July 5, 2022

Chester Holiday Night Festival and Town Tree Lighting

Chester Center - snow oil 30 x 36 by Leif Nilsson ©

If you’re looking for holiday magic, look no further than Chester this evening, Dec. 3. Tonight 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.

The 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. at the Chester Flagpole between Main and Maple Streets with the annual tree-lighting and sing-along. The community will gather to sing carols around the decorated Christmas tree (a songlist is available at www.visit-chesterct.com), and hot chocolate and popcorn will be served. After the sing-along, members of the United Church of Chester choir will be caroling throughout the village, the Chester Boy Scouts Troop 13 will line the streets with luminaries, and Saint Lucia Girls will stroll around with goodies.

The plentiful art and photography galleries of Chester will host new exhibits and the shops will be full of holiday gift ideas. The new 2010 pewter ornament, designed by a Chester artist, will be on sale by the Chester Hose Company and the local merchants.

Free parking is available at the Water Street and the Maple Street parking lots, 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 Chester can be found at www.visit-chester.com and www.chesterct.org.

Some of the galleries and shops that will be open starting at 5:00 p.m. include:

Al Malpa Photography Gallery
4 Spring St, (860) 558-5499
Stop in to visit with Al Malpa and see his exhibit of photography from the Smokies and closer to home. Enjoy holiday refreshments between 6 and 9 p.m.

Caryn B. Davis
One Spring Street, (860) 526-5936
Chester photographer Caryn B. Davis will exhibit recent photographs from her travels to Italy, Portugal, Martha’s Vineyard, Puerto Rico and Mexico at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery at 1 Spring Street as part of Chester’s Annual Holiday Night Town Christmas Tree Lighting and Caroling.

Century 21 Heritage Company
One Main Street (860) 526-1200
We will be hosting Taylor’s Sweet Treats. Taylor will be offering affordable homemade treats for teachers, hostess gifts, or just for fun! A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Arabian Horse Foundation. Please join us for a real treat between 5 – 8 p.m.

Chester Gallery
76 Main Street, (860) 526-9822
Chester Gallery presents its Annual Postcard Show where all art measures 4″ by 6″ or smaller. In addition, see a small selection of signed prints by Sol LeWitt.  Have a glass of sparkling wine from 5 to 7 while viewing art you can take home in your pocket.

Chester Village West
317 West Main Street (on the Chester/Killingworth line)
Continuing its monthly exhibits by Chester artists, Chester Village West is presenting an exhibit of paintings and works on paper by Chester artist Elizabeth Gourlay from Friday, Dec. 3 through Jan. 1.  The public is invited to the opening reception on Dec. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. to meet the artist and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Chester Village West chef. Following the opening reception, the exhibit at Chester Village West can be seen daily from 9 to 5.

Connecticut River Artisans
5 West Main Street, (860) 526-5575
We are celebrating our Annual Holiday Show with a second reception from 5 to 8 pm.
This year we have 21 exhibitors, which include Painters, Photography, Paper Mache, Handbuilt and Hand Thrown Pottery, Comical Shadow Boxes, Handsewn Brooches, Soft Sculptures, Stained Glass, Pressed Florals, Fused Glass & Wireworks, Hand Silk-screened Adult Clothing, Handknits, Marbled Silks, Pocketbooks, Wooden Carved Pieces and Pewter and Paper Books & Journals. The Artisans will be serving hot, mulled cider as well as wine and delectable finger foods.  Open every day: 12- 6pm  November and December

Hammered Edge llc Studio & Gallery
14 Main Street, Kathryne Wright Owner/Artist 860-526-1654
Winter Wonders Open House Friday December 3,2010 from 5 to 9pm.
Celebrate Winter and the gathering together of friends and family. Our collection of world artifacts, jewelry, handmade watches, beads, costume-wear, masks, and accessories will help you find that most wonderful gift to delight. Many of our treasures are fair trade certified from around the globe. Custom jewelry design and repairs are our specialty.

Hitchery Books
4 Water Street, 860-526-8722
Stop by to see our selection of books – the perfect gift for everyone on your list! – or place an order for with us for that hard-to-find present. We’ll be serving up holiday cookies and our special homemade eggnog. Open until 9 pm.

Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery, LLC
One Spring Street, (860)-526-2077
The Holiday Exhibit of a selection of oil paintings of the artist’s garden, the Connecticut River Valley and world travels by Leif Nilsson will open with a reception from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This show runs through February 18, 2010. Gallery hours: Weekends Noon – 6 pm. Other times by chance or appointment.

Maple & Main Gallery
One Maple Street, 860-526-6065
The artists of Maple & Main Gallery invite you to the opening reception of their Holiday Exhibition from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Come and enjoy beautiful artwork from over 30 highly acclaimed Connecticut artists, light refreshments and holiday cheer in our cozy 1790s building. Original artwork is a lasting, heirloom quality gift and Maple & Main offers an intriguing variety of art in many styles, mediums and sizes.