Since we moved to Greenwich a few years back, we’ve discovered some of the great perks of living there. There’s an increasingly impressive dining scene, we’re in the center of all the action, we have amazing parks and beaches, and we love to people watch on The Avenue. And, topping off that list is the 7th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend that goes down this year 12/5-6!
There are so many things to check out during this special weekend, that it’d be tough to describe everything, but we’ll highlight some (full list here and down below): professional ice sculpture demos, holiday caroling, entertainment, children’s activities, real life reindeer and photos with Santa, special promotions, deals, and tasting in various Greenwich stores and spots.
And, chances are you’ll work up an appetite going from store to store, window to window, and carrying around bags that you’ll undoubtedly fill up for holiday shopping. Well, you don’t need to stay hungry! 5 awesome food trucks will set up shop on both days at 290 Greenwich Avenue (Board of Ed. parking lot) to feed ya. We’re talking about Bounty Burger, Dough Girls, Fryborg, Lobstercraft, and Melt Mobile. Um, shut up and take our money now. Seriously, we love all these trucks so much . . . and so should you.
Hours for the Holiday Stroll Weekend on Saturday are 10-6 and Sunday from 12-5. Here’s more info from a recent press release on the events including places to get some free food and drinks.
Created and produced by TMK Sports & Entertainment, a Greenwich-based event-marketing company, the event will feature merchants throughout the downtown, from Simon Pearce to Ralph Lauren to McArdle’s, with many offering a special attraction in their store. At Saint Clair, artist Grace Connell will sign gift tags and ornaments, Erika Bloom Pilates will offer stretching and mobility work on Saturday afternoon and there will be complimentary hot cider at The National by Geoffrey Zakarian, which recently opened on Greenwich Avenue.
Shoppers can learn about wines and spirits at a special education class at Horseneck Wines & Liquors and children will enjoy holiday cookie decorating at l’escale on Saturday morning with pastry chef Wendy Laurent. Ten stores will host letter-writing to Santa and special Santa’s mailboxes will be located at 16 stores throughout town. For those who would like to spend the night in town, the Delamar is offering a special weekend package that includes deluxe accommodations, in-room champagne, a wine and cheese reception with live holiday piano music and transportation to and from Greenwich stores.
Live Nativity and Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
A live Nativity at First United Methodist Church of Greenwich will feature a camel, llama, cow, donkey and five sheep and the story of Christ’s birth performed by area churches. Horse drawn carriage rides, compliments of sponsors Greenwich Magazine, GreenwichVIP.com and Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich, will operate from noon to 3 p.m. each day. Carriage stops will be located at the corner of Amogerone Crossway and Greenwich Avenue, the corner of Fawcett Place and Greenwich Avenue and in front of Cavalier Galleries on Greenwich Avenue.
Family Fun and Professional Ice Carving
The Greenwich Arts Council will offer a complimentary snowman art workshop for families on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. and a professional ice sculpture demonstration by Apple Ice, featuring a top ice carver from New York City, sponsored by Greenwich Magazine/Moffly Media, will take place in front of the Greenwich Senior Center from noon to 2:30 p.m. each day.
Live Music and Entertainment
A live holiday music tent, sponsored by Greenwich Hospital, in front of Bank of America at 240 Greenwich Avenue, will feature performances by 12 different music groups over the two days made possible by Entertainment Curator Barbara Occhino of BarbaraEntertains.com. Groups will include the Greenwich Public Schools Honor Choir: Prima Voce, Greenwich Baptist Church, Grace Notes, Harmony on the Sound Chorus, The Bows, Connecticut Playmakers, Barbara Occhino’s Serenade with Dan Swartz,Messengers of Hope, The Pop Music Academy, Matt McDonald’s Acoustic Holiday Jam, Sasson, Temple Sholom Teen Choir, and New World Chorus.
Food and Treats
To satisfy shoppers’ appetites, many of the stores will offer special treats from Greenwich restaurants and caterers. There will also be a Whole Foods Market tent and a
Food Truck Village featuring trucks from Bounty, Dough Girls, Fryborg, Lobstercraft and Melt Mobile.
Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Kids in Crisis Fundraiser
And not to be missed are live reindeer and photos with Santa at McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch Street, at the 7th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop Presented by Citizens Bank, November 27 to December 24, 2015. Photo packages begin at $29.99 and include a Citizens Bank gift bag filled with promotions redeemable at participating downtown Greenwich stores. During the Holiday Stroll Weekend, $5 from every photo package and $5 from every wreath purchased at McArdle’s will be donated to Kids in Crisis, Connecticut’s only free, round-the-clock agency providing emergency shelter, crisis counseling and community educational programs for children of all ages and families dealing with a wide range of crises.
The 7th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend is made possible by the following sponsors: McArdle’s, Citizens Bank, Pepsi, Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich, Greenwich Hospital, GreenwichVIP.com, Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich, HealthyCT, M.H. Heaven Real Estate, Venture Photography, Kempo Academy of Greenwich and Whole Foods Market Greenwich. Media Sponsors are Greenwich Magazine/Moffly Media, The Advocate/Greenwich Time and Brooks Community Newspapers, Fairfield Parent, Greenwich Sentinel, Greenwich-Post.com, News 12 Connecticut, 95.9 Fox, Star 99.9 and AM1490 WGCH. Event partners include BarbaraEntertains.com, Greenwich Handyman, Eagle Fence & Guardrail, the Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Garden Design and the Greenwich Town Party. 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.