You can film reindeer visiting your home to show your kids on Christmas morning

Little ones will often face a sleepless night of excitement on Christmas Eve as they wait to spot signs that Santa and his team of reindeer have visited.

As well as the collection of presents he leaves behind, much of the magic comes from seeing a half empty glass of milk (or something stronger) and a generous reindeer bite from a carrot to prove the big man appreciated the snacks they left to help him on his way.

And although Santa is far too clever to ever be caught on camera during his busiest night of the year, a McDonald’s creation will allow you to show your children something truly special when they are finally allowed out of bed on Christmas day.

The McDonald’s Reindeer Ready website has been a huge hit in previous years with parents up and down the country, giving you the chance to film one of Rudolph’s gang eating from a plate of carrots in your very own living room.

It’s incredibly simple to do but the site is often overloaded in the final hours of Christmas Eve with the amount of people trying to access it, so it’s probably better to get things prepared beforehand.

All you need to do is visit the website here on your phone or tablet, choose ‘Reindeer Ready Live’ and click ‘Get started’.

It will then access your camera to take a picture of where you would like the hard-working reindeer to appear, before editing in the magical animal to take a bite from a plate of crunchy carrots as the bells on its collar jingle away, as seen in the video above.

Getting the camera angle right to match where your child left the snacks may take a couple of goes, and remember that the website adds in its own plate of carrots so be sure to move yours out of the shot before you get started.

You can even change the side the reindeer enters from to match how they would have entered the house, and once you’ve nailed the perfect shot, you can download the video to your phone to wow the little ones on Christmas morning.