Greenwich Holiday Happenings - Reindeer Festival, Santa’s Workshop and Holiday Stroll

That holly-jolly time of year is here again, and there’s no shortage of festive Christmas-themed events right here in Greenwich to help snap you out of your workaday autopilot and put you in a Holiday state of mind. Pull on your gaudiest Christmas sweater, have a cup of cheer, bundle up the kids, sing Jingle Bells at the top of your lungs, and head out to these two stellar examples of the sacred season done fun!

Party with Real Reindeer PLUS a Photo Op with the Big Guy, himself!

Reindeer Festival Greenwich
  • What: 7th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop presented by Citizens Bank
  • When: November 27 to December 24
  • Where: McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch Street, Greenwich, Connecticut
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Reindeer Festival Greenwich

It all begins with an open invitation to the entire community for the McArdle’s ‘We’re Back Party’ on Friday, November 27, from noon to 6 pm, when Santa’s Workshop is officially open for photos with Santa. Wait for the reindeer to arrive this afternoon while enjoying special refreshments, face painting, balloon artists and caricature drawings.

In the four weeks that follow you can visit the reindeer, thanks to Reindeer Stable sponsor, Pepsi. Plus children, adults, company employees and even pets can have their photo taken with Santa at Santa’s Workshop, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich. Photo packages begin at $29.99 and include a gift bag filled with promotions redeemable at participating downtown Greenwich stores. Hours for the Photos with Santa are Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The reindeer will make McArdle’s their home until December 23. Feeding times will take place daily at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Santa will remain for photos until Christmas Eve.


Shop. Dine. Be Merry.

Holiday Stroll Greenwich
  • What: 7th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend
  • When: Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 6 from noon to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Greenwich, Connecticut
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There’s something about joining your friends and neighbors in a tastefully decorated downtown for some holiday fun and frolics that tends to really jump-start that Christmas Spirit for all involved!

That’s why you’ll likely be heading to downtown Greenwich, Connecticut for the 7th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend. This much anticipated annual event will feature a Live Nativity, horse drawn carriage rides, live music and caroling in the live music tent sponsored by Greenwich Hospital, bouncy castles for children sponsored by Kempo Academy, professional ice sculpture demos, food truck village, letter-writing to Santa, cookie decorating for children with l’escale restaurant’s renowned pastry chef Wendy Laurent and more than 120 participating retailers and restaurants offering promotions, including additional specials through, refreshments and holiday cheer.  For those who would like to spend the night in town, the Delamar is offering a special weekend package.


Lead image by Jay B. Wilson Photography