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Spirit of Christmas Walking Tours start Dec. 9 in Yarmouth

Candice Phibbs with one of the lanterns tour participants will be holding for December excursions. The first stop for the Spirit of Christmas Walking Tour is Frost Park.
Candice Phibbs with one of the lanterns tour participants will be holding for December excursions. The first stop for the Spirit of Christmas Walking Tour is Frost Park.

YARMOUTH - Fascinating stories from Yarmouth’s past will be shared during a new walking tour in December.

Tour guide Candice Phibbs says she’s spent many hours gathering information for the holiday-themed excursions.

Tour guide Candice Phibbs says she’s spent many hours gathering information for the holiday-themed excursions.

“A lot of the stories I found by doing some digging at the library and the archives in Yarmouth. I just tried to piece it together so it would flow in a natural path through town,” she said.

One of those stories will be a popular legend about Yarmouth at Christmas.

It concerns a mysterious man rumoured to have arrived in Yarmouth around the middle of the 20th century.

“The story is that this man coined a tune that is synonymous with Yarmouth at Christmastime,” she added.

It includes the lyrics: “There’s a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well.”

Phibbs will be encouraging tour participants to imagine themselves back in that century, when the Grand Hotel was a beautiful five-storey building with a wrap-around balcony in front and a glass tower protruding out the top, affording a view of Yarmouth harbour and the park below.

Phibbs and her husband Rick Allwright own Mile East Productions, a new event production and marketing company.

The couple plans on continuing to offer tours this summer with a ghost or seafaring theme.

Having information delivered verbally through stories instead of via printed medium engages the audience so much more, says Phibbs.

“Rick and I were in London for our honeymoon last year. We did a Jack the Ripper tour and we still talk about how wonderful it was  - just to hear the story spoken and visit the sites. It was just a refreshing way to learn about history.”

The Spirit of Christmas Walking Tours will be offered five times: Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17 and 23. The price of $20 includes refreshments in the Rodd Grand lobby. Reservations are required. See below.

If you go

Spirit of Christmas Walking Tour

Dates: Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17 and 23

Tour time and length: depart Rodd Grand Hotel at 6 p.m. 75 minutes

Route: through the streets of Yarmouth, including part of the heritage district

​Cost - $20/person+ HST.

Rescheduling because of inclement weather will occur the day of the event. Participants will be contacted for a rebooking date or issued a refund.

Book online  or call 902-307-2250.

 

 

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