Christmas is coming: it’s a time of cheer and goodwill, and it’s a great time to run a fundraising event! No matter what your cause, we’ve got 10 fundraising event ideas to help you grab the attention of potential donors and get the funds rolling in.
1. Christmas Fun Run
A fun run is such a flexible fundraising event: you can set any route you like and make it a small or large event. You can encourage people to gather sponsorships for taking part. It motivates people to get active while raising money for a good cause. You can even make it family friendly by making the route shorter.
Put a Christmas spin on this classic by asking everyone to dress up in Christmas fancy dress. Don’t forget to provide some refreshments along the way and at the end of the run. You could even offer a medal for completion of the run.
If you prefer to keep your distance during the coronavirus pandemic, you could even run the event virtually. You simply set a distance to complete and ask people to post their pictures and videos of their run on social media.
2. Santa Games
Run the Santa games: it’s like a sports day but with a Christmas theme. Choose a venue, set up some simple games, and have people dress up as Santa or Mrs Claus to take part. Both adults and kids will have a great time and really get into the festive spirit. You can charge a fee to take part and offer small prizes for the winner of each event.
3. Christmas Movie Night
There’s nothing better on a cold winter night than snuggling up and watching a festive film. So gather your loved ones, provide some snacks, and pop on some Christmas movies. Don’t forget to ask for donations to attend! Just like the fun run event, you could run this event online if you prefer: you can all gather over video call to watch movies together.
4. Christmas PJ Party
Pajama parties aren’t just for kids, adults can enjoy them too! Ask your loved ones to put on some Christmas PJ’s and join you for a PJ party. You can watch films, play Christmas themed games, and even do some Christmas crafts. Don’t forget the food and drinks, and to ask for donations of course!
5. Festive Talent Show
A talent show is fun for both the performers and the audience. You’ll need a venue that’s big enough for a performance area and comfortable seating for the audience.
Ask loved ones to showcase their talents with a festive theme and charge admission for people to come and watch. Encourage people to think outside the box. If you really want to up your game, you could even produce a programme. Don’t forget to have fun!
6. Christmas Games Night
There are lots of great ideas for Christmas themed games online, or you can buy Christmas board games. Gather your loved ones, provide some refreshments, and have fun playing games for the night.
You can even go all out and decorate for Christmas. You can assign points for the winner of each game and offer a prize for the overall winner at the end of the night. Of course, you should ask players for a fee or a donation to take part.
7. Nativity Play
A good old nativity play is always a hit at this time of year. The best part about this event is you can make it as funny or serious as you like, and you can involve both kids and adults. You could even write your own script! Ask loved ones to play their parts and get into the spirit of the show.
You’ll need a venue to perform in and tickets to sell for audience members to come and watch. Don’t forget to advertise the show so you generate plenty of interest (and funds).
8. Fancy Dress Parade
People love getting dressed up, especially at this time of year. It’s a great time to run a fancy dress parade, with everyone encouraged to go all out with their outfits. You could set a general Christmas theme, or something more specific such as ‘dress like a character from your favourite Christmas film’.
You’ll need a venue, refreshments, and a prize for the best outfit. Don’t forget to promote your event so people can come and watch (and give you donations).
9. Carol Karaoke
Combine the fun of karaoke with Christmas carols and you’ve got yourself a festive fundraising event! You can hire a venue or do it at home depending on how many people you want to attend. You can buy a karaoke machine or use a karaoke app.
Ask for donations and encourage everyone to take turns singing carols. Provide some drinks and snacks and watch everyone have an amazing time.
10. Christmas Quiz
A quiz gets everyone involved and it’s an easy fundraising event to run. It can even be low cost. All you need are some questions, a place to host, some refreshments and a prize for the winner. You can even run it online via video call if you really want to keep costs low.
Ask everyone to pay a fee to enter their quiz team into the competition. Keep the questions Christmas themed (there’s some great inspiration online if you’re struggling to come up with ideas). If you really want to go all out, you can decorate with a Christmas theme and even encourage everyone to get dressed up for the event.
Christmas can be a great time to get people invested in your cause through fun-filled fundraising events. Don’t be afraid to think creatively and come up with your own ideas too!
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