When I was a child I don’t recall ever being taken to see I real live reindeer, but these days they seem to be everywhere. There are plenty of places to visit Santa and his reindeer and if there’s not a place near you try online. There are sites that have set up live webcams so that children that can’t visit Santa and his reindeer can watch Santa feed them.
These days Christmas just isn’t complete without a reindeer sighting of some kind.
Here are a few fun sightings of reindeer that I have read about.
Hobbledown, the most mystical of kids farms in Surrey, has a couple of resident reindeer for the festive period. There are accompanying Santa on his annual visit to the park. Tucked away in the Hooves Hideaway they are being kept cozy, warm and well fed in preparation of their journey around the world on Christmas eve.
To complete the magical Christmas experience Santa is also available, although booking is required. What a fabulous way to start Christmas, a reindeer sighting to treasure and a visit to a very traditional, jolly Santa. A photo opportunity that great memories are made of.
If places to visit reindeer are just a little out of reach head to the internet where you will be able to watch reindeer in their home at the North Pole.
A live reindeer cam allows the children to watch the reindeer, and even download an app to your phone so that you can monitor what they are up to any time day or night.
Santa and his elves will visit the reindeer regularly to feed and pet them too, so you really will be up to date with Santa’s preparations for Christmas eve.
Keep an eye on your local press to see if there are events like this reindeer paradehappening in your area.
A magical spectacle for the Children as they line the streets to watch Santa in his sleigh, with his real live reindeer, pass by. This touch of festive magic in Stockton also allowed lots of local children from dance schools and music groups to get involved with the Christmas celebrations.
This kind of festive event also raises much needed money for local charities too, a lovely way to share the true meaning of Christmas with children.
Fancy Dress Fun Run
If all else fails and and the opportunity to visit Santa and his reindeer are slim, support a fancy dress fun run. This one in Colchester saw a park full of reindeer fun runners completing a 3km run for a local charity.
Quite a festive spectacle and a great festive atmosphere to get involved in whether watching and supporting or taking part. We have a similar run in our area which sees hundreds of Santa’s take to the seafront to run a usually very windy 5km. The children just love to try and count them all. It makes for some amazing photo opportunities, warms the heart and gets the festive season well under way.
Have you been to visit reindeer? Share your festive experiences with us in the comments.