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How Do
Reindeer Fly?

Want to know how Santa's reindeer fly?
Keep reading to learn more about Santa's reindeer!

How Do Reindeer Fly? (The short answer)

How do reindeer fly? Just ask this reindeerI'm Santa's Grumpy Elf.  If you want to know how Santa's reindeer fly, you've come to the right place.

Except... I can't tell you!  And it's not just because I'm a grumpy elf!  (For once!)
I can't tell you how Santa gets his reindeer to fly because -- it's a SECRET!  (But I'll give you some hints! 😉)  After all, can you imagine what it would be like if everyone knew how to fly like Santa and his reindeer?  There would be people and cows & cats and dogs flying around everywhere!

But there are lots of ways Santa could get his reindeer to fly.  Shh, but Santa might just be using one of these:

  • Antlaerodynamics
  • Christmas lift & thrust
  • Drones & hoverboards
  • Elf magic
  • Magic Dust
  • Santa's reindeer magic
  • Santa's magical blend of reindeer food
  • Time warping

Keep reading to find out more about Santa's sneaky sleigh-flying shenanigans!

Santa Claus with reindeer about to fly


This is the oldest answer to how reindeer fly.

Everyone knows all it takes is a little magic dust to fly.  Just ask pixies!

Santa and the elves created the top secret formulae for making magic flying dust a long time ago.

Reindeer are perfect to pull the sleigh because they like the cold weather where Santa lives and they are very strong!

Magical Blend of7 Herbs and Spices!

Long ago, Santa Claus and the elves discovered a special formula of Magical Reindeer Food which makes reindeer fly.  The reindeer eat this food all year long.  It gives them enough magic to fly around the world.  The magical mushrooms and special reindeer lichen are found only where Santa lives.


Elves are very good at using science and elfin magic to create new things.  If they can dream it; they can make it!  They created special genetically modified reindeer by crossing them with a Pegasus.  They also made the reindeer lighter than air by filling their lungs with helium.  But could they create something so I'm not so grumpy?  No, of course not!

Let's Do TheTime Warp Again!

Elves cracked the secret of Time Warps and Wormholes a long time ago (well, it was only a few seconds ago if you time travel back to when they did it!).

They use science so Santa's sleigh can sit in a small bubble of the space-time fabric.  They just need the reindeers' antlers to create and keep the bubble going!  Of course, the elves' wormhole technology also provides cosmic short-cuts (that means time-travel).  This makes it really easy to visit all the homes in one night.

Christmas Lift& Thrust

You only need two things to fly: lift and desire (thrust).

Everyone knows Santa's reindeers' antlers are very big.  They can catch children's Christmas wishes and dreams.  These wishes and dreams give the reindeer the two things they need to fly: 1. the lift in their spirit and, 2. the desire to make more children happy.

Once presents start to be delivered, Santa's reindeer fly even faster.  As children around the world open their presents, the children are filled with pure Christmas joy.  The reindeer's antlers catch the children's Christmas joy too.  This joy gives the reindeer and Santa even more of a lift and thrust.  They fly and work ever faster delivering more presents for children to open!  This virtuous circle makes it so the sleigh essentially floats on air.

Too bad I only got a headache when I tried to grow Christmas antlers!


Professor Ian Stewart, a former maths professor at Warwick University, has researched the topic too.  Reindeer have a curious arrangement of gadgetry on top of their heads which we call antlers and naively assume exist for the males to do battle and to win females. This is absolute nonsense. The antlers are actually fractal vortex-shedding devices. We are talking not aerodynamics here, but antlaerodynamics. At the speeds Santa's reindeer travel to deliver gifts, their antler-tips create enough lift to allow them to fly.


How do reindeer fly? This baby reindeer is learning to fly near Kongsgården, Greenland.

Most reindeer cannot fly.  But Santa's reindeer are special!  They have supernatural powers! 

Do you know people who are really good at something?  Just like I'm really good at being grumpy?
Well, Santa watches for reindeer that are very talented and then he teaches them all they need to know to fly.

Drones &Hoverboards

Have you heard about drones and hoverboards?  Have you heard about using drones and hoverboards to deliver presents?  Well, guess who invented drones and hoverboards?

That's right, Santa and the elves!

We've been using drones and hoverboards for home delivery for centuries! 

It took a little bit to teach the reindeer how to use them, but nobody can fly a drone or hoverboard like a reindeer can!  What do you think those reindeer games are all about anyway?

How Reindeer Fly Word Search Game

Word List For How Reindeer Fly

Here's a list of all the words that might come up in this puzzle.  For bonus points, keep playing new games until you've found them all!

  • Aerodynamic
  • Antlers
  • Blitzen
  • Bubble
  • Catch
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Clouds
  • Comet
  • Cosmic
  • Cupid
  • Dancer
  • Dasher
  • Deliver
  • Desire
  • Devices
  • Donner
  • Dreams
  • Drones
  • Dust
  • Elves
  • Fast
  • Float
  • Fly
  • Fog
  • Food
  • Formula
  • Fractal
  • Games
  • Genes
  • Helium
  • Hoverboard
  • How
  • Joy
  • Lichen
  • Lift
  • Lighter
  • Lungs
  • Magic
  • Modified
  • Mushrooms
  • Olive
  • Pegasus
  • Prancer
  • Presents
  • Pull
  • Rain
  • Reindeer
  • Reins
  • Rudolph
  • Santa
  • Science
  • Secret
  • Shortcut
  • Sky
  • Sleigh
  • Snow
  • Space
  • Special
  • Spirit
  • Stars
  • Strong
  • Super
  • Talent
  • Thrust
  • Time
  • Travel
  • Vixen
  • Vortex
  • Warp
  • Wind
  • Wishes
  • World
  • Wormhole

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