Holding a Christmas bazaar is a festive way for a church to celebrate the holiday season and raise money. A well-planned bazaar with a variety of family-friendly attractions and booths will attract many churchgoers and community members and can bring a substantial profit. By coordinating the details and providing some classic and creative bazaar booths, you can make your church Christmas bazaar a success.
Several weeks beforehand, ideally right after Halloween, start asking church members to sign up to run a booth at the bazaar. The more well-done booths you provide, the higher-quality bazaar you'll have. Pass out a sign-up sheet at every Sunday service recording what booths and stands parishioners will put up. Offer ideas for booths such as arts and crafts, home decor, antiques and collectibles, books, clothing, jewellery and family portraiture. You can suggest activity booths such as a play area for children, an arts and crafts station, or even a baking class.
A Christmas bazaar would be incomplete without a booth for Santa Claus. You can ask a parishioner who fits the suit to volunteer to be Santa Claus, to avoid the cost of hiring someone to play the part. Offer parents the opportunity to take pictures. You can also take photos with a digital camera and print and sell them to families.
A cherished booth at Christmas bazaars is one that sells baked goods such as pastry items, cupcakes, fruitcake, cookies and breads. You can have parishioners volunteer to bake a particular type of item. Baked goods should be brought to the bazaar individually wrapped.
It's wise to provide snacks and beverages to bazaar attendees so they can eat as they shop. You can acquire most of the food and drinks through donations. Ask parishioners to provide hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, single-serving-size chips, cans of soda, coffee, plastic eating utensils and napkins. For a festive touch, offer holiday favourites such as non-alcoholic eggnog and hot chocolate, as well as coffee and espresso.