The Caterham Valley elves are once again getting ready to take over the town to bring some festive magic in the run up to Christmas.
For four weeks from Saturday November 24, the impish little creatures will be hiding in shops and businesses around Caterham Valley waiting to be discovered by elf detectives.
Children can track down all 20 hand-crafted elves by answering clues which will pinpoint their hidey-holes in various locations throughout the town.
Last year, the Caterham Valley Christmas Elves Takeover drew hundreds of families into Caterham with local businesses inundated with little elf hunters eagerly ticking off their trail sheets.
Organised by Caterham BID (known as Caterham Valley For You), the free family fun continues right through the festive season until Saturday December 22, and families can go in search of the cheeky elves any time during shop and business opening hours.
Photos from the 2017 Caterham Valley Elves Takeover
“This is a magical way for families to get to know their town and it adds a fun element to festive shopping,” says Andrew Browne, chairman of Caterham Valley For You.
“We had amazing feedback last year from both the businesses and the families taking part. It was wonderful to see youngsters walking around the town clutching their trail sheets looking for clues.”
The free trail sheets will be distributed at various pick-up points around the town (watch this space) ready for elf-hunters to start their adventure, and there is the chance to win a prize voucher for those who are successful.
Completed sheets will be posted at the Magic Elf Trail Post Boxes at Morrisons, Caterham Valley Library, Bow Butterfly and Rawlings Opticians, and there is the chance to win one of three prize vouchers for those who are successful.
There’s an added element of fun alongside the main trail this year, as one of the elves, Chilly Billy, was so excited to be coming to Caterham that he forgot to get fully dressed before he jumped into the magic Elfmobile bringing him and his friends from the North Pole.
You can help him find a new set of clothes in business windows around Caterham Valley – each item of clothing will display a letter and when you’ve found them all, you’ll be able to work out what Santa’s giving Billy for Christmas. You can find clues about their current location here.
- LAUNCH DAY! The opening day of Caterham Valley Christmas Elves Takeover coincides with the Caterham Valley Christmas Lights Switch On on Saturday November 24. Find out why it’s a magical day to visit town here.