Everybody knows Santa wouldn’t be able to make his many deliveries without the help of his loyal team of reindeer. However, you don’t need to travel all the way to the North Pole to learn about how reindeer really live.
You dont need to travel all the way to the North Pole to learn about how reindeer really live.
Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch
At Hardy’sReindeer 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 areobnoxiously friendly,”says Hardy. The highlight of thereindeer tour is the three babies born on the ranch thisyear.
Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch also offers Christmas trees, a cafeand a gift shop packed with reindeer-themed items.
If you can’t make it down to the ranch to visit thereindeer this year, check out one of these local opportunities tosee them in action.
Reindeer on the River
Where: Trump International Hotel Chicago
When: 3-8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17
Where: The River Walk at Trump International
Hotel Chicago (676 N. St Clair St., Chicago)
Details: This family-friendly event is held
annually in conjunction with the Magnificent Mile Festival of
Lights. Families can escape the hustle and bustle of Michigan
Avenue and meet Santa and his reindeer while enjoying holiday
goodies along the River Walk. This event is free to all visitors.
Guests can take photos and kids go home with a reindeer-themed
takeaway. In conjunction with this event, Trump International Hotel
Chicago offers a special package for families interested in
spending the weekend at the hotel. Call (312) 588-8000 for
Calumet City Tree Lighting Ceremony
When: 5:30-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7
Where: Calumet City City Hall (204 Pulaski
Road, Calumet City)
Details: Visit for Tree Lighting Ceremony in
front of City Hall at 5:30 and then walk across the street to check
out the reindeer in Pulaski Park.