"Once a year, we hold these games to honor the mighty reindeer who draw my sleigh every Christmas Eve. May the Flyers of tomorrow be discovered today. Let the games begin"

Santa opening The Junior Reindeer Games

The Junior Reindeer Games is an event that happens in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie. Once a year at Reindeer Stadium, adolescent reindeer take part in games and the winner is sometimes picked by Santa Claus to become a Flyer for his sleigh. There are two known events: The Sleigh Race (which involves the reindeer pulling a sleigh with an elf in it) and The Leaping Contest.

It is first mentioned early on in the film by Zoey in Mrs. Prancer's class.

Years later, Rudolph, Zoey and Arrow along with many other adolescent bucks and does take part in The Sleigh Race. However Arrow determined to be chosen to be a Flyer, starts cheating by knocking some of the other competitors off course. He then taunts Rudolph about his feelings for Zoey causing his nose light up and make Arrow and his elf driver crash into other competitors. Rudolph along with his driver Doggle win the race, but is disqualified by the Elf Referee who sees what Rudolph's nose caused as cheating and makes Arrow winner instead much to the dismay of Rudolph's parents Blitzen and Mitzi, Zoey, Santa and Mrs Claus.



  • If watched closely, it can be seen that Zoey was second to Rudolph in the Sleigh Race. Therefore, she should have been made winner by default instead of Arrow.