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“Christmas in Connecticut” is not just the title of a classic movie, it is the description of daily life in Kent, CT where the Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2nd Annual Gingerbread Festival along with a myriad of other traditional events.

From November 25-December 30, visitors will enjoy the “Gingerbread Walk” up and down Main Street where over 35 merchants have gingerbread creations in their windows. Vote for your favorite at the Gingerbread Station, 1 Kent Green Boulevard. While there, check out the entries in the Gingerbread Contest. And, through December 10, visit Kent Kitchen Works, 5 Kent Green Boulevard, and enter the Tea Cup Auction to win one of the professionally baked gingerbread creations that you can take home and use for your holiday decorating.

The weekend begins with a special Ladies Shop 'Til You Drop Night at Backcountry Outfitters, 5 Bridge Street, on Thursday, December 8. Come for dinner, drinks and discounts from 6 - 9 PM. Tackle that shopping list while enjoying a complimentary buffet and wine. Store-wide discounts. Bring a friend!

Then, on Saturday, December 10 have Breakfast with Santa at the Kent Community Nursery School, 6 Bridge Street. From there, visit the Gingerbread Station for craft classes with local art teacher Patricia Baillargeon between 11 AM and 3 PM. On Sunday, December 11, there will be more craft classes and a concert at 4 PM by the Kent Singers at St. Andrews Church, 1 North Main Street.

From now through December 21, visit Kent Greenhouse and Gardens, 30 South Main Street, to enter to win very unique toys in their new gift shop featuring home and studio furniture and décor and through December 23, visit the Kent Memorial Library, 32 North Main Street, to purchase stocking stuffers, quality children’s books and handmade scarves, all of which supports the Library’s operating budget.

With each purchase from a participating merchant through December 17, shoppers can enter to win a Holiday Shopping Spree! The winner will be announced on December 17 at 4:00 PM.

Please check the Chamber’s website frequently as plans for these events may change and grow as the season gets closer. You may also call 860-927-1463. For regional travel information visit