The Official Cars
Of Santa's Reindeer
Revealed For The First Time
by Bill Flitter
Dad, Coffee Lover, Coach, First Car: '79 Camaro
“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer, and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!”
We all know how the holiday story goes, it “Twas the Night Before Christmas” after all, but do you recall…which car they all drove?
That didn’t go where you were expecting it to, did it?
We’re rewriting the fable of Santa and his reindeers, because we want to know: Which car would Santa’s reindeer drive?
We all know a little bit more about the headliner, Rudolph, from the time he saved Christmas by guiding Santa’s sleigh with his bright red nose, but what do we know about the other eight tiny reindeer?
As it turns out, you can tell a lot about reindeer simply from their names.
Here goes, our list of the car type by make and model that each of Santa’s reindeer would drive based on their personality.
8 Cars Santa’s Reindeer Would Drive Based on Their Personality
Fast, highly skilled
Dasher is fast, but also highly skilled.
The debate over who originally wrote the poem featuring the eight tiny reindeer comes down to whether or not the author was Dutch or German, which of course impacts the meaning behind their names.
The more common version of the story has the names in German, which means Dasher, or Dascher – the German word for purse-maker – is a craftsman with the needle. In addition to being really fast.
During the off-season, Dasher drives the 2018 Jaguar F-Type Coupe. It’s fast, and sophisticated, just like Dasher. And of course, it’s in Jaguar’s Caldera Red and reminds him of his favorite big guy in red.
Extroverted, loves the spotlight
Dancer is a complete extravert who doesn’t mind the limelight. Her car is the same way.
Agile, prone to frolicking and nimble…now I can’t remember if I was talking about Dancer or the car.
She drives it in the graceful Audi Glacier White metallic color.
Light-footed and graceful
Light-footed and graceful, these qualities also went into the car he drives. Prancer is often understated but is a hard worker, just like his Mustang. And also like the Mustang, Prancer is a classic.
He’s not much for showboating, so he wouldn’t drive it in the flashy Ford Ruby Red color, but he is a patriot and takes pride in working for Santa. He drives his 2018 Ford Mustang in Royal Crimson.
Intelligent and witty
The ultimate in enchantment, Vixen commands the attention of the room. Intelligent and witty, she would never drive anything designed without these same qualities. Which is why Vixen’s car of choice is Mercedes-Benz. Her loyalty to the luxury brand has been ongoing for years.
Likable and silly
Comet is likeable, and arguably everyone’s favorite reindeer. He’s especially good with kids. Slightly silly and approachable, he’s like everyone’s cool older brother. He’s also the athlete of the group.
His car of choice is not hard to predict given his own unique qualities and personality traits, which is why he drives the Dodge Challenger. The original cool guy muscle car.
Dodge claims it’s the “Strongest Muscle in America,” and it’s very fitting for Comet.
He drives it in red.
Gentlemanly and charming
The original “Love Bug,” Cupid is the consummate gentleman. Charming and great at bringing people together, the same can be said for the car Cupid drives. No, he’s not in a VW Beetle, the original, original “Love Bug,” but he does drive the older more sophisticated sister model, the Passat.
Cupid’s favorite color is red, of course, so that is the color of his car, too.
Graceful and wise
Coming back to the original German origins of the eight reindeer and their names, Donner is the German word for thunder. He is the oldest and wisest on the team, and shepherds Santa’s sled with graceful dominance. For that reason he is a little more stern and always in command.
With his level of authority on Santa’s team, it’s not hard to see why he drives the BMW 7-Series car that he does. The low rumble of the 740i mirrors Donner’s name and the thunderous meaning behind it.
He drives it in the Carbon Black Metallic.
Fast and electrifying
Similar to the way Donner was originally spelled Dunder, which is the Dutch word for thunder, Blitzen in the original poem was spelled the same way as the Dutch word for lightning – Blixem. Both Blixem and Blitzen mean lightning, the latter being the German word for it.
Like his name implies, Blitzen is fast – electrifying even. He is adaptable and prone to getting his herd charged up.
He drives the Maserati GranTurismo for that reason. Great for a spontaneous trip or everyday driving if you can handle it, nothing about Maserati is slow or expected.
“The purest form of excitement.” – Maserati describing the GranTurismo
Blitzen drives it in red, a complimentary color to his energy and fire.
Over to You
What do you think of our cars suggestions for Santa’s Reindeer? What would you changed based on the reindeer’s personality? Have fun with it!