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School & Youth Group Evening Programs

Capitol at nightThe Historic Area after dark invites you to continue exploring the events that shaped a new nation. After the sun sets, 18th-century entertainment will amuse and amaze your group. You can choose a variety of activities ranging from drama and dance to music and evening walking tours. Put your best foot forward as you learn why dance was "the dearest diversion" of colonial Virginians. Discover the arts and mysteries of the trades, march with the soldiers preparing for war, hear a story and learn a moral or two, or find clues and treasures in the ground.

Evening Program Policies:

  • $200.00 deposit is required, per program
  • Group minimum is required to book each program
  • For the safety of your students, Colonial Williamsburg requires 1 adult accompany every 10 students for an evening program
  • Evening Programs are based on availability
  • Deposits are required within 14 days of receipt of confirmation. The deposit will be applied to your bill at the time of payment.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if written cancellation is received 7 days prior to your group's arrival.
  • Full payment is required two weeks prior to groups arrival.
  • Program changes/ cancellations for the guaranteed final number of attendees will be accepted up to 7 full business days prior to the group's arrival date, Monday through Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM.
  • If a complete cancellation is received in less than 7 business days of the arrival date, the group will forfeit their deposit.
  • Evening programs are conducted in all weather. Please come prepared for seasonal changes.
  • If a group does not show up for its program, the group is required to pay for program in full.

Reservations are required for all School & Youth Group Evening Programs.

Call 1-800-228-8878 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET), email [email protected] or complete our Group Reservation Form


  • Lanthorn tour

    Lanthorn Tours

    This candlelight walking tour invites you to explore the shops and workplaces of Virginia's most accomplished artisans.

    • Meeting Location:  Lumber House.
    • Times offered: 7:00pm / 8:30pm
    • Group must pay minimum to book:  Min-25 / Max -100
    • 1 adult must accompany every 10 students  
  • dancing

    Colonial Dance

    Virginians will dance or die," wrote an 18th-century diarist. What better time than the 21st century to learn a few "new" dance steps and experience one of the favorite pastimes of colonial Virginians. Learn about different types of popular dances, discover the role of dance in 18th-century society, and perhaps participate in the fun.

    • Meeting Location: Capitol
    • Times offered: 7:00pm / 8:30pm
    • Group must pay minimum to book: Min-45 / Max-60
    • 1 adult must accompany every 10 students
  • Actors

    Papa Said, Mama Said

    Experience a moving program in which 18th-century free and enslaved blacks reflect on lessons learned through stories told by the elders. This interactive program explores the significance of oral African tradition. Students participate in the experience featuring recollections of stories that teach moral lessons that have been passed down from generation to generation.

    • Meeting Location: Lane Auditorium
    • Times offered: 7:00pm / 8:30pm
    • Group must pay minimum to book: Min-25 / Max-237
    • 1 adult must accompany every 10 students
  • Actors

    African American Music

    Discover the music, songs, and dances of the 18th-century African American community, which borrowed from the many cultures of Africa and Europe. Within the community, there were opportunities for everyone to participate—by singing, dancing, or playing an instrument. You can help us in keeping the rhythms, singing the songs, and dancing the dances adapted from the West African people of colonial America. At intervals throughout the program, the audience members will be invited to participate in dancing, singing, or playing instruments

    • Meeting Location: Great Hopes Plantation, except during inclement weather. Location to be determined.
    • Times offered: 7:00pm / 8:30pm
    • Group must pay minimum to book: Min-45 / Max-90
    • 1 adult must accompany every 10 students
  • In Defense of Our Liberty

    Enlist in the Continental Army at the Magazine. Become a new recruit and see what it was like to be a soldier in the 18th century.

    • Meeting Location: Magazine
    • Times offered: 7:00pm / 8:30pm
    • Group must pay minimum to book: Min-40 / Max-70
    • 1 adult must accompany every 10 students
  • Ghost

    Shadows of the Past

    The best of both worlds! With Shadows of the Past, students have the opportunity to experience both 18th Century and modern ghost stories inside the buildings and on the streets of the country's oldest living museum. Costumed storytellers present stories that gave colonial Americans a fright; and share tales of ghosts in town that have lingered to send a shiver down our spines today.

    • Meeting Location: Capitol Circle
    • Times offered: 7:00pm / 8:30pm
    • Group must pay minimum to book: Min-25 / Max-100
    • 1 adult must accompany every 10 students


On-Site Evening Program manager cell number is 757-880-2831. Secondary Numbery number is 757-229-1000 ext. 2213 or 2219. Please feel free to contact our after-hour numbers from 5:00pm - 10:00pm should you need assistance with direction to an evening program location, running late, or not able to make the program. The after-hours number does not permit changes/cancellations on a reservation. All changes/updates must be made at the Group Arrivals Building.

Programs and prices are subject to change without notice  

For more information, call 1-800-228-8878 or email [email protected]

Pricing effective from January 1 - December 31, 2019.