Meet Santa’s reindeer at the Petting Farm in Taylor

The staff at the Heritage Park Petting Farm is busy making preparations for the annual visit by Santa Claus and a few of his favorite reindeer on the weekend of December 15 and 16.

Visitors to the farm can experience the magic of meeting real reindeer and seeing them up close at the farm, located at 12803 Pardee Road at Northline Road.

Due to the popularity of the event last year, the Petting Farm expanded the reindeer visit to two days this year to make it accessible for more families.

There will be lots of fun family activities in the Visitors Center of the farm, including an opportunity for children to have one of Santa’s elves paint their rosy faces, transforming them into angels, reindeer and winter princesses, just to name a few.

There will be a coloring activity area in which families can sip free hot chocolate and be entered into a drawing for a family pass to the farm.

Santa will be there to listen to Christmas wishes, so parents are encouraged to bring a camera to capture that special moment.

Pizza, cookies and cute farm stocking stuffers will be available for purchase. Visitors may choose to make a donation to Horses’ Haven and, on Sunday, will be able to spend a moment listening to Taylor Community Chorus, who will sing Christmas carols.

In the farm’s decorated barn, visitors may pet all of the animals and will even get a chance to go into the stalls with the goats, sheep and piglets.

Not far away will be some of Santa’s reindeer, who will visit from noon to 3 p.m. each day. The Petting Farm will remain open until 4:30 p.m. As always, admission will be $3 per person.

Reindeer Days visitors also will have the opportunity to have their children’s photograph taken in Santa’s sleigh next to one of the reindeer. The outdoor photo tent will cost $5 to enter and will include a keepsake photo taken by the farm’s friendly staff.

For visitors’ parking convenience, a free heated shuttle will run both days from the Sheridan Community Center at 12111 Pardee Road, just north of the farm.

“The weather may be cold and snowy that day, so remember to watch the forecast and dress accordingly,” said Sharon Vespremi, education coordinator at the Petting Farm. “No matter what the weather, Santa and his reindeer will be waiting for you to visit.”

For more information, call the Petting Farm at (734) 374-5946.