Reindeer Encounter 2019 is sold out.

Prancer, Santa, and Mrs. Claus are returning to Lost River Cave on December 7th and 8th! Join us for our biggest event of the year.  Children arrive excited to see Santa, Mrs. Claus, and of course a real live reindeer!  As they wait their turn, Lost River Cave’s staff and volunteers put our mission to work.  Children and their families learn about the differences between deer, reindeer, elk, and moose; touch pelts to discover how and why they are different; and even get to hold real reindeer antlers to see just how heavy they are.  There will be pictures with Santa, activities for the kids, and hot chocolate to keep everyone warm as we celebrate the holidays in the great outdoors.












What do Reindeer Encounter proceeds support?

Money raised through the 2019 Reindeer Encounter supports Lost River Cave’s mission to educate and enrich lives through connections with nature. Since 2011, Lost River Cave has given 25,000 educational experiences to children, expanding their knowledge, building their confidence, and helping them become more connected to the natural world. With your help, kids and families like yours throughout South Central Kentucky will continue to grow and learn at Lost River Cave.


When is the Reindeer Encounter?

Saturday, 12/7/19 & Sunday, 12/8/19 from 9 AM to 3:15 PM each day with time specific tickets.


Where is the Reindeer Encounter?

Lost River Cave

2818 Nashville Road

Bowling Green, KY 42101


Outside the Gift Shop in the Monticello Banking Company Nature Explore Playscape


Does everyone need a ticket?

Children (and adults attending without a child) need a ticket; adults accompanying children do not.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.


How much do tickets cost?

  • Member Children’s tickets are $7 per ticket, up to 4 tickets. Lost River Cave Members will receive early access to the Reindeer Encounter 2019 tickets. Only children need tickets; accompanying adults do not.
  • Non-member Children’s tickets are $10 per ticket, up to 4 tickets.


Where can I get tickets?

Tickets will be available online only at



When can I buy tickets?

There will be a ticket pre-sale for Lost River Cave Members starting on 11/11/19 at 12 PM. Become a member at , the Lost River Cave Gift Shop, over the phone, or by mail.


Tickets are first come, first served. Members, be sure to purchase your tickets by 11/14/19.


Available tickets will be released to non-members in two batches. The first batch of tickets will be released on Friday, 11/15/19 at 12 PM. The second batch of tickets will be released on Saturday, 11/16/19 at 12 PM. Each batch will have a selection of available tickets from each day of the Reindeer Encounter.


How many tickets can I get?

Up to 4 children’s tickets can be purchased per order. In past years, tickets were gone in a matter of minutes, so you may only have time to place one order.


What if I need more than 4 tickets?

In years past, tickets have gone in a matter of minutes. Multiple individuals should be prepared to purchase tickets when they go on sale.


Something’s come up. Am I allowed to resell or transfer my tickets?

Absolutely! We understand things come up and schedule’s change. If you are unable to attend and want to transfer your time-specific tickets to another person, please give Kate or Chad a call at 270-393-0077.


Am I able to exchange my ticket?

Tickets are limited and we can not guarantee we will be able to accommodate all exchange requests.


Can I get a refund?

Of course. Refund requests will be accepted up to 7 days before your scheduled ticket time.


Do I need to bring any money to the event?

Lost River Cave will be selling plush reindeer antlers for $5 each and plush reindeer for $10 each while supplies last.


What if the weather is bad?

This outdoor event will take place rain, snow or shine! “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” Dress accordingly, and enjoy the festivities.


I still have questions. Who should I contact?

If you still have questions about the Reindeer Encounter, you can contact:


Kate Holmes