Saturday December 5 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 6 | 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Watermen’s Museum
Once you’re done shopping at Market on Main, head down to the Watermen's Museum for its FREE Viking Yuletide Program! During this family-friendly event, you can learn about the ancient Norse influences on modern Christmas culture; enjoy demonstrations of traditional crafts and sport; play games and participate in the Althing in a Viking-era encampment; and enjoy a proper Victorian display. Odin and St. Nicolas will also be on site for photos. The Museum’s special programming runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is co-hosted by the Society of Amateur Vikings for General Reenactment.
Cookies with Santa
Sunday, December 6 | 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Gallery at York Hall – Main Street
The Gallery at York Hall is excited to once again host this special event – with a few modifications this year due to COVID-19. Children and parents can stop by to wave to Santa, drop off pre-made wish lists for the North Pole, grab a to-go goodie bag with a cookie, and do some holiday shopping as well! The Gallery at York Hall is filled with local one-of-a-kind art in all mediums.
Parents and grandparents are still encouraged to bring their own cameras to this family event, but are reminded that children will have to stand in front of Santa in a designated area. Though six feet away, the big guy in red will still be wearing a mask as an added precaution. Adults and children ages 5 and older are required to wear masks as they enter York Hall. We thank you in advance for your consideration and cooperation during this fun, community tradition.
Saturday, December 12 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Riverwalk Landing – Yorktown Waterfront
The holiday shopping season has officially kicked off in Yorktown! Browse the market for chowders and soups; baked goods, including an assortment of cakes, breads, brownies, fudge, and cookies; jams, jellies, and honey; holiday wreaths; candles and soaps; and seasonal art! NEW this year – don’t miss a festive ice carving demonstration! Don your holiday attire and march in our Toyland Parade – a short loop around Riverwalk to celebrate the holiday season.
Yorktown Market Days is an open air market that continues taking important precautions to keep our customers and vendors safe amidst COVID-19 concerns, including required spacing between vendors and a setup to avoid congestion in typically high-traffic areas. All staff and vendors are required to wear face coverings when interacting with customers who are less than 6 feet away. Hand sanitizer stations are set up as you enter, as well as signs stating that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted to shop at the market.
Christmastide in Virginia
December 19 - 31
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Experience Colonial Virginia holiday traditions with interpretive programs, cooking demonstrations, and musical entertainment. Celebrate this holiday season with historical festivities December 19-31 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown during "Christmastide in Virginia."
Hear accounts of Christmas during the war in the re-created Continental Army encampment while learning about winter military camp life for a Continental Army soldier. On the Revolution-era farm, compare 18th-century Christmas traditions with those of modern times, deck the halls of a clapboard farmhouse and observe preparations for a holiday feast.
The museums have made adjustments to operations and access to outdoor living-history areas and gallery exhibits so that families can enjoy the museum experience while following new safety protocols and social-distancing procedures. The museums' films and immersive indoor gallery exhibits are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the outdoor living-history areas are open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.