Midwest Living Review
Paradise Ranch is smack dab in the middle of a rural subdivision due to a unique set of circumstances, but don't let that deter you. The 120-acre homestead of Sid Prom and family includes 40 wooded acres where, come winter, a team of Percheron whisks guests under a canopy of 50,000 colored Christmas lights. The 30-minute ride ($19) is via sleigh or surrey smartly tricked out with bright lanterns, warm horsehair blankets and drivers dressed in matching attire. Christmas music softly plays on a portable speaker system, plus it occasionally wafts past from a computerized system in the woods that coordinates the flashing lights with the music. You might have so much fun you don't even notice that. Before and after your ride, you're welcome to hang out in the ranch's spacious stone barn, where Santa will be waiting to pose for pictures and do plenty of ho-ho-ho'ing. He's typically accompanied by a friendly helper elf, too. A small assortment of snacks and drinks (popcorn, apple cider, hot cocoa) and memorabilia, including sweatshirts, blankets, T-shirts and ornaments, are available for purchase. The Proms just completed construction on a small log cabin using timber from their property; this will likely become Santa's house for 2012 and beyond. Make sure to get precise directions to the ranch before you head ou; it's easy to miss in the dark.