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

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

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 more information and registration, call 860-355-2843.

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

Offerings will 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 2 and under, with a family maximum of $20.

The Kent Historical Society will host its 12th annual Colonial Christmas Celebration Dec. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The event at the Swift House on Maple Street will feature a smorgasbord of food, wine, cookies and beverages.

Recipes are often exchanged.

For more information and reservations, call 860-927-4587 or email

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

New, unwrapped toys and nonperishables will be accepted.

Several events are on tap Dec. 15.

Offerings will include photographs with Santa -- bring a camera -- 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 will start at 6 p.m. at the Green, proceed down Main Street, turn onto Maple Street and conclude at the firehouse, where food and drinks will be served.

Participating merchants will be open until 8 p.m.

Horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered 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.

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