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Colonial Williamsburg hosts Grand Illumination

Tuesday - 12/3/2013, 4:00am  ET

TIM REYNOLDS
AP Basketball Writer

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Colonial Williamsburg is preparing to host its annual Grand Illumination.

The illuminations begin on Sunday when candles are lit in the windows of public buildings, shops and residences. A fireworks program will follow that will be presented simultaneously at three sites throughout Colonial Williamsburg.

Prior to the fireworks, guests will be able to participate in an annual lighting of glow sticks ceremony to begin the final countdown to the fireworks program.

The Grand Illumination tradition originated in 1934 with a "White Lighting." This first re-creation of an 18th-century Christmas in Williamsburg featured single candles in the windows of the historic area's restored and reconstructed buildings, as well as garlands and greens on the outside of the buildings.


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