Families on the lookout for activities to keep the children active in the run up to Christmas can take a walk in the woods to visit Santa, spread festive cheer and help raise much needed funds for those with life-limiting illnesses.

Nightingale House Hospice, Wrexham is organising a magical sponsored 3.5km festive Woodland Walk, set in the glorious landscape of Llandegla woodland on Sunday, 12 December. And the event is dog-friendly.

Excited youngsters can also take up the Round Up Reindeer challenge where they help track down all of Santa’s nine reindeers in time for Christmas Eve.

Participants will meander through the eastern end of the forest that leads around the beautiful Pendinas Reservoir, before arriving at Santa’s lodge, where the man himself will be waiting to greet the children with Christmas wishes and a chocolate treat from the elves.

This is the second time this year that Oneplanet Adventure have joined up with the hospice to fundraise following a successful 10k run in September.

Jim Gaffney, Director of Oneplanet Adventure said: “We are thrilled to be able to welcome Santa to the forest on the 12th December and very much look forward to seeing you all and helping to raise funds for such a worthy cause.”

Sarah Povey, fundraiser for Nightingale House said: “We are delighted to be holding a brand new event at Oneplanet Llandegla. Our Woodland walk to Santa is a fun family activity and offers something a bit different from your average winter walk or grotto plus participants can bring their doggies along too.

“We look forward to getting in the festive spirit with all attendees. We ask walk participants to raise a minimum sponsorship of £10 per person and the money raised from this event will go a long way in helping the hospice provide care to our patients.”

The trail is expected to be very popular so early booking is recommended.

You can book a time slot between 09.00am and 2.30pm for £7.50pp by heading to the Nightingale House events webpage. Booking is open until 12.00pm on Friday 10 December – subject to availability.