Where To Meet Real Reindeer Across Oregon This December

by | Dec 7, 2023 | Christmas, Holidays, Interesting

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The holidays are such an exciting time of year for people of every age in Oregon. From playing in the snow, to getting together with family and friends, or visiting with Santa. One of our favorite things to do in Oregon in December is to visit with real live reindeer! Check out the list of places you can go around Oregon this year to visit with a very special herd of reindeer raised on a farm in Oregon.

Are Reindeer Even Real?

A reindeer with huge antlers in the highlands of Scotland.
Reindeer in the highlands of Scotland. Photo by Ben Bawden via Flickr CC2.

Reindeer are most definitely real. Some say they're elk, but they're not. Reindeer are in fact domesticated Caribou.  In Europe caribou are called Reindeer even if they're not domesticated, and in America they're called caribou unless referring to the European populations, or domesticated caribou.

Two reindeer walking in the snow in Sweden.
Two reindeer in Sweden. Photo by Aleksi Aaltonen via Flickr CC2.

These amazing creatures have huge antlers that they lose once a year. Each year their antlers grow back bigger than before. It's thought that reindeer were first domesticated around 3,000 years ago (but potentially all the way back to 7,000 years ago) by people in Northern Eurasia or Lapland.

These gorgeous animals are used to haul goods and for milk amongst other things. Learn more about reindeer here and here.

Reindeer from Timberview farm
Photo via Timberview Farm Facebook page.

Each year the owners of Timberview Farm in Springfield, Oregon lovingly raise their herd of reindeer. This very special herd gets to travel around Oregon in November and December to meet excited children and adults alike.

Reindeer from Timberview farm
Photo via Timberview Farm Facebook page.

Children love to come and visit the reindeer from Timberview farm, often in the parking lot of Coastal farm and ranch stores across Oregon. While it's already the 8th of December, there's still plenty of time and opportunity to see these beautiful reindeer.

You can check out the calendar of where the reindeer will be in Oregon here for updates, or see the list below.

Reindeer from Timberview farm
Photo via Timberview Farm Facebook page.
  • December 8th, 2023
    • Roseburg Honda, 2 pm - 6 pm
  • December 9th, 2023
    • Boring Bark, 10 am - 5 pm
    • Oakway Center, 1 pm - 4 pm
  • December 10th, 2023
    • Boring Bark, 10 am - 5 pm
    • Kendall Auto Group, 12 pm - 4 pm
  • December 12th, 2023
    • Coastal in Oregon City 2 pm - 6 pm
  • December 15th, 2023
    • Coastal in Corvallis, 2 pm - 6 pm
    • Coastal Farm in Albany, 2 pm - 6 pm
  • December 16th, 2023
    • Gresham Station, 2 pm - 6 pm
    • 7 Dees, 9 am - 5pm
  • December 17th, 2023
    • Gresham Station, 2 pm - 6 pm
    • Coastal Farm Salem, 2 pm - 6 pm
  • December 19th, 2023
    • Reindeer at Rockwood, 3 pm - 6 pm
    • Coastal Farm in Eugene, 2 pm - 6 pm
  • December 23rd, 2023
    • Mohawk Market, 12 pm - 4 pm
Reindeer from Timberview farm
Photo via Timberview Farm Facebook page.

Get more information on Timberview Farm at their website and on Facebook.

Have you ever seen real reindeer before? Let us know in a comment and tag the friends and family you want to go with this year!


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Written By Tyler James

Tyler James, founder of That Oregon Life, is a true Oregon native whose love for his state runs deep. Since the inception of the blog in 2013, his unbridled passion for outdoor adventures and the natural beauty of Oregon has been the cornerstone of his work. As a father to two beautiful children, Tyler is always in pursuit of new experiences to enrich his family’s life. He curates content that not only reflects his adventures but also encourages others to set out and create precious memories in the majestic landscapes of Oregon. Tyler's vision and guidance are integral to his role as publisher and editor, shaping the blog into a source of inspiration for exploring the wonders of Oregon.

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