7th annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop kicks off

Santa and his four live reindeer return to McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center, 48 Arch Street, in Greenwich, for the 7th annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop, presented by Citizens Bank, Nov. 27 through Dec. 24.

From noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, the community is invited to a “We’re Back” party at McArdle’s to welcome the reindeer and officially open Santa’s Workshop for photos with Santa.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at noon with attendance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, town officials, sponsors, including James McArdle and representatives from Citizens Bank, and Tammi Ketler of TMK Sports & Entertainment, event producer. Refreshments by Cosi and face painting and balloon art by Faces By Wells will be on tap as everyone waits in anticipation of the reindeer’s arrival later in the afternoon for their month-long stay. 

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“We’re very excited to host the reindeer again this year,” said James McArdle.  “We’re looking forward to seeing the smiles and expressions of wonder on the children’s faces as they gaze at the reindeer and families happily making holiday memories of a lifetime here in Greenwich.”

Inside McArdle’s at the enchanted Santa’s Workshop sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich, families, children, corporate groups and even pets can have their photo taken with Santa.  Photo packages begin at $29.99 and will include a gift bag provided by Citizens Bank filled with promotions redeemable at participating downtown Greenwich stores. Digital photos will also be available with photo packages. Photos with Santa will take placeMonday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Throughout the four weeks, everyone is welcome to view the reindeer, thanks to Pepsi, Reindeer Stable Sponsor. Feeding times will take place daily at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The reindeer will remain at McArdle’s until approximately 2 p.m. on Dec. 23.  Santa will stay on for photos until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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Everyone who has their photo taken with Santa may enter a raffle to win a Mercedes-Benz pedal car, a child’s ultimate holiday gift, from Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich. A lucky winner will be named on Dec. 24. In addition, children can enter the 2015 Pepsi Name the Reindeer Contest and submit their favorite reindeer names in a ballot box at McArdle’s. Santa will announce the winning names on Dec. 6. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Throughout the Festival, McArdle’s will be selling special Kids in Crisis Holiday Belgian chocolates sourced from sustainable cocoa. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Kids in Crisis.

The 7th annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop Presented by Citizens Bank is made possible by the following sponsors: Citizens Bank, McArdle’s, Pepsi, Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich, GreenwichVIP.com, Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich, M.H. Heaven Real Estate, and community partners: the Greenwich Arts Council and Greenwich Handyman. Media sponsors are Greenwich Magazine/Moffly Media, The Advocate/Greenwich Time and Brooks Community Newspapers, Greenwich Sentinel, Greenwich-Post.com, Fairfield Parent, News 12 Connecticut, Star 99.9, 95.9 Fox and AM1490 WGCH. This event was created and is produced by TMK Sports & Entertainment, a Greenwich-based event-marketing company.

For more information, visit www.GreenwichReindeerFestival.com, follow on Facebook and Twitter or call 203-531-3047.

Santa and his live reindeer will be back to town for the 7th annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop presented by Citizens Bank, Nov. 27-Dec. 24 — Photo by Andrew DiCambio.

Santa and his live reindeer will be back to town for the 7th annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop presented by Citizens Bank, Nov. 27-Dec. 24 — Photo by Andrew DiCambio.

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