Back in Time
In the town of Colonial Williamsburg, costumed actors reenact scenes from history in the streets, and the buildings stand as true to their original designs as preservationists can deduce. Decorating for the holidays is no simple affair when historical accuracy is the goal. Hence, you won’t find strands of twinkling lights or tinsel here. Instead, landscape designers spend the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving creating unusual and beautiful holiday greenery that fits right in with an 18th-century aesthetic.
These handcrafted pieces adorn the town to the delight of more than 150,000 visitors. A unique mission behind the designs is the team’s driving force. “I feel like it’s our responsibility to create something that people can’t see anywhere else in the world,” says landscape design supervisor Susan Dippre, who begins planning for the holiday season around July. “We know they’re coming to celebrate Christmas with us here, and we want to meet their expectations and then exceed them.”