How many reindeer does Santa have and what are their names?

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HOW many reindeer does Father Christmas have exactly?

It’s a question children and adults both ponder over as Santa and his reindeer prepare for Christmas eve in just a few weeks time – but how many of us know the answer?

Santa and his reindeers riding through the North Pole last Christmas eve

How many reindeer are there?

Father Christmas has nine trusty reindeer to help him visit households across the globe on Xmas eve.

The reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh across the sky, defying gravity with their magic, and ensure all presents are delivered to well behaved children.

Their names are:

  • Dasher
  • Dancer
  • Prancer
  • Vixen
  • Comet
  • Cupid
  • Donner
  • Blitzen
  • And, of course, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer

What are the lyrics to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer?

The famous Christmas song about the reindeer who was left out accompanies any good festive sing-along. Here’s all the lyrics so you can sing the song right to the end next time everyone gathers around the piano..

“You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
you know Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen,
“But do you recall
“The most famous reindeer of all
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
“Had a very shiny nose
“And if you ever saw it
“You would even say it glows

In traditional folklore, the reindeer were called Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blixem

“All of the other reindeer
“Used to laugh and call him names
“They never let poor Rudolph
“Join in any reindeer games
“Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
“Santa came to say,
“Rudolph with your nose so bright,
“Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight
“Then how all the reindeer loved him,
“As they shouted out with glee,
“Rudolph the red-nose Reindeer
“You’ll go down in history

Rudolph’s story was originally written in verse by Robert L. May for the Montgomery Ward chain of department stores in 1939

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
“Had a very shiny nose
“And if you ever saw it,
“You would even say it glows,
“And all of the other reindeer
“Used to laugh and call him names,
“They never let poor Rudolph
“Join in any reindeer games,
“Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
“Santa came to say,
“Rudolph with your nose so bright,
“Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight
“Then how all the reindeer loved him,
“As they shouted out with glee,
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
“You’ll go down in history.”


 

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