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A Present for Santa
Airdate Tuesday, September 24, 2002 (VHS and DVD)
Wednesday, December 11, 2002 (Nickelodeon)
Monday, January 5, 2004 (Noggin)
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 (Merry Christmas! DVD)
U.S. Premiere Time (est.) {{{premiere}}}
Season 2
Episode 15 (aired)
10 (production order)
Written by Chris Gifford
Storyboard by:
Kelly Kennedy
Kuni Tomita
Directed by George Chialtas
Previous ¡Rápido, Tico! (airing order)
The Golden Explorers (production order)
Next Super Map! (airing order)
Doctor Dora (production order)
Go, Diego, Go!: Diego Saves Christmas (chronologically)

A Present for Santa is the 15th episode aired on TV of Dora the Explorer from Season 2. It is also the first Christmas special of the series.

In production order, it's the 10th episode of Season 2.



¡Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas! Dora and Boots want to add Santa's holiday cheer by bringing him a present! But to get all the way to the North Pole, they'll need some help from preschoolers, from some new friends, and even from… Swiper the Fox!


It is Christmas Eve and Santa is coming to Dora's house later tonight to bring them presents. While Dora and Boots were waiting, Boots had a present for Dora which had rainbow wrapping paper and a green ribbon. Dora opens her present and inside it was una flauta, a flute. Dora plays her flute and now it was Dora's turn to give Boots a present which had green star wrapping paper and a blue ribbon. When Boots opened his gift, he saw that it was a pair of maracas. Boots plays his maracas while Dora plays the tune of Feliz Navidad on her flute. Dora and Boots had a present for Santa. It had green wrapping paper with a picture of Santa on the tag. Dora and Boots had that gift close by. Soon after, Dora's parents come with a blanket for Dora and Boots. Dora's Papi says "Feliz Navidad" to Dora and gave her a kiss. Then, he says "Merry Christmas" to Boots and tickles him on the head. After that, Dora and Boots yawn and fell asleep.

While they were asleep, Santa brought out lots of presents to put under the tree. When they woke up, they were amazed to see that Santa brought lots of presents. They uncover the blanket to see if Santa got his present. Unfortunately, Santa did not take his present with him. Dora and Boots realized this and were shocked. They went outside. Dora asks the viewer if they see Santa Claus. Dora and Boots see him from afar. Boots asks where he was going. Dora tells Boots that Santa was going home. Dora asks the viewer if they knows where Santa lives. The viewer tells them that Santa lives at the North Pole. Boots tells Dora that they got to give Santa his present and if they don't, Santa may not get any presents for Christmas. So, Dora and Boots had to figure out how to get to the North Pole. They ask Map for assistance. Map says that the North Pole is very far away. He tells them that they have to go up the snowy mountains and across the icy river to get all the way to the North Pole.

Dora and Boots get going to find the snowy mountains. They realized that they were far away and needed someway to get up the snowy mountains. Just then, they see Azul the blue train who had Christmas lights. Dora and Boots thought it was cool. Azul comes to a stop. Dora asks Azul for a ride up the snowy mountains because they have a present to give Santa. Azul tells Dora and Boots that he can get them over the snowy mountains and then he explains to them that the snowy mountains get cold and that they need warm clothes for the snow. Dora checks Backpack for warm snow clothes. Backpack does so have snow clothes for Dora and Boots. The viewer has to get out 2 snowsuits, 4 winter boots, and 4 mittens. In no time, Dora and Boots were dressed for the snow. Dora and Boots climbed aboard Azul the blue train. They get going and along the way, Dora and Boots saw Benny the bull who is getting a teddy bear for Christmas. They see Isa who is getting a pink hat for Christmas. They also see Tico who will get roller skates for Christmas. After getting a sneak peek on what Dora's and Boots' friends are going to get for Christmas, Azul the blue train heads up the snowy mountains. At the top, a barrier was put in front of the tracks. Azul screeches to a stop. But after that screeching halt, Santa's present is let loose and flies off. Dora and Boots had to find Santa's present fast. Dora and Boots pictured in their heads that the present was shaped like a rectangle. They looked for all the rectangles in the snow. They find a rabbit wearing a hat under a triangle of snow. Dora and Boots find 2 rectangles: one rectangle of snow had a wooden sled underneath and the other was Santa's present. The present lands in Dora's hands. Dora and Boots thank Azul for the ride. Azul wishes them Feliz Navidad which means Merry Christmas in Spanish.

Dora and Boots got going on foot to the icy river. Suddenly, they heard Swiper. Boots wonders if Swiper wouldn't swipe on Christmas. Dora doesn't know for sure but they better be on the look out. Swiper was in a snowman suit and follows Dora and Boots. Each time Dora and Boots stop, Swiper does also. Dora and Boots examine the snowman who was following them. Dora tells Boots that she doesn't believe that it's just a snowman. Dora asks the viewer if it was just a snowman. The viewer says that it's not, but they remembers that the same snowman is from the last episode "¡Rápido, Tico!". Then Dora asks the viewer who is it. The viewer thought it was Swiper and it was. Swiper comes out of hiding and swipes the present. He was about to throw it away and hide it when Boots tells him that it was a present for Santa. Boots also tells Swiper how important it is that if he and Dora don't give Santa his present, he may not get any presents for Christmas. Swiper stops and thinks about what Boots said. Swiper felt bad and he gives the present back to Dora and Boots. Swiper runs away and learns a lesson that swiping anything on Christmas is a bad idea, because Santa will put Swiper on the naughty list for good. Dora and Boots give Swiper "Feliz Navidad".

After getting the present back that Swiper almost hid, they approach the icy river. Suddenly, they heard high-pitched barking. Dora and Boots saw a husky puppy. The husky puppy goes "ayudenme, ayudenme" which meant "help me, help me" in Spanish. Dora asks "¿Que te pasa, perrito?" meaning "What's wrong, puppy?" and the husky puppy goes "Mi mama, mi papa". Dora understands the fact that the husky puppy is looking for his parents who were on the other side of the river. Boots tells the husky puppy that they'll get him across the river. Dora tells the husky puppy, "No te preocupes, perrito" meaning "Don't worry, puppy". Dora and Boots had to figure out a way for them and for the husky puppy to get across the river and some male voices went "We can help". Dora and Boots asked who said that. The viewer tells them it was the whales. 1 whale tells them that they can jump across on their backs. Dora tells the viewer that the husky puppy needs help to jump across the whales. She also tells the viewer that the husky puppy speaks Spanish. So, Dora reminds the viewer to tell the husky puppy "Salta" meaning "jump" in Spanish. The viewer tells the husky puppy "salta" 4 times. Puppy jumps on 1 whale, then another and another until the husky puppy got across the icy river to the other side. The husky dogs were so happy to see their husky puppy back. Dora and Boots got a lift from 1 of the 3 whales and they 2 got across the icy river. Dora and Boots thank the whales. "You're welcome", they all said. They spray water out of their blowholes and splashed away.

Dora and Boots were getting close to delivering Santa's Christmas present. They just have to get to the North Pole, which was so far away. Suddenly, the husky dogs and the husky puppy return as they bring out a sled. "¡Vamonos!" says the husky puppy. "Let's go" says Dora and Boots as they hop on to the sled. In no time, Dora and Boots reach the North Pole. Dora thanks them as the husky dogs leave. Dora and Boots approach Santa's house. Boots knocks on the door. Dora tells Boots that Santa is not here yet and must still be delivering presents. Suddenly, a group of voices say "A present for Santa, a present for Santa". Boots listens. The same group of voices say out the same sentence quietly and then they say out the same sentence out loud. Dora and Boots saw it was Santa's elves. 2 elves approach Dora and Boots. A boy elf says "Santa should be home soon". A girl elf says, "Listen, when you hear the jingle bells" and the boy and girl elf both say in unison: "Santa will be home". Dora and Boots listened for the sound of jingle bells. The viewer hears them and they heard it too. Santa was coming home. One elf suggested Dora and Boots to put the present under the tree. All the other elves agreed and Dora and Boots are about to do so.

Dora and Boots head inside and one of the elves closes the door behind them. Dora and Boots look at Santa's Christmas tree. They noticed that Santa didn't get any presents. Dora and Boots decide to put their present under his tree. They did so and they listened for Santa. "Ho, ho, ho!" Santa says. Dora asks the viewer if they see Santa. The viewer saw Santa outside. Dora and Boots looked out the window. Then, they hid behind the tree as Santa walked into the door. Santa looked at his own present and goes "Ho, ho, ho!". Dora and Boots peek out and greet Santa Claus. They tell him to open his present. Santa did so and inside was una guitarra, a guitar. Santa loved his present and thanks Dora and Boots. They all hugged. Santa tells Dora and Boots that they should play a song together. "Great!" Dora and Boots said. Dora, Boots and Santa played out and sung to the tune of Feliz Navidad. Later, they go outside and the elves joined in. After the song, the reindeer pull Santa's sleigh. Santa tells Dora and Boots that he has to get them home. So, Dora and Boots get a sleigh ride from Santa. They had a blast. Soon after, Dora and Boots were back at Dora's house.


Places in this episode[]

  1. Snowy Mountains
  2. Icy River
  3. North Pole


Items in Backpack (clockwise starting from the top right)[]

  • Pink snow boots (correct items for Dora)
  • Flippers
  • Bathing suit
  • Purple mittens (correct items for Dora)
  • Red snow boots (correct items for Boots)
  • Pink snowsuit (correct item for Dora)
  • Red mittens (correct items for Boots)
  • Yellow snowsuit (correct item for Boots)


  • This is the last episode to be premiere in 2002.
  • This is the 41st episode aired on TV of the show.
  • Due to being shown on the Nick Jr. Holiday DVD in 2002, this is the first episode to ever be released on DVD (although the DVD itself is not a Dora the Explorer themed DVD). The first episode to be released on an actual Dora the Explorer-themed DVD is Lost Map.
  • This is the first Christmas special in the Dora franchise.
  • The voice of Santa Claus is Howie Dorough, a member of a popular boy band, the Backstreet Boys.
  • This alongside ¡Rápido, Tico! were the first two episodes to be released on home media before airing on television.
  • In the scene where Dora and Boots look at their friends' presents, while looking at Tico's he had the exact same blanket that he had in the episode "Little Star".
  • Benny, Tico, and Isa appear in this episode, but they do not speak or vocalize.
  • It is unknown how Swiper and the Fiesta Trio got to the North Pole.
  • This episode premiered just 2 weeks before Christmas 2002.
  • This is one of few episodes that premiered on Nick instead of Nick Jr.
  • When the husky puppy says "¡Vámonos!", he sounds like Tico.
  • Swiper almost swiped Santa Claus' present from Dora and Boots, but they tell him before he throws it away saying it was Santa's present so he gives it back to them.
  • Dora and Boots only sing the Travel Song once.
  • When Dora and Boots sing the Travel Song while riding Azul, they do not list the places they are going, they repeat "Chugga-chugga-choo-choo!" four times at warp speed in its place, just like in Choo-Choo!.
  • Map doesn't sing the full version of the I'm The Map song, he only just says "I'm the Map" 3 times.
    • He even says "Merry Christmas!" (both in English and Spanish)
  • Feliz Navidad means Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays in Spanish.
  • This is the second of the only two episodes in which Tico's Tree is erroneously placed outside of the Nutty Forest, the other being Little Star.
  • This is the second episode where Swiper is disguised as a snowman, first being ¡Rápido, Tico!.
  • Backpack didn't say "Yum-yum-yum-yum-yum! ¡Delicioso!" in this episode, she said "Merry Christmas! ¡Feliz Navidad!" while she sucks on the remaining items in her segment.
  • This is the last episode where Jordan Smith Howie voices Azul. Beginning with Whose Birthday is It? (end credits only) and The Lost City, he will be voiced by Phillip Miller.
  • After Dora and Boots sing We Did It!, the Blue Cursor doesn’t click on Dora while she's flying in Santa's sleigh because of the screen zooming out, it instead clicks on one of Santa's reindeer.
  • This is the first and only time Santa Claus gets the Character Find.
  • Santa only gets his Character Find once.
  • This is not only the sixth episode where Dora and Boots returned to where they started from after reaching the final place on the map, but the first time doing that while singing We Did It!. The other five episodes where they went back to the start were Three Little Piggies, Berry Hunt, The Chocolate Tree, El Día De Las Madres, and Click!.
  • Dora and Boots traveled to the North Pole Polar Express style, but only the part when they go up the snowy mountains.
  • In this episode, Boots gives Dora a flute for Christmas. In an earlier episode, Dora mentions that the flute in her happy box was a present from Boots. It is possible that this episode was produced before the aforementioned episode.
  • When Dora said "Look, Boots!" upon reaching the Icy River, the audio was taken from Hic-Boom-Ohhh!.
  • Dora and Boots wear the same snow clothes from A Letter for Swiper during the snow blizzard scene.
  • Swiper didn't snap his fingers when he said "Oh, man!", because he had his hands full.
  • This is the first episode that Swiper returns something to Dora and Boots. It will happen again in Dora's Got a Puppy.
  • The flute and maracas that Dora and Boots got for Christmas will later be used in "Dora, La Música".
  • This is the third episode (first in production order) Swiper is technically somehow on his good side that he has got to learn the lesson not to swipe anything on Christmas, or he will be on the naughty list for good.


  • When Dora and Boots are singing We Did It!, Azul is driving on snow over the hill instead of the train tracks.
  • In real life, whales live in oceans and not rivers (although it does not apply here due to cartoon logic).
  • When the Episode was reaired on Nick on CBS after 2002 the Episode opened with the Season 3-4 intro instead of the Season 1-2 intro.
  • If one looks closely, during Santa's character find, the bar on the right that holds the credits is a greener shade instead of the usual cyan.
  • In almost every scene in this episode, the art style changes, it changes to the Season 1 art style, the Season 2 art style, and the Season 3 art style
    • Dora's face design changes constantly throughout the episode, (This well probably a goof/error during this episode).


  • This episode, along with Whose Birthday is It? is not available on iTunes and YouTube, but (outside of home media) it is on Amazon Prime.

Character Find[]

Santa Claus (only Character Find Holiday episode and only time)

Dora the Explorer Season 2
Lost Squeaky | The Missing Piece | The Big Storm | The Magic Stick | Rojo the Fire Truck | El Día De Las Madres | The Golden Explorers | Doctor Dora | Pinto, the Pony Express | The Big Piñata | The Happy Old Troll | A Letter for Swiper | Click! | ¡Rápido, Tico! | A Present For Santa | Super Map! | Lost Map | Dora, La Música | The Lost City* | Egg Hunt | To the Monkey Bars | Hide and Go Seek | School Pet | Quack! Quack! | León, the Circus Lion | Whose Birthday is It? | Super Spies
* - Denotes held-up episode