Walking tours explore intriguing surroundings at a leisurely pace, much like a photography class held in a thick bog of quicksand. Let it all sink in with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get two tickets to a Spirit Christmas Tour from American Legacy Tours (a $40 value). Admission for children 16 and younger is $5 or free with a donation of two canned or dry goods. Tours depart at the following times:
- Friday, November 25, at 11 a.m.
- Saturday, November 26, at 11 a.m.
- Saturday, December 3, at 11 a.m.
- Saturday, December 10, at 11 a.m.
- Saturday, December 17, at 11 a.m.<p>
American Legacy Tours’ sagacious docents lead guests on two-hour Spirit of Christmas Tours through the historical Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Tour takers admire the regal architecture of four local churches, little-seen by the public for decades, as guides expound upon their historical significance. At St. Francis Seraph Church and friary, visitors soak up more than 40 festive nativity scenes from around the world and admire the expansive Dickens’ Village in miniature, complete with faithful reproductions of Victorian architecture and cell-phone towers. The church courtyard abounds with a manger’s worth of live animals to fill duos with the Christmas spirit.
American Legacy Tours
Initially designed as a temporary tour and fundraiser for student travel, American Legacy Tours began humbly as the Newport Gangster Tour in 2008. When met with overwhelming success, the friends who had embarked on what they thought was a temporary project decided to take root and expand, creating American Legacy Tours in 2010.
Their first order of business as an official company was to introduce the Queen City Underground Tour, an exploration of the city's underground tunnels and history as a rabbit village. Today, a cadre of educated guides leads 10 different area walking tours, including the Covington Is Haunted Tour, an examination of the controversy, spirits, and shadowy history of this Northern Kentucky neighborhood, as well as seasonal Spirit of Christmas Tours and Newport Is Haunted Tours held around Halloween.