Nutcracker soldiers have appeared all over St Albans and surrounding villages. The Nutcracker army are part of a festive St Albans Nutcracker Trail which runs until Thursday 4th January 2018. We wrapped up warm and headed into St Albans, ready to try the new trail.
You can pick up a FREE trail sheet from the St Albans Christmas Market or have a look at the trail map online here. There are 15 Nutcracker soldiers to find and each one has a special name plaque at the foot of the statue. Once you have found at least 10 Nutcracker soldiers and their names, fill in the trail sheet. Then, post it into the St Albans Nutcracker Trail Post Box (inside the St Albans Christmas Market in Vintry Gardens, off Sumpter Yard in St Albans) and you could win an iPad Mini. It’s festive, fun and free: what’s not to like?
The St Albans Nutcracker Trail takes you around the city, taking in the major shopping areas, as well as historic landmarks. It’s very useful if you need to do some Christmas shopping with children in tow, as you can do the trail as you wander around the city. Mr 2 was really excited at the appearance of the bright and colourful soldiers and was eager to track down all the Nutcrackers. We popped into a few shops along the way and also managed to stop for a well-earned hot chocolate half way through!
Some of the soldiers on the St Albans Nutcracker Trail are easy to find…. others took some searching, but we found all of the city centre soldiers in one morning.
The trail takes you to some of St Albans’ heritage highlights… these sentries are guarding a famous landmark in St Albans, do you know which one?
The St Albans Nutcracker Trail explores both the old and the new in the city centre.
The King Nutcracker is over 7ft tall, you can’t miss him, towering over the street and Christmas shoppers below!
Some of the Nutcracker soldiers are more difficult to find, or perhaps it is just my sleep deprived brain? It took us a while to find this one… where in St Albans is he hiding?
This Nutcracker soldier made us smile, as someone has given him a festive tinsel scarf!
This is a busy and an expensive time of year, so it’s fantastic that St Albans BID have brought local businesses together to create a fantastic trail that helps the whole family to explore the city, for free. We did the trail with a buggy as there was quite a bit of walking for little legs. The trail was easy to navigate, despite one elusive soldier, which took a tiny bit of effort to discover. The fact that there was a little bit of a challenge made it more fun!
This Nutcracker soldier definitely looks a bit shifty. What do you think?
We had a lovely morning on the St Albans Nutcracker Trail, it’s a fantastic way to explore St Albans and it gives you the chance to visit the centre of the city and the Christmas Market, as well as some places off the beaten track.
We’ve found 12 of the Nutcracker soldiers so far. The hunt is now on to find the Nutcracker soldiers that have made it out into surrounding villages. There are Nutcracker soldiers deployed in Redbourn, Harpenden and Wheathampstead, so it will take us a few days to find the time to visit all 15 Nutcracker soldiers. Do you know where we eventually found this one? It wasn’t as easy as I had hoped!
Make sure you pick up a trail sheet at St Albans Christmas Market, you can check here for opening times and good luck with your search!
Make sure you use #stalbansnutcrackertrail on social media and let me know if you find Nutty McNutface… he’s got to be out there somewhere…