Christmas Reindeer Food Recipe and Printable

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By In The Playroom

On Christmas Eve, many families leave cookies and milk out for Santa, but what about his reindeer? Make your own magical reindeer food this Christmas to sprinkle on the lawn Christmas Eve night. This fun tradition is so much fun for kids and a great way to keep kids busy and excited at this magical time of year.

Santa’s team deserves a special treat for the hard work they do on their busiest day of the year. Santa’s reindeer fly around getting all of the children’s presents delivered each Christmas Eve, bringing all of the magic of the holiday season.

How to make Christmas Reindeer Food, fun christmas tradition with free printable reindeer food tags

That’s why Personal Creations’ created a reindeer food recipe and printables to share with all of us. You can download the magical reindeer food printables at the end of this blog post to leave out for santa’s helpers! Guide Rudolf and his team to your home this Christmas Eve with reindeer food they’ll love.

magical reindeer food with oats

With ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen, mix oats, sprinkles and a pinch of sugar to create a special treat the children can leave out the night before Christmas.

This fun Christmas tradition is the perfect way to say “thank you” to all of Santa’s hard-working helpers. Once you have made your batch of reindeer food, sprinkle onto your yard and await the morning for a special surprise: presents under the tree!

Easy Reindeer Food Recipe

Wondering how to make Christmas reindeer food with the kids this festive season? It is so easy!

Once made, you can pop a bag of this reindeer food into their Christmas Eve boxes, for a fun Christmas activity sprinkling this food on Christmas night. Small children will love this fun Christmas Eve tradition!

fun Christmas Eve tradition with kids

Magic Reindeer Food Recipe Ingredients:

For this simple recipe you will need the following ingredients and supplies

  • 1/2 cup uncooked oats
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup red and green sugar crystals/sprinkles or edible glitter
  • 5×7 clear cellophane bags
  • Stapler
  • Carrots (healthy reindeer food)
  • Cookies for Santa

Be sure to avoid plastic based glitter, or sequins as these things can harm wildlife even though they may look cute. Rudolph doesn’t want to harm the environment, so make sure everything you include is edible and does not contain any micro plastics.

rudolph food recipe for christmas

Directions: How to Make Magic Reindeer Dust

  1. Stir all the ingredients together and add to a plastic bag / ziploc bag.
  2. Staple poem to the bag at all four corners.
  3. On Christmas Eve, sprinkle the reindeer food outside and recite the special poem!

Alternatively you can make a batch of reindeer mix using this easy recipe and store in a mason jar.

Check the Personal Creations site for all of the free printables, including sweet festive poems and tags for the food bags that kids can colour.

Magical Reindeer Food Recipe Christmas Tradition

Magical Reindeer Food Recipe Christmas Tradition

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this special food for Santa's reindeer with this easy craft for the holiday season.


  • Large bowl
  • Oats
  • Edible glitter or sprinkles
  • Sugar


  • Large bowl
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Stapler
  • Zip-top bags
  • Printer


  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl
  2. Add to small ziplock bag
  3. Print reindeer food tag topper
  4. Staple to the top of bag
  5. On Christmas eve, sprinkle the reindeer food on your lawn

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PDF Download

Download the reindeer food tag and reindeer food label printables for your bags of reindeer food, including reindeer food poem and printable tags that kids can color.

printable coloring reindeer food gift tags

Click below to download the PDF file. Terms of use: free for personal use, not for commercial use.

Reindeer Food Poems

All of these festive poems can be found on the printable bag toppers in the PDF file, so pick your favorite and add the cute label to your christmas reindeer food bag.

Magic Reindeer Food Poem

Sprinkle on the lawn at night, The moon will make it spark so bright, Santa’s Reindeer fly and roam, This will help them find your home!

Rudolph Food Poem

Rudolf with your nose so bright Guides the sleigh on Christmas night.

Bright and merry, with all your cheer

Let us know that Christmas is here.

Delivering gifts for everyone,
Lead Santa back when the night is done!

Little Reindeer Food

You’re a little reindeer,
ready to fly,
You pull Santa’s sleigh up in the sky.

Christmas is here, You can’t be late. All the children Just cannot wait!page3image579040

Reindeer Food Poem

Here’s what you do,
it isn’t hard,
Just sprinkle this treat in your yard! 
The oats are for energy
The sparkles for flight,
The reindeers will come, full of delight!

Elf Food Poem

The elves are hard at work all year, To bring us joy and Christmas cheer! So here’s a yummy thank you gift, Sealed with a little chocolate kiss.

Don’t forget Santa’s elves! Whatever your Christmas elf name, keep the little cheeky ones included with this elf food poem too!

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Please go ahead and share this blog post with friends and family so they can try this fun activity with the kids and enjoy this new tradition too.

Easy Reindeer food recipe for Christmas Eve tradition with free printable gift tags

Enjoy! Happy holidays, we are sure this will soon be one of your favorite Christmas traditions!

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Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
Her easy-to-follow craft ideas and practical parenting advice have transformed In The Playroom into a cherished resource for parents.

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