Reindeer to Arrive on Friday after Thanksgiving

Santa Claus and his three live reindeer are coming to town, as they return to Greenwich for the much anticipated 14th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop presented by Jenny Allen/Compass Real Estate, “the North Pole on North Street,” Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North Street in Greenwich from November 25 to December 24, 2022.

Jenny Allen of Compass arrives with her daughters and Santa at Sam Bridge on Friday, Nov 26, 2021. Photo: Leslie Yager

The cherished town tradition continues for the fourteenth consecutive year at the expansive nursery where visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, meet the reindeer and also enjoy the spacious Santa’s Workshop, which features a Reindeer Coloring Station, Letter Writing to Santa Station for children, Raffle to win a Mercedes-Benz Kids Car and a “Name the Baby Reindeer Contest,” while families wait in line for their photo with Santa to create special holiday memories.

A portion of all photos with Santa will benefit Kids In Crisis, a non-profit organization based in Greenwich. A Kids In Crisis Giving Tree will also be available for people to support the important work of Kids In Crisis.

The Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Sam Bridge Nursery are proud to support Kids In Crisis for the fourteenth consecutive year. This all takes place just minutes from downtown Greenwich. Parking is free.

Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo said, “The annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival is an event that celebrates our community’s holiday spirit. While serving to mark the start of the holiday season and foster memories that will last a lifetime, the event will also set aside a portion of all photos with Santa that will benefit Kids In Crisis, a non-profit organization based in Greenwich. A Kids In Crisis Giving Tree will also be available for people to support the important work of Kids In Crisis. I look forward to kicking off the 2022 holiday season in Greenwich with all residents on the 25th. See you soon!”

The community is invited to Sam Bridge for the “We’re Back Party Days,” Friday, November 25, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., when Santa’s arrives promptly as 12noon followed by the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Santa, Public Officials, and Sponsors to officially open Santa’s Workshop for Photos with Santa.

The excitement continues Saturday, November 26, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. While waiting for the reindeer to arrive Friday afternoon and then all day Saturday, everyone can enjoy our select food trucks, Italiana Foods Food Truck featuring a complimentary “WE’RE BACK!” cake for the first 150 guests on Friday and other Italian pastries and sandwiches, The Taco-ish Food Truck, and Pau Pau’s Pizza Cones Food Truck. Experience our vendors such as, KeyBank offering complimentary hot chocolate and their Red Key Treasure Chest, Frontier Communications with many great give-aways, Sunzi Silks & Tribal Towels selling beautiful scarves, Get Joy Food, and Choice Pet. And for the kids, Faces by Wells will be providing face painting and a balloon artist.

We’re excited to announce Kayla Rae will be performing LIVE, on Friday, Nov 25, 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the Greenwich Reindeer Festival. Kayla Rae is a 24 year old singer/songwriter/pianist from Bethel, CT. She has been performing for the past 15 years, was a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” and ABC’s “American Idol.” She will be singing a mix of holiday music and some popular and original songs.

Also joining the “We’re Back Party Days” festivities both Friday and Saturday this year will be Rising Starr Horse Rescue featuring two miniature horses and providing information about their important work of rescuing horses across the United States. Rising Starr Horse Rescue is based in Wilton, CT.

Throughout the four weeks, the reindeer will make Sam Bridge their home, thanks to Reindeer Sponsors Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, Greenwich Hospital, Frontier Communications, and Little Friends. Children, adults, and dogs (on leashes) can have their photo taken with Santa at Santa’s Workshop. Please check the website,, for all pricing for
all photo packages. Hours for the Photos with Santa, are Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses is closed on Sundays.

The reindeer will depart on Thursday, December 22 but Santa will remain for photos through Christmas
Eve, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“We are so excited to welcome back the Greenwich Reindeer Festival to Sam Bridge Nursery. It’s become a wonderful tradition that our entire family looks forward to. We love the way it brings the community together,” said Maggie Bridge, Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses.

Returning for the third year is our special reindeer, Iris. Iris had a baby girl reindeer, a calf, earlier this year. The calf will be joining the festivities with her mother at the Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop. Since the calf has not been named, a “Name The Baby Girl Reindeer Contest” will take place. Santa will chose the winning name on December 24.

The winner will receive a Mercedes-Benz Kids Pedal Car. A second Mercedes-Benz Kids Pedal Car will be a part of a Raffle for everyone who has their Photo with Santa, which will also be chosen by Santa on December 24.

Abilis Gardens and Gifts will be a vendor outside at the Greenwich Reindeer Festival, Saturdays, December 10 and 17, 9:00am – 6:00pm. Please support Abilis by purchasing special gifts for the holiday season. Abilis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Greenwich that provides services and supports for over 800 individuals with special needs and their families from birth through their life span.

Bring your dog for photos with Santa anytime they’re open, but for an added incentive to visit Santa with your dog when they’re not so busy, you’ll receive a DOGGY GIFT BAG compliments of Cornell University Veterinary Specialists every Monday to Friday throughout the four weeks. The Doggy Gift Bags are filled with great items from Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, Earth Animal, Get Joy
Food and All Pets.

The spacious Santa’s Workshop will feature a Reindeer Coloring Station sponsored by Jenny Allen Compass Real Estate and a Letter Writing to Santa Station sponsored by Greenwich Pediatric Dental Group.

Thank you to sponsors for helping to make this event possible. Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, Jenny Allen/Compass, Greenwich Pediatric Dental Group, Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich, KeyBank, Greenwich Hospital, Frontier Communications, Little Friends, Abilis, Mark Sherman Law Offices, Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, Citarella Gourmet Market in Greenwich, Vineyard Vines, M.H. Heaven Real Estate, Eagle Fence & Guardrail, Interstate + Lakeland Lumber. Premier Media Sponsor Greenwich Magazine/Moffly Media,. Additional Media Sponsors include CT Kids & Family, Fairfield County Mom, Greenwich Girl, Greenwich Moms, Greenwich Time/Stamford Advocate, INGreenwich, Kids Out And About, Macaroni Kid, Money Mailer, Natural Awakenings Magazine, News 12 CT, Jen Danzi. The Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop presented by Jenny Allen / Compass is produced by TMK Event Marketing, LLC, located in Greenwich. For more details on this magical holiday tradition, visit