By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Northborough – The town’s small businesses are once again planning a special holiday shopping event that will feature special offers, events and surprises.
The ninth annual Northboro Holiday Trolley will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 12-5 p.m. The event is sponsored by many of the town’s small business, as well as the new group Northboro Local First, as a way to showcase the different stores, restaurants and community organizations in the town.
To make it easy (and fun) for shoppers to visit the various places, there will be two trolleys that will both start at the 243 W. Main St. plaza. One trolley will travel toward the center of Northborough with stops on the east side of town, and the second trolley will head to businesses on the west side of town. The trolleys will make continuous loops throughout town until 5 p.m., with approximately 25 minutes between trolley stops. The rides are free, courtesy of the participating businesses.
The family-oriented day has plenty of fun things for the kids, including cookie decorating at Marlborough Savings Bank, a book sale at the Northborough Public Library, the Festival of Wreaths at Trinity Church, and crafts at various stops.
All those who ride the trolleys will receive free shopping bags courtesy of Central One Federal Credit Union and Marlborough Savings Bank. Patrons will also receive a “passport” which they can have stamped at the different destinations. They will also be given raffle tickets for a drawing that will be held at the annual Tree Lighting ceremony on Blake Street that evening at 5:00 p.m.
Passports will be available at the different destinations for those who choose not to ride the trolleys.
The tree lighting first began in 1968 as a way to honor the memory of Neil Ellsworth, an Army Pfc. who was killed in Vietnam in 1967 at the age of 19. Born and raised in Northborough, Ellsworth was the first town resident to die in the Vietnam War. Every year the town and the Ellsworth family light the tree in memory of this fallen hero.
Sponsors for the Northboro Holiday Trolley include: The Purple Rose, Northboro Computers, Whitney Place, Hays Funeral Home, Kendall Homes, Lowe’s Variety, Marlborough Savings Bank, European Car Service, Karen Scopetski, Decorum, FAB Realty LLC, Michelle Gillespie, Community Advocate, Central One Federal Credit Union, and D Signs & Truck Lettering.
For more information, visit http://northboroholidaytrolley.com and “like” the Northboro Holiday Trolley on Facebook.