Fundraising ideas for Christmas fairs

It’s the season for giving. So, festive fairs are a fantastic opportunity to support an important cause, whether it’s taking place at your school, village hall or workplace. But what are the best ways to raise cash for charity at these yuletide events? Read on for Teenage Cancer Trust’s top 10 fundraising ideas for Christmas fairs.

1. Charity gift wrapping

Wrapping presents is a time-consuming business, and many people will pay to get this festive admin taken care of. Bulk buy some wrapping paper, ribbons and tags, and wrap people’s gifts in return for a donation. It won’t be long before the pounds start rolling in.

2. Carol singing

There are few things more festive than Christmas carol singing. Perform at regular intervals during your festive fair and enlist some volunteers to shake the buckets for donations. You can even charge extra for carol sheets and offer people the chance to sing along.

3. Christmas raffle or sweepstake

Perhaps one of the simplest Christmas fair fundraising ideas. Ask people and local businesses for prize donations and sell raffle tickets for the chance to win the goods. Or, consider holding a festive sweepstake with ideas such as ‘guess the number of baubles in a jar’. Just be sure to check out our raffle and lottery organiser guidance first.

A Christmas hamper

4. Wreath making

Whether you secure a professional florist volunteer or run the workshop yourself with some help from online videos, wreath-making is a fantastic way to bring in the cash at a Christmas fair. It’s a fun activity and participants walk away with a decoration they’ll (hopefully) be proud of. Bulk buy materials online and charge people a fee that’ll ensure a profit for charity.

5. Christmas baking

From gingerbread men and festive rocky roads, to mince pies and yuletide logs, baked goods are a surefire way to get tastebuds tingling and the money rolling in. Ask volunteers to make a variety of delicious festive treats to sell at your Christmas fair to raise much-needed funds for charity. You could even bake plain biscuits and charge people to decorate their own - this is always a hit with the kids.

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Christmas cookies on a table

6. Festive bring and buy

This is a brilliant way for people to clear the cupboards of unwanted gifts from Christmases past while finding new presents for loved ones. Ask for donations of unused items and price them up to raise vital charity cash. A bring and buy sale is surely the most sustainable fundraising idea for Christmas fairs, ensuring that one person’s trash becomes another’s festive treasure.

7. Christmas crafts

Call on your community’s crafty creatives to make some festive wares to sell at your event. Or invite them to your group or school to run a workshop to get gifts and decorations made en masse. This is a particularly popular way of raising cash at school Christmas fairs, as parents will proudly buy their child’s creations. You could also set up a Christmas craft corner where attendees can make festive goods, like painted baubles, for a fee to charity.

8. Santa’s grotto

An age-old Christmas fair classic and one that is sure to raise plenty of cash for teenagers facing cancer. For a small fee, invite youngsters - and even pets (if the venue allows) - to visit Santa and his elves. Consider giving out small gifts to make the experience even more special.

9. Christmas photo booth

Give people memories to treasure with a festive photo booth. Bring in a volunteer professional or call on your community’s best amateur photographer, and set up an area with plenty of fun festive props. Think novelty glasses and inflatable reindeer. Invite people to pay for a fun Christmas photoshoot and get the photos printed for them to keep.

10. Festive games

From pinning the nose on the reindeer to a lucky dip, think about festive games that people will donate to take part in. If you can secure some prizes to offer to winners, it’ll give participants even more of an incentive to win. Other ideas include a reindeer hoopla, a festive treasure hunt or even a sandpit dig to find the ‘snowman’s nose’.

Christmas Fundraising Ideas

Tips and resources for Christmas fundraising get togethers

Here are our top tips to get started and make your Christmas fundraiser a success. 

Teenage Cancer Trust social media Christmas party invitation
  • Plan ahead: Make a list of everything you need and be as detailed as you can. Download our easy event fundraising planner to help.
  • Make it personal: Tell people why you want to support Teenage Cancer Trust and how every pound raised will make an impact, helping to fund urgently needed specialist nurses and youth workers to provide vital support to young people going through cancer.
  • Boost your fundraising with quick, simple, and fun fundraising like sweepstakes, raffles, or collection tins. A pound here and a pound there adds up to success
  • Invite people: Ask people to save the date and keep them updated. You can download our get together at Christmas Social Media Invite and Editable Poster.
  • It’s about getting together and raising money. Make sure you have fun and enjoy getting together with others. Every pound raised will help fund our specialist nurses and youth workers.