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Come on, vamonos! Let's bring this present to Santa!

— Dora


Dora The Explorer - Feliz Navidad (S2, E15) - Paramount+

"A Present for Santa" is the first Christmas episode of the Nick Jr. animated series Dora the Explorer. It was originally released directly-to-video on September 24, 2002, before airing on Nickelodeon in prime-time on December 11th of that year.


Dora and boots open christmas gifts

Dora and Boots play with their new instruments.

It is Christmas Eve and Santa is coming to Dora's house later tonight to bring them presents. While she and Boots are waiting, he has a present for her with rainbow wrapping paper and a green ribbon. She opens it and inside was una flauta, a flute. She plays it and now it was her turn to give Boots a present - a pair of maracas. He plays them while Dora plays the tune of "Feliz Navidad" on her flute. They have a present for Santa with green wrapping paper and a picture of him on the tag close by. Soon after, Cole & Elena Márquez come with a blanket for them. Cole wishes her Feliz Navidad and Boots Merry Christmas. Dora and Boots fall asleep, during which Santa puts lots of presents under the tree.

When Dora and Boots wake up, they're amazed to see that Santa brought lots of presents, but then they notice that he didn't take his present with him. They go outside and see Santa from afar. Boots asks where he's going and Dora says that he's going home. Boots tells her that they have to give him his present, so they have to figure out how to get to the North Pole. They ask Map for help. He says that the North Pole is very far away and that they have to go up the snowy mountains and across the icy river to get there.

Dora and boots are on a train

"We've gotta stop!"

Dora and Boots get going to find the snowy mountains, which they see are far away, and need someway to get up them. Suddenly, they see Azul, who has Christmas lights. When Dora asks him for a ride up the snowy mountains, Azul warns them that the mountains get cold and that they will need warm clothes. Dora checks Backpack for warm snow clothes, and in no time, Dora and Boots are dressed for the snow. They climb aboard Azul, and along the way, they see Benny the bull who will get a teddy bear for Christmas, Isa who will get a pink hat, and Tico who will get roller skates. After getting a sneak peek on what they're getting for Christmas, Azul heads up the snowy mountains. At the top, a barrier has been put in front of the tracks. Azul screeches to a stop, which causes Santa's present to be shaken loose and fly off. Dora and Boots have to find it fast. They picture in their heads that it's shaped like a rectangle, so they look for all the rectangles in the snow. They find a bunny wearing a hat under a triangle of snow. They find two rectangles. One has a sled underneath and the other is Santa's present. The latter lands in Dora's hands. She and Boots thank Azul for the ride. He wishes them Feliz Navidad.

Dora and Boots continue on foot to the icy river when they suddenly hear Swiper. Boots wonders if he swipes on Christmas. Dora doesn't know for sure, but they better be on the lookout. He's in a snowman suit and follows them. After Dora and Boots examine the snowman who's following them, Swiper comes out of hiding and swipes the present. He's about to hide it when Boots tells him that it's a present for Santa and that if he and Dora don't give it to Santa, he may not get any presents for Christmas. Swiper stops and thinks about what Boots said. He feels bad, gives it back to Boots, and runs away as Dora and Boots wish him Feliz Navidad.

The Little Puppy Is On The Whale


After getting the present back, Dora and Boots approach the icy river when they suddenly hear high-pitched barking. They see that it's a husky puppy calling for help in Spanish; he is looking for his parents who are on the other side of the river. Dora and Boots have to figure out a way for them to get across the river, and some whales offer to help, saying that they can jump across on their backs. Dora tells the viewer that the husky puppy needs help to do so, reminding the viewer to tell him, "Salta" (which means "Jump" in Spanish). After the viewer repeats it four times, the puppy jumps on the whales until he gets across the icy river to reunite with his parents on the other side. Dora and Boots get a lift from one of the three whales to get across the icy river.

The husky dogs return with a sled, which Dora and Boots hop onto. In no time, they reach the North Pole, and Dora thanks the husky dogs as they leave. She and Boots then approach Santa's house, but Santa is not here yet because he is still delivering presents. Suddenly, a group of voices say, "A present for Santa, a present for Santa," at varying volumes, and Dora and Boots see that it's Santa's elves. Two approach them to tell them that Santa will be home soon when they hear the jingle bells. Dora and Boots listen for the sound of jingle bells until they hear Santa coming home.

Dora And Boots Are Laughing On Holly Jolly Sleigh

Dora and Boots dance on Santa's sleigh.

Dora and Boots head inside and look at Santa's Christmas tree, noticing that he doesn't have any presents under it, so they put theirs under it. Dora then asks the viewer if they see him before she and Boots look out the window. Then they hide behind the tree as he walks in the door. He looks at their present and laughs. They peek out, greet him, and tell him to open it. He does so and inside is una guitarra, a guitar. He loves it, thanks Dora and Boots, and they all hug. He tells Dora and Boots that they should play a song together. Dora, Boots, and Santa play and sing "Feliz Navidad". After the song, the reindeer pull Santa's sleigh. He tells Dora and Boots that he has to get them home. So they get a sleigh ride back from him and have a blast. Soon after, they're back at her house.



The episode debuted on a VHS tape, which also included the episode "¡Rápido, Tico!", on September 24, 2002. It was also featured on the Nick Jr. Holiday DVD, released on the same day. It was later included on the Dora's Christmas DVD in 2004, and the Nickelodeon Favorites: Merry Christmas! compilation DVD in 2011.


  • Santa's voice actor, Howie Dorough, later voiced the Singing Bridge in the double-length third season episode, "Dora's Pirate Adventure."

Voice cast[]


The cover to the storybook adaptation.

Voice actor/actress Character(s)
Kathleen Herles Dora Márquez
Harrison Chad Boots
Howie Dorough Santa Claus
Esai Morales Cole Márquez
Marc Weiner Map
Fiesta Trio
Sasha Toro Backpack
Aisha Shickler Husky Puppy
Eileen Galindo Elena Márquez
Jordan Smith-Howie Azul
Christina Anbri
Ashley Orr
Stephen Scarpulla
Jake Weinreb
Nina Hennessey
Irwin Reese


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