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, Greenwich, Connecticut, from November 25 to December 24, 2022.
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.” At the same time, families wait for their photos 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 and 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.
The community is invited to Sam Bridge for the “We’re Back Party Days,” Friday, November 25, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., when Santa arrives promptly at noon, followed by the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Santa, Public Officials, and Sponsors to open Santa’s Workshop for Photos with Santa officially.
The excitement continues Saturday, November 26, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. While waiting for the reindeer to arrive Friday afternoon and then all day Saturday, everyone can enjoy 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 vendors such as KeyBank offering complimentary hot chocolate and their Red Key Treasure Chest, Frontier Communications with many great giveaways, 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.
Kayla Rae will perform LIVE on Friday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., 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 and was a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice” and ABC’s “American Idol.” She will sing a mix of holiday music and some famous 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.
The reindeer will make Sam Bridge their home throughout the four weeks, thanks to Reindeer Sponsors Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, Greenwich Hospital, Frontier Communications, and Little Friends. Children, adults, and dogs (on leashes) can have their photos taken with Santa at Santa’s Workshop.
Please check the website, www.Greenwichreindeerfestival.com, for all pricing for all photo packages. Hours for the Photos with Santa are Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 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, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We are so excited to welcome the Greenwich Reindeer Festival back to Sam Bridge Nursery. It’s become a wonderful tradition that our entire family looks forward to. We love how 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 earlier this year. The calf will join 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 occur. Santa will choose 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 Santa will also choose on December 24.
Abilis Gardens and Gifts will be a vendor outside at the Greenwich Reindeer Festival Saturdays, December 10 and 17, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Please support Abilis by purchasing special gifts for the holiday season. Abilis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Greenwich that provides services and supports over 800 individuals with special needs and their families from birth through their lifespan.
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 through Friday throughout the four weeks. The Doggy Gift Bags are 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 our 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, in Greenwich.