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The History of the Nutcracker

According to German folklore, nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring good luck to your family and protect your home. The legend says that a nutcracker represents power and strength and serves like a trusty watch dog guarding your family from evil spirits and danger.

A fierce protector, the nutcracker bares its teeth to the evil spirits and serves as the traditional messenger of good luck and goodwill.


Don’t be afraid, my beard is long, my head is large, my look is grim but that matters not. I won’t bite you. In spite of my big mouth and grim appearance, I look with my heart for your happiness.


How it Works

Find the 20 Nutcracker Kings marked on the map, the location of each is marked with a nutcracker. As you find each one, write its name down on the trail sheet (opposite the map). Locations inlcude:

  1. Jailhouse Frock
  2. Everyman Cinema
  3. The Botanist 
  4. Turtle Bay
  5. Thor's
  6. Fairy Godmother's Beauty Room
  7. Heritage Country
  8. No. 1 Castle Hill
  9. Elite on the Bail
  10. Saul Fairholm (this nutcracker has been moved from Travelodge)
  11. Acuitis Opticians
  12. Cafe Nero
  13. Craft
  14. Coney's
  15. Sills & Betteridge
  16. Body Street
  17. Samba Brazil
  18. Ask Italian
  19. Wilkin Chapman
  20. Horse and Groom

Once you’ve found all the names fill in your details, carefully remove the Trail Sheet and post it into Santa’s postbox. The postbox is located The Drill, Free School Lane, Lincoln LN2 1EY.

Entries will be entered into a draw to win a Family Day Out Prize including a Family ticket to see Aladdin at the New Theatre Royal Panto on 4th January at 7pm & a free meal for family of 4 at Elite on the Bail, Bailgate.

Please download the trail map here.


Closing date for entries is 24th December, winners will be contacted on Tuesday 2nd January 2024 via phone/email to arrange the collection of your prize.

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