The always up-to-date guide to Christmas fair game and stall ideas
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Adopt an animal
Ask for donations of good-quality soft toys or source free ones
on a classified ad site such as Gumtree. Put them through the
washing machine, attach a name tag around their necks and put all
the names in a hat. Children pull out a name and win the
corresponding animal. Alternatively, try this 'pull a teddy' idea
from Mandy Harris: 'We tie a string onto lots of teddies and
cuddlies. The participant pulls the string, and they get the teddy
that's on the end of the string.'
Let children choose a numbered envelope with a card inside which
tells them what prize they have won, or that they've been unlucky.
Keep it simple by having small prizes or tokens for other stalls
(i.e. free cake from the cake stall), or secure bigger prizes such
as vouchers for local attractions. How much you charge will depend
on the prizes offered. Keep swapping the cards around.
Balance bike assault course
Great fun for little ones - create a Christmassy obstacle course
for them to navigate while riding on a balance bike. Incoporate
obstacles such as jingling bells and cotton wool dangling on string
as snow. Anyone who completes it wins a sweet.
Similar to a 'hook the duck' game - fill a paddling pool with
styrofoam shapes and Christmas baubles. Participants hook the
baubles out of the pool. Each has a different coloured spot,
representing a prize of varying worth. See also: 'hook a
Bats in the bell tower
Create a tower from a cardboard box, with an archway for a
target. Fix little bells that jingle when a successful toss into
the tower is made. Position a ladder leading to your bell tower and
challenge players to throw a bean bag into each space between the
rungs of the ladder. If they manage it, they can try to throw the
last one through the door of the bell tower. Get all the bags in
the right places to win a prize.
Susan Farrell Smith: 'Our best seller is a
'bottle bag grab'. Ask people to donate bags full of bottles
containing liquids such as shampoo, sauce, juice, washing up liquid
and wine. Seal the bags at the top and charge participants £1 for a
bag. They may get a Fruit Shoot or a bottle of wine!' Remember that
if you have alcoholic prizes, only over 18s can play, but you could
run a child-friendly version too with different drinks for 50p a
Have three plastic buckets of differing sizes, with the largest
nearest to the player and the smallest furthest away. Set up a
firing line and allow each contestant three shots at throwing a
ball, so it stays in a bucket. Give a prize if they get all three
in a bucket, or if they get one in the smallest bucket.
New for 2019 - Candy cane fishing
Prop up several candy canes in a tray of sand and give
players a fishing rod with a loop at the end (this needs to be made
of something that holds its shape such as wire). You may find
someone owns a game with an appropriate fishing rod you can borrow
for the evening. Players pay 20p and if they can catch a candy
cane, they keep it.
Lay one pack of cards out on a table, placing a wrapped
chocolate on some of the cards, and booby prizes or nothing on the
rest. The children choose a card from another pack and win whatever
is on the corresponding card.
Chocolate/sweet jar tombola
Ask parents to donate boxes of chocolates or jars of sweets in
the months running up to the fair (you could hold a mufti day and
ask children to bring in goodies). Stick raffle tickets on top of
each prize and use the same numbers - plus more - in the tombola.
Spin the tombola and let the player pull out a number. The player
wins whichever prize corresponds to their number.
Lay out bars of chocolate sparsely in an empty paddling pool and
ask players to throw a 20p coin for the chance to win one. Throwers
who land their coin on the chocolate win that bar. Use individual
bars to make it harder or larger bars for more of an incentive to
play. Set a throwing line to restrict players further.
New for 2019 - Christmas jumper stall
A year is a long time, and the jumpers that fitted
pupils last year will likely be too small now. Hold an appeal for
unwanted Christmas jumpers and accessories and sell them on at your
Decorate a Christmas jar
'We ask pupils to fill a jar with sweets and decorate it in any
way they like. It can be any size jar and any sweets they choose.
We also ask them to create a Christmassy decoration on the jar, and
award prizes for the best-decorated. These are put on a tombola
stall, and there is a prize every time. We charge 50p a go. It's
all profit for the school and a fun stall for children.'
Shirley Smith, PTA member, Rosemellin CP School, Camborne
Find the £1
Fill an assortment of jam jars with tissue paper, and tape a £1
inside one of the lids. Ask players to choose the jar they think
has the £1 in, charging £20 for one go or £1 for five. If they pick
the correct jar, they win the £1. Tape the £1 into a dull, small
jar rather than one with a distinctive lid or shape as people will
be less likely to pick it. Replace the £1 as necessary.
Buy cheap crackers from a wholesaler such a Booker, and slip a
winning ticket into 20-25% of them. Charge 50p for players to pull
a cracker and see if they're a winner. If there's a winning ticket
in their cracker, they receive a prize.
New for 2019 - Guess the address
If you have any bakers on your committee, ask if they
can make a gingerbread house - otherwise assemble one from a kit
with plenty of sweets for decoration. Much like 'name the teddy',
players must pick from a list of addresses (e.g. 3 Elf Avenue, 12
Snowball Lane) to determine where the house is located. The winner
gets the house.
Guess the teacher
Collect baby photos from staff or take photos of staff members
in a Christmassy disguise. Create an answer form and ask players to
fill it in with their guesses. Correct entries are entered into a
draw to win a prize.
Ho Ho Hole
Prop up a large sheet of hardboard with Santa's face painted on
with a hole where his mouth should be. Participants aim small
(preferably Christmas-themed) dog toys, like mince pies, at his
mouth. Have infants standing closer to the hardboard, juniors
further away, and real experts standing at an angle to make it even
Hook a cracker
'This idea is so simple! Buy boxes of crackers when they are on
sale (or ask for donations). Punch a hole in the crackers and
attach a paper clip formed into a loop. Put the crackers into
boxes, standing up, and use 'hook a duck' sticks. We charge 50p a
go. The participants win a cracker every time' Ann Davies,
Ridgeway Primary School PTFA, Burntwood, Staffordshire.
See also: 'bauble bobbing'.
Human fruit machine
Set up three child-sized boxes with holes cut out at chest
height. Place a bowl of the same ktypes of fruit within each one.
You could use bananas, oranges, grapes, apples, kiwis, etc. Three
children (the fruit machines) stand in the three boxes and at the
same time, show one piece of fruit. If all three fruits match, the
player wins! Make it easier by offering runner-up prizes for two
Knock down wall
'Save large empty boxes and Pringles tubes. Paint the boxes with
a brick pattern to look like sections of a wall. Fill the Pringles
tubes with newspaper to weigh them down slightly, and paint them
white. Set up your wall, complete with Pringles towers. Put festive
cuddly toys in between the towers or on top of the boxes. Give
children three balls with which to knock the toys off the wall.
Award a prize if they knock them all off, or a sweet if they don't.
Use larger boxes to make it easier - it's also quicker to
reassemble the wall if they knock it all down. I'd recommend having
at least two people to run the stall. It is very popular with the
older children.' Beki Herzberg, Chair of Friends of King
Edwards, Tyne and Wear (500 pupils)
Knock Santa down the chimney
'To make the game, you need a cardboard box painted to look like
a brick chimney stack, a large Santa cuddly toy and soft white
balls - ideally ones that look like snowballs! We charge children
60p to play. For this, they are given three 'snowballs' to throw at
Santa. If they knock him down the chimney, they get a small prize!'
Stephanie Scott, PC Member, St. Josephs RC Primary,
Aberdeen (380 pupils)
New for 2019 - Knock the elf off the shelf
Instead of a coconut shy, have three mischievous elves
sitting on top of a mantelpiece. If the player can knock them down
(you can decide whether they need to knock down one or all three)
then they win a prize. Charge 50p for three (snow)balls.
Float a lemon in a jug of water and challenge fairgoers to
balance a 20p on the fruit. Obviously, this game costs 20p a go! If
it balances, they win £1. If they get their winnings in twenty
pence pieces, they may be tempted to have another go. It's harder
than it looks! See also: 'penny drop'.
Lucky (Lapland) squares
Print out a map of Lapland and divide it into squares. Pick a
winning square (which is the secret location where Santa has hidden
the presents!) and charge a fee to guess which square it is, taking
down a name and class or contact number. At the end of the fair,
reveal the winner and award a prize.
How many marbles can the children spoon into the hole on the
bottom of a ceramic plant pot in one minute? Paint the pots with
festive decorations to fit the theme!
Send envelopes home, asking parents to donate between 20p and
£1. Punch a hole in each one and hang them on a Christmas tree with
ribbon. Charge 50p to choose an envelope (pointing at them with a
wand to avoid cheating). Top prize is £5, but fill some with
chocolate coins too.
What's the name of the snowman or reindeer? Find a plush cuddly
toy and a clipboard with a selection of names - you could ask the
school to provide a list of pupils' first names on a numbered
spreadsheet - children will often choose their own name or that of
a friend! Use a website, such as random.org to generate a number which will
determine the winning name. Announce the winner at the end of your
'Put a laminated (in case it gets wet) colour picture of Rudolph
under a fish tank full of water. Rudolph's nose must be red and
just big enough for the largest size of a coin to lie on it with a
little room to spare. Players drop the coin into the tank. If it
lands completely covering Rudolph's red nose, the player doubles
their money. No prizes are needed, as winners simply win money
back. Provide the stall minder with a towel for when they have to
fish the money out. It's a surprisingly difficult game that has
adults and kids coming back to play again and again!'
Carrie Cooper, Great Easton Primary School PTA,
Essex. See also: 'lemon balance'.
'Inspired by the popular board game Pie Face, we persuaded
teachers to sign up to 15-minute time slots and sold paper plates
of squirty cream for 50p each. Children had to stand behind a
throwing line so that no one shoved a plate in anyone's face!'
Sarah Everson, Secretary, Friends of Halsford Park Primary,
East Grinstead, West Sussex (415 pupils)
Pick a lolly
'Cover a cardboard box in wrapping paper and push lollies into
it. Colour some of the lolly sticks with pen. We charge 30p a go.
Children get to keep the lolly, but coloured sticks win an extra
prize. Our last "Lolly Lottery" made £140!' Zoe
Bullock, PTA Chair, The Firs Primary School
Pick your nose!
Fill a deep tray with sand. Get around 30 carrots (snowman
noses), paint five of them gold on the tips. Those who pick out a
golden carrot win a prize.
Pin the nose on Rudolph
'It's the same concept as 'pin the tail on the donkey', except
we have a big Rudolph face with a big red nose on which the
children can pin! We are fortunate that one of the dads made us a
big wooden Rudolph face one year, and we use it time and time
again. The children win if they get anywhere near the nose area or
get a penny sweet for having a go. They love it!' Natalie
Corcoran, Telford Infant School PTA, Leamington Spa
Julie Caines: 'We bought four
battery-operated pig toys from Hawkins Bazaar. We marked lanes with
tape on a table and held races! We charged 50p a go. The piggies
were a bit expensive at £15 each, but we made our money back the
first time we did it which isn't bad. We make around £50 each
Play your cards right
Jacqueline Jordon: 'Play your cards right is a
variation on the 'shove ha'penny' game. Using oversized playing
cards, players roll a penny, and if it lands on an even/odd number
or a card of a certain colour, they win a prize.'
Pluck a turkey
Just like 'pick a straw', but with an added Christmas twist!
Make a giant papier-mache turkey, and, instead of straws, use
feathers with coloured spots on the bottom. Each colour represents
a different prize. Once you've made it, you can reuse it each
Fill pots with fake snow, putting a sweet or small prize in the
bottom of a few before they are filled. Players choose a pot and
pour it through a colander to reveal whether or not they've won a
New for 2019 - Present toss
Decorate a large box to look like a chimney, complete
with a brick pattern and cotton wool 'snow' around the top. Wrap up
some smaller boxes as presents and ask players to successfully
throw the presents into the chimney. You may want to put some
weight inside the boxes (such as some socks or something else
soft!) to make the box easier to control. Each player has three
goes for 50p and wins a prize if they succeed.
Vanessa Harris: 'We use 20 plastic flower pots
and put a prize in every 10th pot. Cover all the pots in Christmas
tissue paper secured with an elastic band. Charge 30p a go for
children to punch through the paper. Replace the tissue paper/prize
New for 2019 - Roll a £1
Place a bottle of something alcoholic in the centre of
a table. Ask adults to try rolling £1 as close to it as possible.
Measure their attempt, take their details and announce whoever was
closest as the winner at the end of the fair. If more than one
person won, put them in a hat and draw out the overall winner.
Paint a Rudolph head (with antlers) onto a large sheet of
hardboard and attach tinsel-covered hooks to the antlers. Make
hoops out of bent tinsel-covered coat hangers for participants to
throw. The higher the hook, the better the prize.
New for 2019 - Salt dough decorations
Bake some salt dough decorations before your event and
charge children 50p-£1 to decorate them. Remember to put a hole in
the decorations before baking. To keep things tidier, thread the
ribbon through after they've been decorated and have dried. Provide
materials such as glitter, sequins and gems with PVA glue, or paint
if you're happy to get a bit messier.
New for 2019 - Santa flip
Decorate some partially-filled water bottles to look
like Santa. Challenge players to hold the bottle by its neck and
flick it into the air. The aim is for the bottle to rotate fully so
it lands upright on its base. If they can do it, they win a
Snowball and spoon
A festive edition of egg and spoon: players carry a fake
snowball on a decorated spoon, walk around a wrapped present, and
return to the start without dropping it! Those who succeed win a
Lay out a range of diffently-sized jars or plant pots, decorated
to look festive. Players must bounce a ping pong (snow)ball into a
pot to win a prize. The size of the prize depends on the pot in
which the snowball lands. The smaller the pot, the better the
'Fill a paddling pool full with shredded paper. Hide ping pong
balls (snowballs) amongst the paper. We offer a lolly every time
and bigger prizes if children choose a ball featuring the words 'ho
ho ho'. The younger children love it.' Louise Skitt, Willow
Tree Primary School PTFA, Harrogate (509 pupils)
Snowman snap and snowman smash
'We saved empty 400ml Yazoo milkshake bottles from pupils'
packed lunches. We stripped off the covers and decorated them to
look like snowmen using paint for the lids (hats) and Sharpie pens
to do the rest. The snowmen were used for two games:
Snowman snap: paint the hats in different colours
with matching pairs. Hide the snowmen in the 'snow' (beanbag filler
balls). Charge 50p for three goes. If you pull out a pair, you get
Snowman smash: set up your snowmen in a ten-pin
bowling format. Paint a tennis ball white and roll it down a big
tube to see if you can knock down all the
snowmen.' Paola Armstrong, PTA committee member, St
Patrick's RC School, Shropshire (200 pupils)
'Hang a variety of socks on a line or clothes horse and put
small items into each sock (i.e. a marble, comb, penny). Players
have to guess what's in each sock and write down their guesses
(create a pre-printed sheet with name, telephone and description of
each sock). The winner is the person who guesses all the items.
Pull names out of a hat if there is more than one person who
guesses all correctly.' Sarah Ellis, Friends of Garvestone
Community Primary School, Norwich
Splat the Christmas pudding
Create a festive 'splat the rat' board by painting the pipe to
look like a chimney and the board to look like a winter sky. Use a
Christmas-themed dog toy and attach bells to the splatting stick to
make it even more festive!
Peg socks on a line and put a toy or sweet in each. Kids can
feel (but not look in!) the socks. They choose one and get to keep
whatever's inside. To make it harder, they're not allowed to feel
the socks, and can only choose by looking!
Tin can alley
Ask for baked beans cans in advance of your fair and make sure
they have no sharp edges. Use a bookcase with the back removed to
display them. Pile the cans in pyramids of three, six, etc. and
give players beanbags or balls to try to knock them off - even
better if you can find some white 'snowballs'. Give rewards for the
number of cans shot down - the more cans, the better the prize.
Wrap a large cardboard box in festive paper and put several
holes in the side. Poke tinsel of different lengths through the
holes. Short ones win nothing, while long ones win a prize.
Water into wine
A few months in advance of your fair, ask parents to bring in
their used wine bottles (complete with screw tops). Fill the wine
bottles with water. Ask for donations of wine from local
supermarkets or parents, and wrap all bottles in newspaper - use a
ratio of roughly one bottle of wine to five bottles of water. Make
sure anyone who plays is over 18. Aim to get a minimum of 200
bottles in total - at £1 a turn, profits will be limited by the
number of bottles you have.
New for 2019 - Wheel of fortune
Ikea sells a wheel of fortune game, (or find a creative
parent to make one) which you can decorate however you like. The
different triangles can have things like 'win a lolly', 'free
spin', or 'not a winner'. Charge 20p-50p per spin.
Where in the world is Santa?
Display photos of landmarks from across the globe, zoomed in
close, and run a quiz challenging people to identify the locations.
Award prizes to those who get five or more correct answers.
Top tips for maximising profits
- By offering a variety of games at your fair, you're guaranteed
to keep your audience milling around (and spending their money) for
- Encourage visitors to play games by having offers for multiple
turns, i.e. 50p a go or three for £1.
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