Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

The Holly and the Ivy (A Guided Walk in Leicester)

“The Holly and the Ivy” is a special Guided Walk for the Christmas season devised and led by Colin Crosby, of Colin Crosby Heritage Tours, the Leicester-based Blue Badge Guide.

These strolls are an ideal way to soak up some Local History.

The subject is Christmas customs.

Christmas is, of course, one of the most important festivals in the Christian calendar. However, although it is basically a religious celebration, many of the customs which we regard today as being part of Christmas do not really have any connection with the religious aspects.

Firstly, in case anybody has any doubts, Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus around two thousand years ago. St. Francis of Assisi devised what has come to be known as the Crib, showing the nativity scene, but using real people and animals.

But what is the origin of Christmas trees? Or mistletoe? Or Christmas cards? Or Christmas crackers? Colin discusses all these and more on this unusual walk.

Other walks devised and led by Colin specially for Christmas include “Ding Dong Merrily on High”, “Deck the Halls”, “Mediaeval Leicester at Christmas” and “The Ghosts of Christmas”.

Dates, costs and where to meet

A place on 'The Holly and the Ivy' costs £5.00 per person, or £4.00 if paying in advance. The guided walk begins at Town Hall, and is running on:

I'm sorry, but there are no plans to run this event at present.

If you would like to book a place on one of these dates, please telephone Colin on (0116) 2611576 or email him at

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