Published on : Saturday, November 23, 2013
“A Charles Dickens Christmas Walking Experience” debuts on Saturday, November 30th at 5:30 pm. Co-produced by two Savannah walking tour companies, Old City Walks and Savannah Cultural Heritage Tours, the hour long walking tour event will stop at key historic Savannah sites for Victorian Savannah Christmas stories and carols, scene performances from from “A Christmas Carol,” and inside visits to Christmas-decorated Victorian Savannah parlours. 10% of all proceeds will benefit local homeless advocacy programs and the creation of a monthly public forum to eradicate homelessness in Savannah.
Guests on this first ever event will be regaled with stories of Bonfires-in-the-Squares, Bethesda’s Yule Log, the writing of Jingle Bells, and other Historic Savannah Christmas themes. Guests will also enjoy Mincemeat Pie and Smoking Bishop Punch during key Victorian Savannah parlour stops along the way. “Savannah has more to offer than any other city in America when it comes to Victorian Christmas traditions due largely to all the Victorian era structures we saved over time,” said event co-producer, Phil Sellers of Old City Walks. “Typically, tour operators are notoriously competitive but by collaborating with our competitors we hope to create a seasonal tradition that draws on the potential of Savannah’s tourism industry to produce positive social changes. The Dickens project is a timely example.”
Chase Anderson of Savannah Cultural Heritage Tours agrees: “The times we live in are in some ways moving closer to social conditions in Victorian England leading up to the writing of Christmas Carol: a growing gap between the haves and the have nots, gaping holes in the social fabric of society, and, central to Dickens, a loss of ethical values –whether one is religious or not. There was general agreement then as there is now. “A Christmas Carol” casts a light on the solution – a change of heart, one that positively impacted conditions in Victorian London and one that can do the same today – if we’re brave enough to go for it.”
Marvin Heery, head of the Homeless Advocacy Group has already come on aboard for the Dickens project. “We are excited about the opportunity to relate the Dickens story to the plight of the homeless in Savannah,” said Heery.
The unique Charles Dickens Christmas Event departs Chippewa Square each evening in December at 5:30 pm. Attendance is limited to 15 people.
Source:- visit savannah