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4th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop Through Dec. 24

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It’s that magical time of year again when Santa and his LIVE reindeer, Dasher Dancer, Prancer and     Blitzen, return to McArdle’s Florist & Garden Center, 48 Arch Street, in Greenwich, Conn, for the 4th  Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa’s Workshop, November 23 through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2012. Last year, over 800 photos with Santa were taken and many more are expected this year.

On Friday, November 23 at approximately 2 p.m., Santa will lead his LIVE REINDEER down Greenwich Avenue, accompanied by town officials, event sponsors and the Greenwich Police and Fire Department.  Starting at First Presbyterian Church, they will make their way to McArdle’s, where the reindeer will reside for one month.  There, young and old can marvel at the reindeer and learn more about these special animals. The Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop officially opens and Photos with Santa begin at approximately 3 p.m. Holiday refreshments will be provided for all at McArdle’s by Avenue Café, which recently opened on Greenwich Avenue.

Inside, McArdle’s will be transformed into Santa’s Workshop, an unforgettable holiday wonderland where families, children, corporate groups and even pets can have their photo taken with Santa.  Photo packages begin at $29.99 and include special coupons to shop at over 100 participating downtown Greenwich stores and restaurants. This year’s festival will feature a new component – Reindeer Fun Facts – educational information about the animals, the mystery of their antlers, eating and sleeping habits and more.

The 4th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop will take place Monday through Friday, noon to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reindeer feeding times will take place daily at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The reindeer will head to the North Pole around 1 p.m. on December 23, but Santa will remain until 4 p.m. Christmas Eve before beginning his busy night.

For more information and a list of the over 100 participating retail stores and restaurants, visit www.GreenwichReindeerFestival.com.

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