Historic Holiday Strolls by the Freedom Trail Foundation

Bob Jolly, historian and one of stroll leaders (Photo credit: Freedom Trail Foundation)
Bob Jolly, historian and one of stroll leaders (Photo credit: Freedom Trail Foundation)


One of the best times to stroll the Freedom Trail is during the holidays, when the streets are sparkling and the window displays are enticing.  Visitors can enjoy this festive atmosphere once again on The Freedom Trail Foundation’s Historic Holiday Stroll.  This merry 90-minute tour is offered Thursday through Sunday at 3:30pm beginning November 18 through January 2011.

Led by a costumed tour guide dressed in 19th century Dickensian garb, visitors learn how holiday traditions evolved in Boston and experience highlights of the American Revolution.  A stop at one of the museum stores for last minute shopping, where visitors will enjoy 10 to 20% off “traditional” gifts for loved ones or themselves is included at three Freedom Trail sites – Old South Meeting House, Old State House (3 locations) and Old North Church.  .  The tour ends with visitors warming their bones with hot chocolate, tea, or wine and Boston Crème Pie at the historic Omni Parker House Hotel.  Each tour participant also receives the FREEDOM TRAILmix dining card, with discounts at over 50 restaurants on or just steps off the trail.

“This tour is a wonderful way to experience revolutionary history on the Freedom Trail and even get some last minute shopping done,” said Mimi La Camera, President of The Freedom Trail Foundation. “History comes alive, especially during the holidays when the atmosphere in Boston is reminiscent of the 19th century.  The Holiday Stroll will make visitors feel like characters in ‘A Christmas Carol’ set against the unique backdrop of The Freedom Trail and the American Revolution. ”

The Historic Holiday Stroll is offered to the public Thursday through Sunday (days can be arranged for a private tour, with some limitations)  and begins at the Bostix Booth at Faneuil Hall at 3:30pm.*  The cost is $30 for adults and $20 for children and includes a 90 historic minute tour, shopping discounts and refreshments at the Omni Parker House.  Price includes a $1 donation the Freedom Trail Foundation Preservation Fund. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 617.357.8300.  Reservations are required 25 hours in advance.      * (weather permitting, though the tour has never been canceled)

About the Freedom Trail Foundation
The Freedom Trail Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to marketing, promoting and
preserving the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile path that leads to 16 of the country’s most significant historical landmarks. The Sites are not adaptations or re-creations, they are real, and each one played a pivotal role in America’s rebellious beginning – familiar events such as the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere’s role in the first battle, the Battle of Bunker Hill – and the growth of the young nation. Marked by a red brick path or a painted red line, the Trail weaves its way through Boston’s proud past in the midst of this vital, modern city.