In the wild reindeer travel with their families in huge herds and migrate thousands of miles across forest and woodland. They have access to vast and beautiful landscapes with fresh air, tranquility and peace.

Now reindeer have become a symbol for Christmas...

The festive season is a joyous time where we create happy memories with our loved ones. Unfortunately - for reindeer - they are taken from their natural habitat and families to perform in crowded pubs, shopping centres, and festivals.

At Freedom for Animals we believe that the ‘Christmassy’ feeling we all know and love doesn’t need to come at the expense of these majestic animals.

As events are cancelled and people stay indoors, we are left wondering where all the reindeer are now. These animals that once could have been destined for a life of companionship and community have been left to one side until once again they can become profitable.

Every year at Freedom for Animals we campaign against the use of reindeer, and every year we make positive steps in signalling to these event organisers that we will not stop until they do. This year is no different, and we need you!

We are looking for a herd of ‘reindeer runners’ to either walk, jog or run 3 kilometres on the 12th December!

All you need to do is pick a route for you and your reindeer friends to run, sign up to our page and take part on the day. Imagine a thousand ‘reindeer runners’ all taking part on the same day to raise awareness of captive reindeer used in entertainment....powerful!

It couldn’t be simpler to join in. Register your participation via our EventBrite page by purchasing adult, children or family tickets!


After registration, you will receive information and tips on how to plan your run. You can plan your run to be wherever you want. Whether you fancy a jog round the block, a park, or through a forest, just pop on your reindeer gear and don't forget to share your photos with us on social media #RunforReindeer.

As reindeer travel in herds, why not invite your friends and family to join in too! Just remember, just as reindeer only travel within their own herd, we only travel within our own bubbles.

If you are looking for socially distanced fun for all the family, then grab some antlers and join in our Reindeer Run this December 12th and help us put an end to reindeer exploitation.

Why not set up a fundraising page to help us raise even more valuable funds? You can share your progress with your friends and make an even bigger impact on the lives of these reindeer.

set up your page

If you have any questions about the event, please contact: [email protected] and we will be more than happy to help!