Santa Claus’s Reindeer

What are all the reindeer’s names?
Santa Claus’s reindeer form an imaginary team of flying reindeer traditionally held to pull the sleigh of Santa Claus and help him deliver Christmas gifts. The commonly cited names of the reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen.
What are Father Christmas reindeers called?
Father Christmas’ reindeers are called Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid,Donner/Donder, Blitzen, and Rudolph. Eight of these names are taken from Clement C. Moore’s “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” and the ninth from the song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (NB. Donder is also known as Donner.)
What is the diet of a reindeer?
Reindeer, or caribou, are primarily plant eaters that love feeding on leafy greens and mushrooms, and on occasion, bird eggs and arctic char. And though they’re not available to them in their natural habitat, they also love carrots and apples as a little sweet treat.
What is the name of Santa’s elves?
The names of Santa’s elves are Alabaster Snowball, Bushy Evergreen, Pepper Minstix, Shinny Upatree, Sugarplum Mary and Wunorse Openslae. These six elveshave the most important jobs for Santa.

The Names of Santa’s Eight Reindeer
The Names of Santa’s Eight Reindeer originated from the famous poem Twas the Night before Christmas (also known as ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ by Clement Clarke Moore which was first published in 1823. The number of Santa’s reindeer are also often in question! In this famous poem Rudolph the red nosed reindeer was not mentioned – there were definitely only eight reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh – the number of Santa’s reindeer is eight! These eight reindeers were special, they were a team of magical, flying reindeer who were “more rapid than eagles”. This is illustrated in this extract from the famous poem:

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

The Order of Names of Santa’s Eight Reindeer
The Names of Santa’s Eight Reindeer were later mentioned in the
Clement Clarke Moore poem in the following verse:

“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, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

So there we have it there were originally only eight reindeers and the names of Santa’s Eight Reindeer in order of the poem were Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. In later editions of the poem two of the eight reindeer names were changed to German spellings of Donder and Blitzen. Then in time the Dutch spellings of the names also changed to Dunder and Blixem.

The List of Names of Santa’s Eight Reindeer
The List of Names of Santa’s Eight Reindeer convey speed, elegance, love, power and strength.

  • Dasher – Conveying speed
  • Dancer – Beauty and elegance
  • Prancer – Spirited
  • Comet – Comparing the reindeer to the speed and the appearance of a comet
  • Cupid – Love
  • Donner (Dutch word) – Powerful, exciting and mysterious as thunder
  • Blitzen (Dutch word) – As fast as lightning
  • Vixen – Name used to rhyme with Blitzen!

Read on about the famous Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and  Blitzen

Quick Look at All the Reindeer

“Dasher” originally came from a German name, Dascher, meaning purse-maker. Whoa! He can sew! One has to wonder if he is the Father of the Modern Hand Bag.

He’s one of the fastest reindeer in Santa’s herd. He’s always ready to dash out the door. For that reason, he excels at track and field during the off-season.


Dancer is a reindeer with a unique personality. He’s completely extroverted. When he’s not helping Santa, he’s having dance parties.


Prancer loves the other reindeer and would do anything for them.

Mrs. Clause made him a special reindeer-harness that is red and green with extra attachments for his mirror, comb and brush.

He often is found in the elves’ factory prancing around gracefully with all the other reindeer, elves and helpers cheering him on.


Vixen is the comedic reindeer known for lots of magic tricks. The other reindeer often get slightly annoyed with his ability to make things disappear and reappear.

He’s great at tricking the other reindeer out of their candy canes. He also has a weakness for yummy Santa-shaped chocolates.


Comet is out of this world – as his name implies. He’s quite handsome and always has a smile. He’s easy-going and loves to play ball with all the young fawns. Santa will head out with Comet to check his list and see how the children all around the world are doing. When they see Comet, they flock to pet him because he’s quite adorable and so laid-back.He just loves the attention the children shower upon him. Plus, he inspires little children to be on their best behavior.


Cupid is an affectionate reindeer. She has Christmas reins decorated with red and green little heart-shaped bells. Her motto is “Spread the Love”.



Donner’s name comes from “thunder” in German. This is for good reason. He’s always noticed when entering a room because he’s got a deep booming baritone voice.


Blitzen’s name comes from the German word for “lightning”. He’s fast, playful, and like a bolt when it comes to helping Santa deliver his Christmas goodies.

When Santa yells “faster!”, Blitzen has the ability to infuse an electric charge to the other reindeer to make them zap through the sky, fast as lightning. He’s also best reindeer-buds with Donner and they often hum duets to themselves while flying high in the skies.


Rudolph is Santa’s famous ninth reindeer. He joined the herd a few years after the original eight. At first, he was terribly self-conscious.

He suffered from low self-esteem because he had an odd red nose. It wasn’t until Santa recognized his rosy bulb as a beacon of light that he was ushered into his role as leader of the herd.

Because his nose glowed, he was able to lead Santa safely around the world, on the snowiest of nights…and other reindeer agreed that Rudolph just had to stay with the herd.


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Personality trait
He loves to go fast!
Completely extroverted
All kinds of dance
A bit vain, though affectionate
Slightly tricky
Handsome and easy-going
Good with kids
Bringing people together
Fast as a bolt!
Can electrify others
A little down on himself
Nose glows