GREENWICH, Conn. -- Santa and his reindeer --- Dancer, Dasher and Prancer – are back in town for the 8th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village, albeit at a new North Pole.
From now until Saturday, Dec. 24. you can find the group at “the North Pole on North Street,” Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North Street in Greenwich.
The cherished town tradition, produced by TMK Sports & Entertainment, an event-marketing company in Greenwich, continues at this expansive nursery where visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, meet the reindeer and also ride on the Winter Wonderland Carousel and the North Pole Polar Express Train.
“We’re excited to host the reindeer this year and continue the tradition that has made the season so special in Greenwich,” said Nursery Owner Sam Bridge. “The new additions of the train and carousel rides will create a village-like atmosphere and offer holiday fun for all ages.”
At Santa’s Village, families, children, corporate groups and even pets (on leashes) can have their photo taken with Santa. Photo packages begin at $29.99 and include a gift bag filled with promotions redeemable at participating downtown Greenwich stores. Digital photos will also be available with photo packages.
Train and carousel rides are $4 per ride or $40 for a family package of 12 rides. The hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is free.
Reindeer feeding times take place Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The reindeer will depart on December 23 but Santa will stay on for photos from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Everyone who has their photo taken with Santa can enter a raffle to win a Mercedes-Benz pedal car, a child’s ultimate holiday gift, from Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich. A lucky winner will be named on Dec.24.
In addition, children can enter the 2016 Pepsi Name the Reindeer Contest and submit their favorite reindeer names in a ballot box. Santa will announce the winning names on Dec. 20. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
Also worth noting: Official reindeer ornaments, made from recycled Pepsi cans by Kenyan artists, will be for sale for $16 and $12. Two dollars from each item sold will be donated to Kids in Crisis. There will also be Kids in Crisis Giving Tree at Sam Bridge throughout the four weeks.
For more information, visit www.GreenwichReindeerFestival.com or call 203-531-3047.