Events offered daily (or almost daily) from Dec. 6 through New Year's include the Christmas Decorations Tour, an hour-long walk through Colonial Williamsburg's bedecked Historic Area and the evening Lanthorn Tours to candle-lit tradespeople's shops. Bassett Hall, founder John D. Rockefeller Jr.'s residence, is open for the duration; concerts on an 18th-century organ in the Wren Building at the adjacent College of William & Mary start Dec. 5. Throughout the period, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Arts Center offers its annual yuletide exhibition, "The Toys and Joys of Christmas."

Many major events occur at least every three days -- to accommodate visitors who, on the average, stay that long. These include banquet-style meals such as the Baron's Feast and Groaning Board. Almost every morning throughout the period, amateur photographers may enter a major building -- Palace, Wythe House, Carter's Grove or Raleigh Tavern -- for an hour of picture taking.

The following schedule lists highlights; fees are charged for most special events. DAILY: 11 a.m. Wren Chapel organ recital. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bassett Hall is open. 10 and 11:45 a.m.; 2:15 p.m. Christmas Decorations Tour. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. "Toys and Joys of Christmas" at Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Arts Center (AARFAC). 7 and 8:30 p.m. Lanthorn Tour of tradespeople's shops. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (through Dec. 16). 18th-century Christmas Dining Tour focuses on colonial food and festivities. DEC. 5: 12 noon. Fife and Drum Corps salutes Delaware on the anniversary of its ratification of the Constitution. 8 p.m. "Virginia and the World," a dramatization of historical events, staged in the Capitol. DEC. 6: 5 p.m. Community Carol Program outside the Courthouse of 1770. DEC. 7: 4 p.m. "Decorating for a Festive Holiday Season," an illustrated lecture by floral designer Marion Abbitt. DEC. 8: Demonstration of colonial "Pork Preservation" methods. (Time to be announced.) 10 a.m., 2 p.m. Tree Decoration Workshop demonstrates how to make items like those in AARFAC collections. DEC. 9: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Mrs. Campbell's Christmas Dinner, a banquet meal at Christiana Campbell's tavern. DEC. 10: 9 a.m. Domestic Crafts Hands-On Program at the Wythe House. 10 a.m., 2 p.m. Tree Decoration Workshop. 6 and 8 p.m. Chowning's Christmas Gambols, a special dinner with entertainment at Chowning's Tavern. DEC. 11: 1 p.m. Decorating Carter's Grove Tree -- a hands-on event in this restored James River plantation house. 4 p.m. "A Quiet People Celebrate" slide lecture on Moravian traditions by a scholar from Old Salem, N.C. DEC. 12: 9 a.m. Carter's Grove opens. 12 noon. Fife and Drum Corps salutes Pennsylvania on the anniversary of ratifying the Constitution. 4 p.m. "Decorating for a Festive Holiday Season" lecture. 8 p.m. "The Lying Valet," an 18th-century comedy. DEC. 13: 1 and 3 p.m. 18th-century puppet show at the Wallace Gallery. 1:30 to 4 p.m. "Powell Family Christmas" presents character actors' improvisations of a colonial Virginia family. 5:30 p.m. Grand Illumination. The whole town lights up after a military tattoo and fireworks. 8 p.m. "The Toy Shop" & "The Cheats of Scapin," two one-act, 18th-century plays. DEC. 14: 12 noon. Lawn bowling at Market Square. 2:30 p.m. "Keeping the Best Company" lecture/demonstration of colonial manners by Mary Wiseman. 6:30 p.m. Illumination of the Capitol, a narrated lighting of Williamsburg's signature building and its neighborhood. 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Assembly at the Capitol, a ball and diversion in the colonial manner. DEC. 15: 1:30-4 p.m."Powell Family Christmas." 2:30 p.m. "Magical Deceptions and Light Diversions" -- a family program of illusion, comedy and songs. 4 p.m. "Christmas Trees and Making Ornaments That Adorn Them," a slide lecture by miniaturist Sue Rountree. 6:30 p.m. Illumination of Palace Green. 7 to 9 p.m. Palace Ball, reenactment of a lordly social event. DEC. 16: 12:30 p.m. "Decorating for a Festive Holiday Season" lecture. 6:30 p.m. Tavern Illumination. Bonfires brighten the Raleigh and Wetherburn taverns' neighborhood. 7 p.m. The famously reconstructed Raleigh Tavern opens for the evening. 8 p.m., 9:15 p.m. Capitol Concerts feature tavern songs. DEC. 17: "Pork Butchering" demonstration of colonial techniques. (Time to be announced.) 1:30-4 p.m."Powell Family Christmas." 6:30 p.m. Capitol Illumination. 7, 8 and 9 p.m. A Capitol Evening presents dramatizations of Burgesses' debates, criminal trials and the like. 8:30 p.m. "Keeping the Best Company." DEC. 18: 2:30 p.m. "Magical Deceptions and Light Diversions." 5 p.m. Militia retreat and salute to New Jersey on the anniversary of its ratification of the Constitution. 6:30 p.m. Illumination of Palace Green. 7 p.m. Everard House and Wythe House open by candlelight. 7 p.m. Palace Ball. 8 p.m. "The Lying Valet." DEC. 19: 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. "Musical Medley for Families." Williamsburg Symphonia Players mix 18th-century music and "Gerald McBoing Boing." 1:30-4 p.m. "Powell Family Christmas." 6 p.m. Carter's Grove Evening at the James River plantation. 6:30 p.m. Tavern Illumination. 7 p.m. Tavern Night presentations in the Raleigh and Wetherburn. 8 and 9:30 p.m. Governor's Evening Music, a chamber music concert in the Palace ballroom. 8 p.m. "The Toy Shop," "Cheats of Scapin." DEC. 20: 4 p.m. "Musica de Camera" concert by Williamsburg Chamber Players. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Musical Diversions, in the Palace ballroom by candlelight. 8 p.m. "The Lying Valet." 8, 9:15 p.m. Capitol Concerts of tavern songs and madrigals. DEC. 21: 4 p.m. "A Children's Christmas" performance/demonstration of antique practices by local students. 4 p.m. "Christmas Trees and Making Ornaments That Adorn Them." 6:30 p.m. Illumination of the Capitol. 7 p.m. Capitol Assembly. 1 and 3 p.m. 18th-century puppeteer. 2:30 p.m. "Magical Deceptions and Light Diversions." 6 p.m. A Carter's Grove Evening. 6:30 p.m. Illumination of Palace Green. 7 p.m. Wythe, Everard houses open. 7 p.m. Holiday Ball, at the Palace. 7 p.m. Dinner & comedy, "The Lying Valet." DEC. 23: 2:30 p.m. "A Children's Christmas" presented by local students. 4 p.m. Williamsburg Madrigal Singers. 6:30 p.m. Tavern Illumination. 7 p.m. Tavern Night replicates goings-on in colonial taverns. 8 and 9:15 p.m. Capitol Concerts offer light music and songs. 8, 9:30 p.m. Governor's Evening Music -- a baroque concert in the Palace ballroom. DEC. 24: 4:30 p.m. "Beating of the Holiday Drums." Fife and Drum Corps and historical militia groups perform. 5:30 p.m. Community Christmas Tree-lighting in Market Square. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Musical Diversions in the Palace ballroom. 9 p.m. "Keeping the Best Company" demonstration of manners. DEC. 25: 10 a.m. (and hourly). "A Williamsburg Sampler" holiday film. 10 to noon. Hospitality Hour -- refreshment and conversation in the Courthouse of 1770. 10:30, 2 and 4 p.m. "Babes in Toyland" film at Visitor Center. 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 p.m. Capitol Assembly. 8:30 p.m. "The Lying Valet." DEC. 26: 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Musical Medley for Families. 4 and 8:30 p.m. "A Children's Christmas." 6 p.m. A Carter's Grove Evening. 6:30 p.m. Illumination of the Capitol. 6:30 p.m. Christmas Party at the Cascades. 7 p.m. Capitol Evening historical reenactments. 7 p.m. Raleigh opening by candlelight. DEC. 27: 4 p.m. "Grandma's Attic" video lecture on 19th-century toys by AARFAC director Carolyn J. Weekley. 4:30 p.m. "Beating of the Holiday Drums." 6:30 p.m. Palace Green Illumination. 7 p.m. Wythe, Everard houses open. 7 p.m. Holiday Ball at the Palace. 8 and 9:15 p.m. Capitol Concerts of ballads, rounds, madrigals. 8 p.m. "The Toy Shop," "Cheats of Scapin." DEC. 28: 2:30 p.m. "Keeping the Best Company." 3 p.m. "Music and Dance in the Life of an 18th-Century Child" lecture. 6:30 p.m. Tavern Illumination. 7 p.m. Raleigh opening by candlelight. 8 and 9:30 p.m. Governor's Evening of chamber music. DEC. 29: 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. 18th-century puppeteer David Ballard. 2:20 p.m. "A Children's Christmas." 4:30 p.m. "Beating of the Holiday Drums." 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Capitol Evening with reenactments of historical debates and criminal trials. 8:30 p.m. "Keeping the Best Company." DEC. 30: 1:30 to 4 p.m. "Powell Family Christmas" improvisation. 2:30 p.m. "Musical Deceptions and Light Diversions." 4 p.m. "African-American Children in the 18th Century," music and dance lecture/presentation. 6:30 p.m. Illumination of Palace Green. 7 p.m. Holiday Season Ball presentation at the Palace. 7 p.m. Wythe, Everard houses open. 8:30 p.m. "A Children's Christmas." DEC. 31: 1 and 3 p.m. 18-century puppeteer. 1 to 4 p.m. "Powell Family Christmas." 2:30 p.m. "Magical Deceptions and Light Diversions." 4:30 p.m. "Beating the Holiday Drums." 6:30 p.m. Tavern Illumination. 7 p.m. Tavern Night at the Raleigh and Wetherburn. 8 p.m. "The Lying Valet." 8 p.m. New Year's Eve parties at the Lodge and Cascades. JAN. 1: 2:30 p.m. "Keeping the Best Company." 8 p.m. "The Toy Shop," "Cheats of Scapin." 8 p.m. Capitol by candlelight. JAN. 2: 8 p.m. "The Lying Valet." 8 p.m. Capitol by candlelight. Dates and times are subject to change. For more information, call (804) 229-1000.