Top tips for Christmas Lights fundraisers

Top tips for Christmas Lights fundraisers

Get inspired with some top tips from our fabulous fundraisers.


Tony from Melbourne, has lit up his house for over 20 years

What's involved?

"Every December I deck out the house with around 20,000 or so Xmas lights. The lights take me all of November to put them up, around 4 weeks in total. 

How do you raise money?

"We raise money by doing a sausage sizzle and selling glow sticks. Last year we had a jumping castle gold coin donation and a wishing well.

Man dressed up as Father Christmas in front of a house lit up for Xmas


Danielle spends all year planning her event

What do you do?

"It takes about two weeks to set up the display. I like to make sure it's an out of the car experience. Many say it’s a little Christmas wonderland!

Why did you choose Make-A-Wish?

"Make-A-Wish always stood out to me as a very worthwhile charity. When a child is really sick they often lose that chance to be a kid. They have to grow up really quickly, and experience hardship well before they should have to. If a Make-A-Wish wish can inspire them and give them a few moments of their childhood back, then it's absolutely worth it."

What do you think works to get people along to your display?

“It’s really important to take advantage of social media. Create a Facebook page and an Instagram account and take lots and lots of photos while you are setting up your display and while the lights are shining. 

“Another hot tip is to reach out to local community radio stations and to ask them to share what you’re doing with their listeners.”

Any more tips for Christmas Lights fundraisers?

“Make it clear that you're fundraising for Make-A-Wish. I put a table in my yard with the collection tin (it’s chained up, don’t worry!), and a light box with the Make-A-Wish details. I also have some sweets right by the donation tin because everyone deserves a treat!

“I tend to make it optional – people can donate if they wish. I do find lots of people come back just to pop more money in the tin – sometimes they even come back after their first visit to donate money they didn’t have the first time round! I think that’s really lovely.”


Been inspired? Sign up to light up your house for Make-A-Wish today!