Ghosts of Christmas Past - Greenwich Village Tour


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Halloween may be over, but Boroughs of the Dead is still in the spooky spirit!

Join us as we delve into the dark side of Christmas on our annual holiday tour, Ghosts of Christmas Past.

Please note, this tour runs every year on select dates in December only.

Telling frightening stories at Christmas is a long-standing tradition in many parts of the world, and Yuletide folklore is filled with ghosts, witches, trolls, and other spirits. Our walking tour delves into this dark folklore, exploring how New York City plays its own role in the holiday ghost story tradition, and sharing some of our favorite stories from our Greenwich Village Ghost tours.

Tour Highlights:

* Lean about Greenwich Village's immigrant communities with their own dark-tinged holiday tales and traditions (Krampus is just the beginning!)

* Discover how New York's own Washington Irving influenced the Christmas ghost story tradition

* Find out why the Victorians loved to tell ghost stories at Christmas time

* Learn where Charles Dickens read A Christmas Carol in New York City in 1867

* Discover how a mild-mannered medievalist revived the art of yuletide terror

* Find out whether Clement Clark Moore (author of "A Visit From St. Nicholas a.k.a. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas) still haunts a peaceful West Village churchyard

* Enjoy a sampling of our favorite true Greenwich Village ghost stories 

By the end of this tour, you'll not only understand why we tell ghost stories at Christmas (or why we should revive that art, anyway!) but also how Christmas is a much darker, stranger, and rowdier holiday than you ever realized! You'll also see how New York City played a role in both celebrating and suppressing the dark side of Christmas. 

And hopefully, you'll be inspired to make ghost stories a part of your own holiday traditions! 

Book tickets HERE!