Santa returns to Greenwich for Reindeer Festival

Santa and his reindeer will be back in town for the sixth annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop, Nov. 28 to Dec. 24 at McArdle’s. –Andrew DiCambio

Santa and his reindeer will be back in town for the sixth annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop, Nov. 28 to Dec. 24 at McArdle’s. –Andrew DiCambio

It’s that magical time of year again when Santa and his four live reindeer return to McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center for the 6th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa’s Workshop, starting Nov. 28 through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

From noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, the community is invited to a “We’re Back” celebration at McArdle’s to welcome the reindeer and officially open Santa’s Workshop for photos with Santa. A ribbon cutting will take place at noon attended by James McArdle, Lou Liodori of Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich, Jonathan Moffly of Moffly Media, Tammi Ketler of TMK Sports & Entertainment, event producer and of course, Santa.

Refreshments provided by Cosi, face painting and balloon artists will be on tap as everyone waits in anticipation of the reindeer’s arrival later in the afternoon for their month-long stay. This year, there will be a new element adding to the holiday fun: the Pepsi Name the Reindeer Contest. Children will be able to choose names for the reindeer by entering their selections in a ballot box at McArdle’s. Santa will draw the winning names on Dec. 7. The winners will receive prizes.

Inside McArdle’s at the holiday wonderland of Santa’s Workshop, families, children, corporate groups and even pets can have their photo taken with Santa. Photo packages begin at $29.99 and include a Shreve, Crump & Low gift bag filled with promotions redeemable at participating downtown Greenwich stores. Digital photos will also be available with photo packages. Everyone who has their photo with Santa can enter a raffle to win a Mercedes-Benz pedal car, a child’s ultimate holiday gift, from Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich. Two lucky winners will be named on Dec. 24. Photos with Santa will take place Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Santa will remain at McArdle’s until 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Throughout the four weeks, everyone is welcome to view the reindeer, thanks to Reindeer Stable Sponsor, Pepsi. Feeding times will take place daily at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The reindeer will remain at McArdle’s until Dec. 23.

“It’s been a wonderful experience being part of this event and seeing people so enchanted by the reindeer and Santa,” James McArdle said.

Throughout the festival, there will be a Kids in Crisis Giving Tree at McArdle’s so customers can donate to the organization. On Dec. 6 and 7, during the 6th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend, $5 from every photo package, as well as $5 from every wreath purchased, will be donated to Kids in Crisis.

The 6th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop is made possible by the following sponsors: McArdle’s, Pepsi, Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich, Greenwich Hospital, La Suite Skincare,, Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich, M.H. Heaven Real Estate, David Lerner Associates, Kempo Academy of Martial Arts, Venture Photography, Vein Clinics of America and Whole Foods Market Greenwich. Premier Media Sponsors are Greenwich Magazine, The Advocate/Greenwich Time and Brooks Community Newspapers. Additional Media Sponsors are the Greenwich Post, News 12 Connecticut, 95.9 Fox, Fairfield Parent Magazine and AM1490 WGCH.

Event partners include, Cosi, Eagle Fence & Guardrail, Geigers Home + Garden, Interstate Lumber, Greenwich Handyman and the Greenwich Arts Council. This event was created and is produced by TMK Sports & Entertainment, a Greenwich-based event marketing company.

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