August 14, 2022

Holiday Trolley Rides, Musical Performances, Tree Lighting To Highlight Essex Holiday Stroll

Essex, CT – If you are looking to put a little “jolly” back into your holiday shopping this year, look no further than the Essex Holiday Stroll taking place on Saturday, December 3.

In addition to special savings, free gifts and refreshments at participating shops and restaurants, holiday performances and activities will take place throughout the day in Essex Village. The Holiday Trolley returns with Community Music School performers on board for free, musical rides that start at Essex Town Hall and loop through Essex Village from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  At the Gallery space at 10 Main Street, the Community Music School will also host a children’s ornament workshop from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm followed by a preview of the “Nutcracker” by the Eastern Connecticut Ballet from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, a performance by the Community Music School String Trio from 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm and a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at 4:00 pm.   There, you can also register to win an Essex shopping spree with no purchase necessary.  Griswold Square, across from the Griswold Inn on Main Street, will be the stage for the Grace Notes Handbell Choir from 3:45 pm to 4:15 pm and the Holiday Stroll tree lighting and caroling presented by the Griswold Inn at 4:30 pm.

The Essex Holiday Stroll is sponsored by the Essex Board of Trade.  Free parking is available on village streets, in designated lots, and at Essex Town Hall.  For more information, go to or call the Essex Board of Trade at 860-767-3904.