Win up to £5,000 in the One Stop Christmas game!

Eddy the elf and his friends are hiding in One Stop stores again this Christmas! Find them using the Eddy’s Christmas Heroes app before 29 December 2020, and you could win £5,000 cash, £1,000 cash or thousands of chocolate treats.

A promotion where you have to go in store during a lockdown isn’t the best idea – but having said that, entry numbers will be low as a result. So if you do live near a One Stop, it’s worth popping in for your essentials. My local One Stop is a Post Office too, so I’m in there regularly!

Update on December 6th: the app has now been changed so we can all play at home instead of at the shops!

The prizes

Cash prizes

  • 8 x £1,000 (one prize given away in a prize draw every week until 30 December – except for the week of 16 – 22 December when there will be 5 extra £1,000 prizes!)
  • 1 x £5,000 main prize (given away in a grand prize draw from all entries)

Instant win prizes

  • 2,000 x Maltesers Reindeer
  • 500 x 240g box of Celebrations

How to play the One Stop Christmas game

  • Download Eddy’s Christmas Heroes for your Apple or Android device
  • Register your name and email address on the app, and complete the verification process via email
  • Create a strong password to log in (if it’s not strong enough, it will be rejected!)
  • Allow the app access to your location
  • (updated with instructions for play at home version 6.12.2020) Tap Find an Elf, then move your phone around until you spot an elf on the screen. This doesn’t work on some phones – so tap the screen anyway even if you don’t see any elf! Eventually you should get a message to say you’ve found an elf.

Play in store version

  • Go to your nearest One Stop store (check the store finder here) and look for the markers in store. See example of the small shelf signs below – there should also be a large display in store!
  • When you find a marker, open the app and tap ‘In Store’. Scan the elf silhouette then move your phone around, and wait for a virtual elf to appear on the screen.
  • Tap the elf! If it’s a hero elf, you will win an instant prize of either a Malteser Reindeer or box of Celebrations – tap Got It and a barcode will display on screen for you to claim your prize
  • If you find the weekly elf you’ll get an entry into the £1,000 prize draw
  • Check the Rewards/Prizes tab to see your prizes – barcodes will be accessible until 30 December 2020
  • Play as often as you like

To redeem an instant win prize, the checkout staff should scan the Reindeer or Celebrations, and then scan the barcode from your screen (if this doesn’t work, they can type it in as if it was a product code). It’s fine to win and claim both instant chocolate prizes on the same day.

The weekly draws end on a Tuesday, with the final closing date 29 December 2020, and cash prize draw winners will be contacted by email.

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8 Responses

  1. Alison Thackray says:

    Went in to 1 of our 2 local stores to claim my reindeer this am & staff member said there’s been an email fm HO yday to remove markers from store! Didn’t expand on this much, but implied it had finished, showed them their own T&Cs on voucher validity to end Dec & how to tap in code (as would t scan) & this worked. However, not sure how long this will remain live according to them, so cash in these vouchers soon maybe? Did t mention the cash prize drawers either, but without markers not so easy to collect the elves!

    • Di says:

      The vouchers should be redeemable until 31 December! Have you tried taking a photo of a marker and printing it out to scan (or just printing my photo above) – that will work if there’s no markers in store!

  2. Anna Thomas says:

    I went into our local One Stop where there were quite a few mentions of the competition but couldn’t find any markers. What exactly am I looking for?

    • Di says:

      You’re looking for long, thin shelf labels like the photo I shared above (about 25cm long) – each one has a different elf silhouette (the MARKER) on, but it doesn’t matter which elf you scan so you can just scan the same marker several times to try and capture the elves you need! In addition there should be a big red stand advertising the promotion, with a marker on. Having said that, my store hasn’t got any of the markers out at all! My tip is to print out the photo and take to the store! You can stand safely outside the store, your phone will recognise your location and then you can repeatedly scan the printout to catch your elves without bothering anyone in the store…

  3. Kate says:

    Thanks for the tip. That might explain it as my phone is very old and no storage space to run software update! Any mobile phone comps out there?!! 🙂

  4. Kate says:

    This App has crashed within about 15 seconds every time I open it. Not sure how to prevent it…

    • Di says:

      There’s a lot of people having trouble with the app, which doesn’t seem to work on older phones. Keep checking the app store as there may be an update you can download which fixes the problem!

  5. Claire says:

    This app isn’t compatible with my phone Xperia E5 (F3311) it’s not a really old phone either, it’s on Android 6.0 and such a shame as we have a one stop 5 mins down our road.

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