HARWICH PORT — The village will take on an added glow Friday evening as Christmas in Harwich Weekend gets underway with the tree lighting and caroling, a visit from Santa and a host of other events.
The shops will be festively dressed and offering holiday sales and specials, businesses will be conducting open houses and music and good cheer will fill the air. The Friday evening Christmas stroll will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., commencing with the tree lighting and caroling featuring the Harwich Elementary School Chorus in Doane Park at 5:30 p.m.
Santa will arrive by fire truck at 6 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce visitors information center and will be available for photos outdoors until 8 p.m. The village will be filled with music with the Regency Brass Band performing on the porch of the William Raveis Real Estate office from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the Harwich Town Band will be performing at TD Bank during the same time frame.
"It will be an evening of fun, shopping and dining," Cyndi Williams, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce said.
Christmas is a time of giving, and this year the public safety departments' efforts to help those less fortunate through the Homeless for the Holidays campaign will be present at the visitors' center during the stroll, seeking donations of non-perishable food, toys, cash and gift cards for The Family Pantry of Cape Cod and Toys for Tots. The Homeless for the Holidays campaign will also be underway at Brooks Park from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday.
The Festival of Trees fundraiser for The Family Pantry will also be in full glow, and anyone interested in bidding on a Christmas tree decorated by local chamber-sponsored businesses will have the opportunity to view some of the trees at the chamber visitors center. Other trees will be located in area businesses and at the 400 East Restaurant. Bidding will take place from Dec. 1 through Dec. 20. The bids can be tracked on the chamber website and Facebook page.
The Guild of Harwich Artists will conduct its annual ornament sale from its gallery from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday evening, and if you get the munchies Pilgrim Congregational Church will be conducting its cookie sale outside the church from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Looking for a tree to decorate? Pilgrim Masonic Lodge will be selling Christmas trees, wreaths and swag on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bud's GoKarts at 9 Sisson Rd.
Saturday's events include the Harwich Garden Club's annual holiday boutique, selling handmade wreaths, holiday centerpieces, decorations and handmade ornaments at the community center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a free Advent Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Harwich Center.
The Trolley to Christmas Town will be running from the visitors center to the Tern Inn from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Guests will be greeted by Santa's helpers, and will gather to hear Santa read from "The Polar Express."
On Sunday, Dec. 5, The Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School will provide a student curated exhibit of Civil War photographs from noon to 2 p.m. Curator Roland Scherman's collection of photographs document the people, places and events of America's Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit will take place at the school in East Harwich.
Harwich will also be a little brighter again this year with chamber members sponsoring a Christmas tree to be placed in each of the seven villages in town. The trees will be located at Hinckley's Home Center in East Harwich; Pilgrim Masonic Lodge in Harwich Center; Chamber of Commerce in Harwich Port; transfer station in North Harwich; Cape Cod Tech in Pleasant Lake; Newbury Street South Salon and Spa in South Harwich and Chase Library in West Harwich.