Trolley To Christmas Town Is Rolling Early This Year; Event Will Be Held This Saturday And Sunday

by William F. Galvin

HARWICH – Christmas will come early to Harwich this year.

The annual “Trolley to Christmas Town” is being held this weekend, according to Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams.

Trolley to Christmas Town has been tied to the Christmas In Harwich weekend, Williams said, but there is so much going on on that weekend — Dec.1 to 3 this season — that the decision was made to move the event to Thanksgiving weekend. Trolley to Christmas Town will take place on Nov. 26 and 27 from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m.

Santa is extremely busy this weekend, Williams said, and will not be available at The Tern Inn to greet participants and read Christmas stories. But there will be a special guest who will be reading “The Night Before Christmas” and “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” Bob Halloran, a recently retired award-winning sports anchor at WVCB Channel 5 in Boston, will be reading the holiday classics. Halloran got his start in television news here on the Cape in the early 1990s while working at WCVX, the former Channel 58.

“He took a special liking to Harwich,” said Williams.

Cape Destinations will provide the trolley which will leave from the chamber building at the Schoolhouse parking lot every half hour, taking people to The Tern Inn in West Harwich. The inn will be decorated for the holiday season in a warm Christmas fashion, William said, and owners Don and Lisa August always have plenty of goodies to share.

Kids and parents often dress in their pajamas for the event, said Williams.

The stories will be read by Halloran and kids will have the opportunity to write Santa a letter telling him whether they’ve been naughty or nice and what they would most like this Christmas.

There has been a lot of interest in the Trolley to Christmas Town event, according to Williams. She said Saturday is already sold out, but there are tickets available for Sunday at $5 per person.