Chester’s Annual Holiday Night Festival on Dec. 6

In Chester CT Events on November 23, 2013 at 9:58 am

Shops, Galleries and Restaurants WILL still be open for the Holiday Stroll


Carol Sing and Tree Lighting Cancelled due to expected bad weather

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If you’re looking for holiday magic, look no further than Chester on Friday evening, Dec. 6. That night the historic Chester village will be especially festive with the annual tree-lighting and caroling, while all the galleries and shops beckon you in with holiday goodies and lots of holiday inspiration.

Chester’s Annual Holiday Night Festival, which is co-sponsored by the Town of Chester, Chester Rotary Club and the Merchants of Chester, will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Chester Center. Carolers from the Chester Elementary School, led by music teacher Meg Gister, and the United Church of Chester choir will sing as they walk through the center. They’ll pause for Chester Rotary’s lighting of the bushes along the old Chester Wall and then will gather around the town tree at the flagpole at Maple and Main Streets for the tree-lighting and community sing-along. The Chester Boy Scouts Troop 13 will line the streets with luminaries, Saint Lucia Girls will stroll around with cookies, and students from Rayna’s School of Dance will perform.

The plentiful art and photography galleries of Chester will host new exhibits and the shops will be full of holiday gift ideas. The town’s new 2013 pewter ornament, designed by Chester artist Peter Good, will be sold in the shops and galleries.

Free parking is available at the Water Street and the Maple Street parking lots, both a short walk to the center. More information about Chester can be found at

Here’s a glimpse of some of the special events in the shops and galleries on Holiday Night:

The Al Malpa Photography Gallery will be open, showcasing photos by Al, holiday refreshments, and Chester books and movies from the Chester Historical Society.

Stop in at Ceramica for a cup of hot coffee AND to see some of our latest shipment from Italy!  We’re also showing off our funky & fun ‘Vintage’ items and handsome Connecticut crafts!  Remember to leave your email address in our ‘Free Drawing’ bowl for your chance to win a beautiful Ceramica piece! We’ll be open until 8:00 for your shopping pleasure…Tree Lighting evening and EVERY Friday leading up to Christmas!

Cummings & Good will feature their self-published long, literate and artful calendar, whose theme for 2014 is TREE.  Both their second floor gallery and first floor boutique will entice with unique and original, art, artifacts, and body adornments.

The Chester Gallery’s annual Postcard Show, where all art is the size of a postcard or smaller, opens Friday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Come sip champagne by the fire. This year’s C&G calendar featuring Richard Ziemann’s “Black Spruce” for the month of July will be available along with Chester Merchants pewter ornaments.

  1. Hi

    You included a painting from maple and main but no information.

    Claudia Van Nes |;

    • The painting was included in the press release sent to me but there wasn’t any specific info about it. Do you have the info I should include with it or would you like me to remove it.

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