Happy Holly Days
By Arden Y
A small amount of rain couldn’t dim the Christmas spirit of Duxbury. Though it is just a week after Thanksgiving, the town is already in full Christmas spirit.
Last Sunday, November 25th, the 14th annual Duxbury Holly Days took place around town.
As always, different holiday stations and events were held around town. At Halls Corner, kids could meet Santa. There was also a balloon artist and a magician at the event.
Every year trolleys travel around the town, offering residents the option to park their cars and go around the town easily and quickly. This year there were only three trolleys. The wait was a little longer, but the busses stayed warm for the residents. The volunteers on the trolleys encouraged the passengers to sing Christmas songs together.
All around town there was free food. Hot chocolate was at many of the places, along with various types of cookies. Hot clam chowder was nice for the windy day. The Duxbury Thrift Store was a comfortable place to shelter from the morning’s rain. A local pizza place, Fire & Stone, also served homemade cannolis.
At Snug Harbor, there is always a choir singing Christmas carols, and this year was no exception. Local stores such as French Memories often participate. It is a great way to get together as a community.
At Millbrook, there were many food samples at the local restaurants. Far Fars had someone drawing portraits, and there was even a raffle for library programs and free bookmarks.
At the Art Complex Museum, The Christmas Carol puppet show was put on by a group called the Puppet People, another tradition to share the meaningful holiday tale in a fun way for kids.
The event ran from noon to four o’clock. At four thirty, crowds gathered on the lawn near Halls Corner for the annual lighting of the tree. The DHS acapella groups, Here Comes Treble and Pac Man, provided more Christmas songs.
Holly Days is an event that brings the community of Duxbury closer together. Many people volunteer, and a lot of the local shops and stores participate. It is not just an event for children; there is something for everyone to enjoy.