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Posted: November 17, 2014

Take an open trolley ride through the wintry Maine woods (with hot toddies, too!)

Written by: Shannon Bryan
A heated streetcar makes its way through the snow-covered woods at Seashore Trolley Museum. Courtesy photo

A heated streetcar makes its way through the snow-covered woods at Seashore Trolley Museum. Courtesy photo

Dashing through the snow. In an open trolley car. Through the woods you’ll go. With a cocktail from the bar.

Now that’s a Christmas carol we can all be on board with, yes?

The Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport is offering just such a trolley-meets-hot-toddy experience during the Golden Chariot Ride & Cocktail Party, which takes place two evenings only, Friday, December 5 and Friday, December 12 at 5 p.m. (The dates correspond to Kennebunkport’s annual Christmas Prelude, which runs from Dec. 2 to Dec. 14.)

Attendees will get to ride through the wintry Maine woods in one of the museum’s gorgeous open cars, which originally operated in Montreal from 1906 to 1963. The sight-seeing car is known as “The Golden Chariot.” Afterward, they’ll partake in a cocktail party to warm up.

Inspired by the moniker, Vena’s Fizz House developed two specialty cocktails for the event: The Golden Chariot is a ginger Old Fashioned with ginger puree, orange shrub, Canadian whiskey, seltzer and bitters, and the Torrid Trolley Toddy is comprised of Maine apple cider, Maine maple syrup, whiskey, mulling spices, and habanero bitters.

The open Montreal car is perfect for taking in the fresh winter air. Dress warmly, though! Courtesy photo

The open Montreal car is perfect for taking in the fresh winter air. Dress warmly, though! Courtesy photo

Tickets for the Golden Chariot Ride are $25 and include appetizers and two cocktails (or beer or wine). This event is likely to fill up, so make your reservations now: 207-967-2800 ext. 101 or director@neerhs.org

The museum is also offering daytime rides through the woods on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-14. Rides are offered from 1 to 4 p.m. and are taken aboard a heated streetcar “festooned with fresh greenery,” according to the press release. The Friday rides cost $6 and wine, beer and cocktails will be available for purchase. The Saturday and Sunday rides are $6 and refreshments and food (like hot dogs, ice cream sundaes and pizza) will be available for purchase.

For more information: www.trolleymuseum.org

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