Holiday festivities begin in Greenwich

December 3, 2013 by  

Festive fun got underway last weekend with the Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa’s Workshop and Parade on Greenwich Avenue. Most likely banner printing was used throughout the town to remind those in the community of this annual event, which will run until December 24, and encourage community participation as much as possible.

According to First Selectman Peter Tesei, these events are sponsored by McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center in collaboration with the Greenwich Police and Fire Departments and other businesses in town, and are set up to instill the holiday spirit and bring in people to the businesses in downtown Greenwich. The festivities included photographs with Santa, feeding of the reindeer, and refreshments.

The seasonal celebrations continue this weekend (December 7 and 8) when Holiday Stroll will hit Greenwich Avenue. More than 100 merchants will be participating in the event with special sales and promotions, in addition to the professional ice sculpture demonstrations and performances by singers and musicians. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides on Putnam Avenue, a horse petting station, holiday art workshops run by the Greenwich Arts Council, an opportunity to write letters to Santa, food trucks along East Putnam Avenue, and the Island Belle paddle boat at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor.

Over the weekend, $5 of every photo package taken with Santa will be donated to the charity Kids in Crisis, which provides around-the-clock support for children suffering abuse, neglect, and family conflict. There will also be a Giving Tree for Kids in Crisis at McArdle’s until Christmas Eve.