GREENWICH, Conn. — Preparations are underway for the eagerly anticipated Eighth Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend, presented by Whole Foods Market.
The event will be in Downtown Greenwich on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4, from noon to 5 p.m.
This event promises fun for the entire family. It will feature a live Nativity scene, horse-drawn carriage rides, professional ice sculpture demos, food, music and entertainment, children’s activities, live reindeer and photos with Santa, as well as more than 125 Greenwich merchants and restaurants offering special promotions, refreshments and in-store attractions.
First Selectman Peter Tesei has issued a proclamation declaring Dec. 3 and 4 as Holiday Stroll Days to encourage the community to enjoy the festivities and support local merchants this season.
Some of event highlights will include the following:
Dance It Out to Benefit Kids in Crisis
At Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich, dance fitness sensation Billy Blanks Jr. of "Shark Tank" fame will conduct his popular Dance It Out class, Saturday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, noon - 1 p.m., to benefit Kids in Crisis.
All proceeds from the $20-per-person class fee will go to the organization. On Saturday at 5 p.m., Blanks will join the merrymaking at the Delamar for holiday caroling and wine and cheese.
Live Music and Entertainment
Two live entertainment tents – one at 240 Greenwich Ave., sponsored by Greenwich Hospital, and another at 1 Pickwick Plaza sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty -- will feature performances by 18 music groups, made possible by Entertainment Curator Barbara Occhino of BarbaraEntertains.com.
Live Nativity and Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
A live Nativity will take place Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at several churches, including First United Methodist Church of Greenwich, St. Paul’s Church in Rye Brook, N.Y., Second Congregational Church in Greenwich and Greenwich Baptist Church.
There will be a blessing of the animals, which will include a camel, llama, cow, donkey and five sheep, lessons and carols and a live Nativity photo booth. Horse-drawn carriage rides will operate from noon to 3 p.m. each day.
Arts and Ice Sculpture
The Greenwich Arts Council will offer a complimentary photo collage family workshop, Saturday, 1 - 2 p.m., and an ice-sculpture demonstration by professionals from Apple Ice in New York City will take place at McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center from noon - 2:30 p.m. each day.
Eighth Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village
And not to be missed are live reindeer and photos with Santa, train and carousel rides at the Eighth Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North Street, just minutes from Downtown Greenwich. The festival will will from Nov. 25 - Dec. 24, Monday through Saturday.For additional information about the Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend, click here.