RudolphtheRednosedReindeer.jpgThe California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is celebrating the holiday season with several festive exhibits, including two live reindeer and an elaborate presentation of life in the North Pole.

The reindeer, named Yukon and Windy, will be available in the museum’s east garden for watching, photographing, and even touching from today through the beginning of January.

“During our ‘Reindeer Rendezvous’ special, you can pet the reindeer,” museum spokeswoman Stephanie Stone said.

In addition, organizers will make it snow in the building’s piazza a few times per hour for the next six weeks, spokeswoman Helen Taylor said.

“I think people will be really excited about the snowing,” Taylor said.

Also in the piazza is an inflatable planetarium that the museum bought specifically for the holidays.

The planetarium is decorated to look like an igloo and will show presentations on the North Pole and life in the arctic.

Museumgoers will be able to choose from about eight different winter-wonderland-like exhibits in all throughout December.

Other highlighted experiences include polar Jeopardy and a “Penguins + Pajamas” sleepover.

Sleepover tickets cost between $99 and $119, which includes a penguin talk, planetarium visit, story time with cookies and milk, and the opportunity to sleep over at the California Academy of Sciences.

Saul Sugarman, Bay City News

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