Simple and Surprising Santa Trail Ideas

One of the greatest delights on Christmas morning is seeing your children in awe over the trail of evidence that Santa left the night before. We all love leaving a plate of milk and cookies for ole St. Nick and seeing the crumbs strewn around the kitchen table, but there are more ways than just a cookie trail to leave evidence of his late night visit.


With a little planning, you can create a magical trail of Santa clues to keep the spirit of Santa alive for longer and enjoyed by both young and old. Here are 5 idea for kids to “stumble” on to and help them get into the magic of the season!

1. Snagged. Santa is always in a hurry delivering all the presents on Christmas Eve, making it easy for him to snag his red coat on the fireplace or Christmas tree on his way out. Place a red felt or velvet piece of ripped fabric to show how busy Santa was on the night.

2. Reindeer Droppings. Leave a large jingle bell on the lawn that dropped from the reindeer; it sure beats trying to come up with the alternative reindeer droppings and is much easier to spot.

3. Dropped ornaments. A great compliment to the snagged fabric, or just as effective on its own is the ornaments that he dropped when he placed the presents under the tree.

4. Powered fingerprints. Serve Santa powdered donuts and then leave icing sugar handprints around the house to show here he went after he ate the plate of goodies. Bonus: If the trail of powder leads to another set of presents, you’ve just turned this messy trail into a treasure hunt!

5. Lost glove. Leave a Santa glove in the bathroom (because even Santa needs the bathroom), the children won’t be expecting it and it will offer endless giggles on Christmas morning.

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