There was a festive sparkle in the air as little elves from Acorns Children’s Hospice made a surprise visit from Lapland to call on people to dress up as Santas and raise money for charity.

Taking time off from making toys, Santa’s little helpers are encouraging people to kick-start Christmas by signing up to Acorns Santa Run in Evesham.

The event will see hundreds of Santas descend on The Valley Evesham on Sunday, December 8, to raise money for Acorns and its care for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Rachel Farrington, Acorns events officer, said: “We’re so grateful to Santa’s elves for taking time out of their busy schedule to come and help us find Santas for our Santa Run, which is coming to Worcestershire for the very first time.

“It’s the perfect chance for people to support Acorns while soaking up the festive atmosphere and we want as many people to sign up as possible. All money raised through sponsorship will help local children and families.”

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New for 2019 is an interactive festive trail which is fun for all the family. Those who want to challenge themselves can take part in a 5k run. There will also be the same great food and music, plus free family days out included.

Rachel added: “Acorns Santa Run is a great way to kick start Christmas with the perfect mix of fun and festive magic.

“By signing up you’ll also be raising money for a brilliant cause, getting yourself firmly on Santa’s nice list.”

Tickets for Acorns Santa Run are priced £15 for adults (15+), £10 for little Santas (9-14 years) and little Elves (3-8 years). ‘Reindeer’ dogs are £5. Under 2s are free.

Tickets cover the cost of the event, but every pound raised in sponsorship goes directly to supporting local children and families. Tickets include free entry to a host of visitor attractions, including National Sea Life Birmingham and Thinktank. To sign up, visit