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From low-outlay games and crafts to seasonal sweet treats, these stall ideas will add some festive sparkle to your fair


efore deciding on which stalls to run at this year’s Christmas fair it’s a good idea to review last year’s

event, noting which stalls were the most (and least) popular and profitable. Agree a shortlist of stalls for this year and work out how many volunteers each one will need and what the upfront costs are likely to be. Then split your list into those that are a must, the ones you would like to have, and those that can be forsaken if volunteers or space are in short supply. Aim for a mixture of product sales, food and activities, and stalls that will cater to all age groups and interests.

Low-outlay stalls These stalls cost little to run,

meaning most of the playing price is pure profit! ‘Pick your nose’: Fill a deep tray with sand. Get around 30 carrots (snowmen noses), paint five of them gold on the end and those who pick out a golden carrot win a prize. Tinsel pull: Wrap a large cardboard box in festive paper and put several holes in the side. Poke strips of tinsel

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of varying lengths through the holes for people to pull out. Long pieces win a prize. 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. Bauble bobbing: Festive hook-a- duck! Fill a paddling pool with Styrofoam shapes and Christmas baubles. Participants hook the baubles out of the pool. Each bauble has a different coloured spot, and each colour represents a prize. Punch pot: ‘We use 20 plastic flower pots and put one 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 as necessary.’ Vanessa Harris, via Facebook Money tree: Send envelopes home, asking parents to donate between 20p and £1. Punch a hole in each envelope and hang them on a Christmas tree with ribbon. Charge 50p to choose an envelope (pointing

Reindeer food

alternatives Planning to sell bags of ‘reindeer food’ at your fair? Think again! It may seem harmless, but oats and glitter (even the edible kind) can prove dangerous or even fatal for birds and other wildlife. As an alternative, you could offer a ‘pick and mix’ of bird seed, where children can make up their own safe reindeer food in festive bags. Otherwise, place the ‘reindeer

food’ in a bowl next to the fireplace instead of outside. If selling it at your fair, remember to include this advice and information on attached labels or tags.


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