People will be able to help Santa this winter in a new game coming to Watford town centre.

The Christmas themed adventure game, called ‘Help the Elf Service’, will see people put into teams to collect present tokens that will be hidden around the town.

Actors will be put in place around the town centre, playing the roles of real Christmas characters who will interact with teams during the game.

People will also need to keep an eye out for mean elves who might be following to steal tokens.

Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “I am delighted we are working with the ‘Help Santa Save Christmas!’ game in the Town Centre this November.

“The game will bring an uplifting atmosphere to the town during the festive period, at a time when we need positivity more than ever to help us through what is looking to be a slightly different celebration this year.”

The game is COVID-safe as the only items that teams need to touch are their own phones, and teams are limited to no more than six people.

Mr Taylor added: “As a town, we have to make sure we don’t stand still thisChristmas, that is why we are finding creative and unique new ways to support our high street. The game is entirely COVID-secure with teams being limited to six people and the only items that teams need to touch are their own phones.

“This means it can be safely enjoyed by all and will hopefully bring some festive spirit after the particularly challenging year we’ve all had.”

Town Centre Game Ltd is introducing the game following the successful launch of a history-themed challenge game this summer at Berkhamsted Castle.

Owner Ian Cox said: “With the proven success of our outdoor game concept, we wanted to offer the residents of Watford the chance to play a fun, immersive, COVID-secure game this Christmas that all ages can enjoy.

“The game will be launched at reduced prices too, so that more people will be able to share the magic of Christmas with their loved ones, after a particularly difficult and challenging year.”

‘Help the Elf Service!’ is launching on 14th November, is an hour in duration and is available after school on Thursdays and Fridays, every weekend, and every day the week before Christmas.