This Friday it pays to visit Newton Highlands, whether you want to sample wine & beer at Walnut Market, get at tomato soup & grilled cheese sandwich dinner at Bread & Chocolate if you bring 5 cans of food for the Newton Food Pantry,  free hot cocoa for kids at Lincoln Street Coffee, and  mulled cider at 51 Lincoln.

There will be crafts, gift certificates of all sorts, Santa (Green Planet Kids 6-8 pm) and of course the sing-a-long at 7 pm on the brick plaza at the corner of Lincoln and Highland, with a professional choir director conducting (although to sing, you needn’t be).

The shopping, food and fun starts at 5 and continues until 9, or until supplies run out.

The Chamber is even pitching in with a “cash mob” at 6:15 p.m.

The event is the first-ever, and is organized by the merchants, who, at the prodding of Annabelle Ship of Green Planet Kids, have formed the city’s only current village merchants’ association. (The Chamber’s “commerce” encompasses a much larger set)