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Williamsburg holidays

Kick off a month of festivities and get in the holiday spirit with a hometown Christmas parade Saturday and the grand illumination Sunday in Colonial Williamsburg, Va.

More than 100 entries, from Scouts to floats to bands, will participate in this year's parade, starting at 9 a.m. on Duke of Gloucester Street.

The grand illumination, a 61-year tradition, is expected to attract tens of thousands of revelers for an evening of merrymaking. The program begins with a tattoo at 6 p.m. To the sound of cannon fire, candles will be lighted, illuminating windows in public buildings, shops and houses in the historic area. Fireworks start at 6: 15 p.m. at the Capitol, Courthouse and Governor's Palace. The evening concludes with 18th century entertainment.

Free bus service for the illumination is provided between the Visitor Center and the Historic Area until 10 p.m.

For a complete list of Colonial Williamsburg holiday programs call (800) 404-3389. Reservations are required for many programs. For a virtual toy box of memorabilia spanning the past 200 years, attend the Eastern National Antique Dolls, Toys and Games Show this weekend at the Montgomery Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.

More than 600 tables will be laden with treasures from around the world, including antique dolls, cuddly teddy bears and playthings from yesteryear, as well as doll houses, trains, miniatures and Christmas items.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission of $5 is good for both days. Call (410) 329-2188 or (800) 805-4060.

Pub Date: 12/05/96

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