Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul, visitors can get up close and
personal with the animals on the "reindeer tour." For $3 per
person, visitors can feed the reindeer and even lean in for a
"reindeer kiss." Owner Julie Hardy swears that this magical
moment makes for a wonderful photo opportunity.
Hardy says reindeer love people. "The reindeer are
obnoxiously friendly," says Hardy. The highlight of the
reindeer tour is the three babies born on the ranch this
Hardy's Reindeer Ranch also offers Christmas trees, a cafe
and a gift shop packed with reindeer-themed items.
If you can't make it down to the ranch to visit the
reindeer this year, check out one of these local opportunities to
see them in action.