11 holiday fundraising ideas that will inspire you

Event ideas for Christmas and the holiday season

15 November, 2017


It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas fundraising ideas.

It’s the one event season of the year that everyone knows is coming. Everyone’s calendars are packed and it can be a struggle to get attention – but once you’ve got it, you have a massive opportunity to use it for fundraising.

After all, it’s the season for giving. Everyone is in a festive mood and throwing a great fundraiser is a perfect opportunity to capitalise on that.

But you need to be smart. Holiday-themed fundraising ideas can seem good in theory but they often need careful planning and attention to pull them off.

We’ve put together a list of 11 Christmas-themed fundraising events that can help give your organisation or community group a financial boost. These inspiring ideas a great way to start your own planning – which you should begin as soon as possible!

Christmas tree sales
This is a great one to start with, especially because you can get people’s attention earlier in the Christmas season. Organise trees to sell and best of all, even offer delivery so you can get people drawn into the entire experience.

You can use a system like TryBooking to take orders online and arrange delivery. Be sure to include some information about your upcoming events as well.

Raffle fundraisers
The thing about a raffle is that you need to actually have a decent prize to encourage more entries. So this is where a sponsor could come in handy. Work to get a prize donated - something that people actually want! Christmas is a popular time for giving and receiving material gifts, so consider offering an experience as an alternative prize - a scenic getaway or a family portrait session, perhaps?

A lot of the time, community groups don’t ask for money when they need it most. If you’re hosting a Christmas-themed fundraiser…just ask people to make a donation to your cause. If they can’t, no harm! But you should at least ask the question.

If you’re running the event on TryBooking, you can also add in a donations step prior to checkout when guests book their tickets. 

Craft market
The best fundraisers are community events. Create a market and let local artists and creator sell their wares for gift ideas, and then create a margin for your organisation: perhaps 5% or 10% of the profits.

It’s easy to set up stalls on TryBooking and let your stallholders book and pay for their ideal stall location. 

Gift wrapping services
This is one of the best ideas for a Christmas-themed fundraiser. Advertise to have people drop off their gifts and get them specially wrapped for a fee. Remember, the benefit that you’re giving people is time so target busy folks or families who usually leave that type of Christmas administration until the last minute!

Create gift baskets or collections
One of the most frustrating aspects of Christmas is just finding the right gift for someone…that someone who you can never buy anything for. Creating gift baskets or collections centered around specific themes, such as beverages or food, can be a great way to raise money.

Gift cards
Hire some local artists and create some unique gift cards with art that really pops. Include your branding in there and your website to get the message out, along with a cut of the profits from the cards.

Advent calendars
These are actually easier to make than you’d think and there are companies that create custom calendars for order. Create branded advent calendars with attractive imagery and sell them to make some extra money around the holiday season.

Go ice skating
Not so much of an idea in the northern hemisphere, but if you’re in the southern hemisphere – like in Australia – ice skating during Christmas can seem somewhat of a novelty. Organise a trip to an ice skating rink for some fun times and a chance to solicit donations.

Gingerbread contests
Who doesn’t love creating gingerbread houses? This is a great one for kids to be included with as well. You can easily create an event for this on TryBooking, take bookings from interested families and orders/online payments for Gingerbread kits  all in the one place online. 

Christmas movie marathon
There are so many great movies to choose from, you’re really spoiled for choice. Organise a screening of a few different great Christmas movies and charge tickets for people to come. Better yet, tell people to come in their ugliest Christmas sweater to add a little more fun to the mix.

The great thing about these ideas is that you can even combine some of them. For instance, how about a Christmas movie marathon that provided gift wrapping services while people watched movies?

Or how about a craft fair that also sold gift baskets and cards?

It’s important to be creative at Christmas time because people are already so busy. They don’t need another thing to fit into their lives if it won’t provide value, so think about what you’re offering first. If you do your job well in creating a great Christmas-themed fundraiser, the donations will come rolling in! 


The TryBooking Team

15 November, 2017


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