Taking a (holiday) stroll on Greenwich Avenue

With Santa himself on hand, Katie Kilroy from Kids in Crisis, at left, accepted a check from Tammi Ketler, at right, of TMK Sports & Entertainment. The holiday stroll helped raise $1,215 for Kids In Crisis. — Andrew DiCambio photo

With Santa himself on hand, Katie Kilroy from Kids in Crisis, at left, accepted a check from Tammi Ketler, at right, of TMK Sports & Entertainment. The holiday stroll helped raise $1,215 for Kids In Crisis.
— Andrew DiCambio photo

Greenwich is never shy about showing off its Christmas spirit and that was especially clear earlier this month during the fifth annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend.

The stroll took place on Dec. 7 and 8 involving much of Greenwich Avenue and its side streets in the festivities. The Avenue is often festively decorated during the season with holiday baskets and ribbons on the lampposts courtesy of Greenwich Green and Clean and holiday lights in the trees thanks to the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce. But the holiday stroll, created and produced by TMK Sports and Entertainment, brought it all together.

The event, which had free parking up and down the Avenue, had the participation of most of the local businesses looking to attract in Christmas shoppers. But it wasn’t just about shopping. There was also live entertainment through the weekend in front of St. Mary’s Parish, carriage rides, live reindeer at McArdles’, where they will be for the next few days, art at the Greenwich Arts Council and even ice sculpture demonstrations in front of the Senior Center. As part of the event, $1,215 was raised from McArdle’s pictures with Santa for Kids in Crisis.

Food trucks packed the Havemeyer Building parking lot and more than 100 stores had special attractions, with several offering kids the chance to write letters to Santa. First Selectmen Peter Tesei even got into the spirit by officially declaring, through a proclamation, that Dec. 7 and 8 were Holiday Stroll Weekend in Greenwich.

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