Christmas In Harwich Weekend Starts Dec. 2

By: William F. Galvin

Topics: Holidays

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams displays a couple of the Christmas trees available in the annual Festival of Trees auction at the chamber office to raise money for The Family Pantry of Cape Cod. WILLIAM F. GALVIN PHOTO

HARWICH – A flurry of holiday spirit will drift through town on the Christmas in Harwich weekend scheduled for Dec. 2 to 4. There will be caroling, concerts, strolls, a trolley to Christmas Town, open houses, opportunities to shop, dine, and of course a visit from Santa.

All the businesses will be open and each will have specials and plenty of gift ideas for the child in all of us, from Dr. Gravity’s to the elegant home accessories at the Grey House,” said Harwich Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams.

The festivities begin on Friday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in Doane Park with caroling featuring the Harwich Elementary School chorus. The annual Christmas tree lighting will also take place in the park at that time. With the tree lit, and the holiday spirit instilled in the gathered crowd, the village stroll will provide numerous activities. The businesses’ doors are inviting, there are open houses, plenty of dining opportunities, music and the opportunity to chat with Santa Claus.

Santa will arrive by fire truck at the chamber of commerce information center at 6:10 p.m., and youngsters will be able to visit with him, provide a wish list and have pictures taken until 8 p.m. The Harwich Town Band will be playing in the TD Bank lobby from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pilgrim Congregational Church will hold its annual cookie sale and its nativity scene will be on display. In the candlelit sanctuary, music by Matt Scinto will fill the hall, and visitors will be able to view nativities from around the world.

Fire and police departments personnel will be collecting toys, food and cash/gift cardsfor the purchase of toys for needy families through their annual Homeless for the Holidays campaign. The festivities Friday run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 3 events begin at 9 a.m. with the Garden Club of Harwich’s Holiday Boutique at the community center. It runs until noon. There will be a holiday market and open house at 204 Sisson Rd. (the Harwich Cultural Center), from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stick around for the Holiday Songbook concert to be performed in the auditorium with VIP events starting at 6 p.m. and the Judy and Liza Holiday Showcase starting at 7:30 p.m. with performances by Lisa Jason and Lucia Giannetta (see separate story in section 2).

There is also a free Advent Christmas Concert at the First Congregational Church of Harwich Center at 3 p.m. The Trolley to Christmas Town, sponsored by The Family Pantry of Cape Cod and Wiliam Raveis Real Estate, will be running from the chamber information center to the Tern Inn in West Harwich from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The fifth annual Festival of Trees will get underway on Dec. 1 with as many as 30 businesses contributing decorated Christmas trees bearing additional gifts. The festival is a fundraiser for The Family Pantry, said Williams. Most of the trees will be located at the chamber of commerce information center in Harwich Port, but a few trees will be at local businesses, she said. Bids on the trees must be made at the chamber office, either in person or by phone, said Williams. The trees can be viewed on the chamber of commerce website, and bid status will be updated at least three times a day. Last year, the event raised $10,000, and Williams said she has set a personal goal of raising $12,500 this year. The bidding ends on Dec. 18.

The chamber will also dress up the seven villages of Harwich in the holiday spirit, said Williams. A Christmas tree will be placed in each village and will be set by a timer to light up at sunset and glow until 10 p.m. The trees will be located at Hinckley’s Home Center in East Harwich; Pilgrim Masonic Lodge in Harwich Center; the chamber of commerce information center in Harwich Port; Alton P. Hall Memorial Square in North Harwich; Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Pleasant Lake; South Harwich Meeting House in South Harwich; and Chase Library in West Harwich.

Williams is also encouraging the community to participate in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a touch-a-truck event in the parking lot outside Harwich Paint and Decorating in the Plaza in East Harwich with vehicles from the fire and police departments, the department of public works and Hinckley’s Home Center.