Get a First Glimpse into The Enchanted Forest at the “Thursday Night Sneak Peek” On Nov 16, 2017

Children of all ages enjoyed the gingerbread houses at the Enchanted Forest 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

Children of all ages enjoyed the gingerbread houses at the Enchanted Forest 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

Celebrate the start of the Holiday Season with your favorite shopping buddies at The Enchanted Forest’s “Thursday Night Sneak Peek” on Thursday, November 16 from 6:00-9:00pm, presented by the Junior League of Greenwich.

It’s the unofficial shopping kick-off to the holiday season and the first night of the largest annual fundraiser for the Junior League of Greenwich.

While the “Sneak Peek” is one night only – and an opportunity to leave the kids at home –The Enchanted Forest has a full weekend of family-friendly festivities taking place Friday, Nov 17 through Sat, November 18 at its new home, Christ Church in Greenwich.

In its forty-first year, the central location brings this beloved community event “Home for the Holidays,” across the street from the Junior League of Greenwich headquarters on East Putnam Avenue.

At the “Thursday Night Sneak Peek,” shoppers will get first dibs on thoughtfully curated wares from 25 craft and specialty vendors and get access to them before the weekend rush.

For $30 per person, guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while perusing everything from fine jewelry and home décor, to women’s/men’s/children’s clothing, toys, and holiday gifts. The holiday boutique is sure to have something for everyone on your gift list. There may even be a sighting by the man himself . . . Santa!

From adorable and soft fleece pajamas for kids of all sizes; a wide array of books to inspire youngsters; high-end toys, games, arts and crafts, and kids’ science kits; children’s dance wear and accessories; the finest needlepoint and personalized items, including dog collars; and beautiful, hand-crafted jewelry – these are just some of the offerings available for purchase during the Sneak Peek and throughout The Enchanted Forest weekend. To view a list of merchants, visit www.501auctions.com/jlg, under the tab titled Event Schedule.

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Also not to be missed at the “Sneak Peek” is the opportunity to get the first glimpse and first bid on gingerbread house masterpieces, 75 professionally-decorated holiday trees, an assortment of holiday wreaths, and silent auction items – all available for bidding or “buy-it-now” prices.

After Thursday night’s kick-off, The Enchanted Forest will include all the traditional activities the town has come to cherish including gingerbread workshops, photos with Santa, Santa’s breakfast, a Polar Express-themed lunch, and more children’s entertainment.

The Enchanted Forest draws thousands of visitors each year from Greenwich and the surrounding communities. A variety of festive events are scheduled to take place during the three-day celebration. Other features and highlights occurring throughout the weekend include The Children’s Giving Shop, music performances, food trucks, and much more!

Funds raised from The Enchanted Forest go directly toward supporting impactful community projects identified, designed, and implemented by the Junior League of Greenwich. General admission tickets to The Enchanted Forest on Friday and Saturday start at $10 per person.

“Thursday Night Sneak Peek” tickets are $30. Prices vary for other activities. To plan your visit and to purchase tickets, visit The Enchanted Forest website: www.501auctions.com/jlg.

The Junior League of Greenwich has been bettering the community  or nearly 60 years. It is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained individuals. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The JLG is committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals and reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. For more information, please contact the Junior League of Greenwich at jlg@jlgreenwich.org and visit our website at www.jlgreenwich.org.

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