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Meet Rudolph and the Gang up Close and Personal

Have you ever wanted to meet a real-life reindeer? This year could be your chance

Rebecca Mennecke |

RED CHEEKS AND RED NOSED REINDEERS. This winter season, check out Noel Productions in Osseo, where you can sometimes find Rudolph and the gang. That is, when they aren't busy preparing for Christmas at the North Pole!
RED CHEEKS AND RED-NOSED REINDEERS. This winter season, check out Noël Productions in Osseo, where you can sometimes find Rudolph and the gang. That is, when they aren't busy preparing for Christmas at the North Pole!

Want to know something you probably didn’t know about reindeer? They’re enormous sweetie pies. That, and male reindeer shed their antlers in the winter, whereas female reindeer keep theirs through the winter. That means the reindeer guiding Santa’s sleigh this Christmas are some really strong female leads. If you’re looking to learn more about reindeer, look no further than Noël Productions of Osseo, where the Fritz family raises herds of real, live reindeer. “We really cherish our reindeer herds,” said Hannah Fritz, a second-generation reindeer farmer. “You know, there aren’t very many reindeer in the lower 48  (states) … One reindeer is just as magical as 50.” If you’re looking for a fun addition to your family celebrations or socially distant company festivities, you can book a reindeer to join in on the holiday fun. “A lot of adults don’t even realize that reindeer are a real animal that people can raise,” Fritz said. And, they come in many colors, including light brown, dark brown, and white (Pinto). Reindeer also have very unique personalities, Fritz said. They have a gentle temperament and often imprint on a specific human. In fact, they’ve been domesticated for more than 3,000 years, as some Scandinavians historically relied on them for food, fiber, milk, and transportation. To book time with the reindeer, contact Noël Productions through their Facebook at www.facebook.com/livereindeer. As a result of the pandemic, they’re working to offer more customizable, individualized appointments to chill with these furry friends. The sooner you book them, the better. These busy fellas have some prepping to do for Christmas! 

Learn more about Noel Productions on their Facebook page.