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!
Get the best from your grotto
Seeing Santa at the Christmas fair is one of the most memorable parts of the festive season for children. So how can you make it truly magical?
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
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...
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
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!
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
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
Making bags of edible reindeer and snowman poop makes children giggle and is easy to do. Read our guide to making profit from this poop.
Christmas fair fare
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
Having mulled wine at your Christmas or winter fair is almost a given. Read our advice on preparing, heating and serving this festive drink.
Christmas fair games
Great game ideas for fundraising at your Christmas fair, from bauble bobbing to reindeer hoopla... with new ideas added!
Letters from Santa
Does Santa need to be DBS checked?
The team at Safe Network provide child protection advice for PTAs running a grotto and searching for a Santa...
Fair-planning pep talk
Feeling like your fair is creeping closer and there's too much to do and not enough time (or volunteers)? This PTA vice chair sums up that feeling beautifully!