The 7th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend is set for Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday, Dec. 6 from noon to 5:00pm.
This event will feature a live Nativity, horse-drawn carriage rides, professional ice sculpture, holiday caroling and entertainment, children’s activities, live reindeer and photos with Santa, plus more than 100 Greenwich merchants and restaurants with many offering promotions, including specials through GreenwichVIP.com, refreshments and in-store attractions.
Participating retailers and activities can be found on an interactive map accessed online at www.GreenwichReindeerFestival.com and by mobile devices. Saturday parking will be sponsored by the Greenwich Town Party.
The event will feature downtown merchants from Simon Pearce to McArdle’s, with many offering a special attraction in their store. At Saint Clair, artist Grace Connell will sign gift tags and ornaments, Erika Bloom Pilates will offer stretching and mobility work on Saturday afternoon and there will be complimentary hot cider at The National by Geoffrey Zakarian, which recently opened on Greenwich Avenue.
Shoppers can learn about wines and spirits at a class at Horseneck Wines & Liquors and children will enjoy holiday cookie decorating at l’escale on Saturday morning with pastry chef Wendy Laurent.
Ten stores will host letter-writing to Santa and special Santa’s mailboxes will be located at 16 stores throughout town.
For those who would like to spend the night in town, the Delamar is offering a special weekend package that includes deluxe accommodations, in-room champagne, a wine and cheese reception with live holiday piano music and transportation to and from Greenwich stores.
Live Nativity and Horse Drawn Carriage Rides A live Nativity at First United Methodist Church of Greenwich will feature a camel, llama, cow, donkey and five sheep and the story of Christ’s birth performed by area churches.
Horse drawn carriage rides will operate from noon to 3:00pm each day. Carriage stops will be located at the corner of Amogerone Crossway and Greenwich Avenue, the corner of Fawcett Place and Greenwich Avenue and in front of Cavalier Galleries on Greenwich Avenue.
Family Fun and Professional Ice Carving The Greenwich Arts Council will offer a complimentary snowman art workshop for families on Sunday from noon to 2:00pm and a professional ice sculpture demonstration by Apple Ice, featuring a top ice carver from New York City outside the Greenwich Senior Center from 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm each day.
Live Music and Entertainment A live holiday music tent will be set up at 240 Greenwich Ave featuring 12 different music groups, including Greenwich Public Schools Honor Choir: Prima Voce, Greenwich Baptist Church, Grace Notes, Harmony on the Sound Chorus, The Bows, Connecticut Playmakers, Barbara Occhino’s Serenade with Dan Swartz, Messengers of Hope, The Pop Music Academy, Matt McDonald’s Acoustic Holiday Jam, Sasson, Temple Sholom Teen Choir, and New World Chorus.
Food and Treats To satisfy shoppers’ appetites, many of the stores will offer special treats from Greenwich restaurants and caterers. There will also be a Whole Foods Market tent and a Food Truck Village featuring trucks from Bounty, Dough Girls, Fryborg, Lobstercraft and Melt Mobile.
Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Kids in Crisis Fundraiser Live reindeer and photos with Santa at McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch Street, at the 7th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop Nov. 27 to December 24, 2015.
McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center is located at 48 Arch St.
During the Holiday Stroll Weekend, $5 from every photo package and $5 from every wreath purchased at McArdle’s will be donated to Kids in Crisis.
For more information, visit www.GreenwichReindeerFestival.com, follow on Facebook and Twitter or call (203) 531-3047.