Introducing the ‘Elfie’, a selfie with a seasonal spin

Santa’s little helpers take ‘elfies’ during their Christmas training at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest


This Christmas, the selfie – Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year – has been given a festive makeover at the Elf Academy at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest.

Set to take the elf community by storm, ‘elfies’ are created when excitable elves share their up-close-and-personal pictures while being put through their paces in the festive training course. Center Parcs guests can join in on the action by booking their place at the Elf Academy, where they will make crafts and design festive wreaths before making it official at the Elf Graduation Party.

Head of Elves at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest, Tinker, shares her top tips on how to take the perfect ‘elfie’:

  • Get the angle right We all have a better side when being photographed,  so whether you’re showcasing your best elf outfit or pulling a funny face,  take your elfie from an interesting and, of course, flattering, angle
  • Lighting This can make or break your elfie. Harsh lighting can cast shadows on your face, so ensure you pick a setting with softer lighting to give your elfie a warmer appearance
  • Get ‘appy  Add some further festive colour to your elfie by using the various iOS and Android apps on offer. Whether it’s a Christmas border, emoticons or even a filter, your elfie will be instantly upgraded so you can send it to all and sundry
  • Have fun A great elfie is one that shows off your personality. Let loose and get into the festive spirit!

Get involved and submit your own elfie via Twitter @CenterParcsUK and Facebook by using the hashtag #CPElfie

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Amy Dickson

As Brand Content Manager I plan, create and curate the best articles, photos, videos and music for our channels, in particular the blog. With a degree in Journalism under my belt and many years’ experience in the big smoke as a journalist and editor, my focus is firmly on discovering the little gems hidden away in Center Parcs life, before buffing them up to make them sparkle online. From on-village events to the latest travel industry trends, I’ll be there – notepad in hand – to bring you the most entertaining and interesting stories.