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Festivus 101: A Virtual Celebration for the Rest of Us

Become an expert on Festivus and its place in pop culture, Chicago's included

About Virtual Tour



$9.99. Free to Home Alone and The Chicago Way members


Join us for a virtual adventure into the world of Festivus, the quirky holiday created by brilliant minds behind the TV series Seinfeld.

Celebrated annually on December 23rd, Festivus is the ultimate celebration "for the rest of us." This unique holiday emerged as a humorous antidote to the commercialism and traditions of Christmas, and its symbol is a simple, yet symbolic, silver pole devoid of any decorations.

In this hour-long program, you'll delve into the history of Festivus and discover how this unconventional holiday was born. You'll also learn about Festivus's enduring presence in popular culture and why the holiday continues to captivate audiences in and outside Chicago.

This event by Chicago Movie Tours will be conducted fully online, allowing you to celebrate Festivus from the comfort of your home.


Before starting Chicago Movie Tours, Kelli Marshall spent more than a decade as a professor of film and media studies. She has taught classes on Seinfeld, published articles on the series, and has even Skyped with a cast member from the show!

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Virtual Tour FAQs

How Do I Watch?

Unless listed otherwise, our virtual tours take place live on Facebook. Simply visit Chicago Movie Tours' Facebook Page at the scheduled time, and click PLAY on the live video.


(You do not need a Facebook account to watch live programs.)

Can I Get a Reminder?

Yes! If you'd like an email reminder, register here for the event at least 24 hours before it begins.

Can I Watch Later?

Virtual tours may not be available after their livestream. Because some of Chicago Movie Tours' virtual events include clips that may trigger social media censors, Facebook could remove the videos after the livestream, even though the material is considered fair use.


In short: it's a good idea to watch live.

How Do I Tip?

If you'd like to make a donation or tip, you may do so either 

Your generous tips and donations—which help to cover costs of livestreaming software, archive and research memberships, on-location travel for virtual tour video footage, and more—ensure Chicago Movie Tours can continue creating free and affordable in-person and virtual events.


Thank you! 💙

Virtual Tour FAQs

What's Included

Chicago Movie Tours' virtual tours incorporate the following, when applicable, to bring the subject matter to life:

  • HD video

  • High-quality photos

  • Expertly designed animated slideshows

  • Clips and screengrabs

  • Maps (to orient you as you "travel" with us)

  • Vintage newspaper articles and ads

  • Classic movie fan magazine excerpts

  • Well-researched commentary


Additionally, we always include opportunities for audience contribution.

What's Included

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