Saturday, November 10th will be the first day of the Reindeer Festival at Swansons Nursery, located in Seattle. This family holiday tradition will run all the way until Christmas Eve! You will discover a wonderland of holiday delights at this annual festival including holiday shopping, Christmas trees, Santa photos, live music, holiday adventure tours and of course, Santa’s reindeer.
During the festival, the central greenhouse will be filled with holiday décor, ornaments, stocking stuffers, and gifts for adults and children. The Conservatory Gift Shop will feature more gifts such as jewelry, home décor, and books from local makers. In addition to the merchandise, you can also shop for seasonal plants, forcing bulbs and indoor and outdoor plant arrangements. You will find a wide selection of fresh wreaths and garlands to add a festive touch to your home. If you don’t happen to find what you are looking for, the design team will be on standby to create a custom arrangement, wreath or centerpiece. While shopping in the main Pavilion, you can enjoy the live holiday music. Musicians include harpists, cellists, carolers and more. You can view the music schedule online for specific dates and times.
Though they will not be arriving until late November, Christmas trees will be for sale Swansons Nursery hopes to make this experience fun and stress-free! The trees will be located in the North greenhouse and suspended above the floor for easy viewing. Once you find your tree, the staff will shake it, wrap it and tie it to your vehicle! Delivery is also an option, if needed. To get an idea of tree that you may want, you can visit Swansons Pick the Perfect Tree website. This site will show you the variety of trees and introduce you to the family farms that provide the trees.
In between shopping for holiday gifts and your Christmas tree, it is a perfect time to capture a family photo with Santa! Bonjour Photography will be offering appointments most Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays between November 17th and December 23rd. To schedule an appointment, you can visit the Santa Photo Scheduler.
It would not be a Reindeer Festival without the special holiday guests, Dasher and Comet! Your family can learn about these amazing animals during the festival’s “Meet the Reindeer” presentations. These presentations will take place Monday through Friday at 11:00a, and on weekends at 11:00am and 4:00pm. You may be able to even sneak in a photo!
To give back to the community, Swansons would like you to participate in their Holiday Sharing Campaign. For every photo that you post on social media related to the Reindeer Festival with a hashtag #sharingswansons, Swansons will donate 1 item to the Ballard Food Bank. The campaign will run until December 16th and at that time, three winners will be randomly selected and will receive a Swansons goody bag!
Whether you visit this weekend or in December, this annual festival will absolutely have you and your family in the holiday spirit!