"Building Holidays" trolley tours Downtown

ARCHITREKS will be taking their popular architectural tours to the trolley this holiday season as they present the “Building Holidays” trolley tour that will take guests along for a ride through Downtown and Over-the-Rhine to see architectural sites and learn about important Cincinnati traditions and history as it pertains to the holiday season.

“The tour will highlight both Jewish and Christian holiday customs, and the contributions of the ethnic groups that built America,” according to tour organizers. “German immigrants brought many of their traditions to the New World, including the Christmas tree and Christmas card. The tour will also examine the influence of African-Americans on the holiday celebrations.”

The two-hour long tour will start at Fountain Square and make stops in historic Over-the-Rhine’s Gateway Quarter and the Mercantile Library downtown. Along the way tour goers will also share in the memories of the Ruth Lyons Children’s Christmas Fund and the Western & Southern Financial Group Crib of the Nativity at Krohn Conservatory.

There will be two Building Holidays tours, lasting approximately two-hours each, on Saturday, December 5. The first tour will take off at 11am and the second at 1pm. Both tours will depart from the Vine Street side of Fountain Square and are limited in space to 30 people per tour.

Tickets can be reserved through the Cincinnati Preservation Association at or by calling (513) 721-4506, and can be purchased at $15 for adults and $5 for children. Those participating in the tour will also receive a complimentary souvenir of the tour according to organizers.

By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.