Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen…you know their names. And you can bet that Santa’s not going anywhere without his trusty team so, in their honor, we salute all things reindeer.

See a Show

If you want to see “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” come to life, take the kids to the Center for Puppetry Arts for an adaptation that’s become an Atlanta tradition. You can also see Rudolph, Clarice and Bumble at Stone Mountain Christmas.

See a Reindeer Up Close

At Pettit Creek Farms, meet live Reindeer (Comet & Cupid) during the Christmas Light display. Chattahoochee Nature Center also hosts Enchanted Woodland Wonders on December 12, featuring a live reindeer encounter.


Reindeer Treat Cups

This craft is cute, easy and makes a great gift for friends and classmates. You could fill the cup with any treat or small gift but Maggie Brereton at Smashed Peas & Carrots fills hers with Hershey’s Kisses in seasonal colors. With only a few supplies and a red kiss for a nose, you’ll have these done in the flick of a reindeer’s tail. You’ll need: Hershey’s Kisses in red, green, and silver foils; brown paper cups; brown card stock; googly eyes; glue stick; scissors; pencil.

Did you know? Reindeer Gingerbread

If you turn a gingerbread man upside down, he makes the perfect base for a reindeer cookie. The legs become antlers, the arms become ears and the head becomes the reindeer’s face. Pipe white icing for details (add a little black for the eye) and a round chocolate candy is the nose. Be sure to use one red candy, because every herd needs a Rudolph.

Reindeer Chow

Pulling that sled all night is tough. Sure you could leave a carrot out for those hardworking reindeer, but what they really need is a little something yummy for an energy boost. Chex cereal is the base for this sweet and salty mix of chocolate and peanut butter by This Silly Girl’s Kitchen. Be sure to make plenty, because your family will gobble it up, too.

Reindeer Footprints

Imagine the surprise when your children wake up Christmas morning and see hoof prints outside the front door. All you need is a template and something to use for “snow.” An easy option is spray snow in a can and a stencil cut out of plastic coffee can lid. You can also use the insta-snow available online at Walmart, Amazon and other retailers. Rosie at Roaming Rosie made hers with flour and a cardboard template. If using a kit is more your style, Amazon also sells Hoppy Paws.

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