What Is Tesla Santa Mode?

Get into the Christmas spirit with Tesla’s Santa Mode which makes your display and some sounds Santa-themed.
Written by Olivia Rose
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Aug 8, 2022
Tesla Santa Mode turns your Tesla’s display into a winter wonderland—kind of. It’s an Easter egg feature that’s a little gimmicky, but sure to excite children and Christmas fanatics all around.  
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What is Tesla Santa Mode? 

Tesla Santa Mode is a software setting that makes your display—and some audio features—Santa-themed. 
On your Tesla’s display, your Tesla will typically appear as a car. But with Santa Mode, your car will appear as Santa and his sleigh, pulled by two reindeer, and with presents in the back. Other cars on your display will appear as reindeer, the roads in your display will be snowy, and snow will be falling
For added entertainment and fun, the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh will speed up when you drive faster and slow down to a trot when you slow down. The reindeers’ collars will flash red when you use your turn signals (the collar on the left reindeer flashes when you use your left turn signal and vice versa for the right). 
Our favorite part of Santa Mode is that instead of playing a clicking sound when you turn on your turn signals, your Tesla will play the sound of sleigh bells. Seriously, is there any better way to get into the Christmas spirit?!
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How to turn on Tesla Santa Mode

So you know all about Santa Mode—but how on earth do you turn it on? 
There are a few ways to turn on Tesla Santa Mode in your Tesla. First, you can tap the Apps icon (it looks like a box with an up arrow) on your display, and then click Toy Box. Then, just scroll down and select Santa Mode to turn it on. 
Too many steps for your liking? Activate Santa Mode with voice command by saying “Ho! Ho! Ho!” Chuck Berry’s rendition of “Run, Rudolph, Run!” will play to commemorate the activation. (Be cautious, the song plays pretty loudly—and you can’t adjust the volume while it plays!)
You can use the same process with the command “Ho! Ho! Ho! Not Funny,” and the song “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” will play, instead. 
When you’re ready to turn Santa Mode off, you can return to Apps > Toy Box and select Santa Mode once more to turn it off. Or, turn it off by the voice command, “Turn Santa Mode Off.”

How long can you leave Tesla Santa Mode on?

Since it’s simply a visual/audio feature in your Tesla, Santa Mode can be run indefinitely! But we recommend turning it off after the Christmas season. You don’t want to be the Tesla version of someone who leaves their lights up all year, right? 

Which Teslas have Santa Mode? 

No need to worry whether your Tesla model has Santa Mode or not—all Tesla models have Santa Mode, including Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y. 

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