•Christmas Stroll in Greenwich Village

A Christmas Eve Day tour combining the history of Christmas in New York and the legendary Greenwich Village.

Stroll through New York’s unique and legendary home to artists and writers on a tour with a special emphasis on the history and architecture of this neighborhood.  Throughout the tour Big Onion will also explore the history of American Christmas and how it is truly a New York holiday.   We will talk about the role of German immigrants and the Christmas tree; New York artists and the contemporary image of Santa Claus; and the patron saint of New Amsterdam.  Other stops on our tour could include: the “hanging elm”, the Stonewall Inn, Chumley’s, and sites associated with Stanford White, Aaron Burr, Edith Wharton, John Sloan, and Tom Paine.    This special holiday tour will conclude with a visit to St. Luke-in-the-Fields Chapel for a group reading of Clement Clark Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas”.

Prepayment Optional

Big Onion happily accepts walk up participants. However, many Big Onion customers prefer to pay in advance. Prepayment also helps us determine group size and appropriate guide numbers.

To preregister and pay for your tour, click the “Book Now” button. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and receipt once your order has been processed.

We regard a senior as 65+ years and a student anyone enrolled in full-time study. Please bring ID indicating senior status (i.e. age) and/or full-time active enrollment.

Refund Policy: Tour refunds (minus a $1 processing charge per person) are available by request up until 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour. Cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the tour or no shows will not be refunded. If Big Onion cancels a walk for any reason a full refund will be provided (please see our rain/inclement weather policy on the FAQ page for more information about tour cancellations).

Tour Highlights:

The Village


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Northeast corner Christopher Street and Seventh Avenue South, in front of Duplex.

Subway Trains:

1 to Christopher Street, A/B/C/D/E/F to West 4th Street.
NYC Subway Map


Tours last approximately two hours. We generally present tours rain or shine.
Check the local weather forecast.
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Adults: $20
Students/Seniors/BHS Members: $15

We do not require pre-payment for most public tours. Just show up and join us at the meeting site. Exceptions: Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour requires reservations; America’s Museum Tour requires reservations & advance payment.

Tours Today Saturday, July 30th

10:00 Central Park
11:00 America’s Museum: Art and History of the Metropolitan
12:00 DUMBO and Vinegar Hill
1:00 “Satan’s Seat”: 
New York During Prohibition
6:00 Upper East Side: A Clash of Titans
Tour Status: Saturday July 30, 2 p.m. Prospect Park tour canceled due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Group Tours

All tours are available for private walks and group bookings.

Call (212) 439-1090 ext. 5 or Email us for more information.

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"For most of my life, I believed independent travel was the only route to the real unfiltered stuff. I eschewed group experiences like the plague, most of all, anything incorporating the word tour. My mistake. I’ve gained some of my best travel memories from being herded around with a bunch of strangers on a Big Onion Walking Tour."

Peter Jon Lindberg, Travel + Leisure's editor-at-large, January 2009.