A Landing Zone for Santa

Elf Training #19 – A Landing Zone for Santa

Elf TrainingHi ho, Trackers!

Today’s topic in Elf Training is a fun one. It’s something that comes up every year – building a landing zone for Santa.

Kids do this all over the world. Some are good at it and some need more practice.

But tracker elves usually pay attention to this because they have to think about Santa as part of their job as an elf. You’ll be sending in weather reports and roof reports and doing chimney inspections and other stuff that will cause you to really, really think about how Santa lands at YOUR house, and how much space he needs, and what the reindeer might experience and how a big sleigh like that fits or doesn’t fit on your house.

It’s only natural for a professional tracker elf like you to worry about this stuff.

For many, the need to actually mark out a spot for Santa to land and park so he can deliver to your house or to the houses around you is something to think about. Some see it as a helpful project to work on in the days before Christmas.

First of all, you should know that Santa really appreciates it. He does. He can and most often lands without any kind of marking on a house or a lot because he’s been doing it for years and has the best equipment in the world to do it. But when someone goes to the trouble to actually mark out a place for him to park the sleigh, well, he really appreciates it.

So, if you’re going to do this, Santa just wants you to follow some simple rules:

  1. Ask your parents or whoever own the property before you do anything.
  2. Be safe. Don’t climb ladders, dig holes or engage in other dangerous stuff to do this.
  3. If you want to place lights and stuff, that’s fine, but be mindful of the neighbors. Bright lights could disturb them.
  4. The sleigh is bigger than you think. And with 9 reindeer pulling it, the whole thing is about three times as long as a typical school bus. Landing something that big takes a LOT of space.
  5. Leaving food and water out for the reindeer is more important than marking a spot for Santa to park.
  6. It’s okay if your landing zone gets covered in snow.
  7. No need to put up signs. Santa can figure it out.
  8. Never go into a chimney. In fact, Santa only uses a chimney as a last resort. But he also has certification and special tools to do it. Don’t ever try it yourself.
  9. Don’t put a landing zone on the roof.
  10. If you’re going to do this, get someone to help. It’ll be more fun that way.

And remember, Santa does NOT require a landing zone at all. He’s been to your house before without one and can do it again. But if you follow all the rules above, Santa doesn’t mind that you do it.

You are an elf. And he trusts you.


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International Director of Santa Trackers at the North Pole Flight Command
Roger is an experienced sleigh pilot, designer and flight engineer who has worked the past 42 years as a flight supervisor in the Tracking Department at the North Pole. Previous to that Roger served as a designer in the Research and Development Department during the crucial years of 1947-1974, an era known for breakout designs in Santa’s sleigh that broke long standing speed records. Roger was the lead designer of Santa’s 1968 sleigh, famous for surviving a brutal blizzard in Bavaria.
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Elf Candycane

ROGER THAT ROGER! Also is it okay to have a landing spot in my backyard?

Elf Amelia


elf cookie

think so

Wyatt Bloomberg

10/4 means ok

got it

Emery Risling

This is great! You can land on my frount lawn

Elf BookQueen120

Regarding the landing zone, you say to not put a landing zone on the roof. I can understand why this may be, what with all the space it takes to land a sleigh and some reindeer, but then what is the next most recommended zone for landing? I have a decent sized front and backyard. The front yard, though it makes it easier for getting into the house, would simply be out of the question. We have a boat that my Dad needs to work on parked outside, which will still be there by christmas. We have 2 cars parked in our drive way as well. The sides of the house are occupied by plants and the neighbours (and ours) bins. All in all, the front yard is taken. The backyard is a lot more promising. We do have a shed, garden patch, large pool, swing set, washing line, rabbit hutch, barbecue and trampoline, but there is a decent amount of space for a sleigh to land, especially if we were to do a bit of tidying up in the weeks before christmas. However, in order to then plan the space for Santa to land (if the backyard was the most optimal zone of choice), I would need to know the approximate (rough estimate) size of Santa’s sleigh with Reindeer attached. It would be fairly big, however Santa has been here many times before, so there must be some sort of way to fit the sleigh. If it is possible to get the measurements, I would prefer them in both the imperial and metric relative units incase anyone else would like to use them. Also, how would you go about building or setting up the zone. What would this zone need? What would the zone look like? These are all good questions which I would be grateful to have answered. Thanks.

Elf Ernest

We will check with the elves at North Pole Flight Command about this. Very good question and I’m sure your situation is not unique. Nice work, elf!

alexis beaulieu

is this for me or for someone else

Elf BookQueen120


whoa. you like to type! lol

alexis beaulieu

hi i am knew what do i do


Read all of the training posts if you can.


Roger that, sorry I haven’t been too active. I went on vacation, and forgot the device I use for santa tracking. But I’m back, ready, and excited!

Elf Buttercup

good for you Hannah! i hope you enjoy work. these next two weeks are going to be real busy, pal, and im glad we have you to help

Adley Peel

i do not have a chimney so i will put it in my back yard as well.


Elf in charge of stuff, did flight command say anything?

alyssa brown

if i don’t contackt you that means i busy with my family

nico nlapiana

you can land on my roof

Elf Buttercup

good to know, nico. i am sure that will be passed onto santa nice work!

nico nlapiana

rodger weres the net #20 tranning

nico nlapiana

hey guys well workers how long did you have to wait to get to #20tranning

Elf Kringle

YAY!!!!! So excited

Elf Buttercup

lol me too, emma e777771

Elf Amelia

Roger that!!! Cant Wait

Elf Jangle

roger that


you can use our street Sir



Elf Buttercup

Hello and Roger that, Roger. I think in order for me to create this project and, especially, plan it out I will need to know a few things that I would be greatful for if you answered them in a reply.

  • (about, but if you can tell me aproximently) how many feet long is the sleigh with the reindeer attatched? Because I have a decently big front yard and it is flat, though we do have two big trees beside it surrounded by bushes.
  • how exactly do I set this landing zone up? By this I mean I’d like to know if it is okay If i make signs and if my roof is big and strong enough to hold the sleigh and reindeer then how shall I go about making it if I can’t make it on the roof?

Thank you so much for answering these two questions. I’m quite gratefull, and you can tell santa I will be working out this project on the days to come before Christmas. I will plan everything out from today to december 23, and start building it on the 24, which is christmas eve. I will have everything ready for him including a little something for the reindeer. But (so) if you could just answer those two questions i will be on track for planning and building a landing zone for santa.


I don’t know the answers to the other questions, but you don’t have to make a landing zone on the roof, in fact they don’t want us to for safety reasons.

Elf Buttercup

i am going to make a landing zone in my front yard and cul-de-sac, but is a cul-de-sac okay for the sleigh to park on?

ELF Jingle Paws

Roger Elf Jingle Paws

Roger that!

Elf Snowball

Got it covered thanks

Elf Cookie Dough

Ok I will make sure that santa has a safe place to park the sleigh thank you

Elf Ishton

I will be sure to give Santa a great land pad with Oatmeal and Water for the reindeer as well.