Indoor activities during the chill:

Embrace the warm indoors with food and drink for many of our winter events.

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Lover's Tour & Couples Night Out  


Couples night out through Philly's dinning scene. An adults-only soiree, you'll visit two restaurants while chatting about love spells and tantra love spells over drink and food. (indoor)


Haunted Taverns 

(indoor 21+)

Haunted Tavern and Paranormal Event. 2.5 hrs of ghost hunting instruction as we explore three of Philadelphia's most haunted taverns. Includes light snack and welcome drink. (mostly indoors).


Prohibition Mixology (21+)

Smooth alcohol tastings, crafty concoction demonstrations, and multi-cultural revelations in boozy elixirs mark this fermentable occasion with a saucy education in Prohibition Era Philly favorites. Join us as we sample and learn about the craftiest 1920’s creations within the warm embrace of two speakeasy establishments. (indoors).

Other winter activities:


Vampires, Sex, & Ghosts


Parental-advisory twilight tour every Saturday at 7pm through winter. As always, every guide is a guaranteed graduate. Most are history teachers and professors. (outdoors).

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Serial Killers | Sightseeing

Unconventional professor-led sightseeing. Off the beaten path information. Betsy Ross House, Elfreth’s Alley, and Benjamin Franklin’s Grave, together with tales of serial slayings and psychopathic killers. (outdoors).

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Christmas Tour

Experience the magic of Christmas with the City's biggest lights displays, Christmas Village, Macey's pipe organ...and the low-down on Yuletide traditions from your favorite professors at Grim. (outdoors).


Christmas Taverns (21+)

Yuletide Traditions over seasonal drinks, the warmth of tavern fun! Enjoy a Nightmare Before Christmas over drinks with professors at Grim. (indoors).

Grim Philly New Years Eve

New Year's Eve Bash 2017!

Head out to JJ Bootlegger's where you'll test your knowledge of the craziest Grim facts from around the world for chances at free liquor prizes, JJ’s drink and food gift cards, and free Grim Philly Tours for an entire year! Winterfest awaits with Penn's Landing fire pits and fireworks just blocks away to make an entire evening of Grim Philly fun with friends old and new! (indoors).



Find out why Santa wears a red suit, and the origin of other Christmas traditions

Take a Nightmare Before Christmas Tavern Tour through Old City

Grim Philly Wassel Making Class in the Kitchen Video, 2016.

Original Grim Philly Articles

Everything you've ever wanted to know about Christmas!

Read original Grim Philly Articles from your favorite professors at Grim on the origins of Christmas and holiday Yuletide traditions dating 2,000 years back to pagan times. A plethora of cultural and historical roots from Europe and The Americas.


Article: Krumpus: Santa’s Evil Sidekick

Like Santa, Krampus carries a satchel, but instead of filling it with presents, he stuffs it with children who have been especially bratty...


Article: Mistletoe, Kissing

Mistletoe is a plant that grows on willow, oak, and apple trees. The tradition of hanging it in the house goes back to the times of the ancient Druids...

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Article: Santa, Origins

Sinterklaas is the basis for the North American figure of Santa Claus. It is often claimed that during the American War of Independence the inhabitants of New York City, a former Dutch colonial town (New Amsterdam) reinvented their Sinterklaas tradition, as Saint Nicholas was a symbol of the city's Dutch...


Article: Christmas, Nog, and Drink

Nog is an old English dialect word (from East Anglia) of obscure origins that was used to describe a kind of strong beer (hence noggin). It is first recorded in the seventeenth century. Eggnog, however, is first mentioned in the early nineteenth century but seems to have been popular on both sides of the Atlantic...

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Article: The Real Saint Nicholas

Saint Nikolaos of Myra (270 – 6 December 343) was a historic 4th-century Greek Bishop in coastal Anatolia. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the the Patron Saint of Children...

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Article: Wassail, Anglo-Saxon Drink, Medieval

'Wassail', from the Anglo-Saxon phrase 'waes hael', meaning 'good health' was a liquory concoction of mulled ale, curdled cream, roasted apples, eggs, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and sugar. It was served from huge bowls; silver or pewter for the wealthy; milk pails or large wooden bowls for the common. Wassailing was traditionally done on New Years Eve and Twelfth Night, but some of the wealthy drank Wassail on all the 12 days of Christmas...

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Article: Politically Incorrect. Black Pete: Santa’s Sinister Sidekick from Amsterdam

"Between Krampus' whippings & Black Peter's kidnappings it really puts a bit more of a sinister spin on- 'you better be good for goodness sake' ...since 'he sees you when you're sleeping, & knows when you're awake!'" In the folklore and legends of the Netherlands and Belgium, Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) is a companion of Saint Nicholas (Dutch: Sinterklaas... 


Article: From St. Nick to Sinterklaas: Evolution of Modern Christmas

Parallels have been drawn between the legend of Sinterklaas and the god Odin, worshipped in North and Western Europe prior to Christianization. Since some elements of the Sinterklaas celebration are unrelated to Christianity, there are theories regarding the pagan o...


Article: Mumming, Romans, Italy

“Mumming” dates back to 400 BC and the Roman Festival of Saturnalia where Latin laborers marched in masks throughout the day of satire and gift exchange. This included Celtic variations of “trick-or-treat” and Druidic noise-making to drive away demons for the new year. Reports of rowdy groups “parading” on New Year’s day in Philadelphia date

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Article: Viking Christmas and Yule

Originating in pagan Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated the Yule festival for 12 days- from December 21, the winter solstice, through January1 (Yule Night). (The origin for the Christian "12 Days of Christmas"). Though our first literary mentions of the festival are not seen until the Ynglinga saga in the first book of Heimskringla in 840 CE we know the Norse to have invaded central Europe, spreading these beliefs to Celtic peoples there well before the common era. ..


Article: Caroling, Pagan England

Early Christians took over the pagan solstice celebrations and replaced traditional pagan songs with...St. Francis of Assisi when, in 1223...

favorite Christmas videos!

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Nat King Cole, original 1946.

Heat Miser, from "Year Without a Santa Claus," 1974.

Carol of the Bells played by August Burns Red, 2013.

Sketch it up Leonardo Di Vinci, scene from “Bad Santa,” 2004.

Grim Philly Wassel Making Class for Christmas in the Kitchen, 2016.

It's not Christmas Unless it's Grim!