“Just hear those sleigh bells jingling / Ring-ting-tingling too / Come on, it's lovely weather / For a sleigh ride together with you ...”
If you live in the city, there aren’t many options to live out a holiday carol-style sleigh ride, aside from a high-priced carriage ride downtown. If you really want to make a holiday memory, bundle up the family, clear your memory card and head out to the far suburbs or southern Wisconsin and delight in the old-fashioned fun of a horse-drawn sleigh ride. With the amount of snow we are predicted to get this winter, you’ll have the perfect backdrop (and ground cover) for a sleigh ride, caroling optional.
Located in Sturtevant, Wis., Apple Holler offers horse drawn sleigh rides through its beautiful orchard that ends with a cup of hot chocolate or warm apple cider. Sleigh rides are 30 minutes long, and you can also have s’mores and drinks around a campfire at the end. Rides are $75 for four people and $10 for each additional person. Reservations are required in advance.
Located just 40 minutes from the loop in Peotone, Ill., this serene homestead turns into a winter wonderland when it snows. The horse-drawn sleigh can seat up to three and will take you through rural roads and natural beauty. Sleigh rides are private, require reservations, are 40-45 minutes long and cost $140.
Belgian draft horses pull hand-crafted vintage sleighs through the scenic Harvard, Ill. countryside. Sleigh rides are sold as individual tickets for a 30-minute ride and are $18 for adults and $13 for children. Families (up to seven adults and three children) can be booked for a private ride at $119. All rides include jingle bell souvenirs, in-ride Christmas music, warming blankets, padded seats and a fun scavenger hunt! Book or check availability online.
With two locations in Tinley Park. and Cedar Lake, Ind., this family-owned business has been providing family-friendly horse fun since the 1950s. Sleigh rides are available for groups and two-passenger rides are available for $50. Call to check availability and schedule a ride.
Historic downtown Long Grove is offering complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides every Saturday and Sunday in December. After your ride, shop or dine at the small family-owned shops and restaurants that line this cute little downtown. Rides are free and are on a first-come, first-served basis, but you must sign up in person at the Galena Canning Company starting at 10 a.m. each day.
If all you want is an adorable picture of your kids bundled in a historic sleigh while the snow swirls around them, head to Cook Park in Libertyville. A gorgeous vintage sleigh is set up for the perfect photo op in front of the historic Cook Mansion. Bring your camera; there are no photographers.
Melissa is mom to 4 kids and 2 angels | writer | creator | localist with LittleLakeCounty.com. She once lived in heels and dreamed of traveling the world, now she lives in her minivan and dreams of a clean kitchen
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