Top 12 Reindeer Farms (+ Events) 2022 Where You Can See and Pet Santa's Helpers! | Magical Live Reindeer + Map | Clare, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Traverse City Michigan

Best Michigan Reindeer Farms - Where to See Reindeer |  By: Sherry Trautman | | Last updated: December 22, 2022

Every Christmas season, Chris and I become very nostalgic and love to visit brightly lit Michigan Christmas towns, pet super cute reindeer at Michigan reindeer farms and hope like crazy to catch a glimpse of Santa packing his sleigh in the barn!

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Super Cute Michigan Reindeer!

Are There Reindeer in Michigan?

We have been asked, "Where can I see some reindeer?" or, "Does Michigan Have Reindeer?" The resounding answer is, YES! Absolutely! Michigan has several Reindeer Farms that are open to the public.  See our list below.

Top 12 Reindeer Farms and Events in Michigan Where You Can See and Pet Santa's Helpers!

1. Grandpa Tiny's Reindeer Farm in Frankenmuth

Where: Grandpa Tiny's, 7775 Weiss St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

If you want to see reindeer up close and personal, visit Grandpa Tiny's Farm in Frankenmuth Michigan!  They have one of the biggest reindeer farms that you can visit Saturdays and Sunday November 19 - December 18, 2022 during their Santa's Reindeer Farm event.  

  • Experience Santa's Farm during the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the Christmas season! The farm is on full on holiday mode for this stroll through event where you will get to see how Santa has transformed the farm into his headquarters preparing for the big day! Buy your tickets early!

You can also see their super cute reindeer during their Flower Festival in September.

2. Annual Old Fashioned Christmas & Tree Lighting at the Museum

Where: 37236 Huron River Dr, New Boston, MI 

December 4, 2022 at 4 PM – 8 PM. Free! Take a step back in time at the Samuel Adams House/Museum's old fashioned Christmas. Learn about Christmas' past through their themed exhibits. Popcorn, sweets and hot cocoa will be served, the children's tree will be filled with ornaments and horse drawn carriage rides will be offered 5:00-7:00 pm.

The surrounding area of the museum will feature live music, holiday vendors, a children's craft, live reindeer and more!

Children will be able to take home a ornament from the children's tree.

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Fun fact: Reindeer only have front teeth on their bottom jaw! However, the top jaw has a hard palate that the deer uses in the same way it would use teeth.

3. Reindeer Ranch in Kalamazoo

Where: Reindeer Ranch, 2921 North 6th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, US

One of our favorite Michigan reindeer farms is Reindeer Ranch in Kalamazoo!

Book a 30-45 minute guided tour of the Reindeer Ranch farm in Kalamazoo. Learn about their friendly reindeer, how reindeer are built for the tundra and freezing temperatures, and lots more. Visit with a live reindeer and see the rest of the herd. Super fun experience and activity!

2022: They are typically only open Mid November thru Mid January. Tours are $10-$15 depending on the tour. They offer educational tours about the reindeer or your can take the same tour with a lighted Christmas walk. Weekend tour include the walk and Santa!! There is no minimum for a group, you can be by yourself and just join the tour. Reservations are required. 

4. Rooftop Landing - Clare Reindeer Farm

Where: 2706 E Stevenson Lake Rd, Clare, MI 48617

Visit during the spring and summer to see their reindeer and alpacas in their pasture for viewing, petting and feeding. You can also see their Highland cows and visit the gift shop. 

Rooftop Landing then closes for a couple months as they prepare for the Christmas season.  They reopen the end of October for their busy Christmastime visitors.

So many fun reindeer farms to visit this Christmas!

5. Carousel Acres

Where: 12749 9 Mile Rd South Lyon, MI 48178

Carousel Acres specializes in educational animal presentations that are perfect for birthday parties, school, and community events.

They are open to the public during the summer months and offer horse rides, petting farm and play ground for the kids. You can see their adorable reindeer, lambs, alpaca, turtles, parakeet aviary, Maine Coon Cats and adorable Australian animals. 

6. Reindeer at Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library

Where: 500 Center Ave, Bay City, MI

Reindeer at Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library, Monday, December 12, 2022, 5 – 7 PM.  See live reindeer outside and come inside for crafts in the Children's Department! Family fun for all ages.

7. Antler Ridge Farms

Where: Antler Ridge Farms, 6259 M-72, Williamsburg, MI 49690

At Antler Ridge Farms, you can go on horse drawn sleigh rides and see their live reindeer and furry alpacas! Book early!

Daily sleigh rides are available during the Christmas season, so call to book. Sleigh rides are available weekends only after New Years Day.  Events vary depending on weather, but they usual run through most of February. 

So many fun reindeer farms to visit this holiday season!

8. Anderson and Girls Orchards

Where: 2985 N Sheridan Rd, Stanton, MI 48888

Anderson and Girls Orchards have the cutest reindeer, three of which are named Dancer, Prancer, and Sven! You have to stop in and see them!

  • Anderson and Girls Orchards have an apple orchard with a sweets shop, farm market, gift shop, camel rides, wagon rides, petting zoo (with over 140 animals!), pumpkin patches and fun winter events in November and December. 

Check their website for dates, hours, events and additional information.

9. See Adorable Reindeer and Santa During Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village

Where: 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, Michigan

Every Christmas season, Greenfield Village hosts Holiday Nights where you can stroll the grounds and see Santa with his live reindeer!  

10. See Cute Reindeer at Dow Gardens' Christmas Walk

Where: 1809 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48640

Dow Gardens Christmas Walk in Midland Michigan has super cute reindeer to see during their free event.  You can pet them and take photos!

Stroll the gently-lit pathway, meet Santa’s reindeer (December 8-10, 2022), and listen to carolers sing the songs of the season.

11. Annual Monroe Hometown Tree Lighting

Enjoy the Annual Monroe Hometown Tree Lighting at Loranger Square.  Friday, November 18, 2022, 4:00PM to 9:00PM. Tree will be lit at 7pm sharp!  Activities include: Vintage Market vendors (4:00 PM - 9:00 PM), Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus in the Childrens' Activities Area (5:30 PM - 8:30 PM),  Live Reindeer (5:30 PM - 7:30 PM), Horse and wagon rides (5:30 PM - 8:30 PM) and Live Nativity courtesy of Heritage Baptist Church (5:00 PM - 8:30 PM) and more!

12. See Adorable Reindeer During Meadow Brook Hall's Holiday Walk!

Where: Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive, Rochester, Michigan 48309-4481

When: November 25 – December 30, 2022

Chris and I loved seeing these adorable reindeer near the Museum store at Meadow Brook Hall during their incredible Holiday Walk.  They are mom and daughter!  

Read More: Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk and Winter Wonderland and also Meadow Brook Hall's Famous History!

13. Reindeer Visits 2022 at The Village of Rochester Hills

Where: 104 N. Adams Road, Rochester Hills, MI 

Two of Santa's cutest reindeer will be stopping by The Village of Rochester Hills! Snap photos of Santa's helpers!

2022 dates:

Saturday, November 19: 2:30pm-5:30pm
Sunday, November 20: 2pm-5pm
Saturday, November 26: 2:30pm-5:30pm
Sunday, November 27: 2:30pm-5:30pm

Friday, December 2: 5pm-8pm
Sunday, December 18: 2:30pm-5:30pm
Friday, December 23: 3pm-6pm