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15th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop

Santa and his three live reindeer return to Greenwich for the 15th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop, presented by Jenny Allen/Compass Real Estate, at the “North Pole on North Street”, Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, in Greenwich, from November 24 to December 23. The cherished town tradition continues for the fifteenth consecutive year at this expansive nursery where visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, meet the reindeer and enjoy Santa’s Workshop sponsored by Greenwich Pediatric Dental Group, which provides more space for families. 

Guests can enjoy the “Reindeer Coloring Station” and “Letter Writing to Santa Station”, while waiting in line for their photo with Santa. A portion of all photos with Santa will be donated to Kids In Crisis, a nonprofit organization based in Greenwich. A Kids In Crisis Giving Tree will also be available for people to support their important mission.

This all takes place just minutes from downtown Greenwich. Parking is free. Children,
adults and all dogs (on leashes) can have their photo taken with Santa at Santa’s Workshop. Dogs are invited for photos with Santa at any time, but as an added incentive to visit Santa with your dog when the lines aren’t as long, you’ll receive a Doggy Gift Bag sponsored by Cornell University Veterinary Specialists when you visit on Monday through Friday throughout the event.

To recognize the 15th year, the event will be “Celebrating Family Traditions”. Top of the list for hundreds of families is visiting Santa’s live reindeer and having family and pet photos with Santa at beautiful Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses. The unique holiday attraction has become an important family tradition for thousands of families over the past 14 years.

Help celebrate 15 years by sharing your family’s past Greenwich Reindeer Festival photos with Santa. With your permission, the event will post them on their Instagram and Facebook pages. They’re excited to feature many different families and what a fun family tradition like the Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop means to your family. Email photos to [email protected].

The community is invited to Sam Bridge for a “We’re Back Party Days” on November 24, from noon to 6pm, and November 25, from 9am to 6pm, when Santa’s Workshop officially opens for photos with Santa. While waiting for the reindeer to arrive Friday afternoon, everyone can enjoy special refreshments, balloon artists, live music entertainment, Rising Starr Horse Rescue, food trucks and many other special activities, which will also continue all day Saturday.

Visit for pricing for all photo packages. Hours for the photos with Santa are Monday through Friday, noon to 6pm, and Saturday, 9am to 6pm. Sam Bridge is closed on Sundays. The reindeer will depart on December 23, but Santa will remain that day for photos from 9am to 6pm. Sam Bridge Nursery will be closed Christmas Eve this year.

For more information and to view all sponsors, visit
Location: Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North St, Greenwich. See ad, back cover.