Search is on in Spalding this Christmas with new Nutcracker Trail

Posted on 26 November 2019

Nutcracker soldiers will take point in Spalding town centre this December, as seasonal shoppers can enter a free competition to find them as part of the new Spalding Nutcracker Trail. Nutcracker Press Release Photo

The trail, created by South Holland District Council's community development team working with local businesses, will be open from 7 - 22 December, with 14 soldiers hidden in shops across the town centre.

The shops and businesses taking part include Bookmark, South Holland Centre, Hills Department Store, Charmed Interiors and Lloyds Pharmacy, with trail booklets available to collect to help guide participants on their festive foray around Spalding. 

Booklets can be collected for free from Ayscoughfee Hall, the Council's Priory Road offices, at Spalding Christmas Celebration on 8 December and at all the other participating businesses. The booklet will also include an entry form for anyone who completes the trail to be entered into a prize draw.

After the trail has been completed and all the Nutcracker names have been entered into the booklet, the participant will be able to post their entry form at one of the special post boxes located at the South Holland Centre and the Council offices on Priory Road. Three lucky winners will then be chosen at random and will receive a hamper of fantastic prizes in time for Christmas!

Rachel Rowett, Community Development Manager for South Holland District Council, said: "The Nutcracker Trail is just one part of our exciting plans for this year's Spalding Christmas Celebration, and we are looking forward to working with local businesses and residents to help get the town centre full of the festive spirit.  

It will be a great event for everyone taking part, and will be a great way to get the Christmas shopping done using our fantastic local retailers and keeping the whole family entertained.  We want to promote our shops and active lifestyles and the Trail offers both of these benefits. So for anyone wishing to take part, make sure to pick up a booklet and entry form for a chance to win some great prizes in time for Christmas."

For more information on the Trail email the Community Development team at

The full list of stores participating in the Spalding Nutcracker Trail is as follows:

·       Bookmark

·       Robert Goddard

·       JF Inkley

·       Gibbs Shoes

·       Pearl & Ruby

·       Charmed Interiors

·       Penman

·       M&Co

·       Hills Department Store

·       Coocumber

·       Hughes

·       South Holland Centre

·       Element78

·       Penman Watch & Jewellery