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Christmas fairs are full of festive magic - excite the senses with the sound of carol singers and the scent of spiced mulled wine. Craft and gift stalls and a Santa's grotto are a must!


How to run Santa's Grotto

Girl whispering into Santa's ear

Seeing Santa at the Christmas fair is one of the most memorable parts of the festive season for children. Make it truly magical with our great grotto ideas


Grotto alternatives

Santa's breakfast croissant

A successful Santa's grotto can reign in a big profit, but are you keen to try something new for your Christmas fair this year? Take a look at these alternatives...


Ready-made stall packs

Hands wrapping christmas present

Are volunteers in short supply? Stalls that require very little input, both in pre-fair preparation and on the day will be key for you...


Low-outlay stalls

Cuddly snowman

Not much money in your PTA coffers? Or just Then try one of these stall ideas, with little or no up-front costs...


Christmas fair checklist

Santa with an alarm clock

The earlier you start planning your Christmas fair, the more time you and your team will have for your own riot of Christmas parties and shopping!


Christmas themes

Winter wonderland Christmas theme: boy drinking hot chocolate

Give regular stalls a facelift, and use your imagination to build up a theme and let new stall ideas roll on from there...


Christmas fairs: from big to small

Girl dressed for winter with painted face

As your PTA starts to plan the Christmas fair, we look at three different-sized schools (from big to small!) to discover their tips and successes.


Reindeer and snowman poop

Cuddly reindeer and snowman

Bags of edible reindeer and snowman poop are easy to make and guaranteed to make the children giggle. Read our guide to making profits from poop!


Ultimate Christmas fair fare

Hot chocolate and christmas star biscuit

When it comes to deciding what food to serve at your Christmas fair – burger, pizza or turkey rolls – draw on the experience of other PTAs.


Making mulled wine

Making mulled wine in a metal pan

Having mulled wine at your Christmas or winter fair is almost a given. Read our advice on preparing, heating and serving this festive drink.


Does Santa need to be DBS checked?

Santa using a quill and scroll

The team at Safe Network provide child protection advice for PTAs running a grotto and searching for a Santa...


Always-updated guide to Christmas fair games and stalls

Children in santa hats in the snow

All the ideas you need for a fantastically fun Christmas fair!