Well, it’s been awhile since my last post, as I’ve been indulging in the time-honored Christmas tradition of being lazy and doing nothing but binge-watch TV shows and read books on the couch. It’s been awesome, but I have been letting y’all down! So, back to it. Here are the top things to do in Williamsburg this week:
The other night I got a chance to see the lights at Newport News Park. It was really fun! There were so many different scenes- a Christmas tree forest, polar bears and penguins magically together at the North/South pole- and speaking of North/South, there was a Civil War portion, you guys. Cannon and soldiers and the Monitor and the Merrimack in Christmas lights!
There was also a “critter” portion where deer jumped over your car, and a nautical area with ships on the water and a lighthouse. I don’t want to spoil it all for you, so suffice to say it was really fun, especially if you are into Christmas lights like I am. So grab some friends and pile in a car and head down- it’s still open until January 1 (nightly 5:30-10pm, $10 per car)
How’d you like to go to six concerts in one night? Well, this Wednesday, you can- and for $15. Get your button and plan out your schedule. I highly recommend Bobby Blackhat and the Kenyan Acrobats. Also there’s fireworks at midnight at Zable Stadium! Unless you’d rather “swing” in the new year with the Williamsburg Swing Orchestra, which sounds pretty fun to me. I look forward to this all year!
First Day Hike
New Year’s Day will be cold, but at least it’ll be sunny- why not get outside? All Virginia State Parks are hosting a First Day Hike– at York River State Park, there will be a group hike to the Pamunkey Overlook, apparently a bit of a hidden gem in the park that overlooks the former site of Werowicomico, the capital of the Powhatan Empire. Also, if you take a cute pic you could win free stays at state park cabins!
If you’ve never been contradancing at Norge Hall, I highly recommend it. If you’re not a big dancer, don’t worry- it doesn’t require a lot of style, just remembering a few moves- and they repeat a lot. It’s like a line dance in that you always know what the next move will be, but you get to dance with your partner and just about everyone else in your group, so it’s more social than a line dance. One word of advice- don’t overdress. It gets pretty warm in the hall, even in the winter. Also look at your partner’s face when you spin- you’ll get less dizzy.
That’s it for this week, guys. As always, more things to do in the calendar. Williamsburg is about to enter the January doldrums, when all the students are gone and so are the tourists and everything shuts down- but don’t worry, there are a few things coming up. And I’ll keep you in the loop!