Each year, children, families and visitors of all ages from Greenwich and beyond have enjoyed the holiday enchantment of live reindeer and Santa in his festive sleigh at the annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village.
This year, as this special event reaches an important milestone, its 10-year anniversary, the live reindeer – Dasher, Dancer and Prancer – will be back again to join Santa, November 23 to December 24, 2018, for the 10th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village at the “North Pole on North Street,” Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North Street, Greenwich, Connecticut, just minutes from downtown Greenwich. www.GreenwichReindeerFestival.com
The town tradition lives on at the nursery where visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, meet the reindeer, ride on the Winter Wonderland Carousel and the North Pole Express Train and enjoy the new Santa’s Village.
Parking is free.
From noon to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 23, the community is invited to Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses for a “We’re Back” Party to welcome the reindeer and Santa.
A ribbon cutting at noon with Mrs. Claus and public officials will officially open Santa’s Workshop for photos with Santa.
While waiting for the reindeer to arrive for their five-week stay, there will be refreshments, food trucks, face painting and balloon art provided by Faces By Wells and dance demonstrations by Allegra Dance Greenwich.
At Santa’s Workshop, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich, families, children, corporate groups and even pets (on leashes) can have their photo taken with Santa. Photo packages begin at $29.99 and include a gift bag filled with promotions redeemable at participating Greenwich stores.
Digital photos will also be available on USB drives with photo packages.
Carousel and train rides are $4 per ride or $40 for a family package of 12 rides.
“We’re all very excited to host this event again this year,” said Sam Bridge. “We’re looking forward to seeing the happy smiles of the children and families as they make special holiday memories.”
Hours for the 10th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village are Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses is closed on Sundays.
Hours for the train and carousel rides are Thursday and Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Throughout the five weeks, everyone is welcome to visit the reindeer who will depart on December 22, but Santa will be available for photos from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24.
For more information, visit www.GreenwichReindeerFestival.com, follow on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GreenwichReindeerFestival, Twitter, @ReindeerGwich, and Instagram, @greenwichreindeerfestival, or call 203-531-3047.