Gwen loves Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer song (it's her favourite Christmas song) so I was excited to have her meet a real reindeer!
Googled more and found out that "Reindeer Festival" is what Swansons Nursery calls their holiday festivities, which provide lots to see and experience for a young toddler.
What I love about the Reindeer Festival at Swansons Nursery
- Glimpsing real reindeers, Dasher & Blitzen! No petting is allowed but Gwen enjoyed the reindeer viewing nonetheless. She excitedly yelled "eat eat" when the reindeers bent their heads to munch on hay, and "walk walk" when they paced around leisurely. Love the humor on the "no touching" sign. The reindeer duo are visiting, and would be at Swansons Nursery from November 9th to December 24th. There are free reindeer coloring sheets for children to bring home.
- Checking out koi fishes in the indoor pond. Whoa, those koi fishes are huge and in vibrant hues of orange. Lots of young children were crowding around the pond and perching themselves on the edge, tracking those attractive fishes in the waters with their eyes.
- Small brightly painted wooden house for children to explore. While walking through the nursery, we came across an adorable little wooden house that was toddler-height. Gwen instantly got attracted to it, entered and made herself really comfortable in its little chair. It was a nice prop for photo-taking!
- Model train village. Like many other children, Gwen was entranced by the model train which made a lovely "choo choo" as it sped past. For us adults, we were busy seeking out the little details in the model train village and chuckling at the sight of familiar figurines like...
Lord of the Rings characters scaling the mountains.
Shrek and donkey in the shrubs.
Pocahontas and friends in the wilderness.
Anna from Frozen in a castle.
Something for Star Wars fans!
I was really impressed by the depth of thought and meticulousness that went into the setup for both kids and grownups to enjoy!
- Variety of Christmas trees to buy home. What was really interesting was that each pre-cut tree was suspended above ground for easy viewing from all angles! Swansons Nursery calls this their "spin & pick" system which provides an easy way for customers to pick out their favourite tree.
I appreciated that Swansons Nursery had petite-sized Christmas trees catering for small apartment homes like mine! Was amused to see "Table Top Christmas Trees" which were simply perfect for my 500sqft rented apartment (I wrote about Montessori-ing small spaces in an earlier post here). Most petite-sized real Christmas trees I've seen at tree farms are quite sparse-looking but the ones I saw at Swansons Nursery were really lush and dense!
- Christmas ornaments. I love that the selection of ornaments was really extensive and curated. Apart from the usual glitzy, glittery baubles, there were hand-crafted yarn ornaments shaped into animals and characters and even wooden ornaments for a rustic Christmas tree look and feel.
- Impeccable service. It was my husband and my first time shopping a Christmas tree and the friendly staff at Swansons Nursery explained all about how to care for a tree at home. They also shared that our chosen tree was a "fresh cut", which meant it could take in water and stay fresh for a long time. That was how I learnt that trees that have been for sale for some time might have sap that has leaked out and dried and sealed the wood’s pores, hindering its ability to absorb water, causing it to be dry and brittle and prone to leaves falling out.
We didn't visit the holiday yurt for a photo-op session, as it was teeming with people. From Swansons Nursery's website, it appears that people can take their own holiday photos there.
Swansons Nursery is a one-stop shop for Christmas fun and I can't think of a nicer way to usher in the festive season than paying a visit to check out their activities and do some holiday shopping! It was a bonus for us to find our perfect Christmas tree there. Gwen didn't go home empty-handed either; she got sentimentally attached to a Jellycat Fox and bagged it home lol.
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Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.