Talented musicians will play holiday music as we travel to some of the most festive locations in the city. Singing along is highly encouraged! Don’t be shy about belting out your favorite holiday tunes and don't forget we have drinks and food available for you. So feel free to leave your drinks at home.
The Holiday Light Tour in December of 2018 was nothing short of epic for our company. In September, someone re-posted an article about 2017's tour on their social media feed and before we knew if we were going viral. The article ended up getting shared over 60,000 times on social media - our phones rang nonstop and our email inboxes filled up faster than we could respond for four straight months. Throughout the month we ran over 200 tours and entertained over 6000 guests - a hugely rewarding undertaking that we still can't believe we pulled off. We are extremely excited to provide an even better tour in December of 2019 - sign up for our mailing list below to be the first to know when tickets are on sale.
"Several friends and I went on the holiday light tour two days ago. We brought our own wine on the trolley which we enjoyed while our onboard entertainer led us in a sing-along of Christmas songs as we travelled from Center City to South Philly. We stopped twice for photo ops and bathroom breaks, and saw spectacular light displays at Smedley Street, and drove through the "miracle on 13th street," both of which put us in the holiday spirit. We had a blast, and can't wait to go again next year. Founding Footsteps gave us a tremendous bang for the buck; it was awesome!" -Carol S., Bala Cynwyd PA
"Hands down one of the best tours I have EVER been on. Tim and his crew are amazing. The music mixed with the lights on the trolley made for the most amazing night. Would HIGHLY recommend." -Sarah
"Awesome Holiday Light Tour! We had a full trolley of ladies for the Holiday Light Tour. We all work together and what a fantastic way to get together outside of work and enjoy the Holiday season. I can't say enough about how great our host, musician, and driver were. They were friendly, fun, and professional. The stops we made were so beautiful. I highly recommend this tour! We are already talking about which tour we want to do next with Founding Footsteps!"
"The host went way above and beyond our expectations, this was hands down one of our favorite group events in a while. From comedy and music on the bus, to some surprise pizza slices at the end, it just kept getting better. Thanks Tim!!"
Holiday Lights FAQs
How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately two hours long and will start and end at the same location – Philly’s Gourmet Steaks (114 Market Street, between Front and 2nd on Market)
Is the trolley heated?
Yes, the trolley is enclosed and heated but you will be getting off the trolley throughout the tour so please dress appropriately.
Where can I park?
There’s a parking lot right across the street from the staring location called Patriot Parking. There’s also a parking lot underneath the Independence Visitor Center between Market Street and Arch Street which you can access while heading North on 5th street or South on 6th street. There’s also the possibility of street parking. We do not validate parking or cover parking in any way.
Can I BYOB? What about snacks?
Yes! The tour is BYOB but we request that you limit this to beer and wine. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at our starting location. You can absolutely bring snacks, we just ask that you clean up afterwards.
What will I see on the tour?
Smedley Street and Miracle on 13th Street – two south Philly neighborhoods that invest their own time and money each year to create elaborate displays and spread holiday cheer. We’ll drive by the Christmas Village in center city and see the iconic trees by City Hall and the Rocky Stairs.
Will there be a bathroom stop?
Yes, there will be at least one bathroom stop during the tour.
Will the trolley wait for me if I’m running late?
No. The trolley must leave at its scheduled departure time. We suggest arriving at the starting location at least 15 minutes prior to your departure time as we’ll begin loading the trolley BEFORE the departure time. Having to search for parking and dealing with traffic are facts of city life and requests to hold the trolley for these reasons will not be accepted. Please plan accordingly.