FREE Sheffield Christmas Trail – 24th November-24th December

Definitely one for the Christmas bucket list this year has to be The Sheffield Christmas Trail. With a new Santa’s Post Office, light installations, free family friendly activities, and an interactive trail throughout the city… we’re in for a treat this year. FREE Sheffield Christmas Trail – Christmas for kids in Sheffield

FREE Sheffield Christmas Trail – Christmas for kids in Sheffield

Download a trail booklet here

The Sheffield Christmas Trail will run from 24 November – 24 December. You’ll be able to use the Sheffield Christmas Trail app or Brearley’s Little Book of Clues to help complete the trail across shops in the City Centre to receive a free gift. The idea is to help Brearley Bear, who is named after inventor of stainless steel “Harry Brearley” find items on his Christmas list which he has lost. Across 10 venues throughout Sheffield city centre, Families will have to visit and find the lost gifts on his list. Finish the trail? Each child with a completed trail will receive a free gift from the Santa’s post office. <3

I’m not sure if you remember or visited Santa’s post office last year… but it was truly magical! It’s changing venues this year to 15 Barker’s Pool and manned by elves from Lapland. Santa’s Post Office is open from 17 December – 24 December, daily from 10am – 4pm. Last year, Santa’s post office was sooo popular with over 15,000 visitors in 2017.

FREE Sheffield Christmas Trail - Christmas for kids in Sheffield

“Children will be able to visit Santa’s Post Office to write their letter to Mr Claus ahead of Christmas Day. Every letter will be posted in to a magic letter box which transports them directly to Santa in Lapland” (Sheffield BID). Santa’s post office should be easy to spot, with a huge 5 metre light installation of Santa right outside. Down at The Moor, another huge installation of Brearley Bear will be lit up throughout the Christmas season. Read more in this article.

Brearley Bear said: “I wrote my Christmas list to Santa in my neatest hand writing but now I cannot find it, and it’s not long until the big day! I need to find some new items to put on my list to Santa Claus, and some new friends to help me. I really hope the families of Sheffield can complete the trail to find all my items.” Follow him on Twitter for updates!

What else to do in Sheffield City Centre this Christmas?

FREE Sheffield Christmas Trail - Christmas for kids in Sheffield FREE Sheffield Christmas Trail - Christmas for kids in Sheffield
FREE Sheffield Christmas Trail - Christmas for kids in Sheffield
Family friendly Festive ideas for cheap/free things to do in Sheffield this Christmas FREE Sheffield Christmas Trail - Christmas for kids in Sheffield
  • Take a look inside Sheffield Cathedral – lovely all year round but especially festive during the winter season. And a lovely space to warm up.


  • Christmas light switch on across the city on Sunday 18th November. Illuminations from 5:30am, party and Christmas tree on The Moor, rides, choirs, street entertainment, festivities, music and lots more.


  • Sheffield Christmas Markets open from 14 Nov 2018 – 24 December daily. Lovely stalls, gifts, festive food and drink, plus the popular Santa’s grotto at the top of Fargate.


  • Keep an eye on events at Orchard Square – last year there was a free meet the Santa event and face painting.


  • The illuminations in the Peace Gardens are back this year. Lovely experience with little ones and fantastic for photos, too, we loved this last year and it’s completely free. Combine with a nice little stroll through the Winter Gardens to see the Christmas decorations, especially when Carolling is on (check here for info).


  • Warm up in Thor’s Tipi in the Peace Gardens. It’s soooo family friendly, I was surprised how welcoming it is for kids last year. It’s just beautiful. Sooo festive, so warm and cosy and a lovely experience. Highly recommend! It’s free to go inside and there’s a bar selling warm and hot drinks, both soft and alcoholic. Open daily from 22nd November – 31st December.

Make sure you subscribe for the popular annual Christmas posts for Sheffield families this year.

Including Santa’s Grotto list, free Christmas days out, huge Christmas events for kids roundups, Christmas markets, reviews, plus lots, lots more on the run up to Christmas!!

In the mean time, check these posts out:

Best Sheffield Santas Grottos for Christmas 2018

Top 20 Christmas Family Days Out In & Around Sheffield 2018

Top 5 Christmas Family Events In Yorkshire Which Are On Sale Now! What is Kelham Island Victorian Christmas Fair like? Review

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