Mid-State families have the opportunity to have a unique encounter with reindeer at a local farm this holiday season.
David and Jill Pepper own Strickland Place Farm located in White House, about 25 miles north of Nashville.
For the first time ever, the couple is allowing visitors to come face-to-face with their seven reindeer.
“They're just a magical sort of creature. They have an air about them that's really special to be around,” David Pepper said, adding, “We treat them more like pets than livestock.”
According to the Pepper family, each of the animals has their own personality.
“They all have their own unique personality. Sometimes it you pet one more than the others, they'll get jealous and nudge you [to let you know] they want more attention,” Jill Pepper said.
Visitors to the century year old farm this holiday season will learn about the reindeer, tour the farm and view an antique toy collection that dates back to 1907.
The Peppers' told Nashville's News 2 they have enjoyed seeing the reactions of young visitors when they see the reindeer.
“Probably the coolest reaction kids have had are the ones who come up and whisper what they want for Christmas in [the reindeer's] ear,” Jill Pepper said.
Anyone interested in visiting Strickland Place Farm must make a reservation.
Tickets for adults are $19 and $15 for children ages three to 11.
Children two and under are admitted free.
For more information or to make a reservation, visit SantasReindeerTour.com.