GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST
Feel the dark magic of Yuletide
Meeting Point: In front of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, 131 East 10th Street (Tour ends in the West Village, near Hudson Street). This tour is approximately 2 hours in duration and one mile in length. Runs rain or shine, except in cases of severely inclement weather.
This annual holiday tour combines some of the best true ghost stories of Greenwich Village with a special seasonal focus on the history of Christmas and its unique connection to New York City. Delve into the dark side of Christmas folklore and discover its connections to the immigrant communities of the East Village. Find out why the Victorians loved to tell ghost stories at Christmastide. Learn where Charles Dickens read A Christmas Carol in 1867. Uncover the ways Washington Irving, John Pintard (a founder of the New-York Historical Society) and Clement Clarke Moore, all members of New York City’s 19th century “Knickerbocker” elite, changed the way we envision Christmas. Feel the dark magic of Yuletide as we regale you with tales of ghosts, goblins, trolls, and spirits, and discover the truly tumultuous history of Christmas on this enchantingly unconventional holiday tour.