Please note that due to the aftermath of the pandemic, some of these activities still may not be possible. It’s vital that you check the guidelines in your local area before starting to plan your event.

Hold a Christmas Collection 

One of the most successful Christmas events is a Christmas Collection. To run one, just follow the steps below: 

  • Contact the manager of a local venue and request to hold a Charity collection on their premises. Supermarkets and shopping centres work well. If you want to hold a street collection, then you will need a license from the local authority.  Contact your fundraiser for details on how to apply 
  • Recruit your volunteers  
  • Get buckets ready – if you don’t have any buckets contact our Customer Care Team on / 01256 366566 to be directed to your local supply. 
Breakfast with Santa / Christmas Grotto 

Format of the day:  

  • Have a room dressed up with Christmas decorations 
  • Recruit a Santa – make it extra exciting by having him arrive by fire engine 
  • Each child attending to receive a personal present 
  • Create a festive playlist and arrange some games to make it extra fun 
  • Have some snacks and drinks available for a donation 
  • Talk to a local supermarket or business to see if they can donate some food, decorations or presents 
  • Charge each child an entry fee 
Boxing Day or New Year’s Day Dip 
  • Brave the icy waters and take part in a local, pre-organised event in the sea, river or lake near you 
  • Get sponsored by friends, family and colleagues 
  • Set up an online giving page on and promote on social media 
Christmas Hat / Jumper Day 
  • Wear a novelty Christmas hat or jumper in exchange for a donation
  • Prize for the best hat / jumper
  • Encourage local businesses and schools to get involved
Santa’s Sleigh

If you’ve been good this year, ask Santa and his reindeers to help collect donations for The Fire Fighters Charity on his sleigh around your town or village.

Please contact your Regional Fundraiser here if you would like to run a public event.

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