The 2012 Holiday Market in Chester, Connecticut.

Please remember that some of the produce and products you may have enjoyed buying all summer from the Sunday Chester Farmer's Market are still available in some of our shops, as the seasons and markets permit, and all are welcome to come down to the village center to meet each other inside the shops throughout the winter months. We will be here!


Ongoing through December 2012

Chester Holiday Market, Sundays Starting November 25 to December 23, 2012 - 11:00-2:00 p.m.
'Tis the Season for Local Bounty!

Stroll the market, nibble on treats, and explore the shops of Chester making holiday shopping a joyous event. Chester has exceptional gifts, uncommon apparel, spectacular art and decadent foods that will transform your home into a Winter Wonderland fit for some of the highest marks and praise in a Home Advisor Reviews report. What you'll find: Local farmers and food artisans, great eats and treats, Chester shops, restaurants and galleries with special offers, original & stylish gifts, market events like local authors book signings, holiday storytelling with Broadway stage veteran Peter Walker, strolling carolers, cookie decorating and more. Get in the spirit, celebrate local with the Chester Holiday Market. For news inquiries contact: Michelle Paulson,


(860)322-4265 for more info
There are so many Holiday events for the month of December planned for Chester. Scroll down the page to find just the right event(s) for the entire family to get into the Holiday spirit. Plenty of Home Advisor Reviews for home decorating and Holiday decor can help inspire your own Holiday creations. Holiday creations that someday may inspire their own Home Advisor Reviews or Holiday commentary articles.


Local Beet:
DEC 2ND: Local Baker Suzi-Uie will be demo-ing and selling Gluten Free cheesecakes.
DEC 9TH: Author Josh Chalmers will be signing and selling newly published children's
book, "How to Change the World Before Bedtime"

EVERY MARKET! Make your own Bloody Mary Bar, table to table magic act, free cookies
and hot chocolate for children

peter walker

Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery:
DEC 9th, 2012: Please join us on Sunday, December 9 at 11:30am at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery in Chester Center for a holiday storytelling by actor Peter Walker. This free event is open to children of all ages. Peter will tell his own special Christmas story,
“That Wonderful Christmas Eve Morning”.
For moreinformation call 860-526-5936.
DEC 16th 2012: 11:30-2pm Mrs Claus. After market hours: 4pm Meadows Brother live music.

EVERY MARKET! Dough ornament decorating!

Dina Varano:
EVERY MARKET! Dina’s Featured Favorites, a new selection each week

Lori Warner Studio/Gallery:
Dec 2nd: Carrie Gustafson, award winning glass artist visits the gallery and discusses her work and process
Dec 9th: Leiva "Ring Event", precious stones in sterling and gold, custom rings, earrings and pendants, this year's special collection: Cocktail Rings!
Dec 16th: Ann Lightfoot visits the gallery, bringing new jewelry and ways to style her unique work

Ceramica will be taking email addresses from visitors each week till Christmas, and will draw a name for a different item on Sundays at 5:00 (don’t have to be present to win).

Hammered Edge:
EVERY MARKET! Food bank drop off, No fee layaway on reg price jewelry, free estimates on repairs, custom designs available throughout Holidays.
"Find Your Holiday Cheer":
Seasonal treasure hunt for all ages starts Dec 9th. Pickup your hints at Hammered Edge and look around for hidden creative, Holiday Cheer in businesses in Chester Center. Winners drawn Sundays at 2pm each week, prizes are gift certificates from participating merchants!

Red Pepper:
EVERY MARKET! HOLIDAY SHOPPING FUN AT RED PEPPER! Amazing Gifts, Fabulous Clothes and Accessories, Accents for the Home 25% - 50% off selected items + a surprise gift with any purchase made during the Holiday Market!

Maple and Main:
DEC 2ND: Artist Dan Nichols how to create a work of art with colored pencils.
DEC 9TH: Cindy Stevens: painting entirely with a palette knife
DEC 16TH: Patricia Corbett will paint one of her wonderful winter scenes. Everyone is invited to stop by and watch these artists at work and share in some punch and cookies. The holiday show is on display with over 260 paintings, many of them in our small gallery at affordable prices for gift giving.

Brown Eyed Girl:
EVERY MARKET! Table outside with incredible, new products for stuffing those stockings! "Shine On The Holiday" free gift with purchase of any of our Shine hair products AND significant savings on gift certificates!

River Tavern:
DEC 2ND: Farm Truck returns!
Not yet certain of dates of each event:
River Tavern's FAMOUS Date Pudding to go!
Roasting Chestnuts.
Chef Flahavan's Gingerbread "Houses"

DEC 2ND: "Holiday Tasting Event" on Sunday Dec.2nd(10am-5pm) Taste our Holiday Bakery and Prepared Food Specials and meet some of our Local vendors. Holiday Gift
Baskets for sale!

The Herbery:
EVERY MARKET! Freshly decorated Christmas wreaths, greens and garland

Just Food:
EVERY MARKET! Creating healthy Holidays with raw chocolate packages, fresh-pressed juice, and warming smoothies inside The Beet. Table outside with juicing and chocolate??


The Local Catch, fresh seafood
Four Mile River Farm, local beef and pork
Gourmavian, fresh Italian chickens
Howard's Bread, freshly baked bread
Beltane Farms, handmade local Chevre
Hidden Brook Gardens, fresh winter vegetables
Mayflower Soaps, handmade soaps
David Brown, vegetables, jam, cards

LIVE MUSIC during Chester HOLIDAY Market:
DEC 16TH: Community Music School Brass Group

ACTIVITIES during Chester HOLIDAY Market:

1) "Find Your Holiday Cheer" A Seasonal Treasure Hunt for FREE Gifts!!
Text on card: Featuring businesses in Chester Center. Tickets with hints can be picked up at The Hammered Edge (stone building past Local Beet). SIX of Chester Center’s restaurants, shops and/or galleries have hidden within their business a little “holiday cheer”. Hints are on the other side as to what and where this “cheer” might be. You’ll be entered to win a gift certificate from one participating merchant upon finding ALL SIX. Simply get a signature where you find each and drop completed ticket into bowl at Lori Warner Gallery to be entered into drawing. One ticket per person for duration of market, one drawing each Sunday @ 2pm during Holiday Market Season, no need to be present at drawing. No expiration on gift

Kids, donate your loose bricks and skills. Lego free build contest for charity. Need volunteers for this...anyone?

3) Holiday Recipe Exchange (and popularity contest) / Cookbook Donation Table: Get cooking! Print out 6 copies of your favorite Holiday recipes labelled with your name and email. One will serve as master copy and we'll reprint as needed (hence the most popular recipe). Suggested donation to collect recipes is minimum .50/recipe. Money raised will be donated to Save the Children. Cookbook, exchanged or donated. We'll drive to Goodwill at close of Market. Need volunteers for this...anyone?

UPDATES, Friday Nov 30th, 2012.

Elle Design Studio:
EVERY MARKET: Special discounts on select signature pieces and fantastic new giftable items just in time for the holidays. PLUS, stop in any day in December for a chance to win a free In Home Design Consultation by Lead Designer Erica Edwards! Drawing will be held on January 3rd 2013. Must reside within 25 miles of Chester to be eligible to win.

ACTIVITIES during Chester HOLIDAY Market:
NEW! Marshmallow toss...yes! flying marshmallows...join in the (edible) fun!!

NEW! Kid's Ice Skate and Boot Exchange! Dislike having to buy winter boots every year because the kids grow out of them and on top of that the boots are like new because half the time it never snows anyway. Then I thought about ice skates, everyone I talk to has multiple pairs for the same reasons. What if one week we do a ice skate/snow boot exchange? Too much?

***Also, please remember to spread the word about cookbook donations (drop at Lori Warner) and recipes, one copy of favorite Holiday recipe dropped at Lori Warner or emailed to


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