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Christmas Traditions Tavern Experience of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, United States

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Explore three bars in Philadelphia’s gritty historic district on this guided, Nightmare Before Christmas tavern tour. Get into the ‘spirits’ of the season, enjoy trivia and drinking games, and listen to little-known facts about the holiday’s pagan roots. Enjoy seasonal beverages, snacks, and giveaways while mingling with friends old and new.
  • Walking tavern tour in Philadelphia’s historic district
  • Learn little-known facts about the holiday season
  • Featuring trivia and drinking games with prizes
  • Beverages and snacks are included
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Christmas Traditions- Pre-Christian Pagan and Early Origins
Folklore Professor or History Teacher Narrator
Beverages: welcome Christmas seasonal beverage AND snack.
Adult Content and Language
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Pinot Boutique, 227 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

Return Details

City Tavern Restaurant, 138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
This walking tavern tour begins at Zento Sushi Restaurant and Sake Bar, part of the Old City's restaurant renaissance. Arrive early for drink specials while waiting for this holiday adventure to begin.

Explore Philly’s historic district with stories of pirates and privateers, bordellos and beer. From Krampus, the dark companion of St. Nicholas, to Christmas caroling and medieval holiday toasts, hear the origins of holiday celebrations over seasonal beverages, snacks, and giveaways, while mingling with friends old and new.

Hear the startling history of Yule, plus Viking lore and Saturnalia — the ancient Roman festival of Saturn in December, a predecessor of Christmas — all of which have worked their way into modern-day, Christian celebrations.

Each stop along the way includes a beverage and/or food samples, plus drink specials, and trivia/drinking games, with an opportunity to win free beer.

It's a spectacular and unorthodox holiday night on the town, with ample time to socialize between stops.
Stop At:  
Pinot Boutique
Wine Bar
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
City Tavern Restaurant
Revolutionary Era Tavern frequented by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and other Founding Fathers of the United States.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 21 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Arrive as early as you like before the event to enjoy a pre-game beverage or appetizer
  • Event includes historic narration of Christmas traditions, 2-3 tavern admissions, 2 drinks, additional giveaways, and ample opportunity to socialize with friends old and new this holiday season
  • Adult Content and Language
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Grim Philly Twilight Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Christmas Traditions Tavern Experience of Philadelphia?
This activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers.

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Don’t waste your money!
, Dec 2018
I would not recommend this tour. The starting point given was inaccurate so we missed the first 15 minutes of the “tour” just trying to find it. We then spent over 2 hours at the same bar listening to stories and drinking one of the tour guides homemade drink Wasseil. The tour guides also brought their own popcorn and pretzels to put out as snacks on the table. Finally, we only went to one other bar that was not expecting us. We stayed there less than an hour. We spent money on food and drinks we didn’t expect to. Definitely not recommended.

Product code: 6263P5

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