We've heard of a trail of blazing caribou guiding Santa's sleigh through the night sky carrying an assortment of presents. If you think you made the nice list this year, prepare for an even sweeter gift. You can meet reindeer at Leavenworth Reindeer Farm in Washington all year-round.
Located in the mountains of Washington, you can pet and feed these magical creatures at this local farm. They offer tours by appointment only and you can book it online. The costs vary throughout the year and tickets are priced between $12 and $20 for a 30-45-minute play in the pen.
The family-run stead is a cozy abode for the caribou that all come from the biggest reindeer farm in North America, Alaska's Palmer Reindeer Farm. While winter is a great time to visit these cuties, spring is just as perfect to plan a trip as 'tis the season for reindeer babies!
The farm is also home to several mini ponies, free-range chicken, draft horses, and friendly pigs that all greet you when you get there.
It's recommended to slip into your snuggest boots, arrive 10 minutes early, grab some complimentary hot cocoa by the cozy campfire, and to make friends with some furry faces.
Pets are not allowed at this spot, but cameras are highly encouraged. So, shutterbugs, prepare to feel warm and welcome.
The friendly herd loves willow leaves and will chomp their favorite snacks right out of your hands, while you marvel at their selfie game. These treats will also be provided by the tour.
There's also a Santa meet-and-greet on a tractor-turned-sleigh that makes for a perfect season's greeting picture, or snap one with Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff if you're a Disney Frozen lover.
Oh, and we hear all of the goofy creatures at this USDA-certified farm are named after characters from the movie too. After all, like the song goes, Reindeers Are Better Than People!
While you're at it, you can also soak in some holiday vibes at a magical Christmas town. Either way, a perfect way to kickstart the holidays is by spending a day snuggling Santa's helpers.
Leavenworth Reindeer Farm
Address: 10395 Chumstick Hwy, Leavenworth, WA 98826
Why You Need To Go: You can feel like one of Santa's elves snuggling up to some real reindeer. You'll also get to learn more about these endangered creatures.