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Prancer, Santa, and Mrs. Claus are returning to Lost River Cave on December 8th and 9th!

Reindeer Encounter Tickets

 On Sale DatePrice
  • Reindeer Encounter 2018 is December 8th and 9th.
  • Children 17 & younger need a ticket to enter Prancer’s enclosure. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Adults 18 & older accompanying a child do not need tickets. Adults 18 & older without a ticketed child do need tickets.
  • Each ticket buyer can purchase up to 4 tickets.
  • Tickets will be available online only and must be purchased online.


Reindeer Encounter Details


What do Reindeer Encounter proceeds support?

Money raised through the 2018 Reindeer Encounter supports Lost River Cave’s mission to educate and enrich lives through connections with nature. Since 2011, Lost River Cave has given 18,900 educational programs 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 Reindeer Encounter?

Saturday, 12/8/18 & Sunday, 12/9/18 from 9am to 3pm each day with time specific tickets.
Where is Reindeer Encounter?

Lost River Cave

2818 Nashville Road

Bowling Green, KY 42101


Outside the Gift Shop in the Monticello Banking Company Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom

Does everyone need a ticket?

Yes, tickets are required to attend. Children 17 & younger need tickets to enter Prancer’s enclosure. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Adults 18 & older accompanying a child do not need tickets. Adults 18 & older without a ticketed child do need tickets.


If you are purchasing tickets for children, the number of adults attending with your group will be requested at checkout.

How much do tickets cost?

  • Member tickets are $7 per ticket, up to 4 tickets. Lost River Cave Members will receive early access to the Reindeer Encounter 2018 tickets. Only kids under the age of 17 will need a ticket. Adults 18 & older without a ticketed child do need tickets.


  • Non-member tickets are $10 per ticket, up to 4 tickets.
Where/how 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 11/1/18 at 10am. Become a member at or at the Lost River Cave Gift Shop. $40 Friend Level Memberships can only be purchased in person, over the phone, or by mail.


Tickets are first come, first served. Members, be sure to purchase your tickets before the non-member ticket release on 11/16/18.


Available tickets will be released to non-members in two batches. The first batch of tickets will be released on Friday, 11/16/18 at 10am. The second batch of tickets will be released on Saturday, 11/17/18 at 10am. 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 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 up to 4 tickets each when they go on sale. This will give you a better opportunity to purchase the tickets you want.
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 need to resell or transfer your time-specific tickets to another person, please do. However, in the spirit of the event, we ask that you please only sell the tickets at face value.
Am I able to exchange my ticket?

Tickets are limited and we can not guarantee we will be able to accommodate all exchange requests. If you purchase tickets and then find out you are unable to attend your scheduled time, we will do our best to exchange your tickets for a time better fitting your schedule if another time is available.
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:


Nicole Coomer





Katie Cielinski


New for 2018: Storytime with the Warren County Public Library!

Introducing the newest Reindeer Encounter Activity: Storytime with the Warren County Public Library! Throughout the day on December 8th and 9th, the WCPL will be offering free readings of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” on the Thistle Theatre Stage in the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom.

Reindeer Encounter Sponsorship Opportunities

Opportunities for sponsorship are available. Sponsorships support the increasing demand for nature education and the 2018 Reindeer Encounter experience for the children in our region. All sponsorship levels receive complimentary 2018 Reindeer Encounter tickets. Please contact Katie at 270.799.6368 for more information.

Reindeer Encounter 2018 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Station Sponsors


In-Kind Sponsors

Santa’s Helpers

Lynn & Richard Reker

Betty & Roger Thompson

Brenda Stewart