PHOTOS: Santa and His Live Reindeer Make Their Entrance at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses

Tammi and Christine

Tammi Ketler of TMK Sports and Entertainment and Christine Georgopulo, owner of Arthur Murray Grand Ballroom of Greenwich at the “We’re Back” party at Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses. Nov. 25, 2016 Credit: Elizabeth Budinoff

Written By Elizabeth Budinoff

Friday, November 25, 2016, the “We’re Back” party marked the start of the 8th annual Reindeer Festival, which runs through Christmas Eve at its new location, Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses

Santa’s live reindeer arrived on Friday and were feted with ribbon-cutting ceremony and hours of holiday cheer.

The event was chock-full of holiday spirit and smiles, featuring a carousel, train rides, and photos with Santa in his sleigh!

Every year the event has grown in size and popularity.

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Santa is on hand at Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses through Christmas eve. Credit: Elizabeth Budinoff

By moving to Sam Bridge the event was not only able to accommodate more people, benefited from the addition of both a carousel and train ride.

Additionally, children were able to write their letters to Santa and mail them while in line to take their picture with him!

Tammi Ketler has been putting on this wonderful event for the past eight years and is aided by her close friend, Mrs. Claus, a.k.a Christine Georgopulo owner of Arthur Murray Grand Ballroom of Greenwich and Greenwich VIP, which was launched with the Holiday Stroll.

Their vision for the event has always been to make it as large as possible. They hope for it to be come the town event and spread abundant holiday cheer.

“It’s tremendous – the town is so compartmentalized. Everyone is celebrating the holidays in one way or another, so why don’t we all celebrate together?” Georgopulo said.

The best part about the event is that it helps support Kids in Crisis. During the Holiday Stroll Weekend, $5 from every photo with Santa goes to that agency.

Also, at Sam Bridge, $2 from the sale of each special reindeer ornament made from recycled Pepsi cans by Kenyan artists goes to Kids in Crisis.

Santa at Sam Bridge

A family poses with Santa at the “We’re Back” party at Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses. Nov. 25, 2016 Credit: Elizabeth Budinoff

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At Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses, 8th annual Reindeer Festival features a carousel. Nov. 25, 2016 Credit: Elizabeth Budinoff

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Model village at the 8th annual Reindeer Festival at Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses. Nov. 25, 2016 Credit: Elizabeth Budinoff

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Live reindeer at Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses through Christmas eve. Nov. 25, 2016 Credit: Elizabeth Budinoff

Poinsettia and Amaryllis

The greenhouses at Sam Bridge feature Poinsettia and Amaryllis. Credit: Elizabeth Budinoff

familes at "We're Back" party at Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses. Nov. 25, 2016 Credit: Elizabeth Budinoff

Families enjoyed the “We’re Back” party at Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses. Nov. 25, 2016 Credit: Elizabeth Budinoff

"We're Back" party at Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses. Nov. 25, 2016 Credit: Elizabeth Budinoff

Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses, decorated for the holidays. Nov. 25, 2016 Credit: Elizabeth Budinoff

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The carousel was popular at the “We’re Back” party at Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses. Nov. 25, 2016 Credit: Elizabeth Budinoff

 

See also:

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Greenwich Reindeer Festival 2016 Moves to New Location, Sam Bridge

Holiday Stroll 2016 Packed with Exciting and New Highlights

Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses is located at 437 North Street in Greenwich.


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