Q: Are you handicap accessible?
A: YES. We have both handicapped parking, a handicap accessible visiting area and gift shop.
Q: Are you open year round?
A: No. We are not open year round for several reasons. We both teach full-time at our local community college and so most of our year is focused on our teaching career. We also assist our daughter and her husband with the care of our grandchild as much as possible, so our time is very limited for having the reindeer farm open. It takes a minimum of 10 people to fully staff the farm so it is also quite expensive and time-consuming for us to be open to the public. We try to strategically plan our hours around when we think people are most likely to visit...during the holiday season. However, with more and more requests for summer and fall visits, we plan on having some special events in 2018 that will enable that to happen!
Q: Do you need tickets in advance to visit the farm?
A: As of 2018, all visits to Snowman's Reindeer Farm will require advanced ticket purchase ONLINE through our website or Facebook page so that we can better monitor the number of visitors per day. This will better enable us to provide every family with the kind of experience we want them to have without waiting in long lines to see the reindeer.
Q: Are you open if it is raining or snowing?
A: YES. All of the areas for visitors are covered and heated. You might need an umbrella for walking from the parking lot to one of the buildings, but the actual activities are all indoors. Even the reindeer are in the playground barn when greeting visitors so they stay dry too! The barn and Santa house are kept cool for the comfort of the reindeer so visitors should dress extra warm during days that are below freezing. The only time we close due to weather is if there is heavy ice or deep snow and plows are unable to clear. We post closings on our website and Facebook page.
Q: I live over an hour away. Is this worth the trip?
A: The answer to that question is too subjective for us to answer for you. Most people who love Christmas and animals really enjoy our farm. However, it might be helpful to know a few things in order to make your decision. First, there is always a line, but due to the new advanced ticket sales system we are putting in place for 2018, the wait time will be short and mostly indoors. Snowman’s Reindeer Farm is not an amusement park or large zoo. The farm is located at our home. We are both teachers who open our home-based business for a few weeks per year to share our reindeer with the public. The main attraction is the reindeer. You will see 2-3 when you visit with average time in the barn being 5-10 minutes. Our animals are very precious to us and their happiness is our main priority. We do NOT force any of them to do anything they don’t want to. Most of the time they are very friendly and come right up to be petted and/or fed. There are also times when they smell something on a person that they don’t like (such as cigarette smoke or gasoline) and back up. There are times when children are screaming that they will back up. They sometimes get sleepy and will lay down and take a nap in the middle of things! We time our hours of operation around their natural feeding times so that they can enjoy interacting with guests while getting their usual feed. The only thing we guarantee is that you will get to meet the reindeer, learn about them from our staff and take pictures of them. The majority of visitors do pet and feed at least one of the reindeer while visiting.
Other things you can do while visiting: We have coloring and/or craft activities for kids to do while waiting, an outdoor snack bar and a cute little gift shop on site. We also have a special little house for Santa where your family can go in and take pictures with him and no extra charge. There are also other places throughout the property for you to take fun pictures with your family including an antique sleigh. Your admission fees help offset the cost of caring for the reindeer and paying for our staff so that we can be open.
Q: Are you open during the weekdays during the day?
A: Unfortunately, we are unable to do that as we both teach full-time at Spoon River College in Canton, IL. It takes about 2-3 hours to prepare the property for visitors and by the time we get home from work we wouldn’t even be able to get things ready in time for a weekday evening opening, let alone a daytime one. We are only open Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday for limited hours due to our schedule and to protect our reindeer from overexposure.
Q: Why do you charge "Admission" to see your reindeer? Why isn't this a FREE event?
A: Reindeer are very expensive to take care of and we need a way to recover some of our expenses. Between feed, vet bills, licensing, insurance and permits we have a lot of expenses on a monthly basis. We also pay our helpers, which are all high school and college students. We do our very best to keep costs down and admission fees low to enable as many people as possible to enjoy these beautiful animals.
Q: Do you travel with the reindeer? Can we have you bring them to our event?
A: Yes, we do but on a very limited basis and only very close to home. Any location beyond a 1 1/2 hour drive from Canton is not eligible for an on-site reindeer visit. Most dates are booked before Nov. 1, but contact us directly to check availability and get pricing information. 309-647-0569 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Do you allow school field trips?
A: Yes, we do schedule a few school field trips to the Reindeer Farm. These are very limited spaces and most fill by October.
Q: Do you do birthday parties?
A: We do not do birthday parties or other private events as there just isn’t
time in our schedule or room on property to do that.
SNOWMAN'S REINDEER FARM
25599 East Middle Lake Road
Canton IL 61520 US
While in Canton, have something great to eat and do some shopping at one of the many unique, cozy places our town has to offer.
Here is the link to our Chamber of Commerce so you can plan a great day in CANTON: www.cantonillinois.org
Snowman's Reindeer Farm
Spring 2018 Schedule:
COMING SOON...Reindeer Birthday Party
Join us for a special kid-friendly birthday party for the reindeer at our farm in April (date will be posted soon). You will get to see the reindeer in velvet (when their antlers are covered in fur and growing)! You can pet and feed them with your family. You can enjoy making a springtime craft project, getting a snack from the Flying Reindeer Snack Bar and shopping in the Jolly Old Elf Shop. With the warmer weather we will be having games available outdoors too.
This will be an advanced ticket sales event so that we can limit attendance and ensure that everyone gets to fully enjoy the party.
WE ARE A USDA LICENSED FACILITY AND PROUD MEMBERS OF:
Canton Area Chamber of Commerce
Reindeer Owners and Breeders Association (ROBA)
Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Fulton County Farm Bureau
Snowman's Reindeer Farm in Canton, IL
Owners Scott and Tracy Snowman
USDA Certified Exhibitors
K-12 Certified Teachers - Illinois Dept. of Education
For the safety of our children and reindeer we
DO NOT ALLOW:
WE ARE A HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE FACILITY
THINGS TO DO:
• DELIGHT in visiting Santa's Reindeer
• HAVE FUN taking holiday photos
• LEARN about reindeer in the Visitor Center
• SHOP at the Jolly Old Elf Shoppe
• CREATE a craft or art project (varies weekly)
• ENJOY a special treat from the Flying Reindeer Snack Bar
• VISIT SANTA (starting Black Friday)