12 Dates of Christmas: A Meeting With Santa (and his reindeer)

Updated Dec. 2/16 with 2016 times

For the eighth date of Christmas, my true love gave to me, Santa and six reindeer (and an arctic fox)…

Looking for a truly magical way to get in the holiday spirit? Go watch santa feed a fleet of live reindeer at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.

Shubenacadie has become well known for their reindeer cam on Nova Scotia Webcams, a place you can tune in online any time of the day in the days leading up to Christmas and watch the reindeer, or, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of the big guy in red feeding his fleet twice a day. But as it turns out, on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 pm, guests at the park can watch Santa and his reindeer in person.

The park is a fun place to visit this time of year. On the way to the feeding, stop and say hello to the many other animal residents in their winter coats.

Shubenacadie Wildlife Park Santa

shubenacadie Wildlife park santa

Six reindeer with thick winter coats and white twisty antlers call the park home.

shubenacadie Wildlife park santa

shubenacadie Wildlife park santa

One of the park staff, Theresa, told us the reindeer used to be shy, but all the attention from the Santa cams have made them quite personable.

shubenacadie Wildlife park santa

It was hard not to get excited while waiting for Santa. Park staff gave him a call on a Walkie Talkie, and a jolly voice came through the walkie in response, “Copy that.”

Santa arrived in wildlife park style, in a green electric buggy. He greeted the kids, took a few letters, answered a few questions, then grabbed a bucket of pine boughs from his vehicle and headed in to see his reindeer.


We went as a couple and had a blast, but it would make an especially fun family excursion. You know that scene in Elf where Buddy is working at Gimbels and he hears that Santa will be arriving at the store the next day?

“SANTA!! I know him! I KNOW him!”

That was pretty much the crowd reaction to the arrival of the big man in red.

The only ones more excited to see Santa than the kids were the reindeer. Santa took his time feeding the reindeer, waving to the webcam, and accepting letters from the kids as the reindeer pranced around him.

shubenacadie Wildlife park santa

Want to visit?

Santa feed the reindeer around 3:00, but you’ll want to get there about 30 minutes before. You’ll want to arrive early, anyway. This is a pretty special time to visit the wildlife park and check out the animals in their winter coats.

Shubenacadie Wildlife Park
149 Creighton Road
Shubenacadie, NS

Saturday December 10 – 9 am – 3pm (Reindeer feeding at 3:00)
Sunday December 11 – 9 am – 3pm (Reindeer feeding at 3:00)
Saturday December 17 – 9 am – 3pm (Reindeer feeding at 3:00)
Sunday December 18 – 1 pm – 9 am – 3pm (Reindeer feeding at 3:00)

Website: http://wildlifepark.novascotia.ca/

Kids: $1.75
Adults (17+): $3.50
Kids 5 and under are free.

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