Holly Jolly Trolley: holiday tour helps Armorettes

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imageCall it the modern version of a sleigh ride. Gay businessman J.R. St. Jean decks his thriving Atlanta Trolley Tour Line (top photo) in seasonal spirit and offers proceeds to a camp drag troupe’s pediatric AIDS fight.

St. Jean (middle photo), who was named the 2009 Gay Businessman of the Year by the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, plays a Santa of sorts to area kids and grown ups alike each weekend through Dec. 13.

Known for specialty trolley tours including a haunted history tour, a black history tour and a chocolate tour, St. Jean’s gears are alwaysimage turning to create seasonal specials that make rides on his trolley that much more entertaining.

For $10, you can bundle up and take the Jolly Holiday Trolley Tour from the National Museum of Patriotism downtown around Centennial Park, which has been decorated for the season.

And you better not pout. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, too. Stories and holiday music are part of the fun, making this outing perfect for the kids in your life or the kid in you.

Tours start running at 10 a.m. each day, and the last tour of the day leaves at 8 p.m.

imageAnd what’s gayer than Christmas? We mean besides a gay trolley conductor, holiday music, and lots of pretty lights. Well, that would be St. Jean’s non-profit partner of choice this year: The Armorettes (bottom photo).

One dollar of every ticket sold goes to the 30-year, $1.8 million AIDS fundraising efforts of Atlanta’s favorite camp drag troupe. The trolley tour proceeds are earmarked for their pediatric AIDS fund.

So there. A gay old time, and giving back to boot. Now that should get you into the holiday spirit.

In addition to the websites linked above, you can also follow St. John’s trolley year-round on Twitter and keep up with the latest on the holiday tour via its special Facebook page.

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