• Reserved Dates:
    • Mon-Wed: CLOSED
    • Thursday: 4-8:30pm
    • Friday & Saturday: 11am-8pm
    • Sunday: Noon-5pm
    • HOURS:
    • Mon-Wed: CLOSED
    • Thurs: 4-8:30pm
    • Fri & Sat: 11am-8pm
    • Sun: Noon-5pm


    Pet a Live Reindeer, Friday, Nov. 29!

    reindeerGive your child the thrill of petting a reindeer’s warm, soft fur. Listening to the jingling of its harness bells and the click-click of its hoofs. And having a keepsake photo taken of them together. Come enjoy a sleigh-full of family activities on the Friday after Thanksgiving:

    When: Nov. 29, noon-4 p.m. This is a popular event, so come early! Please arrive before 3 p.m.

    Where: Santa’s Christmas Corral in Shadowland Ballroom (across the indoor boardwalk from the Carousel).

    Admission: $1 for ages 3 and older; free for 2 years and younger. You’ll get to pet one of the visiting reindeer. Cash or credit cards are accepted for admission and photos; there is a minimum $5 charge.

    Keepsake photos: A professional photographer will take photos of your child or family with one of the reindeer. Each pose costs $3 for one print; $5 for two prints; $8 for three prints. You’ll be limited to six people per photo.

    If you have a baby, you’ll need to hold your child next to the reindeer. For everyone’s safety, no child may be placed on the reindeer, and no child under the age of 4 years may be on the ground near the reindeer without an adult next to him or her.

    During your reindeer visit, we won’t permit taking personal photos or videos with a camera, cell phone, tablet or another image-capturing device. We will post images on our Facebook page, as well as a Google Drive link for download after the event, so you can use your photo for Christmas cards or any other keepsake item you'd like!

    It helps to bring two adults: This wonderful family event does draw a crowd. We advise bringing two adults or a teen or two along. Then, if there’s a long line, one of you can hold your place in the “reindeer line” while the other takes the children to enjoy all of the fun activities! As soon as your spotter gets near the front of the line, bring the children back for a shorter wait. We’ll play favorite holiday movies in the ballroom to keep everyone’s spirits bright!

    Make merry: While you are here you can —

    • Ride the Carousel. This time of year, “Noel, the Christmas Horse” is a favorite pick. The Carousel will be festively decorated and we’ll play the happiest holiday music on the band organ. Ride tokens are $3 each, or save when you buy two or more tokens.
    • Fill your hearts with joy. Watch electric trains wind their way through magical holiday scenes, play games or color. Explore the Silver Beach Amusement Park memorabilia and interactive displays. Or sit together in our comfortable rocking chairs and sing along to “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
    • Enjoy tasty treats. Stop by our concession stand for freshly popped corn, caramel corn, fluffy cotton candy, Dippin’ Dots® ice cream and more!
    • Find delightful gifts! The Brass Ring Gift Shop brims with ideas for all ages and holiday budgets. There are collector ornaments, toys, carousel pins and music boxes, handmade scented soaps, jewelry, jigsaw puzzles, charming stuffed animals, custom-designed t-shirts, snow globes, stocking stuffers, books, bags of tokens and much more. (A favorite gift is the money-saving Magical Memories Coupon Book. You get more than $50 worth of fun for only $25!) If you want to find gift ideas today and come back to buy them later, our store hours match the Carousel hours.

    Should the reindeer get too tired, the Silver Beach Carousel reserves the right to close the photography and petting line before 4 p.m. We’ll base the decision on the length of the line and our reindeer friends’ needs.

    Can’t make this event? The reindeer will return Dec. 19 from 4-8 p.m. To learn more about their next visit and other holiday activities at the Carousel follow us on Facebook.

    Happy Thanksgiving – we are deeply grateful for you and your family!

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    Get in touch!

    (269) 932-1141
    333 Broad Street
    St. Joseph, MI 49085

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