Starting on Thanksgiving Day and lasting to November 24, visitors will have the chance to learn all about how food was prepared in the 17th and 18th centuries at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. Long before microwaves, ovens, and refrigerators, food was prepared in clay pots and cooked in iron kettles over an open fire. Food was also preserved for long periods of time by a process of smoking, salt curing and pickling. In the 21st century if you need another ingredient for a meal you can run to the store but the English colonists and Indians didn’t have that luxury. So these two attractions are offering demonstrations showcasing how these people prepared the meals, especially the big first Thanksgiving meal shared between the pilgrims and Indians. The food that is prepared is for demonstration only but the Jamestown Settlement Café will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the afternoon. For more information, check out these links to the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg has been transformed into a winter wonderland to celebrate the magical holiday season that is nearly upon us. The massive park is designed to celebrate different cultures during the regular season but it is switching gears to showcase holiday traditions around the world instead. Patrons will have the chance to visit Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, France, and finish off with a visit to Santa Claus in the North Pole. In Italy, the Escape from Pompeii Water Ride has undergone a breathtaking transformation to become the Polar Pathway adorned with thousands of lights. Similarly, the grand dining room of Castle O’Sullivan has taken on a new life to present Santa’s Fireside Feast. Santa guests are invited to gather around his majestic castle to enjoy a magical story and a delicious feast. In Germany, patrons are invited to purchase handmade gifts made by local artisans in the Mistletoe Marketplace.
After a busy day enjoying the attractions throughout the park, take a rest to enjoy one of the five shows in the park, or enjoy them all! Take the kids to enjoy a “Sesame Street Christmas,” dance enthusiasts will love the “Miracles” show, then finish off with “Deck the Halls” a toe-tapping Christmas show. Most of the year-round rides and attractions will remain open during the holiday season. For more information about the magical holiday celebration at Busch Gardens, follow this link.