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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.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      rudolph has sanhey nose

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Rudolph is the best in the world like the populuar reindeer

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      well i saw reindeer poop on my lawn! creepy! and my dog doesn't do it like that plus he was inside all night! :|

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      nursecraft 6 years ago

      Knowing how the story of Rudolph came about,I think Rudolph deserves the fame!

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      TopModels 6 years ago

      Only if they upset me. ( Ho Ho Ho )

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It looks like everything I ever wanted to know about reindeer is on this lens! Good job!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Now dance away, dance away, dance away all! You certainly are prepared for the Christmas season with a lens for every subject that could be thought of!

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      @VarietyWriter2: Thanks for the blessing!

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      It's hard to pick a favorite reindeer, since they are all so important to Santa's mission. What a fabulous lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Congratulations for your review at Squidoo Lens Reviews! ...Love all of the reindeer! Season's greetings!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Rudolph is cute, but I like Prancer best. The name just sounds like a magical flying reindeer! What a fun story so full of the Christmas spirit.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love them all but Rudolph is my favorite.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome lens! Love it!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome lens! Love it!

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      lasertek lm 8 years ago

      Really fun lens! My daughter asked me once, "how do Santa's reindeer fly?" I told her that it's one of Santa's secret. She asked again, "Is it magic?" I just said, "Could be." Your lens brings back this memory. Thanks

      Merry Christmas! Hope you could visit my lenses and be a fan of my fb page. Thanks again

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      tarodoug 8 years ago

      Happy Holidays. this is fun! 5 stars for you and another favorite!

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      Redcliff 8 years ago

      This is a lovely and fun lens. Never thought Reindeer could be so much fun.

      Have a wonderful holiday.

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      BW Duerr 8 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Love them all. I think I must be in the presence of a Santa-Master. :D And yes again... 5 stars, Fav and lensroll, and Featured for Santa's Existence on Trial, Miracle on 34th Street as Proof . Love your work. Thanks so much

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love how Rudolphs nose leads santas sled on every Christmas day.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love how Rudolphs nose leads santas sled on every Christmas day.

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      How cool -- a lens on Santa's reindeer! This definitely puts me in the spirit.

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      Stephanie 9 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Very Cute! 5*

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      Debbie 9 years ago from England

      Of course reindeer fly...silly! How do you think Father Christmas gets all over the world in one night otherwise? Rudolph is great, well done on another super lens :) Rolled it to you know where...yep CHRISTMAS CRACKERS! 5*

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      tdove 10 years ago

      I still love Rudolph the best. 5*

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      Robin S 10 years ago from USA

      I think you've covered all there is to know about Santa's reindeer. Thank you for adding another great lens to the Best Christmas Ever Group!