A real-life visit to Tomten is sure to change your life. And while we regret we cannot welcome drop-in visitors at the farm, we can and do open our gates regularly for special events and educational opportunities. We hope you will join us.
Educational Walking Tours
Our educational walking tours bring you up close and personal with more than 50 Rescues enjoying peace, protection and possibility. We know you love animals, want to find out more and see how you can make an impact, and there is nothing like a Tomten Tour to educate, inspire and instill an appreciation for all animals. Perhaps you want to meet your favorite Rescues, the ones you have fallen in love with on our facebook or instagram pages. Maybe you'd like to see our latest projects and progress as we continue to create this place of dreams come true. Or, you are just champing at the bit to return and see old friends, the Rescues that together we saved. Whatever the reason, you, and your friends and family are invited and we can't wait to welcome you!
Offered Spring, Summer and Fall, our tours offer you a chance to get up close and personal with our Rescues, hear their histories, and if you are new to the journey, familiarize yourself with our mission, methods and philosophies. There's always plenty of time to have all your questions answered, take lots of photos and connect with the beautiful lives who call Tomten home. All while immersing yourself in the magic of our special sanctuary located right here on the edge of New Hampshire's beautiful White Mountains.
Don't miss your opportunity to experience anywhere from 2.5 to 5 full hours of Tomten on a whole new level. Our next Tomten Tour is sooner than you think!
Save the Dates. Registration to come very soon.
10th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 17th. We apologize, due to space restrictions, this weekend is for Tomten supporters and their guests only.
Educational Walking Tour, Open to All, Sunday, July 14th (traditional 2.5 hour event)
Educational Walking Tour, Open to All, Saturday, September 21st (5 hour immersion experience) and Sunday, September 22nd (traditional 2.5 hour event)
Educational Walking Tour, Open to All, Sunday, October 20th (traditional 2.5 hour event)
We can't wait to welcome you but first have a few important details to share. To be sure you can enjoy the fun, please read closely.
Tours are RSVP Only.
As with any successful event, structure makes things go smoother, so there is always the necessary fine print. Head count is important and as always, Tomten tours are an RSVP only event. We ask that you be considerate to those who may be on our waiting list. Should your plans change, please, please be sure to let us know so others may attend – tours spots go quickly and we hate to say no to an inquiring visitor, only to find there actually was room. Because it detracts from the experience of our attendees, we regret that no early birds, late arrivals or unexpected drop-ins are allowed—no exceptions. Avoid disappointment. Check traffic and road conditions, plan your drive accordingly and watch for native NH wildlife. Tomten is located on a dirt road so don't become alarmed when the pavement ends…you aren't lost! We ask that if you arrive early, please wait in your vehicles alongside the road until gates open and note that we do lock all farm gates once the tour as started.
FREE Admission for Current Tomten Supporters
Those who have been contributors within the past 12 months, enjoy VIP status and their admission is FREE. As a VIP, you not only move to the front of the line and get advance notice of tour dates, you enjoy free admittance to our public tours and get to enjoy some extra time to visit your favorite animals (should they choose to interact) with a Tomten Board member after the official tour ends. One-on-one time is the perfect way to end the day and we can't wait to give back to you on behalf of the animals who so appreciate your contributions as together we make their dreams come true.
$25 Donation Admission for Guests
To offer peace, protection and possibility to even more animals and host you—our fabulous guests— we need the help and support of all who enjoy Tomten and believe in what we do. If you have not already, we ask that you join us to make a difference and be part of the journey. To that end, we must request a nominal, non-refundable, tax-deductible contribution of $25 per person (all ages) for all who are new to the journey. Tour revenue is immediately directed toward supporting event costs (did you know that renting our Porta-Potty costs $1500. a year?!). Should we generate any additional funds, 100% of those funds go toward providing daily care for our Rescues.
Please note that we transparently discuss why we rescue and the fates our Rescues faced before finding their happily-ever-after at Tomten. While we dearly love children and applaud your desire to introduce them to the wonders of the Sanctuary and its residents, we kindly remind parents that Tour content is designed with adults in mind. Should you wish to bring a child under the age of 10, we encourage you to reach out to chat first and ask that there is one adult per child at all times for supervision purposes. We appreciate your understanding and commitment to making sure this is the best tour possible for all, humans and animals alike.
Neigh, moo, baaa, meow, cluck, oink, honk, maaa, bray and of course, cockledoodledoo, our Rescues can't wait to see you but we must remind participants that this is a guided, educational walking tour and not a trip to a petting zoo. First and foremost, we are here for the animals and our Rescues are invited to interact should they so choose, but we respect their decision to approach or not as we travel together throughout Tomten Farm and Sanctuary.
Security and safety are important to the well being of all at TF&S and we take that seriously. We require appropriate footwear (no open-toe shoes), a signed release and a photo ID to enter our property from each individual. Please print a Tomten release at home, review at your leisure, sign and bring both the form and your photo ID to the Tour. We cannot admit anyone without a release and photo identification. No exceptions, so please don't forget.
Gates open 15 minutes prior to Tour start times, please plan to arrive then for check in. Please note, our gate does not open until that time as we are all busy preparing. Our address is 929 Court Street and we ask that you park at the big red barn. Should you arrive prior to that time, please wait alongside the road.
We so look forward to welcoming you and thank you for our understanding as we do our best to ensure a fabulous time for all, humans and animals alike. Thank you for being on our journey as together we make dreams come true for animals in need.
Neigh, moo, baaa, meow, cluck, oink, honk, maaa, bray and of course, cockledoodledoo!
– Jen, Laima, Michele, Julia, Lynn, Judy and every rescue who calls Tomten home.