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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

Movie Summary

Rudolph, whose red nose makes him a North Pole outcast, heads out on an odyssey that leads him to a showdown with the Abominable snowman. When Rudolph returns to the North Pole, amid a ferocious storm sure to cancel Santa’s trip, the reindeer-with-your-nose-so-bright’s destiny becomes apparent.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was originally released on NBC December 6, 1964. CBS acquired the rights in 1972 and in 2019, Freeform (formerly ABC Family) began airing the made for tv special as part of its 25 Days of Christmas holiday programming block.

Where can I watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer online?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is available to stream from the following providers:

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Is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer available to buy on DVD?

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When will Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer air on TV in 2024?

Not airing this week

This movie normally airs throughout the holiday season on Freeform. For a complete schedule of dates and times, view the 25 Days of Christmas schedule.

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Cast Includes

Billie Mae Richards (Rudolph), Burl Ives (Sam the Snowman), Paul Soles (Hermey), Larry D. Mann (Yukon Cornelius), Alfie Scopp (Charlie-in-the-Box), Stan Francis (King Moonracer), Janis Orenstein (Clarice), Peg Dixon (Mrs. Claus)

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Movie Trailer

19 thoughts on “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

  • Denise

    How come on the family channel they play all the old Santa Claus is coming to town, the year without Santa Claus, Rudolph Christmas in July, they play them over and over all month long, but not once do they show Rudolph the red nose reindeer?!?! Makes no sense, what is wrong with the original Rudolph?

    • Mrs. Claus

      Hi Denise, Unfortunately CBS owns exclusive rights to air the original Rudolph. No other channel is allowed to air it.

  • Anonymous

    it allways comes on twice every year go on youtube if you missied

  • Sharon

    I think the movie schedule was pretty poor this year. I’m sorry but I always look forward to the 25 days of Christmas countdown and this was disappointing. 2 rare sightings of Rudolph the red Nosed reindeer on the schedule, which I didn’t catch. Not sure if the Grinch cartoon, or frosty was even on. There were endless/too many episodes of Polar Express, Home Alone, Elf. Only a rare ‘Classic Christmas’ cartoon. Please change it up and put in MORE of the classic cartoony Christmas shows. (Frosty, Grinch, Rudolph, Thank you so much:)
    Merry Christmas

  • Cinnamon Toast

    I missed it on the 9th of December; however I will be glued to the TV on the 13th!!!


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