Celebrate Community & Hospitality at Dec. 2 Holiday Festival

In Chester CT Events on November 17, 2016 at 7:32 pm

The annual Starry Night Holiday Festival in Chester Center on Friday, Dec. 2, is a time for celebration, caroling, shopping, eating, and meeting up with friends and neighbors.

The picturesque historic village will be beautifully decorated for the holidays and the streets will be lined with luminaries made by the Boy Scouts. Saint Lucia Girls will walk around offering cookie treats. Carolers will stroll through the village on their way to the town’s Christmas tree, which will be lighted at 6 p.m. while the community gathers for a sing-along. This year’s tree is being cut down on Camp Hazen property and decorated with “gratitude” hearts created by Chester’s schoolchildren.


Two of the ornaments created by Chester’s children for the town tree, expressing something they’re grateful for.

All evening, the shops and galleries will offer light refreshments and beverages while you shop and browse. The annual Postcard Show, where all art is 4×6 inches or smaller, will open at the Chester Gallery. Stop in for champagne while perusing the postcard-sized creations by local artists. The Maple and Main Gallery will be serving wine and cookies during the evening while visitors view the new Holiday Exhibit of over 200 paintings and sculptures by 53 Connecticut artists as well as a solo show in the Stone Gallery of Janine Robertson’s oil paintings.

The Arrowhead String Band will be playing at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Gallery, providing holiday entertainment as you enjoy Leif’s recent paintings.

The Matt Austin Studio welcomes Hilary Robertson, author of many internationally acclaimed style books such as “The Stuff of Life.” Bring her one interior design question to solve during her visit at the studio, between 6:30 and 9 p.m.

The chefs at the Guest House Retreat and Conference Center will be making their signature cranberry oatmeal cookies for Holiday Festival visitors.

The chefs at the Guest House Retreat and Conference Center will be making their signature cranberry oatmeal cookies for Holiday Festival visitors.

With all the shops open for the evening, this is an ideal time to shop for gifts for everyone on your list, from your pets at Strut Your Mutt to your aspiring chefs at The Perfect Pear. Dina Varano is showcasing her sterling silver necklaces that evening and Mandy Carroll-Leiva will introduce Leiva Jewelry’s Holiday Collection at the Lori Warner Studio & Gallery.

Jan Cummings and Peter Good introduce their 2017 Calendar at C&G while giving away their holiday wrapping paper and “Change Chance” notecards. At The French Hen, enjoy the holiday-themed refreshments and 10% off gift certificates, and as usual complimentary gift wrapping on all gifts.

This one evening of the year, Nourish Organics Skincare at 6 Main Street (in the beautifully redecorated Chester Bank building) is open with a prize drawing and give-away samples of its products, plus sales of gift sets of skincare products.

And then, of course, there’s apparel, and accessories, and more jewelry, and stocking stuffers of all types, and so much more available throughout the enticing shops and galleries of Chester.  And on top of all this, the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza is happening at the Chester Meeting House during the evening!

Free parking is available in the Water Street and the Maple Street parking lots, both a short walk to the center. Continually updated information about all the Starry Night happenings can be found at

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