entertainment. Hear accounts of Christmas during the war in the re-created Continental Army encampment. The Revolution-era farm will show 18th-century Christmas traditions.
All events will obey social distancing guidelines.