Dreaming of holiday shopping , strolling through a quaint New England village while sipping sparkling wine? Well, dream no more and come to Kent’s fifth annual Holiday Champagne Stroll. The Stroll will be held Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25, 2017. Pour times are from 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm and shops stay open until 8:00 pm for late-night shopping.

Considered the benchmark for all holiday strolls, the town of Kent offers 30 shops, serving than 30 champagnes and bubblies, and presenting 30 different promotions and sales. Kent has distinctive shops operated by the owners themselves. You can find everything from stylish clothing, teas and coffees, jewelry to books, antiques and outdoor apparel. Holiday sales are not just at the mall! Stop in to the Fife 'n Drum Gift Shop where there will be a store-wide 15% discount! Foreign Cargo will have a Holiday Sale with select fall & winter merchandise at 20% off. For great holiday treasures, visit Heron American Craft Gallery. Purchase a limited edition hand-blown champagne flute at Bella Jewelers and you will be entered to win a pair of diamond stud earrings! The Kent Art Association will have their Photography Show Exhibit taking place plus a photographer will be on hand to answer questions about the pictures. Annie Bananie General will host the Stroll Selfie Station. NAPA Auto will offer $10 off $40 purchases (applicable to all items). And that's not all! Check the back of your map to view all of the specials and sales happening.  All shops are pouring champagnes, sparkling wines, and non-alcoholic beverages as well as serving food to nibble on while you stroll.

Strollers begin by stopping into The Swift House, 12 Maple Street, OR SoDelicious HomeMade Bakery, 1 Kent Green Blvd., to check in and purchase a champagne flute and map to use as a guide for the evening.  The map divides the town into four zones. Visit at least three businesses in each zone; get your map stamped and your name will be entered into the drawing for one of three great bottles of champagnes. As the evening winds down, strollers are invited to stay and enjoy dinner at one of Kent’s great restaurants.

The event coincides with Small Business Saturday, a marketing event campaign created by American Express, celebrating the small businesses that are the backbone of local economies.

 For more information, contact the Kent Chamber of Commerce or Anne McAndrew, 860-927-3377.

(2015 photos below courtesy of Peter Hall)