HOLLYWOOD, Md. – The Grinch of COVID-19 couldn’t stop the annual Hollywood Volunteer Firefighters Tree lighting this year.

The resourceful members of the VFD switched to a socially-distanced drive-thru event to keep everyone safe.

Hollywood VFD President Bill Mattingly said. “We’re happy that we were still able to do something for the community. Though everything was outside, we still made the best of it.”

Cars full of eager kids lined up to greet Santa, his masked elves, and even the Grinch at the outdoor event. 

Goodie bags containing candy and crafts were handed out for the kids. Mattingly said the folks who got out of their vehicles were careful to maintain the proper social distance.

Attendees were also treated to a parade of rescue vehicles with full lights and sirens before Santa Claus flipped the switch on the Christmas tree. There was even a chance to take a socially distanced-photo with Santa Claus. 

Mattingly estimated they handed out about 250 goodie bags to families in attendance. 

But that’s not the end of the VFD holiday activities. Starting on Friday, December 4, Santa will join the crew of a Hollywood VFD Fire truck  on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights between 5pm and 8pm to visit the community for the next three weeks.