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Published Nov 22, 2017 • Last Updated 09:12 am, November 28, 2017

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Saturday, Nov. 25

Animal Haven Annual Holiday Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Haven Congregational Church, 28 Church St. Features vendors, a bake sale, and raffle. Proceeds benefit The Animal Haven. For info, contact

Angels & Elves Christmas Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. John's Catholic School, 42 Maynard Rd., Old Saybrook. Features local crafts, penny cup auction, quilt raffle, and Santa. Breakfast and lunch is available. Free. For info, call 860-304-3420.

Eagle Hose Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 Wreath Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eagle Hose Volunteer Company Fire House, 120 Whitfield St., Guilford.

Friday, Dec. 1

Annual Christmas Boutique and Candlelight Walk: Christmas Boutique at St. George Parish Center, 33 Whitfield St., Guilford, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Candlelight Walk on Broad St., 6 to 9 p.m. Presented by the Guilford Garden Club. For info, call 203-453-6683.

Holiday Night Festival: 5 to 8 p.m. Chester Center. Features tree lighting on Main and Maple Streets, carol sing-along at 6 p.m., unique gifts, seasonal menus, and more. For info, visit

Eagle Hose Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 Wreath Sale: 5 to 8 p.m. during the Christmas Tree Lighting. Eagle Hose Volunteer Company Fire House, 120 Whitfield St., Guilford.

Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza: 5 to 9 p.m. Chester Meeting House, 4 Liberty St. Free. For info, call 860-510-2789.

Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2

Christmas on the Hill Faire: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Essex First Congregational Church, 6 Methodist Hill. Features gifts, wreaths, jewelry, home baked cookies, and a silent auction with dolls. For info, call 860-767-1939.

Holiday Book Sale: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Chester Public Library, 21 W. Main St. Proceeds benefit library programs and purchases. For info, call 860-526-0018.

Christmas Festival: 5 to 8 p.m., Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. United Methodist Church, 811 E. Main St., Branford. Features bake shoppe, handcrafts, and more. Pasta dinner on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.; cost: $8.50 per person ($22 for families with children 18 and younger), with 10 percent of profits to Community Dining Room. Breakfast sandwiches and luncheon menu available on Saturday. For info, call 203-488-0549 or visit

Friday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 3

St. Lawrence Christmas Fair: Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Saint Lawrence Church, 7 Hemlock Dr., Killingworth. Features food, a silent auction, gifts and gift baskets, basket raffle, and evergreen decorations. Photos with Santa on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. For info, contact 860-663-2576 or, or visit

Saturday, Dec. 2

Christmas Craft Fair: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Joseph's Church, 48 Middlesex Tpke., Chester. Features vendors selling jams, jellies, clothing, home décor, and more; lunch; homemade baked treats; a White Elegance Sale with new and gently-used home décor items, small appliances, and quality consignment clothing at discounted prices; and the Dixie basket raffle. Free admission. For info, call 860-526-5495 or visit

St. Mary's Ladies Guild Annual Christmas Bazaar: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Mary's School Gym, 62 Cedar St., Branford. Features Christmas Trim-a-Home, arts & crafts (handcrafted afghans, hats, handbags), a Household White Elephant Sale, jewelry, gift and raffle baskets with new items and gift certificates, and fresh evergreen arrangements. Offering breakfast and lunch items, and a bake shop with home baked pies, cakes, and homemade candy. For info, contact 203-483-8277 or

Ye Olde English Christmas Faire: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Deep River Congregational Church, 1 Church St. Features unique gifts and baskets filled with surprises; home baked pies, cakes, and sweets; knitted and crocheted items; toys and games for children; and photos with Santa. Foods include seafood bisque, chili, fresh-made, light lunch, and snacks. For info, contact 860-526-5045 or, or visit

Historical Society Christmas Fair: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Farmhouse at Parmelee Farm, 465 Rte. 81, Killingworth. Hosted by the Killingworth Historical Society. For info, visit

Holiday Crafts Fair & Cookie Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Madison Congregational Church, 1271 Durham Rd. Features 40 quality artisans, food, gifts, and more than 4,000 homemade cookies. Free admission. For info, call 203-421-3241.

Holly Day Christmas Faire: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Winthrop Baptist Church, 444 Winthrop Rd., Deep River. Features handcrafted ornaments and gifts, Christmas wreaths and sprays, a gingerbread creation contest, baked goods and candies, a Christmas-themed white elephant sale, brief tours and a history discussion about the church, and a small craft for kids and a Santa letter writing station. Lunch will be available. Free. For info, call 860-526-5241 or visit

90th Annual Christmas Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main St. Features handmade gifts, wreaths, homemade baked goods, candy, toys, books, Christmas ornaments, and raffles, with traditional breakfast and luncheon available. Free admission. For info, call 203-488-7201 or visit

Christmas Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 14 Prospect St., Essex. Features a silent auction, basket raffle, children's gift buying table, face painting, craft table, bake sale, and café for lunch, coffee, and bagels. Free admission. For info, call 860-767-1284.

Christmas Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. First Church of Christ, 55 Church Rd., Clinton. Features homemade cookies, local craft vendors, a children's shopping room, Christmas tag sale, tea cup auction, quilt raffle, luncheon, and a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. For info, call 860-669-5735 or visit

Christmas Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christ and the Epiphany Church, 39 Park Pl., East Haven. Features Santa, Connecticut-made craft items, floral arrangements and wreaths, homemade canned goods, baked goodies, jewelry, books, seasonal, and a raffle for a gift basket, gift certificate, and lottery ticket raffles. Hot meals available. Free admission. For info, call 203-467-2310 or visit

Holiday Craft Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cedar Woods, 80 Cedar St., Branford. Features handcrafted items, a book sale, and a huge White Elephant Sale. Cash only. Proceeds benefit Feed Branford Kids. Vendors welcome. For info, call 203- 481-6028.

Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3

Christmas Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday. Church Hall of St. George of Guilford, 33 Whitfield St. For info, call 203-421-5082.

25th Annual Holiday Open House: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Martha Link Walsh Gallery, 188 North Main St., Branford. Features handmade gift items, including holiday decorations. Free admission. Refreshments provided by Take the Cake. Portion of proceeds benefits Feed Branford Kids. Cynthia's Flower Shop will hold a Hanging Succulent Terrarium Workshop on Saturday at 1 p.m. ($15); call 203-481-3115 to register by Nov. 24. For info, call 203-481-3505 or visit

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Sip, Shop & Stroll with the Branford Center Merchants: 5 to 8 p.m. Features special offers and treats at participating merchants. For info, visit

Saturday, Dec. 9

Happy Holidays Pop-Up Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community Room of Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Features new and used music CDs, DVDs, as well as hardcover and paperback books for all ages and many stocking stuffers. Hosted by Scranton Library Friends. Free admission. Gift-wrapping provided for a donation. All proceeds benefit programs at Scranton Library. For info, contact 203-245-7365 or

Saturday, Dec. 12

A Holiday Boutique: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Essex Town Hall, 29 West Ave. Features Santa's Café, unique gifts, festive clothing, and holiday arrangements. Free admission. For info, visit


Chester's Holiday Market: Sundays, Nov. 26 to Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Downtown Chester. For info, visit

Artistry: American Craft Shopping for the Holidays: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. through Jan. 7. Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St. Features handmade crafts by artisans from across America. Proceeds benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center's educational and community programs. A Jewelry & Champagne Reception is on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m.; and Men's Shopping Night is on Thursday, Dec. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. For info, call 203-453-5947 or visit

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