Join the search for Santa's cheeky elves!

A bunch of cheeky elves have arrived in Barnsley from the North Pole and are hiding on our high streets.

Santa’s mischievous little helpers are hiding in 42 businesses across the borough. Can you find these cheeky elves and tell us their names so they can make their way home in time for Christmas?

All you need to do to help the elves is join in the search and take part in the Christmas Trail and have some festive fun with the added bonus of the chance to win a Barnsley Gift Card!

All the elves have names, and we need you to tell us what they are. In the windows of participating businesses, you will see a sign that says, ‘Find an elf here’. Use the QR code on the sign to access a digital trail card, download one from or collect one from the locations mentioned below.

The trail cards include the names of the shops hiding the elves, making it a little bit easier to find them and help them get back to the North Pole so they can carry on making all the toys in time for Santa to deliver.

When you find a shop that’s hiding an elf, pop inside, find the elf, who will be wearing a name tag and write down his or her name on the trail card.

When you have found all the elves and completed the trail you can email your trail card to or take it to one of the locations mentioned below.

Each week throughout December, a prize draw will take place and the winners will be contacted to let them know they have won a Barnsley Gift Card worth £10 that can be spent in 170 businesses across Barnsley.

In total there are £1200 worth of Barnsley Gift Cards up for grabs – just in time for Christmas and perfect to treat yourself or spoil someone special over the festive season.

There are seven elf searches happening across the borough.

Barnsley Town Centre

Wednesday 1 to Wednesday 22 December

12 town centre businesses are hiding the elves.  Just pop in, spot the elf, find out their name and add your answer to the trail card, which you can collect from the Customer Service desk in Barnsley Market.

When you have completed the trail and filled in the card, you can post it in the post box in Barnsley Market next to the Customer Service desk or email your answers to

10 winners will be drawn every Wednesday on 8, 15 and 22 December.  

Principal Towns

Tuesday 7 to Friday 24 December

The cheeky elves are hiding on the high streets of Cudworth, Goldthorpe, Hoyland, Wombwell, Royston and Penistone. There are five elves on each high street.

Collect a trail card from the local library in your Principal Town. When you have completed the trail take your card back to the reception desk in the library.

Five winners will be drawn every Friday on 10, 17, and 24 December. 

Good luck – and thanks for helping us to search for the elves and get them home in time for Christmas!

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