A recently discovered alternative to the indoors, going “outside” offers adventurous explorers exposure to things such as wind, sunshine, and the naturally occurring mazes found in cornfields. Leave the indoors with today’s Groupon to Reindeer Farm in Palmer. Choose from the following options:
- For $10, you get two tickets to Christmas Fun and Family Photo day on December 3 (a $20 value).
- For $10, you get two tickets to Christmas Fun and Elf’s Workshop on December 10 (a $20 value).
- For $10, you get two tickets to Christmas Fun and Reindeer Games on December 17 (a $20 value).
- For $10, you get two tickets to Christmas Fun between December 19 and December 24 (a $20 value).<p>
Reindeer Farm sets out a spread of yuletide activities throughout its half-century-old homestead. During Christmas Fun days, feel free to grab a provided tube or sled and blast through the snow at breakneck speeds, warm noses and fingers in front of a roaring fire, or head to the reindeer pen to visit the antlered animals alongside moose, bison, and elk. Tractor-pulled wagons tote families across the property, and tots can sit on Santa’s lap to request replacements for misplaced teeth.
Seasoned photographer Nancy Wold snaps family photos on December 3 at Family Photo day, and December 10 brings a gaggle of Santa’s elves who lead kids in craft making. Guests can also gear up to win prizes on December 17 at the Reindeer Games, where little ones compete in feats of skill for prizes and an approving nod from a normally expressionless Rudolph.
Children 2 and younger are admitted for free.
What began as a colony farm built by the U.S. Army in 1935 became, by the mid-1950s, the childhood home of Reindeer Farm's head honcho, Tom Williams. After studying the habits of Scandinavian and Siberian reindeer herders in high school, Tom began to understand why the antlered creatures were considered the "cattle of the North": The brisk Alaskan climate suited their dense coats and languid presence at pool parties. In 1987, after years of practicing law throughout Alaska, Tom ventured to Canada to meet his first herd of reindeer, which he kept corralled next to a tiny sign and donation jar on the modest farm. Since then, that initial herd has blossomed into 150 reindeer, who graze beside 35 elk, 13 horses, one bull moose, and one surprisingly well-adjusted bison. Now a petting zoo, the farm has grown alongside the herd, with guided tours, scavenger hunts, and horseback rides treating guests to an up-close and hands-on experience with the majestic animals. Located in the colony's original chicken coop, a gift shop provides guests with any number of collectibles to commemorate their visits.