While we know Santa’s reindeer have a very important job to do on Christmas Eve, we’ve discovered where in Manitoba they like to spend their down time.
As his name implies, Dasher is fast, which is why he’s game for the speed of the Fire on Ice Car Racing at Gimli’s Ice Festival. The flat, frozen and open expanse of Lake Winnipeg provides the perfect icy track for cars and speedy Dasher to hit maximum speed. This year’s festival, which also features snow sculptures, ice fishing and a frozen fish toss, happens March 3-4.
Dancer – Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival
Dancer has perfected her footwork, which makes her feel right at home among the fast-moving dancers performing at Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin. From August 3-5, you can catch Dancer and the rest of the Zirka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble wow crowds with their traditional and creative dances.
Prancer – Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
As a guest member of the corps de ballet in Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Prancer’s reindeer duties prevent him from performing in the holiday season favorite Nutcracker (Dec 21-30). But he’ll be back on stage for The Sleeping Beauty (February 28-March 4).
Vixen – Wapusk National Park
You’ll often find Vixen hanging with the bold and inquisitive foxes that call Wapusk National Park, 40 km from Churchill, home. Arctic, red, silver and cross foxes, she loves to frolic with her fox pals and give a passing wave to the polar bear moms and cubs she passes along the way.
Comet – Oak Hammock Marsh
Away from the lights of the city, Comet can be found gazing up at the night sky during Astronomy Night at Oak Hammock Marsh. If he’s lucky, the northern lights might also make an appearance.
Cupid – Thermëa Spa
Cupid’s keen sense of direction takes him in a straight line from the Finnish-style dry sauna to the icy cold plunge pool at Thermëa, one of Winnipeg’s most romantic destinations. What better place to relax after a busy holiday season?
Donner – Lake Manitoba Narrows
With a name derived from the German word for thunder, Donner likes to visit the Narrows – the only place you can cross Lake Manitoba by bridge. It is here that strong winds send waves thundering against limestone rocks, in a sound that is said to be the Manitou, or Great Spirit, beating a drum.
Blitzen – The Common
When he’s in need of some good cheer, Blitzen gathers his reindeer pals and heads to The Common at The Forks for a flight of craft beer. And if he might even pick up a bite from one of the market’s newest restaurants, Red Ember Pizza or Passero from famed local chef, Scott Bagshaw. Or maybe he’ll just grab a Folk Fest Cookie from Tall Grass Prairie bakery.
Rudolph – The Canadian Museum for Human Rights
And if you recall the most famous reindeer of all, the shiny-nosed Rudolph can be seen flying around the shining Tower of Hope that rises high above the impressive glass wings of this architectural wonder. His guiding light echoes that of the Museum, both bringing messages of hope and goodwill to all!