The Kent Chamber of Commerce has announced numerous holiday events that will take place in town in the coming days:

Small Business Saturday and Shop Local! will take place Nov. 24 at participating merchants.

Business owners will offer a variety of activities during this time and remain open until 7 p.m.

SafeSitter certified sitters will offer free child care for up to two hours for children 3 and older at Kent Memorial Library on Main Street to allow parents to shop.

Registration is required by calling 860-927-3761.

The Sherman Chamber Ensemble and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Kent Church will team up Nov. 30 for the "Messiah Sing-In" Nov. 30 in Kent.

The event, part of the church's Music in the Nave series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the church on Main Street.

Singers are urged to bring their own scores, which will also be available for rental or purchase at the door.

Admission, which includes a post-reception in the parish hall, is $20, with proceeds to benefit the church's music fund.

For more information, call 860-927-3486.

Several activities are planned for Dec. 1.

Santa will be on hand for photographs with guests' cameras at 4 p.m. at N.M. Watson Wild Bird Supply at 1 Kent Green Boulevard.

It will be followed by the annual tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. on the Kent Green, caroling, cookies and hot cocoa with Santa at the Fife 'n Drum and the lighting of three at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

A children's cookie decorating session with Patsy Stroble will take place Dec. 8 at Kent Kitchen Works, 6 Kent Green Boulevard.

Participants must be accompanied by an adult and be prepared to work with color that can stain.

A $20 fee, to be donated to the Kent Food Bank, is requested.

For information and to register, call 860-355-2843.

The Kent Community Nursery School will hold its 17th annual pancakes with Santa event Dec. 8 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church at the corner of Main Street and Route 341.

Offerings include photographs with Santa, as well as door prizes, a special mailbox to receive letters to Santa and, new this year, a holiday shop where children may buy gifts for loved ones.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 3 to 12 and free for children 2 and under. A family maximum of $20 will be charged.

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department will hold a stuff-a-truck event Dec. 9 at the 28 Maple St. firehouse.

New, unwrapped toys and non-perishables will be accepted.

Several events are on tap Dec. 15.

Offerings include photographs with Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Backcountry Outfitters at 5 Bridge St.; a cookie sale and photographs with Santa at the Kent Children's Center at 99 North Main St.; and cookie decorating at the children's center from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The Kent Volunteer Fire Department will host the Parade of Lights.

The parade starts at the Green, proceeds down Main Street, turns onto Maple Street and concludes at the firehouse, where food and drinks will be served.

Participating merchants will be open until 8 p.m.

Horse and drawn carriage rides will be held Dec. 16 from noon to 3 p.m. at Kent Greenhouse & Gardens, with stops at Kent Coffee & Chocolate, the Fife 'n Drum and N.M. Watson Wild Bird Supply.

Kent Memorial Library's holiday boutique is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 22 at the Main Street library.

Patrons can purchase a variety of items, including childrens books, magnets, teddy bears, scarves, journals, note/holiday cards, jigsaw puzzles, small books for stocking stuffers and a large selection of other books.

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