Time once again for Christmas in Harwich December 3-5

Annual holiday festival features some favorites and some new things to do

This coming weekend, the Villages of Harwich will brim with holiday spirit beginning on Friday, December 3 and continuing through Sunday, December 5.

The annual Christmas in Harwich event, sponsored by the Harwich Chamber of Commerce, will once again feature holiday events this weekend throughout town--just look for participating businesses displaying Christmas tree flags.  The three-day festival is the perfect time to sample some wonderful Cape cuisine, cross some names off your shopping list and get in the holiday spirit.

The festival will begin on Friday, December 3 with the Harwichport Stroll from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The stroll will feature a tree lighting ceremony (sponsored by Cape Cod Five Savings Bank) and family carol sing kick off at 5:30 p.m. in Doane Park on Route 28 in Harwichport. Be at the Harwich Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 6:15 p.m. when Santa arrives by fire truck. Kids can have their photos taken with St. Nick for $5, while he visits until 8 p.m. Free horse-drawn carriage rides through "the Port"t are sponsored by TD Bank.

Saturday's events include breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Tern Inn in West Harwich, a holiday fair at the Harwich Community Center and a holiday tour of decorated homes.  Sunday there will be lessons, carols and songs at Christ Church Episcopal and First Congregational Church.  And of course, participating Harwich restaurants will be dishing up delectable treats and shops will be featuring incredible sales.

For a complete list of activities, click here.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Children's Center, a local Harwich-based non-profit offering childcare assistance to families on Cape Cod. Family Pantry collection bins for non-perishable foods will also be located throughout town.

For more information, visit the Harwich Chamber of Commerce website or call 508-430-1165.  Click here to download a complete schedule of events.

Featured Event: Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus

On Saturday, December 4, have breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Tern Inn in West Harwich.

There are two seatings at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for kids. For tickets, contact the Harwich Chamber of Commerce at 508-430-1165. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Harwich Chamber's Hospitality Scholarship. Seating is limited. Don't forget your camera! Click here for complete info.

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