What do you think of when you think of enjoying winter, especially what the holiday season has to offer?
The first thing that comes to mind is all that a Hallmark movie includes:
- Snow blanketing trees
- Colored lights draped around homes
- And a walk through the park with mittens, a warm hat, an even warmer coat, and a cup of a hot chocolate
Not to mention, this is likely all happening in a quaint town where everyone knows everyone.
You may be wondering, Where can I experience this too?
Look no further. Come on over to Greenwich, especially in time for the annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival. It officially opens the day after Thanksgiving.
When Is the Greenwich Reindeer Festival Held?
From Friday, November 25 until Christmas Eve, locals and tourists can unite under their very own North Pole, equipped with a pole on North Street. No, it’s not a joke.
What Is There to Do at the Greenwich Reindeer Festival?
Greenwich, CT, turns into Santa’s village, equipped, of course, with Santa and his live reindeer. While you can pretend you’re an elf yourself and coexist among the big man, visitors can also have their photo taken at Santa’s workshop.
What better way to get a picture with Santa than in a mini North Pole and not a mall?
Minutes from downtown Greenwich, visitors and the community is invited to Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, where the Greenwich Reindeer Festival occurs.
The reindeers will make Sam Bridge their home. And visitors can experience the magic of Christmas in their own Connecticut backyard.
One of the best pieces of news for families? Parking is free and gift bags are available.
As far as December goes, it’s without question one of the best things to do in Greenwich, CT, with kids.
Attendees can also enter the Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich Raffle to win a Mercedes-Benz Children’s Bicycle with every photo with Santa (one raffle per family). Santa will draw the raffle on December 24.
What Are Santa’s Hours?
Guests can take photos with Santa at these hours:
Monday – Friday: 12pm – 6pm
Saturdays: 9am – 6pm
Christmas Eve: 9am – 3pm
If guests want to take a break from the outdoor activities, they can head inside the Sam Bridge nursery to do some shopping.
Whether you’re looking for Christmas home décor, gift bags, bowties, presents, or trees, the nursery has it all. The nursery is a one-stop shop for everyone ready to go all out throwing their holiday party.
If you get there during the early part of the season, you can pick up your own Fraser Fir Christmas Tree, whether you want a 3-foot-tall one or a 14-foot one! The exciting news is that you can get free local delivery and tree installation, so you don’t have to worry about breaking your back while taking Christmas photos.
In the greenhouse, you can also pick up your own classic holiday plants, including poinsettias and amaryllis. You don’t have to worry about weird pesticides or other issues either because they’re grown right there at Sam Bridge, not some random department store!
Get your Christmas on this holiday season at the 14th annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival. You and your family will be able to make memories to last a lifetime.
Plan a visit around the Greenwich Reindeer Festival
Want to make more than a day trip out of your visit to the Greenwich Reindeer Festival?
Then get in the spirit with even more things to do in Connecticut in December:
- Holiday shopping on Greenwich Avenue and the downtown Greenwich shopping district
- Hiking, sleigh rides, and much more in our guide to the best winter activities across Connecticut
- Our free guide to the best attractions and activities in Greenwich, CT, in the winter
And read all of the top activities, attractions, and things to do in Greenwich in our free Greenwich, CT, Visitor’s Guide.