On the trail to Christmas ! Our round up of 6 local trails you can enjoy as a family

This Christmas is a little different in many ways – not least in the activities available to do as a family in the build up to the big day. A 2020 Christmas is all about getting out in the open and exploring some of the trails that have been created to give us all some family fun – and exercise! Here is a round up of 6 trails happening in and around Lincoln this month…

The Skellingthorpe Christmas Trail

Santa’s lost his hat!
One of Santa’s elves has lost Santa’s most valued hat in Skellingthorpe. This particular hat has been an heirloom passed down in the Santa family for generations. The elf was borrowing it to keep his elfie ears warm but then left it in a house in the village while he was helping Santa write the Naughty or Nice list. Can you help Santa find his hat?

Visit the website below to purchase and download a trail sheet which will help you to locate Santa’s precious headpiece. The trail sheet will take you round the village of Skellingthorpe where you’ll solve clues to collect letters and numbers. Once you’ve completed the trail, you’ll need to unscramble your collection to reveal the location of Santa’s missing hat. Are you up for the challenge? If you’re successful in your quest, you can submit your trail sheet at the address to be entered into a prize draw. The trail takes approximately 1hr – 1.5hrs to complete.

This trail is a safe, outdoor event that can be done at a time of your choice between Dec 5th – Jan 4th with your own household/permitted group. It has been organised by Saint Lawrence PTA to raise money for the school and Billy’s House, Nottingham (CLIC Sargent).

The Skellingthorpe Christmas Trail launched on Saturday 5th December and runs until Monday 4th January. Purchase and download a trail sheet ONLINE to print at home at: http://www.skellingthorpetrail.co.uk.

Trail sheets can also be purchased from Daisy Made and the Gardenfield Village Store, Skellingthorpe.

Christmas Spirit Trail

Lincoln BIG have again teamed up with QR code trail experts High Street Safari to create an interactive Christmas story-trail.

The trail is positioned around Lincoln City centre with 10 ‘Christmas Spirit’ characters hidden in business windows and takes on average about 45 minutes to complete. It’s completely free for families and groups to take part in and they win a heart-warming Christmas e-book at the end. It is due to begin 4th December (COVID-19 restrictions allowing) and will run until 4th January 2021.

The trail works by utilising contactless QR codes, without the need for families to download or sign up to anything. 10 jolly window characters, all specially created for the trail have been placed for families to hunt down.

The Christmas Spirit Trail revolves around a magical story that includes Albert Claus, the lass famous brother of Father Christmas. His job is to maintain the Spirit of Christmas by spreading joy bubbles on Christmas day, but he’s gone missing! By visiting the trail stops and speaking to each of the cheerful ‘Spirits of Christmas’, players will learn what has happened to Albert and, finally, be able to solve the mystery, save him and read the conclusion with the free e-book at the end.

4th December 2020 to 4th January 2021. To find out more about the trail, visit the website: www.christmasspirittrail.com

Santa’s Reindeer Trail at Bransby Horses

Walk round Santa’s Reindeer Trail, meeting each one of our nine Reindeer.

Find the names of each Reindeer, fill in the sheet and collect a prize at the end!

To take part please pay at the Gift Shop on arrival.

 £3.50 per child. 3rd to 24th December. For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/events/3746657615384820

Bransby Horses – Rescue and Welfare

Cowdale Lane, Bransby, Lincoln

Santa Hunt at International Bomber Command Centre

Santa Hunt! Can you find all the Santa’s hidden around the IBCC’s grounds? Work out what word they are spelling to win a prize…

In addition to the Santa Hunt, the IBCC are giving you the chance to ask Santa!

If you could ask Santa anything what would you ask? How did Santa find his way around the world during the blackouts of World War II? Will he be wearing a mask when he delivers presents this year? Where does he go on holiday?

This year Santa is coming to the IBCC to answer your questions! Submit your questions below and visit the IBCC Facebook page on Christmas Eve to watch his interview!


Glimpse the Imp 

The City Centre is being brought to life with a collection of festive themed imps who are hiding in locations around Lincoln. The Glimpse the Imp trail will provide visitors to the city the opportunity to find 16 festive imps hidden in windows of businesses in the city. The imps will move location, so you can never be certain where one of these mischievous characters will appear!

If you’ve enjoyed searching for the festive imps around the city, then why not play a game with one of your own? Paint your own imps are available from the Visitor Information Centre in Castle Square, and you and your family can play our game ‘hiding and seeking’ your imp around your home, using the suggested game available to download.

Christmas Lights Selfie Trail

Follow the Lincoln Christmas Lights Selfie Trail

There are 7 beautiful Christmas light displays dotted around Lincoln city centre, from uphill Lincoln to

Cornhill Quarter & St Marks Shopping Centre, Lincoln

🎄Can you find all 7 for a chance to win?

Follow the trail and share your photographs tagging Visit Lincoln on social media and using #ChristmasInLincoln to spread the festive cheer this year.

The best photograph posted will win £50 in shopping vouchers which can be spent in Lincoln’s independent shops. 🛍️

Extra sparkle points will be given to you if you snap a picture at all 7 displays, but just one brilliant photo will scoop up the big prize. 📸

Download your trail leaflet online at: https://www.visitlincoln.com/whats-on/christmas-spirit-trail.

You can enter the competition on either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – just make sure you tag @VisitLincoln and use #ChristmasInLincoln in your post for a chance to win.


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