Christmas Reindeer Stories

7 Christmas Reindeer Stories (with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)

Ever wondered if there were more stories about Christmas reindeer? If Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had some worthy companions? Check out these fabulous Christmas reindeer stories.

Here I have collected all Christmas reindeer stories I could find, including everything about the story of Rudolph and its history.

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1. Racer the Racesafe Reindeer

Racer could not contain his enthusiasm. Today was the day he would pull Santa’s sleigh. However, he was too enthusiastic. After a couple of wild rides, Santa bade him goodbye.

A few days later, Mr. How, owner of the Racesafe shop, found him. He asked Racer to help him with deliveries, and with time and patience, Racer learned to do a great job delivering presents to children worldwide.

Read the entire story (with all drawings) at

2. What to Do with Bernie?

Everybody knows Rudolph, but nobody knows the second most famous reindeer in the world: Bernie the Reindeer!

Santa Claus did not know what to do with Bernie. He did not like to be outside. He was too clumsy for the toy workshop. He ate everything he cooked in the kitchen.

At last, Santa realized that Bernie was always talking. Then, in a bright flash, he realized what Bernie could do. Bernie could answer the phone! Everybody was constantly calling, and Bernie would be perfect for this role.

There’s always something that you are good at. It might take some time to figure out, though.

Sing along with the story and song of Bernie the Reindeer at

💡 Many of the Christmas reindeer stories on this page have clear, simple morals. Here are some more short Christmas stories with morals.

3. Olive: The Dog Who Thought She Was a Reindeer

A little dog called Olive hears a song on the radio and thinks they sing ‘Olive, the other reindeer’ (instead of All of the other reindeer).

She promptly travels to the north pole and starts her work as one of Santa’s reindeer, pulling his sleigh. She helps him solve a few problems, and her great nose brings them safely back to the north pole, just in time for Mrs. Christmas’s pancakes.

Read the entire story at or check out the book Olive, The Other Reindeer on Amazon.

4. Vaadin: Delving Deep Into the Old Legends

Not all Christmas reindeer stories are children’s stories. There are a lot of ancient stories and legends about reindeer that were told and retold by adults.

Seppo Ilmarinen, the Eternal Hammerer, the blacksmith in the Kalevala, the famous Finnish epic poem, creates a reindeer to assist him on his journeys. She is called Vaadin, and a whole group of songs (The Songs of Vaadin) tells about her.

Vaadin was crafted with bones of stone, flesh of moss and skin of birch bark. Seppo gave her lichen to eat, mead to drink, and she carried him far and wide in search of the knowledge and components necessary to create many magical items.

You can read more about fascinating reindeer legends at

➡ I made a special blog post about Christmas legends.

5. Ronnie the Grumpy Reindeer

One reindeer at the north pole was grumpy. Not a little bit. Not sometimes.

No, he was extremely grumpy all the time.

Still, Santa asks for his help on a critical mission. And Ronnie learns about happiness and the greatness of having friends.

Check the price and reviews of this book on Amazon

6. Little Bobble Wants to Be a Big Reindeer

Little Bobble was not big enough yet to pull Santa’s sleigh. But, more importantly, he had not got his antlers to fly with.

He dreamed of it, though—all the time.

One evening Santa carries him into the sleigh, where he can sit amidst the presents. Higher and higher they go; it feels like a dream.

Because as Santa says, you need patience to become a big reindeer, but that does not mean you cannot enjoy your dreams now.

Read the entire story at

7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The closer we come to Christmas, the more people start to whistle this song when they meet me. My name is Rudolf, so jokes about Rudolph are unavoidable! Especially when I have a cold and my nose is red. I like Rudolph, though, so it’s not a problem.

Besides providing a summary of the story of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, I will also tell you about his history and answer any Rudolph-related questions you might have.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Summary

All the other reindeer were making fun of Rudolph with his red nose. One Christmas, there was a very dense fog and it was difficult for Santa to find his way. He arrived at the home of the reindeer to bring them their presents and noticed how easy it was to find his way into Rudolph’s bedroom because of his glowing nose.

He awakened Rudolph and asked him to help him in the foggy dark. He pulled Santa’s sleigh everywhere, lighting up the sky with his nose. When he returned home, the other reindeer saw his importance and never teased him again.

See the longer original story in the original manuscript at

Who wrote the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?

The Christmas story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was written by Robert L. May for the Montgomery Ward Store in Chicago. Denver Gillen illustrated it.

Is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer a he or she?

The writer, Robert L. May, clearly was talking about a male reindeer, as signified by his use of the pronouns ‘he’ and ‘his’ in the original manuscript. So Rudolph is a male reindeer.

How did Santa Meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?

Santa was delivering gifts to the reindeer at their house. It was very dark except in the room of Rudolph with his glowing red nose. This gave him the idea to ask Rudolph to guide the sleigh through the thick fog outside.

Read more about the history of Rudolph at

💡 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a non-religious story. I made a collection of secular Christmas stories.

Do you know any other great Christmas reindeer stories?

Let me know so I can include them in this list.

Photo credits: Jeff Jacobs from Pixabay

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