When the trees are sparkling and the window displays enticing, the Freedom Trail Foundation joins revelers to celebrate the season with the annual Historic Holiday Stroll. While Christmas was not widely celebrated during the American Revolution in Boston, visitors may now enjoy Boston's festive atmosphere on this merry 90-minute tour offered Thursday through Sunday at 3:30 pm beginning November 14 through January 2014.
Led by a costumed tour guide dressed in 19th century Dickensian garb, visitors learn how holiday traditions evolved in Boston while experiencing highlights of the American Revolution. The tour concludes with the chance to warm your bones with hot chocolate, tea, or wine and Boston Cream Pie at the historic Omni Parker House. Following the Stroll, guests enjoy 10 - 20% discounts off museum store purchases at Freedom Trail sites, including the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Paul Revere House, and Old North Church (valid with any Freedom Trail Foundation tour receipt from November through February).
This special Freedom Trail Historic Holiday Stroll is offered to the public Thursday through Sunday and may also be booked as a private family or group tour (perfect for company outings). Beginning at the ArtsBoston Bostix Booth at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the Stroll includes a 90-minute historic tour, shopping discounts, and refreshments at the Omni Parker House. Tickets are $29 for adults and $19 for children and include a $1 donation to the Freedom Trail Foundation's Preservation Fund. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance.
The Foundation also offers daily public Freedom Trail walking tours at 11:00 am and 12:00 noon throughout the season; an African-American Patriots Tour that tells the stories of black Bostonians who played an integral part in the Revolution on Saturday and Sunday in February at 12:45 pm; as well as a Historic Pub Crawl - all about fermenting revolution in Boston's 18th century drinking establishments, which must be booked by reservation.
For reservations, more Freedom Trail information, and to learn about special Freedom Trail hotel packages, please call (617) 357-8300 or visit TheFreedomTrail.org.