Snowman's Reindeer Farm in Canton, IL
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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: We are mainly open during the months of October, November and December. However, we do have a few special events in the spring and summer. These events are posted on our website and Facebook page.
Q: Are you open during the weekdays during the day?
A: We are open during the day for special group visits only. Click on the BOOK YOUR EVENT button to schedule.
Q: Do you need tickets in advance to visit the farm?
A: As of 2018, there will be both OPEN ADMISSION days (no advanced registration required) and SPECIAL EVENT TICKET days (advanced ticket purchase ONLINE through our website or Facebook page) See HOURS AND EVENTS page or FACEBOOK page for schedule.
Q: Why do you charge admission to the farm?
A: The expenses related to running any farm are substantial. However, reindeer are particularly expensive in their care and maintenance. Our veterinary bills alone can range from $300-$3,500 per month. We provide our animals with the very best medical care and spare no expense with testing and monitoring their health. The veterinarians at Spoon River Animal Clinic in Canton are fantastic and are a key part of keeping our herd healthy. Reindeer are picky eaters and we have to truck their special feed to our farm from several hours away. We buy as much as we from local sources, but given the specialized nature of their diet, it isn't always easy. Some other aspects of our expenses that tend to cost a significant amount on an annual basis are: equipment, insurance, staff/payroll, heating, cooling, water and general maintenance of pastures and structures. The amount we make on admission does not cover all costs, but it does help to offset the expense of our operation.
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 or between buildings, but the actual activities are all indoors. Even the reindeer are in the 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 and we don't always know which days are going to be the busiest. Generally warm, clear Saturdays and Sundays are the high traffic days. The farm is located at our home. We are both teachers who open our home-based business for a limited number of days per year to share our reindeer with the public. We try to provide people with a valuable experience when they visit. A family of 4 can visit for $28.00 during the Christmas season and make memories that will last a lifetime. A trip to a movie theater in Peoria would be about the same cost, if not more. We believe the experience you get at Snowman's Reindeer Farm is unique and memorable for people of all ages and walks of life. (AND....our snacks are a LOT cheaper than the movie theater!)
Q: How long does it take to go through the farm?
A: The average visit to the farm takes about an hour. The main attraction is the reindeer. Our animals are in various locations inside the farm and visitors can see them both indoors and out.
Q: Can we take pictures of the reindeer?
A. The design of our farm enables you to photograph our reindeer and take fun pictures throughout the property. However, we do NOT force any of our reindeer to do anything they don’t want to. Our animals are very precious to us and their happiness is our main priority.
Q: Will we get to pet and feed the reindeer?
A: 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.
Q: What else is there to do at the farm?
A: Other things you can do while visiting: Our visitor center features educational information about reindeer with pictures and fun facts. 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 (Black Friday thru Christmas only). There are also other places throughout the property for you to take fun pictures with your family including an antique sleigh. We have antler sheds you can touch and take pictures with. During warmer weather we have outdoor games set up for families to enjoy.
Q: Do you travel with the reindeer? Can we have you bring them to our event?
A: We are not traveling with our reindeer at this time.
Q: Do you allow school field trips or groups to visit?
A: Yes, we do schedule a few spots for groups to visit the Reindeer Farm. These are very limited spaces and most fill by October. Click the BOOK YOUR EVENT button on the home page to reserve your spot.
VISITOR TERMS AND CONDITIONS - PLEASE READ:
All visitors must SANITIZE HANDS AND FEET before entering reindeer barn. Sanitize hands again after feeding reindeer. Sanitizing stations are positioned throughout the property.
VISITORS MUST FOLLOW ALL DIRECTIONS GIVEN BY FARM STAFF
No climbing, horseplay, running, pets or outside Food, smoking or vaping, entry after hours, unsupervised feeding of animals.
When inside the barn visiting the animals: Keep your head behind the fence at all times so you don’t accidentally get knocked in the face by an antler.
You can touch and pet the reindeer including gently touching the antlers. Please don’t poke their eyes or pull their antlers. You can feed the reindeer, but only with the food we provide. Please don’t throw objects into the pen. We do not force our animals to do anything they don’t want to do. If they are sleepy or shy, we don’t force them to get up or move toward you. Most of the time they willingly interact with visitors and enjoy the contact. Occasionally they smell or sense something they don’t like and will back up. They also do not respond well to yelling or screaming, so keep in mind that gentle inside voices will improve your opportunities for interaction. The happiness of our animals is our top priority so we let them interact with you in their own way. Our staff will talk to you about them and help you learn about the many unique aspects of reindeer as you watch, observe, interact and take pictures of them. You may also ask any staff member to take a picture for you. We reserve the right to refuse service or ask anyone to leave the property who is not following the farm rules, being abusive to the animals or staff or is disrupting the operations of the farm in any way with their behavior.