ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Santa's Reindeer, Reindeer, Reindeer!

Updated on December 26, 2013

Now Dancer, Now Prancer, Now Vixen...!

How many reindeer does Santa have? What are their names? And how do you make reindeer food? Read this page to learn more about those famous flying Christmas reindeer from the North Pole, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and all the other special creatures who pull Santa's sleigh.. You'll find trivia, jokes, crafts, gift ideas and even a few videos. Have fun!

(Image of Santa and his reindeer provided by Zazzle)

rudolph bumble ornament
rudolph bumble ornament

Santa's Reindeer

Now Dasher, now Dancer, now Prancer!

Santa's reindeer are a team of magic flying reindeer that pull his sleigh and help him deliver Christmas gifts. The 1823 poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (better known now as Twas the Night Before Christmas) led to the popularity of reindeer as Christmas symbols. The poem reads in part:

With a little old driver so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came,

And he whistled and shouted and called them by name:

Now Dasher! Now Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!

Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!

According to the poem, the appearance is a "miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer" and they are "more rapid than eagles". The poem does not describe them, nor their positions in the sleigh-team, but does say they fly.

Over time, another famous reindeer was added and is now perhaps the best known. Rudolph, who became popular from the Christmas song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," is now known to lead Santa's sleigh with his bright red nose.

-Source: Wikipedia

(Image of Rudolph and Bumble ornament provided by NewEgg)

santa's reindeer
santa's reindeer

How Many Reindeer Does Santa Have? And What Are Their Names?

Do you know the names of all Santa's reindeer?

Originally, Santa had eight reindeer. And then Rudolph came along. So now he has nine. These are their names:

1. Dasher

2. Dancer

3. Prancer

4. Vixen

5. Comet

6. Cupid

7. Donner (or Donder)

8. Blitzen

9. Rudolph

(Image of Santa's reindeer from personalized Christmas mug on Zazzle)

Reindeer Food Recipe

- 1/4 cup dry oats

- 1/4 cup brown sugar

- 1 teaspoon cinnamon

- handful of green sugar sprinkles

If you're giving the magic reindeer food as a gift, you can add this poem to the outside of the bag or jar:

Sprinkle on the lawn at night.

The moon will make it sparkle bright.

As Santa's reindeer fly and roam,

This will guide them to your home!

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Recordable Book - Read and record a story about Santa's favorite reindeer

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Recordable Story Book
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Recordable Story Book
Description: Create a cherished memory to be handed down though generations--narrate and record the story of Rudolph in your own voice! Each page has voiced suggestions on how the story might be heard out loud. By simply pressing the "record" button, you can begin narrating while following the printed words! You can record and save, or erase and re-record over and over! There's even a place to fill in names at "Gift for _______" and "Read to you by ______." The last page plays "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" sung by Burl Ives. Rudolph stands in the center while his nose and the other reindeer names light up. Uses 3 AAA batteries (included).

Easy Clothespin Reindeer Craft

A quick project that kids love

This is a simple reindeer craft that is cheap, quick and fun for kids. You'll need:

- 3 clothespins (the old-fashioned kind work best)

- 2 googly eyes

- 1 red pom pom

- glue


1. Glue 2 clothespins on top of each other to form the body.

2. Glue the third clothespin upside down on top of the other two to form the head and antlers.

3. Glue the googly eyes and pom pom on the top clothespin to make the eyes and nose.

4. Let dry, and then have fun!

For more reindeer crafts you can make or buy, visit

NORAD Santa Tracker

Keep track of Santa's reindeer on Christmas Eve!

If you want to keep track of Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve, be sure to visit NORAD Tracks Santa. Beginning at 2:00 am Mountain Time on Christmas Eve, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), will be tracking Santa's journey across the globe. These are the same folks who watch our skies to keep North America safe from any air attacks, so you know they're on their toes and will be watching those reindeer as they take to the heavens. NORAD Tracks Santa starts their countdown on December 1 for the annual Santa tracking event, so be sure to bookmark the page and come back on Christmas Eve to watch Rudolph and company at work.

You might also want to check out the Santa cam at

Reindeer DVDs - Christmas DVDs featuring Robbie, Olive and, of course, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

You know Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid, Donner and Blitzen, but did you know there are some other reindeers who have rated their own DVDs? Yes, indeed. Check 'em out below.

Where to Find Reindeer Coloring Pages

Let your kids color Santa's reindeer!

My son loves to color and he loves it when I download images from the web for him. If your kids are clamoring to color Rudolph, here are links to sites that offer free reindeer coloring pages. - Christmas Reindeer coloring pages - - Christmas coloring page - - Reindeer coloring pages - Christmas coloring page - Christmas coloring page

Reindeer Gifts at Amazon - Cute reindeer gifts you can buy online

If you love Christmas reindeer, check out some of the products available online.

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer Video

I can't help it. I love this song!

Reindeer Jokes

Because flying alone isn't funny enough

How does Rudolph know when Christmas Eve is coming?

He looks at a calen-"deer"

Where do you find flying reindeer?

It depends where you leave them!

What does a reindeer say before he tells you a joke?

"This one is going to sleigh you."

Can Santa's reindeer fly higher than a 10-story building?

Yes, buildings can't fly at all.

Golden Labrador RetrieverCHECK PRICE

Christmas ChihuahuaCHECK PRICE

Reindeer KittenCHECK PRICE

Moo-y ChristmasCHECK PRICE

Merry Christmas Grumpy CatCHECK PRICE

I Believe in Santa PawsCHECK PRICE


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)