#shopdarwen Reindeer Trail

Help Santa find his lost reindeer at nine #shopdarwen shops!

4th – 24th December 2021


Santa has lost his reindeer during Storm Arwen! But don’t worry, as the children of Darwen can help them all be reunited. It’s an important job – Santa needs his reindeer to be able to deliver children on the “nice list” their presents, as they power his special sled.

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph are keeping warm and dry at nine independent Darwen businesses: Sweet Vintage, Deli Carlo, The Corner Caff, Belgrave Bootique, By Erin, Corkee, My Vintage, Earth Evolution and This And That Gift Emporium. Each business has a window sticker with the name of their reindeer on. All your child needs to do is tell Santa which reindeer is at which shop, so he can retrieve them safely. 

Simply collect a worksheet at any of these nine businesses from Saturday 4th December, and begin the trail! Remember to bring a pen, and we advise you to check opening hours online before you start. You can complete the trail without going inside all the shops, but some have shutters down when they are closed that may cover their sticker. (It may take a couple of days to complete the worksheet). A good day to do the trail all in one go is a Saturday! 

Visit each of the businesses with your child, and they can use their worksheet to connect each reindeer with their shop. This is a great opportunity for parents/guardians to get some Christmas shopping done too, or you could add a tasty treat or festive lunch into the trail. All these shops are members of the Shop Darwen campaign, so make sure you ask for an entry form if you spend £5 or over. If you complete your entry form and post it in the postbox in Darwen Market Annexe, you will be in with a chance of winning the monthly prize draw!

When your child has completed the trail and filled in their worksheet, hand it in to Sweet Vintage. Your child will receive a small treat for helping Santa find his precious reindeer, and will also be entered into a prize draw. There is a space for you to write your child’s name and your phone number on the worksheet, so that we can contact you if they win. Three winners will be picked at random in January, and all will win a £10 voucher to spend at any Shop Darwen business! Full Terms & Conditions Shop Darwen Reindeer Trail Prize Draw.

If Sweet Vintage isn’t open when your child completes the trail, not to worry. You can take your worksheet down when it’s next open. Current opening hours are 10am – 4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but please double check on social media for any last minute changes. The last day/time you can hand your worksheets into Sweet Vintage is Christmas Eve at 11am.

Santa is so grateful that the children of Darwen are helping him find his beloved reindeer, and that these Shop Darwen businesses have provided them with shelter. He urges everyone to support small businesses this Christmas, and enjoy what Darwen’s wonderful independent businesses have to offer.

If you post any photos of completing the trail on social media, be sure to use the #shopdarwen hashtag so that we can keep Santa updated, and reshare your photos to our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Happy Christmas!

Shop to win £50 to spend at Shop Darwen businesses!

(If you’re a retailer looking to join the scheme, please scroll to the end of this page.)
Make a purchase at a participating business & receive an entry into a prize draw
…for the chance to win £50 worth of Shop Darwen vouchers!



When you spend £5 or over at a participating business, you will be given a form to complete. Fill in your details so we can contact you if you win and return to the post-box in Darwen Market (while you’re doing your essential shopping) by the last day of the month.

Alternatively, email a photo of your completed entry form to info@darwenmarket.com – make sure it’s dated. You can also enter via the free route to entry, find out more via the link below.

See the full Shop Darwen terms and conditions here, including information on the free route to entry.

Participating Businesses:

November’s Winner: Vicky Rothwell

Shop Darwen news

Calling all independent retailers in Darwen!

The Shop Darwen scheme aims to encourage shoppers back to the town centre by promoting our fabulous independent retailers via social media, website and PR channels.

By working together, we want to attract new and different customers to Darwen too, by proudly highlighting all that Darwen has to offer. We will also be offering a monthly free prize draw to your customers as a reward for shopping in Darwen.

This scheme is free to join and all you need to do is fill in a short form to be a part of Shop Darwen. All of this cannot happen without you, get signed up today!


For more information about being a Shop Darwen retailer please send us your details below and we will be in touch. Thanks!

Shop Darwen Retailer



This helps us prevent spam, thank you.