What are Santa’s reindeer called?

According to Christmas tradition, the sleigh of Santa’s Claus is pulled by a team of nine reindeer. These reindeer are magical and they are able to fly.

The Names of Santa’s Reindeer

  • Dasher
  • Dancer
  • Prancer
  • Vixen
  • Comet
  • Cupid
  • Donder
  • Blitzen
  • Rudolph (the Red-Nosed Reindeer)

Santa's Reindeer

The reindeer (except Rudolph) are mentioned in the poem Twas the Night Before Christmas written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1823.

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, was written about by Robert L. May in 1939.

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