The Annual Holiday Night in Chester, Connecticut
Friday, December 5, 2014
(860) 526-0013 for more info

Chester Center - snow oil 30 x 38 by Leif Nilsson

The following compilation was graciously formatted, edited and submitted by Cary Hull and is from 2012:

(The links to Saint Lucia girls explaination and the Holiday Songs pdf were provided by Leif Nilsson for extra clarity.)

Holiday Night
Chester Center
Friday, Dec. 7
5-8 p.m. (tree-lighting & sing-along at 6 p.m. at Maple Street rotary flagpole)

All the Chester townspeople will be involved in the Annual Holiday Night in the town of Chester, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. Boy Scouts line the streets with luminaries, Saint Lucia girls stroll around offering cookies to visitors, Chester Elementary School students sing a variety of holiday songs and invite everyone to sing-along while the town’s Christmas tree is lighted (at 6 p.m.), and the Chester Rotarians help the children hang their decorations.

Chester village is small enough to be ideal for walking, but it is big enough to offer a myriad of opportunities for browsing, shopping, wining and dining, and gallery-exploring at the Holiday Night Festival. Stores, art and photography galleries, and restaurants throughout the village stay open all evening with special events and holiday refreshments.

The Chester Gallery’s annual Postcard Show features only art measuring 4 by 6 inches or smaller. Maple & Main Gallery’s Holiday Show features more than 300 works by 40 established artists, including at least 70 small paintings under $300 and a limited number of original unframed paintings at affordable prices. The Leif Nilsson Spring Street Gallery offers Leif Nilsson’s oil paintings and Caryn Davis’s photographs from world travels as well as the Connecticut River, while the Al Malpa Photo Gallery will host Al’s photographs from New Orleans.

Pamper yourself, or that special someone, at Karma Skincare Studio and Brown Eyed Girl Salon with holiday gifts, customized gift certificates, or makeup touchups. Be sure to see Dina Varano’s new limited edition jewelry created just for the holiday and Leiva Jewelry’s annual “Ring Event” at Lori Warner Studio & Gallery. Chester resident Gay Sherman Weintz will be at Century 21 Heritage selling and displaying her vintage Christmas tree pins and other Christmas jewelry during the evening.

In the 4 Water Street building, stop at Hammered Edge Studio & Gallery to peruse the collection of jewelry, beads, buttons, world artifacts, masks and exotic headdresses while enjoying a little wine and chocolate truffles. Next door, at the Connecticut River Artisans’ Cooperative, enjoy the handcrafted work at this year’s Holiday Show, and then go on to Chester Americana Antiques & Gallery, to find one-of-a-kind gifts including antiques, folk art, vintage toys and games, and found-object assemblages made by local artist and owner Bill Vollers.

Take advantage of the special sales on clothing and accents for the home and other gift items at Red Pepper, and check out the new pieces in the Connecticut crafts section along with always colorful Italian ceramics at Ceramica.

In addition, 27 vendors will be selling handmade items, gourmet foods, jewelry, and more at their 4th annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza at the Chester Meeting House from 5 to 9 p.m. The Chester Hose Company will sell wreaths outside the building.

Free parking is available at the town’s parking lots at 20 Water Street and Maple Street, both a short walk to the center. Limited on-street parking is available as portions of Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic.

More information about the Holiday Night Festival is available at "" and ""

Annual Tree Lighting December 7th at 6:00 pm
First Selectman Ed Meehan will turn on the tree lights
Tree donated by Hale Hill Tree Farm
Chester Elementary School students sing a variety of holiday songs. Words to songs will be provided on-line through the weekly update from Lynne Jacques, Town Hall.
Chester Boy Scouts will be putting out the luminaries.
Saint Lucia Girls will be handing out cookies.
Put on by the Chester Rotary and Chester Merchants.

Hammered Edge studio & Gallery at 4 Water street in Chester's Village presents their 18th annual holiday open house night on Friday December 7th from 5 to 9 pm. Enjoy a little wine and chocolate truffles while perusing our collection of jewelry, beads, buttons, world artifacts, masquerade masks and exotic headdress! Our faeries have closed up their "houses" in the window boxes and created a faerie garden in one of our huge jars in the gallery. Come find the faerie jewel in the garden! We are also an official food pantry drop off site for the town of Chester. Please share what you have with your less fortunate neighbors.
Contact Kathryne at the gallery at 860-526-1654, thru the web site,
Please visit Chester Americana Antiques & Gallery for some Holiday Cheer and a delightful selection of truly one of kind gifts including antiques,folk art,primitives,and vintage toys and games! Featured also will be new work,found object assemblages,by local Chester artist and owner Bill Vollers.
We hope you'll join us at CERAMICA Friday, December 7 from 5:00 to 8:00
for a warm drink and some holiday shopping. In addition to our always colorful Italian ceramics, we are also delighted to show off new pieces in our 'Connecticut Crafts' line....Pottery, Woodwork, Weaving and More...all made by gifted artisans right right here in 'in our own backyard'.
Holiday Prelude at Red Pepper. Come visit us during the Holiday Stroll in Chester, Fri., Dec. 7th and enjoy festive food, a glass of champagne and great shopping. 10% off all clothing and 20% off accents for the home and other gift items. Check out our website --

CHESTER GALLERY announces its annual "Postcard Show" where all work is 4 by 6 or smaller. Come and sip some Champagne by the fire and view art you can take home in your pocket. Friday, December 7th. from 5 to 8. 860-526-9822 or

Welcome the holiday season at Dina Varano's in Chester on Friday, December 7th from 5-9 pm. Dina will be showcasing a new line each week in December of limited edition jewelry created just for the holiday. Each Wednesday from 5-8pm she will unveil the new line during "Wednesdays Full of Wonder". Peruse the gallery and be inspired for great gift ideas!
27 Main Street, Chester CT 860.526.8866

Stop by Karma Skincare Studio and Brown Eyed Girl Salon to do your
Holiday shopping or pick up a customized gift certificates for your
special someone. Karma Skincare Studio will be offering complimentary
makeup touch ups so you can stroll the streets of Chester feeling like the
beautiful person you are!
21 Main St, Chester "Ring" in the start of the holiday season with our annual "Ring Event" with Leiva Jewelry. Featuring a new collection of her sought after custom rings and earrings. Select your stone and your metal and have something made just for you in time for Christmas! Each artist and designer will unveil their new work! Cheese and cordials will be served. Please join us for this wonderful, winter evening!

Please join us for a night of shopping, socializing and nibbling at the 4th annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza! The event is at the Historic Chester Meeting House on Friday, Dec 7th from 5-9pm. There will be 27 vendors inside selling handmade items, gourmet foods, jewelry, and more! The Chester Hose Company will sell wreaths outside too!

JUSTFOOD organic juice and raw chocolate bar will be participating in the Holiday Night on Dec 7th.

The Connecticut River Artisans' Cooperative annual Holiday Show is on exhibit at our new location at 4 Water Street.  Next is the annual Chester tree-lighting and caroling celebration Friday Dec 7th 5:00 to 8:00 and the following Saturday and Sunday Dec 8th and  9th Noon to 5:30.  Wine and nibbles will be served.  
    Some of this year's Holiday exhibitors include Lucille Scelfo, Barbara Delicata, Linda Davidson, Claudia Cormier, Shirley Davies, Jill Heathman, Joan Folcik and Linda Stilin.
   For more information, call 860-526-5575 or visit

Gay Sherman Weintz regarding selling my vintage Christmas tree pins, Christmas jewelry and some other vintage jewelry (cocktail rings, chandelier earrings, etc.) on the Friday night, December 7th...I believe from 5-8 PM?

Watch the tree lighting and carol sing Holiday Night from Maple and Main Gallery’s front porch and then come inside for hot cider, wine and cookies.
The gallery’s new Holiday Show features over 300 works by 40 established artists. This is the gallery’s largest and most eclectic show yet and includes at least 70 small paintings under $300 – many in the $100 range suitable for gift giving. For the first time, the gallery is also offering a limited amount of original unframed paintings at affordable prices.
Maple and Main is located at 1 Maple Street; 860-526-6065.

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