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Go Block Friday Instead of Black Friday

When someone asks you if you'd rather go to Block Island or the mall, the answer is always Block Island.

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Block Island’s 26th Annual Holiday Shopping Stroll is three days of sales, specials and raffle prizes for bargain hunters looking to avoid the typical Black Friday fracas. From 10am on Friday, November 27 to 5pm on Sunday, the 29th, 35 stores and galleries will open their doors to holiday shoppers, with sale pricing of up to 50% off on clothing, island-themed keepsakes, locally made art and those fun gifts you can find only in special places.

A first stop should be at the Chamber of Commerce office just steps from the ferry landing in Old Harbor to get your raffle card. Each participating shop will give guests a stamp, entering them for a chance to win gifts from all participating stores and galleries, with no purchases required. The Island Free Library will host an indoor farmer’s market, showcasing two floors of artwork, baked goods, jewelry, pottery and photography.

On Water Street is the giant colorful lobster pot and buoy Christmas tree, so if you stay until the last boat, you will see it lit with hundreds of lights, giving you one last view of the island as you ride home with bags full of deals and maybe a little something for yourself.