Shortsville Reindeer Farm

Visit Us

Thanks to everyone who visited our little farm on PTSA Benefit Day last December, raising $2670 to fight food insecurity in our school district. Also thanks to the amazing volunteers who made the June 9 Darrell Brown Family benefit day such a wonderful community event.

Free Events

A sunrise over a field with beehives in the foreground.WALK WITH US

Walk With Us. Saturdays at 8 a.m. Free.
Join us for a bit of fresh air and a relaxed one-mile walk through the woods and pastures, finishing with a stroll around the reindeer pen. No need to register. Park in the driveway and meet us at the barn. We start promptly at 8 a.m. rain or shine, hot or cold, windy or calm. No dogs. This free event is geared towards adults.

Private Group Visits

A group of children feed a reindeer through a fence.PRIVATE GROUP VISITS

Private Group Visits. Schedule a private group session with the reindeer. Enjoy a fun and educational visit to the farm for your group. Great for scouts, home-school groups, families and more. Approximately 1 hour. $150 for up to 10 people; additional people $10 each (ages 5 and up). Text Mike at (585) 282-9892 to schedule your private group visit.

Events and Classes

A man leads a lecture with two white bee hives.LEARN ABOUT HONEYBEES

Learn about Honeybees. Spring.
Explore an (empty) beehive to see how we get honey and beeswax. Learn about the life of honeybees and native bees, and some of the challenges that they face. See live bees working in the observation hive. Reservations required. Private group sessions available.

A small boy grinds applies in an antique cider press.APPLE PICKING & CIDER MAKING

Apples! Picking, Crushing, Making Cider. October.
Take a short wagon ride out to the trees to pick some apples, then learn how cider was made in the "olden" days with our 100-year-old cider press. Reservations required. Private group sessions available.

A reindeer chainsaw carving in front of a barn, with a man sitting in a sled, and a real reindeer next to him. HOLIDAY VISITS WITH THE REINDEER

Holiday Visits with the Reindeer. Nov. 30, 2024 - Jan. 5, 2025
This is our original Reindeer Experience event. Enjoy a festive holiday atmosphere as you learn about reindeer and experience them up close. Take your own holiday photos in our decorated barns and in traditional sleighs. Reservations required. Online booking will open in September.

Two rows of pre-cut christmas trees for sale in a barn with a lighted gift shop window in the background.CHRISTMAS TREE SALES

Christmas Tree Sales. Nov. 15 - Dec. 24, 2024.
We will have pre-cut trees and a small selection of cut-your-own.

Two children stand next to a maple tree with a sap bucket on it.TAP A MAPLE TREE

Tap a Maple Tree. February.
Visit our woods, tap a tree, hang a bucket, and learn about making maple syrup at our very small "backyard sugaring" operation. This experience is intended for kids ages 5 and up. Class size is limited to 10 kids.

A person in an easter bunny costume surrounded by three small reindeer.EASTER EGG HUNT

Easter Egg Hunt. Easter Sunday.
Hunt for eggs in and around the reindeer barn and pasture.

Photo Shoots at the Farm

A holiday card photo with a man, woman and child in a sleigh holding a reindeer.PHOTO SHOOTS AT THE FARM

Private Photo Shoot. Come to the farm for a private photo shoot with the reindeer. Great for fun and unique engagement photos, holiday cards and more. We provide the reindeer, sleighs, and a variety of festive and rustic backgrounds around the farm. You provide your own photographer and the smiles. $200 per hour, one hour minimum, your photographer. Text Mike at (585) 282-9892 to schedule.

When You Visit

a green sleigh in front of a barn. Sleighs for fun and photos
Girl feeding a small reindeer from a bucket. Visit the reindeer pasture
A group of people in a barn looking at a reindeer. Learn about these amazing creatures
A young child laughs as a baby reindeer eats from his hand Reindeer love treats
Please help us make your visit a safe and pleasant experience for you and the reindeer.
  • Our farm is our home and visits with the reindeer are by appointment only.
  • No pets.
  • Please do not feed the reindeer unless the handler allows you to.
  • Screaming and quick movements startle the reindeer. Please use inside voices.
  • You may pet the reindeer! But only under the supervision of the handler.
  • Please be considerate of others who are waiting for time with the reindeer.
  • Please don't wear boots or clothing that has been recently exposed to goats or sheep. Goats and sheep harbor an airborne virus that is deadly to the reindeer.
  • Please park where the parking attendants request.
  • Please put all trash in the proper containers. Reindeer, like infants, are very curious and will put everything in their mouths.
A man holding a reindeer on a lead while kids look on

How to Get to the Shortsville Reindeer Farm

A gnome made out of cedar branches in front of a barn Welcome!

We are fairly easy to get to, however, you will not see our house, barn, or reindeer from the road. We are set back off the road about 1000ft. What you WILL see is a sign at the end of the driveway "Reindeer Dr". This is the entrance to our driveway, please enter and follow the instructions of the parking attendants.

PLEASE NOTE: Our farm is our home and visits are by appointment only. Please check back here or follow us on Facebook for events and visit sign-ups.

A reindeer on the grass in front of bare trees. Antler show-off
A small flock of chickens Friendly reindeer hatchlings
A reindeer looking at the camera from behind a fence See you soon!
Cute couple posing with reindeer for engagement photo. Engagement photo shoot at the farm
A black cat in an old sleigh beside corn stalks and pumpkins. Keeping your seat warm for you
A reindeer in the snow behind a fence. Waiting for visitors