The 3rd annual Holiday Shop & Stroll — featuring sales and dining promotions, as well as entertainment — is planned downtown next Thursday.

Participating merchants in the center-area district will extend their hours beyond the usual business schedule for the event, offering shoppers hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments.

Meanwhile, carolers and musicians from local schools will stroll through the area, entertaining visitors with songs of the season.

On Sherman Green, ice carver Bill Covitz will fashion a holiday-themed sculpture from a large block of ice.

Save the Children, the international relief agency that recently moved it headquarters to Fairfield, will have a tent at the Brick Walk shopping complex to offer items for sale and provide information about its programs. During the Shop & Stroll and for the rest of the month, many local stores will offer specials for those who make a donation to Save the Children.

“This festive night presents the opportunity for shoppers to give twice — they can buy gifts for loved ones, while giving to children in need in the U.S. and around the globe,” Carolyn Miles, the president and CEO of Save the Children, said in a publicity release for the event.

The event is organized by the town and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.

For more details, visit http://ss.fairfieldct.org .