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Rudolphs Favorite Reindeer Games

Most of you grew up singing Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer — am I right? Didn’t you always wonder what those Reindeer Games were that Rudolph didn’t’ get to join in?

Well, SantaAZ thought is was time to share seven of his Reindeer’s favorites. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this FUN info and and play them at your next Christmas party party!

1. Pass the Antlers

This one is actually Dasher’s favorite, and it’s played like the traditional game of Hot Potato. To play Pass the Antlers, simply have your guests gather in a circle and pass a pair of antlers around as music plays. When each player receives the antlers, she must put them on her head, then take them back off and pass them to the next player. Any player caught wearing the antlers when the music stops is out of the game. Play continues until one player remains.

2. Reindeer Relay Race

Prancer’s favorite game is the Reindeer Relay Race. To play this game, you will need two large boxes to act as the sleighs. You can even cover them in holiday gift wrapping or have the guests paint and decorate them as one of the party activities. Attach lengths of ribbon to each box to form the sleigh reins.

Divide players into two teams and have each team form a line on one side of the room. Stack a pile of gifts – or empty, wrapped boxes – on the floor in a spot on the other side of the room (make sure you have one gift per player). Give the first player in line for each team a pair of antlers. Inform the players that Santa is almost ready to embark on his journey, but the elves are snowed in at the toy shop, so it's up to the reindeer to load the sleigh.

When you signal the start of the race, the first players in line don their antlers, pull the sleighs to the stack of presents, load a gift inside and return to their teams. When a player returns to the line, she must hand the antlers to the next person in line, who must put them on and take the sleigh back to retrieve another gift from the pile.

The first team of reindeer to fill their sleigh with all of the gifts wins the race.