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Trolley departs from Twin Sixties Drive/Mockingbird Station. Look for the red trolleys.

Mockingbird Station, surface and garage parking   FREE

1 Hour Holiday Lights Trolley Ride

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2023 ticket sales now open, famous holiday tour of lights.

Each year these neighborhoods light up bigger and brighter, all for sharing in the Holiday Spirit. 

Home after home, 

Join us as we tour through to see this years light-up!

What a great time for Family and Friends to spend together.

Tours depart nightly at "2" different times for convenience, 6:15 PM and 8:15 PM

CHECK-IN time is 15 minutes prior to departure.

Please don't be late, we can't wait!

Guests are welcome to bring along a beverage and a snack.

We depart from the parking lot at the McDonald's at the corner of Cattlemen & Bee Ridge Rd. Look for us as we will be staged and ready to go.

Tickets are $20.00 per-person. Reservations required.

 Private tours are available, please call 941.346.3115 for pricing and special arrangements.

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Old Town Trolley's Holiday Sights & Festive Nights Tour

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When it comes to the holiday season, San Diegans do it better than most. Whether with holiday tamales and margaritas, watching the parade of lights on San Diego Bay, or seeking out local holiday traditions, a San Diego Feliz Navidad day is in order. Because of our year-round picture-perfect weather here, sometimes we need reminding when the holidays are approaching. But when they do, we go all out! For a full-on, unique experience in ‘America’s Finest City,’ take an Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Sights & Festive Nights Tour and ride a wave of holiday cheer! Join in sing-along caroling with our Elf conductors as they share fun holiday facts, trivia, history, and traditions. Hop aboard to see the festive holiday sights of Old Town, Little Italy, Banker’s Hill, Garrison Street, and more!

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Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Sights & Festive Nights Tour: A Great Way to Celebrate the Christmas and Holiday Season!

Tour Highlights

Entrance to Old Town Market San Diego decorated for the holidays

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By Darlynne Reyes Menkin

For some people, the thought of Christmas means long lines at the store, endless baking and running around trying to finish off that famous “to do” list. But for others, it’s a whole different story. For those folks, it’s all about spending time with family, enjoying the holiday spirit and doing fun activities like the one we did just the other week. This year, Old Town Trolley Tours is doing a wonderful tour called Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Sights and Festive Nights.  It’s a great activity for the family, not to mention a good way to get into the holiday spirit.

From the moment you step onto the trolley, the Christmas cheer is on. From the colorful candy canes they hand out to the uplifting holiday music that plays throughout the tour… the Christmas spirit is alive and well on this adventure! We especially liked the song lyric books that were given out, as it allowed us to sing along. The tour guide was also very friendly, informative and had lots of funny stories that complimented the music and tour. Even the guests had a great sense of humor… and didn’t have any problems playing along with the tour guide’s quirky Q&A games.

Tickets & Schedule

Old Town Market – 4010 Twiggs Street.

Parking is FREE.

2023: December 1-23, 26-30. No tours December 24-25. See online reservations for specific times.

Approximately 90 minutes.

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Adults: From $25 Children: From $25 (ages 4-12) 3 & under: Free Adults are asked to hold their infant child on their laps during the tour.  Seats are for paid guests.

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Reservations are required. See  online reservations  for specific dates and times.

Check-in time with our sales rep at the ticket booth is 30 minutes prior to departure time. Late check-in may result in forfeited seat. First to check-in, first seated. Reservation based tickets are non-refundable. You may reschedule up to 24 hours in advance of tour time by calling  (866) 754-0966.

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Private Tours and Groups

For private tours or groups of 9 people or more, please email us  or call 619-298-8687 – press 4 for the Group Sales Department.

Groups are asked to check-in all at the same time at the ticket booth to receive boarding passes to help ensure all are boarded on the same trolley together. Individuals from the group arriving late may be assigned a different trolley from their group.

2023 Holiday Events

November 9 – January 1 XMAS Bar San Diego Gaslamp This all-new Christmas-themed bar is taking over the closed-down Tin Roof live music joint in downtown San Diego which a spectacular, maximum display of Christmas-everything! Baubles and sparkles hang above revelers below ordering Christmas-themed drinks and food. Drinks like a cool jingle juice and a hot Comet’s cocoa are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. If you’re hungry, try their Xmas dinner empanada or an Xmas morning cinnamon roll. The bar opens Wednesday – Friday from 4 p.m. to late and Saturday – Sunday from 12 p.m. to late.

November 10 – January 1 Julain Farm and Orchard Ice Rink If a rink-side cabana, charcuterie and hot cocoa sounds like your way to join an ice rink, head up to Julian’s first-ever ice rink, which opened this year. This rink boasts fire pits, hot holiday beverages, food vendors, petting zoos, hayrides, hay mazes and more. Both farm and ice rink are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but the farm is open from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the rink is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

November 17 – January 1 Lightscape Encinitas The stunning landscapes and plants from the San Diego Botanic Garden have been adorned with lights, creating a brilliant experience known as Lightscape. The installation makes the grounds glow with more than one million holiday lights draped over the garden’s tunnels, trees and more. Visitors who meander through the Lightscape walking trail can be dazzled by the displays and have many photo ops along their walk. The experience runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on select dates.

November 24 Liberty Station Holiday Tree Lighting Midway District Liberty Station will light an 88-foot Norfolk pine tree in the North Promenade during its 2023 Salute the Season main event, the Liberty Station Tree Lighting & Holiday Festivities, on November 24 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Watch the tree lighting as well as live entertainment, festival firetruck rides, free photos with Santa and a viewing of The Grinch! Plus, parking is free in any of the Liberty Station lots.

December 1-2 December Nights Balboa Park The sprawling Balboa Park becomes the epicenter of holiday cheer for the annual tradition that is December Nights. Booths will takeover the majority of the park with vendors, food stations, and performers bringing holiday cheer to thousands of San Diegans starting off their holiday season. Four main stages will also host dozens of musical performances over the holiday weekend, including mariachi performers, a tree lighting, Santa, family fun and more. This evening event, which runs from 3 to 11 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, gets packed and there are some rules that you should know before you go.

December 2 Tree Lighting & Christmas Village Little Italy Deck the halls of Little Italy, which will be garnished with Christmas decor including 10-foot-tall nutcrackers, festive lights, Christmas trees, and even a traditional Italian tree lighting ceremony. While there is never a bad time to visit Little Italy, this event is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. India Street will be jam-packed with artisan vendors, including some of your favorites from the Little Italy Mercato, who are sure to have great stocking stuffers. You can pick up locally designed crafts and delectable food that just tastes like holiday cheer.

December 2 Holiday in the Village La Mesa For this year’s 7th annual holiday celebration visit La Mesa for their Holiday in the Village. For a day full of Christmas cheer, enjoy selfies with Santa, reminisce in the sounds of a crackling fire and indulge in holiday-themed food and drinks. Guests can even be serenaded by the “Holiday Carol Stroll” where different groups from schools, clubs or churches will perform holiday carols to attendees all along La Mesa Boulevard.

December 3 Starlight Nights Chula Vista Chula Vista will ring in the holidays at this event along the historic Third Avenue from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Holiday Market kicks off at 3 p.m., bringing unique treasures from local artisans. Enjoy live holiday tunes under the Third Avenue sign before gathering around the 25-foot Christmas tree in Memorial Park for the tree-lighting ceremony at 5:45 p.m. Choo Choo! All aboard the Chula Vista Express! At this year’s Starlight Nights guests can hop on a trackless train and ride through the downtown winter wonderland, right over to Santa Claus for free Christmas card photos. Then finally, the big man of the hour, Santa, will make a grand entrance in a Chula Vista Fire Engine!

December 6 Holiday Festival Coronado At The Del, guests can enjoy performances by Coronado schools as they share joyous holiday carols. You can also strap on your ice skates and take a spin on the rink for skating by the sea from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. This is a great way to take in the winter feel of a chilly ice skating rink while watching the sunset over the pacific waves on the shore. While enjoying the holiday festival make sure to keep an eye out in the sky not for a bright red nose guiding the way, but instead for Santa himself! There will be a jolly man jumping from a plane in the sky and landing on the beach to celebrate the holiday festivities. After Kris Kringle’s grand sky diving entrance, attendees can take photos with him and soon after enjoy the Lightshow Spectacular. Christmas tree lights will coincide with holiday music accompanied by whimsical snow flurries. To close out the night, fireworks will shower the sky above the beach.

December 7 Hanukkah Celebration La Jolla The Chabad of La Jolla is hosting its annual Hanukkah celebration. Guests can enjoy classic Hanukkah treats including latkes and donuts. Spin the dreidel, watch a menorah lighting and dance along to live music on Patio Sol at La Valencia Hotel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

December 7 Old Town San Diego Tree Lighting Ceremony Whaley House, 2476 San Diego Ave. Join us for an evening of sparkling lights and melodious harmony on Thursday, December 7, 2023, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the historic Whaley House complex (2476 San Diego Ave). Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce and Old Town Trolley Tours are thrilled to usher in our historic community’s holiday season with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

December 7, 14 and 21 Holiday Market Downtown The Gaslamp Holiday Market takes over 5th and Island in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, offering visitors a unique way to holiday shop locally for gifts ranging from unique jewelry to one-of-a-kind home decor and much more. While shopping, guests will be serenaded by live musical performances from holiday mariachis to joyful jazz. And while you’re there, enjoy holiday fare like hot chocolate and pies from Cali Ice Cream. Each Thursday for three weeks, markets run from 4 to 9 p.m.

December 7 Menorah Lighting Midway District Head over to Liberty Station’s Central Promenade at 5 p.m. to light the Menorah to kick off the eight-day Hanukkah celebration. Guests will be surrounded by twinkling lights decorating Liberty Station to commemorate the occasion.

December 8 65th Annual Las Posadas Join us in rekindling a cherished tradition as we proudly present the 65th Annual Las Posadas in Old Town San Diego on Friday, December 8, 2023 at the picturesque Heritage County Park. The festivities begin at 7:00 pm, offering neighbors and friends a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a time-honored celebration that echoes with centuries-old Mexican traditions and the warmth of the holiday season.

December 9 Parade of Lights Mission Bay For a spectacular seaside celebration head to Mission Bay for the Parade of Lights. The free event will be filled with festively-decorated boats and capped by a firework light show from SeaWorld. There will be six designated watching spots throughout the 2-hour route with festive foods, jubilant family activities, drinks, bonfires and more nearby. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. but doors open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

December 10 and 17 Parade of Lights San Diego Bay This year’s theme is “Christmas Traditions around the World” and guests should expect nothing less with around 80 extravagantly decorated boats for the 53rd annual Bay Parade of Lights. Since the event starts at 5:30 p.m., guests can expect to see the lights ornamenting the boats illuminated and reflected beautifully off the water in the bay. The parade is free to watch but you’ll want to line up along the parade route early for your chance at a good viewing spot.

December 15-24 The Nutcracker Downtown For a true holiday classic, head to the Civic Theatre in Downtown San Diego to view a graceful performance of The Nutcracker. Performed by the Golden State Ballet, the night is sure to be on point with elegant storytelling and a breathtaking Tchaikovsky score by the San Diego Symphony. Tickets start at $25.

December 27 Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade Downtown San Diego

Until December 31 Winter Wonder at Belmont Park Mission Beach Belmont Park is coasting into the seasons with their winter wonderland-decorated amusement park. The park will be making holiday treats and cozy drinks like a Christmas-themed cocktail pop-up.

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Looking for a magical holiday experience with loved ones?

Experience an enchanting journey to the captivating Honolulu City Lights, where you can disembark and fully immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, all in one seamless round-trip adventure. Many of our guests come back year after year, making Holiday Lights Tour one of the best holiday traditions Oahu has to offer.

Join us at Waikiki Trolley Winter Wonderland!

Let's start memorable holiday traditions.

Our Winter Wonderland will be located at our designated pick-up location at Kewalo Basin.

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A celebration for all keiki to enjoy.

Running everyday from December 3rd to 27th, the Holiday Lights Tour will take you through historic downtown where you can hop on & hop off at the Honolulu City Lights at Honolulu Hale. 

We will explore the festive holiday lights, marvel at the city’s 50-foot Christmas tree, Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele. We will also enjoy joyous sing-a-longs and jolly Christmas stories from the comfort of an open-air bus.  

A portion of proceeds will be donated to Hawaii Food Bank

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Description

Experience the holiday season like never before with Philly's ORIGINAL BYOB Holiday Light Trolley Tour! Immerse yourself in festive cheer as our talented local musicians serenade you with delightful holiday tunes. Join us on a journey to the city's most festive locations, where the twinkling lights and joyful atmosphere will surely warm your heart. Sing along to your favorite holiday songs and let the music fill the air with merriment. Last year, we discovered that the more involved our guests are, the merrier the experience becomes. So, don't hesitate to belt out those tunes and bring your favorite beverages along for the ride. Let's make this holiday season unforgettable together! 🎄🎶✨

901 N Delaware Ave Philadelphia PA

Why take this tour?

When I was a kid, my mother would pile me and my three siblings into our station wagon and drive around our neighborhood to take in the Christmas lights. She’d sing along to the carols on the oldies radio station while we looked out the window either singing along or trying to pretend we were too cool to do so despite being mesmerized. I based the Holiday Light Tour on this memory since it’s something I fondly recall and there are so many great light displays throughout Philadelphia. We started this event in 2016 as a fundraiser, with just one tour, where we played carols through a Bluetooth speaker. Our goal for last December was to add live music and run a handful of tours for family and friends, as well as a fundraiser for some local nonprofits. On the morning of November 28th, we had sold around 20 tickets. That afternoon, an article from PhillyVoice went viral and over the next three days, my wife and I fielded enough calls and emails from guests to sell out 28 tours. (Having to answer all of those inquiries and book quality musicians within three days, just three weeks after having our first child, wasn’t stressful at all!) Pulling this off was definitely a Christmas miracle and we couldn’t be more excited to see what we’ll be able to present with time to plan for this December. This year we have even more time slots scheduled and look forward to providing you all with a fun, memorable holiday experience. 

Frequently asked questions

Where can we park, is the tour family friendly, how do i get tickets, how long is the tour, how many people does the trolley hold, can i bring coolers/bottles/cans/cups/wine/hard liquor, do we get off the trolley at all, why aren't we getting off at the miracle on south 13th street this year, are there restrooms along the route, is the trolley handicap accessible, what is the refund policy, things to know, cancellation policy.

Due to the overwhelming demand for this tour, we are unable to offer refunds. However, with at least one week notice we will attempt to resell the seats. If successful, we will refund any recouped revenue. Pending availability, we are happy to move your reservation to a different time slot with at least 72 hours notice.

What to Bring

The tour is BYOB, but please limit it to beer, wine and seltzer.

Things to Know

Dress warmly.

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Historically Hilarious BYOB Tours of Philadelphia

An entertaining, comedic story-telling adventure through Philadelphia, covering the city's major attractions. Tours run an hour and 45 minutes. 21+ to drink.

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Old City Historic Walking Tour

Explore historic Philadelphia on this walking tour of the Old City District, a quick and convenient introduction for first-time visitors. See Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, Ben Franklin Post Office, Carpenters’ Hall, and more. Then wander down Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street. Plus, choose from multiple departure times to suit your needs. Our storytelling guide will cover famous historic moments in American history as well as the history that you won't see in textbooks!

Our Old City Historic Walking Tour can also be booked as a private tour!

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School Tours for Students

At Founding Footsteps, we take pride in creating tours that are not only educational, but also immersive and captivating for students. Our tours are thoughtfully designed to bring Philadelphia's fascinating history and rich culture to life, providing students with an interactive learning experience that goes beyond the walls of the classroom.

We believe that learning should be engaging and memorable, and our tours are crafted with this principle in mind. We strive to make history come alive for students by incorporating interactive elements and engaging storytelling throughout our tours. By doing so, we hope to instill a lifelong appreciation for history and culture in our young learners.

We understand that budget constraints can be a major concern when planning school trips. That's why we offer competitive pricing options, making our tours accessible to as many students as possible. We believe that every student should have the opportunity to learn and explore outside of the classroom, and we aim to make that possible by providing affordable and high-quality tours.

At the heart of everything we do is our passion for education and our commitment to providing students with an unforgettable experience. We take great care in creating tours that are not only informative, but also engaging and fun. We believe that learning should be an adventure, and we invite students to join us on a journey through Philadelphia's vibrant history and culture.

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Corporate Events

We offer fully customizable corporate tours to cater to your specific needs and preferences. Whether you're looking to kick off your corporate event with a fun and hilarious tour of Philadelphia or customize an itinerary for your team to experience while in the city, we've got you covered.

We can even stock the trolley with local foods and offer a selection of beers or wine to enhance your team's experience (optional). We understand that each corporate event is unique, and we're here to work with you to create a customized tour that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.

Give us a call today, and our team will provide you with a personalized quote for your event. We're excited to collaborate with you to create a memorable and enjoyable experience for your team in Philadelphia.

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Private Events

All of our private tours are fully customizable.

Kick off your private event with a hilarious tour of Philadelphia on a trolley stocked with local foods and beers. Call on us to escort your bachelor or bachelorette party around the city while being entertained by live musicians or stand-up comedians. Have your wedding party arrive at the ceremony or reception in style on one of our historic trolleys.

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Private Wedding

Private weddings trolley tours can be a unique and special way to celebrate your wedding day. Here are some reasons why you may want to consider a trolley tour for your wedding:

• Convenient transportation: Trolleys offer a convenient way to transport your wedding party and guests to different locations, without the hassle of driving or navigating unfamiliar streets.

• Unique experience: A trolley tour can provide a unique and memorable experience for your wedding guests, and is a great way to show off the city or local area to out-of-towners.

• Photo opportunities: Trolleys can provide a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos, and offer a chance to capture memorable moments from your special day.

• Customizable tours: Trolley tours can be customized to suit the specific needs and interests of your wedding party, ensuring that everyone has a fun and enjoyable experience.

• Professional driver: Our professional drivers are knowledgeable and experienced, providing a safe and reliable way to transport you and your guests.

Overall, a private wedding trolley tour can be a fun and unique way to celebrate your special day, providing a convenient and memorable way to transport you and your guests. We love weddings and we love to be apart of your special day. Founding Footsteps would love the opportunity to provide transportation for your loved ones to your special occasion.

We are currently placing packages together now for 2023. If you are interested in learning more, please email us at [email protected].

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Stand-Up & Drink

You drink, we drive! Take our BYOB trolley on a tour of the city while Philly's best comics keep you entertained along the way.

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Beer & Band Tour

A brewery tour of Philadelphia with live music on our BYOB trolley.

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South Jersey Brewery Tour

Visit three different local breweries on our BYOB trolley! Each stop is 30-45 minutes and your ticket includes either a pint or a 4-beer flight at each location. Light snacks are also provided on the trolley.

The Waco Trolley

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The Waco Trolley is the most Instagrammable way to explore Waco.

Local Decorations

Waco's community has come together to create beautiful Christmas displays in front of their homes.

Family Friendly

The Waco Trolley Christmas Lights Tour is perfect for all ages.

Driving around and looking at Christmas lights is one of the most cherished pastimes in America. The beautiful lights, the elegant decorations, and the over-the-top displays make for an awe-inspiring night of enjoying the Christmas spirit. Instead of having to map out your route and worry about navigating through miles of traffic, Waco Trolley can take you on the best tour of Christmas Lights in Waco, Texas. Our Waco Christmas Lights Tour features a 27-person trolley that is perfect for any amount of guests. Want to rent out the entire bus for your own personal Christmas Lights tour? Please fill out our Contact Us form for renting our complete trolley.

About The Tour

The Waco Trolley Christmas Lights Tour is a 90-minute tour that lets you see the best Christmas lights displays in the greater Waco area. The nostalgic Waco Trolley bus is decorated in a Christmas-style theme, and each guest is welcome to complimentary hot cocoa. The Waco Trolley Christmas Lights Tour is perfect for families, friends, holiday parties, and even corporate events. This tour is seasonal and is offered during the last weeks of December.

The Bes t Way To Explore Waco's Christmas Lights

While driving around and looking at Christmas lights is an excellent pastime for many families, it can get stressful trying to find the best houses and navigate through slow-moving vehicles. By sitting back and relaxing on your trolley, you can let our team do the driving so that everyone can enjoy the scenery. Not to mention, we take the planning out of your Christmas light hunt by gathering a list of the must-see Christmas lights displays in the greater Waco area to make for an action-packed tour.

Ticket Information 

Children age 2 and under ride free when they sit on an adult's lap. A ticket will be required for every rider over the age of 2 or any child under 2 who is in a seat and not on an adult's lap.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds for the cost of tickets are offered within 24 hours of initial purchase. any cancellation outside of that window will result in forfeiture of all ticket fees..

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The nostalgic Waco Trolley bus is decorated in a Christmas-style theme, and each guest is welcome to complimentary hot cocoa.

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Our 90 minute Christmas Light tour takes you to all the best sites for viewing the holiday lights

Take the Philly By Night tour — an extension of the Big Bus Double Decker

Christmas Thru July Sale! Book now to save. Save 10% on Public Holiday Light Tours or Save $100 on Private Holiday Light Tours. Use Coupon Code "july23" during checkout. Offer Expires July 31st,2023

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Holiday Light Tour – Individuals

Operated by Philadelphia Trolley Works, the Big Bus Sightseeing Tours are offered 7 days per week with frequent departures from the Northeast Corner of 5th & Market streets. Climb aboard the Double Decker Big Bus and enjoy the history, cultural attractions, dining and shopping along the route. Hop on and off at any of our 27 stops or just sit back and enjoy the ride!

See the steps that Rocky climbed, Enjoy an authentic cheese steak or Philadelphia Soft pretzel, celebrate Ben Franklin's 309th birthday, retrace the steps of our founding fathers, visit America's first Zoo or shop along South Street.

See The Big Bus staff to have your ticket validated. Guests just show their ticket to reboard the bus. Parking options are available at Stop 1 in the Independence Visitor Center parking garage or visit spothero.com for additional options.

Choose from the 1 Day, 2 Day, or 3 Day PASS to see the sights and tour the city.

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Hop aboard our classic Victorian trolley to experience the holiday lights in style. Our 90 minute Christmas Light tour takes you to all the best sites for viewing the holiday lights. We are the city of Brotherly Love, and a city of neighborhoods, that celebrate the holidays with unique light displays. Sing along to seasonal favorites while enjoying a beverage of your choice. Holiday Lights Tour in Philly is perfect for family, friends, holiday parties, & corporate events.

Some featured sites/neighborhoods include:

  • Smedley Street, where you can get out & stretch your legs
  • Miracle on 13th St. ( beginning November 26th )
  • Christmas Village/Love Park
  • City Hall Tree & Dilworth Plaza
  • Comcast Building
  • Washington Square
  • Franklin Square (time permitting; closes at 9PM)

Things to know before booking:

  • BYOB: Beer/Wine only (no liquor, no glass). Please drink responsibly and remove all trash.
  • Pickup locations: 12th and Filbert Streets across from Maggiano’s
  • Nearby Parking: Parkway Garage located at 1201 Filbert Street
  • Nearby Dining: Maggiano’s located at 12th and Filbert Street
  • Company reserves the right to cancel or alter tour times.
  • Cancellations initiated by the client will be subject to a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the booking value.
  • Please note: Miracle on 13th St. will not be on display on November 24th and will be inaccessible on November 25th. Broad Street will be used as an alternate for this section of the route on these days. The site will be fully open beginning November 26th.
  • Tours will not be cancelled due to rain.
  • PTW reserves the right to cancel or change times for any/all tour products. Notification attempts will be made.
  • PTW does not control hours/availability of any/all attractions/displays.
  • All attraction visits are weather/time permitting.
  • Please see Announcements section of homepage for updates and alerts .

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The Detroit Bus Company

Merry & Bright: The Detroit Holiday Lights Tour

Make the most magical time of the year extra magical-er. The coziest holiday bus ever is rolling again to the best light installations and attractions in Detroit. Includes one “very special” warm holiday drink on us. 😉

Picks up in Ferndale and Detroit

Everyone: $58.99 each Groups of 10 or more: $55.99 each

You can also book this tour as a private group booking for groups of 30 or more.

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It might be cold outside but it’s DOWNRIGHT COZY on our Art Bus. Let’s do this thing.

Hop on and let’s go see some liiiiiiiiights! We’re hitting the road with our worst holiday sweaters on, tasty snacks in our hands and singing in our voices. Oh yeah, plus a delicious holiday drink.

Don’t Grinch it up, come on, it’s fun and you know it. Give into the best season of all and feel the love.

Where We’re Going

Campus martius.

This isn’t any old tree — this is OUR tree. Campus Martius is where all of Detroit’s major roads meet downtown and it’s a heck of a celebration. We’ll take another group walk for our final jaunt together.

Downtown Detroit Holiday Market

Located in Cadillac Square, this holiday market is like none other. Tons of great local stores packed into one super-festive place. Next door to the Cadillac Lodge which might be described as the coziest tent on earth.

The Congregation

Then we’re equipping you with an included spiked hot chocolate, regs hot chocolate, or a holiday drink in this gorgeous converted church-turned-cozy warm paradise.

Light Up Beacon Park (DTE)

When the energy company makes a holiday lights installation you know it’s gonna be UNREAL. Detroit Edison decked the heck out of Beacon Park for you to enjoy. We’ll take a group stroll through together.

The Berry Gordy Mansion

We’re doing a quick roll by Mr. Gordy’s mansion estate in Boston-Edison. This incredible home was once owned by the creator of Motown Records, the sound of the motor city.

The Fisher Building

When they say “Detroit’s Largest Art Object” they’re not screwing around. The Fisher Building never gets old. The new owners do a splendid job with a massive tree and gorgeous decorations. Premium family photo spot. 📸

What exactly am I getting for my bucks?

☕️ includes a delicious spiked (or not) hot drink at congregation 😛.

We’ve got you covered! Just present your ‘lil ticket we give you and be rewarded with a bevvy.

🍪 Holiday Snacks 😻

The next best thing to a warm heart is a full belly, am I right? We’re putting together special gift bags of Detroit’s best local snacks for each person. Come ready to snack.

👕 The Ugly Sweater Contest 🤦🏽‍♀️

You got ’em, we want ’em. Break out those hideous, complicated, gigantic sweaters and let us throw down. Only the most ultimate holiday sweater getup wins the gold medal. We’ll have GREAT prizes for the gaudiest of the gaudy. Bring your A game, people.

THE DETAILS

What’s the schedule?

The Pickup Location for this tour is choose your own adventure: you have two (2) options.

Option 1: One Eye’d Betty’s in Ferndale. 6:00PM on Tuesday through Saturday. 4:30PM on Sundays.

Option 2: Checker Bar Detroit. 6:30PM on Tuesday through Saturday. 5:00PM on Sundays.

The tour is about 3 hours, then we’ll drop you back off at Checker Bar Detroit, then One Eyed Betty’s, and then we’ll miss you very much.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What’s the refund policy?

We’ll gladly refund your tickets in full 14 days prior to the day of the event. After that, there’s no refunds. Sorry to be so mean about it.

If you want to change the date or cancel your tickets up to 14 days before the event, you can do using the link in your confirmation email or by contacting us. Way easy.

What happens if I miss the bus? Will the bus wait for me if I’m late?

Unfortunately we can’t hold up the bus for late comers, there’s a schedule we gotta keep. If you miss the bus at Ferndale you can head straight to Cadillac Square in Downtown Detroit. Ideally you’re on time.

Can I drink on the bus? I like some beer with my cheer.

YES, you CAN drink on the bus, but under one major condition: You gotta keep it chill. Like Michigander at a family party chill. This isn’t a rager – it’s Christmas lights. You’re welcome to bring one small soft-side cooler with cans or bottles – no open cups or mixed drinks.

Is this tour kid friendly?

OF COURSE with a little caveat: The minimum age for this tour is 5 and up. We’ve had tons of kids and parents on this tour and they’ve had a great time. Understand that some people will be drinking, but we’ll keep the mood easy.

What about food and soft drinks?

We’ll have super tasty locally made snacks on the bus for all to enjoy. You’ll probably wanna eat a real dinner beforehand. You can bring extra snacks and soft drinks with you, but please keep it minimal and plan to take care of your trash afterwards.

What if I can’t show up? Will my friend be able to go instead?

Totally. Just let us know ahead of time via [email protected] and we’ll update your tickets with the new name or send them with your printed tickets.

Will you be selling extra seats at the bus?

Nope. Sorry. All passes gotta be bought online. There’s a limited number of seats and we want you to have plenty of room – no roof riders no matter how cool that might sound.

What about weather SNAFUs?

We live in Michigan. Sometimes Mother Nature likes to throw us a curveball. We keep safety as our highest priority. In case of super bad weather you’ll receive an email the day of the event with a raincheck/snowcheck date. If you cannot make the rescheduled date, you’ll get a voucher good for a future tour with us or a refund. Weather calls are up to us.

Do you do this tour for private groups?

Yes indeed we do! We book out whole buses to private groups to do this tour on their own. Reach out to us right here and we’ll get you a quote. This usually makes sense for groups of 30 or more. There are very few dates available so book now if this is what you’re into!

With every seat you purchase on one of our experiences, we will give a Detroit kid in need of a safe ride to school or after-school program.

Ride for ride ., 4 reviews for merry & bright: the detroit holiday lights tour.

Cowboy1953 – December 31, 2016

Took the Holiday Lights tour with the Detroit Bus Company. The tour guide Raleigh and bus drive David were excellent. The bus group was rowdy and fun, had a great time. Didn’t know the Detroit Zoo Lights were that fantastic. Will look into some of the other Detroit Bus Tours.

Celeste B. – December 20, 2017

They’re a unique mode of transportation in the motor city! They host tours and you can rent out the busses for other small events. For every ride they give they match the money and give rides to the kids of Detroit to school each day. I never knew this, and I LOVE to see Detroit born businesses giving back to the city. How awesome! We used them NYE in 2015 to get to and from a concert in Royal Oak with about 30 friends. It was a really awesome experience, super fun to be on the busses that are covered in beautiful graffiti.

They were our transportation for our wedding in October. Very reasonable pricing. Our bus driver was accommodating and safe! They’re really cool busses with the graffiti. This weekend we’re going on a Christmas lights tour through the Detroit bus company, can’t wait to update my review.

The holiday lights tour was a wonderful idea!!! We loved being on the bus, enjoying our beverages, and getting rides to the various light shows in the area!!! Definitely suggest it to any detroiter!

Ann Cataldo – November 23, 2022

This is the most fun holiday tour! We got to see all the best holiday sights with a happy, lively group that all became our friends. We laughed while we rolled through the lights and it was like a holiday party on there. Plus, no worries about parking downtown. This needs to be an annual event for our family.

Larry Altman – November 23, 2022

LIghts and the city at Christmas — Detroit is definitely back. Our driver and guide were funny and made everyone feel like they were part of the party and we enjoyed this so much. We were just two people and wondered how this bus group would be since we were all strangers but by the time the tour ended we were now friends. funny sweaters too — everyone was really into this being a fun party ride.

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Santa Barbara Trolley of Lights

Tour santa barbara’s spectacular holiday neighborhoods.

Visiting Santa Barbara is great any time of year, but winter has gotten even better! It’s time to celebrate the holidays in style during this 90-minute excursion by trolley through Santa Barbara’s most festive neighborhoods.

The Santa Barbara Trolley of Lights tour began in 1999 and quickly became a family favorite.

Our 14-day event welcomes guests from all over the country! Through the year’s we have witnessed our Santa Barbara holiday neighborhoods evolve to greatness!

Book Your Front-Row Seat for the Dazzling Lights & Spirit of The Season

Join us and you’ll have a front-row seat as you experience the dazzling lights and spirit of the season, riding through town as sparkling lights fill the neighborhoods. Watch out as we may encounter a few carolers and Santa’s along the way!

December 8 – December 21, 2023

Weekday Tours (Monday – Friday)

Check in Time: 6:00pm

Weekend Tours (Saturday – Sunday)

Check in Time: 4:30pm

and Check in Time: 6:30pm

Private Trolleys (up to 30 guests):

Ticket Information:

Children (under 12): $20

Lap children(under 2): Free

Looking to enjoy an evening with family and friends?

Be sure to purchase your tickets together! We are unable to move groups to the same trolley, you must purchase your tickets in one order to ensure you’re seated together.

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COVID-19 Trolley of Lights Rules and Regulations:

  • Santa Barbara Trolley will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the Santa Barbara County Health Department.
  • By participating in this event, I/We recognize that there are inherent risks in this type of activity. These risks may result in injury or death and include but are not limited to communicable diseases, viruses, and other illnesses including COVID-19. I/We understand the description of these risks is not complete and that unknown or unanticipated risks may result in injury, illness, or death.

December 8 – December 21, 2023 – SOLD OUT

Private Trolleys (up to 30 guests)

Groups over 20 must purchase a private trolley. – We are no longer accepting Private Light Tour Reservations for 2023!

Tickets are available online only. We do not accept phone orders. Tickets go on sale October 1st at 9:00am.

Looking to enjoy an evening with family and friends? 

Wheel-chair accessible trolleys must be secured in advance for party’s that require accessibility. You must give us a call before our on sale date and prior to purchasing tickets.

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Phone: (805) 965-0353

Mailing Address: 24 East Mason St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Available May 20 – October 9, 2023. Visit kpass.ca for included attractions and pricing.

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Christmas Light Tours resume December 1st, 2023.

Join us for a 75-min Christmas light viewing trolley tour and experience Kingston lit up for the holidays.

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A Festive Family Activity

Carol along to Christmas classics on a light viewing tour from the comfort of a red trolley. This 75-min tour is fun for the whole family. Tours operate Thurs-Sun from Dec 1-24th, then daily from Dec 25-31st.

All tickets are non-refundable. Changes to your reservation can be made with 24h advanced notice.

Travel through Kingston for Christmas light viewing from the comfort of a red trolley.

Tours depart from the Crawford Wharf in downtown Kingston. Buy online or call 613-549-5544.

Christmas Light tours are approximately 75 minutes round-trip.

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Host a Private Tour

Planning for a larger group? Host your own private charter: Private light tours can be booked from December 1st to 31st. Pickup and drop off can be arranged. Reservations are required. Email Nicole for more details: [email protected]

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SOUTH SHORE SIGHTS AND LIGHTS HOLIDAY TROLLEY TOURS

Hop on board the South Shore Sights and Lights Holiday Trolley Tour at 6PM and 7PM for a boozy, adults-only adventure exploring the amazing lights!

  • Our knowledgeable guide of sharing interesting facts and stories.
  • Perfect way to experience the magic of the season with friends.
  • You will be treated to a stunning display of holiday decorations.
  • Making the tour not only visually stunning but also educational.
  • Bringing your own beverages (BYOB) to sip on during the tour and raising a toast to the holiday spirit.

Join us for a festive evening of holiday cheer on our South Shore Sights and Lights Holiday Trolley Tour! This adults-only event is the perfect way to experience the magic of the season with friends. Hop aboard our trolley at Wollaston Station and get ready to be dazzled by the sparkling lights and enchanting sights of the South Shore. As we cruise through the neighborhood, you’ll be treated to a stunning display of holiday decorations, including beautifully lit houses and festive landscapes. Bring your own beverages (BYOB) to sip on during the tour and raise a toast to the holiday spirit.

Our services

While our normal specialty is corporate events and company outings in Boston, we didn’t want the rest of the world to miss out on the fun. You have probably seen the party trolleys around the city, our beautiful blue trolleys in the South Boston St.Patrick’s Day parade, tailgating at the Patriots games or partying at The Xfinity Center or Gillette Stadium for a concert. We know that tradition calls for white wedding trolleys, but we’re all about switching it up. There’s nothing more beautiful than a white wedding dress and a gorgeous wedding party with our blue in the background. Ditch the boring and traditional mentality and book your wedding with us instead.

We provide the best trolley service in Boston, and we are ready to give your bachelor party, birthday party, wedding, concert, night out or special gathering the ultimate classy trolley experience you deserve. This is going to set a completely different mood and enhance the entertainment factor to ensure that your group is able to enjoy interacting with each other as you travel to your destination or just cruise around town.

Our trolleys are custom built to carry 40 passengers with leather seats. Specially designed to give you extra leg room than a normal trolley. We have open air concepts for the nice weather, and clear windows that roll down with ease to not restrict any visibility! We are fully equipped to operate all year, with plenty of heat for those cold times of year.

Custom audio with drop down video monitors, fully installed interior lighting with the option to utilize our color changing LED lights enhance your experience. Design your own playlists and sync your phone or device to our Bluetooth enabled speakers so you are in control of the music while on board.

Your concerns as far as health and general safety are more than logical, and we invest time and capital to ensure that we can keep up with your expectations. This is the way the world works now and we consider taking proper safety measures to be extremely important. Anytime you have a special day in the way, we are aiming to be there in order to make it extra special. Our trolley is one of a kind and it goes beyond the features available in other similar services. The trolley includes custom leather seats with extra leg space, drop-down video monitors, and Bluetooth speakers. You can come on board with your favorite playlist, and we’ll make sure your songs are played without a hitch.

Our staff goes above and beyond to ensure that you are both comfortable and satisfied with the service that we provide.

We take safety very seriously and our trolleys are kept in the most impeccable conditions by sanitizing the interior and exterior before any of our clients book them for use. This is something that we consider to be an essential step in the process of giving our clients optimal results for their event needs.

We are offering the best packages with rates that start at 4 hours of use and we can handle between 5 and 40 people for any event. This means that we can provide the best trolley experience for a small group and a larger group of people. Our trolley service is going to be extremely useful for all kinds of events, and it will give your group more time to focus on having fun and making the experience truly unforgettable.

Boston Trolley Company is New England’s Premier Trolley Experience, brought to you by Mobsters and Lobsters, LLC

Email: [email protected]

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Pickup is at Regions Bank - located in the Burlington Coat Factory Parking Lot  (corner of Cattlemen Road and Bee Ridge Road) 3941 Cattlemen Road   Sarasota, FL  All trolleys board 15 minutes prior to your tour time (6:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.).  Seating is first come first service.  PLEASE BE ON TIME.....  Be sure to be on time....We can't wait for you, if you are late!  RAIN OR SHINE....NO REFUNDS!

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Visitors from America and Western Europe might be surprised to discover that Russia celebrates Christmas on January 7th. That’s because the Russian Orthodox Church follows the Julian calendar. After the end of the Soviet Union, some Russians have begun celebrating Christmas on December 25 in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. But many Russians still observe the tradition of fasting on January 6th, breaking the fast with a large feast on Christmas Eve after the first star has appeared in the sky.

During the Soviet era, Christmas and religious traditions were banned in Russia. Santa Claus was replaced by Ded Moroz, or, Grandfather Frost, an old man with a long white beard who would bring gifts to children on New Year’s instead of Christmas. According to Russian tradition, Ded Moroz is accompanied by his granddaughter, Snegurochka, the Snowmaiden, who helps him on his journey to give presents to children.

Although the tradition of having a Christmas tree, known as a yolka in Russian, was also banned during Soviet times, Russians got around this by having New Year’s trees from which they hung homemade decorations. Today, the restrictions of the Soviet Union have faded into history, and during the Christmas season visitors to Russia can even purchase Christmas ornaments in the shape of matryoshka dolls, or religious icons that depict nativity scenes.

Heading counterclockwise around the Golden Ring this holiday season, northeast of Moscow, your first stop will most likely be the city of Vladimir, home to some of Russia’s most striking churches and cathedrals. The Vladimir region is known for its fine crystal. Stop by the Crystal, Lacquer Miniatures, and Embroidery Museum ( 2 Bolshaya Moskovskaya ) for an overview of traditional crafts before visiting the gift shop in the museum to browse the crystal selection. Vladimir Chic ( 2 Dvoryanskaya ) also sells local glass and crystal work.

Typical souvenirs are also for sale in Vladimir’s old town, especially by the Golden Gate, a triumphal arch and defensive tower that is one of the last-remaining parts of the wall that once surrounded ancient Vladimir and a sure stop on any tour of the Golden Ring.

Just 63 kilometers from Vladimir lays the nearby city of Gus-Khrustalny , the ‘Crystal Goose,’ also home to a rich glass and crystal making tradition. You can visit the glassmaking factory in Gus-Khrustalny and buy gifts ranging from plates and vases to decanters, or visit the outlet store back in Moscow ( 4 Ilyinka ) just east of the Kremlin.

North of Vladimir, you’ll arrive in Suzdal, one of the Golden Ring route’s more tranquil towns. Suzdal boasts a number of small bazaars and stands outside the main tourist sites where visitors can purchase local honey mead, called medovukha, along with traditional crafts, like a pair valenki, or Russian woolen boots, which make an ideal Christmas gift for friends and family back home. The shopping stands outside Suzdal’s Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life ( Ul. Pushkarskaya ) are also highly recommended. Market Square ( Torgovaya Pl ) houses a number of shops where visitors can search for arts and crafts.

Following the Golden Ring north of Suzdal, many tours will stop in the city of Kostroma, a former trading outpost on the immense Volga River. One of the city’s highlights is the Museum of Linen and Birchbark ( 38 Tereshkova ), where visitors can view exhibits on traditional Russian crafts woven from flax and bark. A gift shop in the basement sells tablecloths, napkins, baskets, linen dolls, and traditional clothing typical of the region.

South from Kostroma, stop in the city of Rostov-Veliky for enamel jewelry, a craft which allows artists to produce small paintings on metal that are then fired to produce a thin glaze over the image. Rostov became famous for its tradition of enamel work. Today, visitors can purchase rings, earrings, bracelets, brooches, and jewelry boxes in the gift shop of the Rostov Enamel factory ( 3 Borisoglebskoye Highway ).

While you’re in Rostov, visit the House of Crafts ( 16 Vtoraya Tolstovskaya Naberezhnaya ) for local pottery and the Souvenirs shop ( 5 Ul. Kamennyi Most ) for ushanka hats—Russian fur caps with earflaps—paintings, and samovars for tea lovers.

The last two stops on a tour of the Golden Ring are the cities of Pereslavl-Zalesskiy and Sergiev Posad. Pereslavl is most famous for its embroidery work, available at the Art Salon ( 12 Ul. Sovetskaya ) along with souvenirs made of wood and stone. Nearby Sergiev Posad is considered the place where Russia’s matryoshka dolls were first invented, and was the chief production center of the dolls before Soviet times. Visit the city’s Toy Museum ( 123 Pr. Krasny Armii ) to get a better sense of the birthplace of one of Russia’s most recognizable toys, then head over to the market alongside the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius—one of the city’s most important sites—to load up on matryoshka dolls, painted eggs, and icons before going home.

If you’ll be in the Golden Ring during New Years, the city of Vladimir hosts an impressive Christmas fair, with an iceskating rink and performances by local artists, in the main square ( Sobornaya Pl ). In most other Golden Ring cities you’ll find similar events in the center square as Christmas nears.

Most shops and markets in the Golden Ring are open year round. If you’re coming to Russia for a short period of time, whether in winter or summer, consider a trip to this stunning part of the country, and bring an extra bag if you plan to go shopping for Christmas gifts.

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Moscow metro private tours.

  • 2-hour tour $87:  10 Must-See Moscow Metro stations with hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • 3-hour tour $137:  20 Must-See Moscow Metro stations with Russian lunch in beautifully-decorated Metro Diner + hotel pick-up and drop off. 
  • Metro pass is included in the price of both tours.

Highlight of Metro Tour

  • Visit 10 must-see stations of Moscow metro on 2-hr tour and 20 Metro stations on 3-hr tour, including grand Komsomolskaya station with its distinctive Baroque décor, aristocratic Mayakovskaya station with Soviet mosaics, legendary Revolution Square station with 72 bronze sculptures and more!
  • Explore Museum of Moscow Metro and learn a ton of technical and historical facts;
  • Listen to the secrets about the Metro-2, a secret line supposedly used by the government and KGB;
  • Experience a selection of most striking features of Moscow Metro hidden from most tourists and even locals;
  • Discover the underground treasure of Russian Soviet past – from mosaics to bronzes, paintings, marble arches, stained glass and even paleontological elements;
  • Learn fun stories and myths about Coffee Ring, Zodiac signs of Moscow Metro and more;
  • Admire Soviet-era architecture of pre- and post- World War II perious;
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Sparrow Hills from Luzhniki Metro Bridge – MetroMost, the only station of Moscow Metro located over water and the highest station above ground level;
  • If lucky, catch a unique «Aquarelle Train» – a wheeled picture gallery, brightly painted with images of peony, chrysanthemums, daisies, sunflowers and each car unit is unique;
  • Become an expert at navigating the legendary Moscow Metro system;
  • Have fun time with a very friendly local;
  • + Atmospheric Metro lunch in Moscow’s the only Metro Diner (included in a 3-hr tour)

Hotel Pick-up

Metro stations:.

Komsomolskaya

Novoslobodskaya

Prospekt Mira

Belorusskaya

Mayakovskaya

Novokuznetskaya

Revolution Square

Sparrow Hills

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Victory Park

Slavic Boulevard

Vystavochnaya

Dostoevskaya

Elektrozavodskaya

Partizanskaya

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  • Drop-off  at your hotel, Novodevichy Convent, Sparrow Hills or any place you wish
  • + Russian lunch  in Metro Diner with artistic metro-style interior for 3-hour tour

Fun facts from our Moscow Metro Tours:

From the very first days of its existence, the Moscow Metro was the object of civil defense, used as a bomb shelter, and designed as a defense for a possible attack on the Soviet Union.

At a depth of 50 to 120 meters lies the second, the coded system of Metro-2 of Moscow subway, which is equipped with everything you need, from food storage to the nuclear button.

According to some sources, the total length of Metro-2 reaches over 150 kilometers.

The Museum was opened on Sportivnaya metro station on November 6, 1967. It features the most interesting models of trains and stations.

Coffee Ring

The first scheme of Moscow Metro looked like a bunch of separate lines. Listen to a myth about Joseph Stalin and the main brown line of Moscow Metro.

Zodiac Metro

According to some astrologers, each of the 12 stops of the Moscow Ring Line corresponds to a particular sign of the zodiac and divides the city into astrological sector.

Astrologers believe that being in a particular zadiac sector of Moscow for a long time, you attract certain energy and events into your life.

Paleontological finds 

Red marble walls of some of the Metro stations hide in themselves petrified inhabitants of ancient seas. Try and find some!

  • Every day each car in  Moscow metro passes  more than 600 km, which is the distance from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
  • Moscow subway system is the  5th in the intensity  of use (after the subways of Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai).
  • The interval in the movement of trains in rush hour is  90 seconds .

What you get:

  • + A friend in Moscow.
  • + Private & customized Moscow tour.
  • + An exciting pastime, not just boring history lessons.
  • + An authentic experience of local life.
  • + Flexibility during the walking tour: changes can be made at any time to suit individual preferences.
  • + Amazing deals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the very best cafes & restaurants. Discounts on weekdays (Mon-Fri).
  • + A photo session amongst spectacular Moscow scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
  • + Good value for souvenirs, taxis, and hotels.
  • + Expert advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in Moscow.

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