Surprisingly enough for the more frequent readers of this blog, early winter is another spectacular time to visit Greenwich! And I highly recommend coming for the Greenwich Holiday Stroll.
Held the first weekend of December, the Holiday Stroll is a much classier way to start the Holiday season than fighting mobs at your neighborhood box store. However, since the first weekend of December is so late this year, you could do both if you’re so inclined.
After only a few short years in running, the Holiday Stroll is rapidly turning into such a big deal that even cynical me is looking forward to it. While the kids will have Santa and his reindeer to look forward to down at McArdle’s Florist Shop (as well as the opportunity to take a holiday photo with him), as well as a live Nativity Scene sponsored by local churches, a bouncy tent, and ice sculpture demonstrations. Older visitors to the Festival will enjoy the food trucks scattered around downtown, the live music, the horse-drawn carriage rides, and the savings (and free refreshments!) offered in many participating stores, among other things. For a full list of activities, you can check-out the grand list here, as well as an interactive map of the whole downtown showing participating shops and what’s on offer at each location here.
Best of all, this event is attempting to raise money for Kids in Crisis, Connecticut’s only free, round-the-clock agency that provides children of all ages and their families dealing with problems such as domestic violence, mental health and family problems, substance abuse, economic difficulties and more with emergency shelter, crisis counseling, and community educational programs. Kids in Crisis has helped more than 118,000 children and families since its founding in 1978. $5 from each picture taken with Santa, as well as $5 from each wreath sold during the Holiday Stroll, will go to Kids in Crisis.
There’ll be free parking both days of the Festival, but you could just as easily park here with us and walk on down to the fun. The event’s hours are 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and noon to 5 pm on Sunday, so be sure to check-out as many of the 110 participating local businesses as you can over the two days! And get a picture with the reindeer, of course. And maybe Santa, if you’re into that kind of thing.