5 Christmas jobs you can apply for right now

A dog is for life, not just for Christmas… 

But a job can be.

Do you want to earn a bit of extra cash over the Christmas period? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to have a side gig as Santa.

Whatever your motivation for your festive hustle, we’ve got over 5,000 Christmas jobs waiting for you to unwrap this year.

Who knows? Your new job could even last longer than the Christmas period (unless, of course, you work in politics).

Here are our ‘top of the tree’ Christmas jobs that you can apply for right now.


1. Picker Packer

The real-life equivalent to Santa’s elves (with a handheld electric scanner), as a Picker Packer, you’ll be expected to pack a range of goods ready to fill the shelves for Christmas shoppers.  

Location: Throughout the UK

Salary: £9.50 – £19.08 per hour depending on location


2. Ice Rink Marshall

Ice skating and winter go hand in hand, like two people on an awkward date bumbling around a rink like Bambi on ice. That’s where you come in. As an Ice Rink Marshall you’ll be responsible for ensuring skaters stay safe and leave with smiles on their faces. 

Location: London and Surrey

Salary: £11.21 per hour 


3. Christmas Postal Worker / Mail Sorter

Mail ramps up over the Christmas period. From cards to gifts, as a Postal Worker, you’ll be responsible for delivering Chrismas parcels (and cheer) to homes across the UK. You may need a UK driving license for some roles. 

Location: Throughout the UK

Salary: £12.00 – £18.00 per hour depending on location and role


4. Santa

Think you’ve got what it takes to impersonate Saint Nick? Apply for a role as Santa. A thespian spirit and ability to work well with children will help (along with a booming ‘ho, ho, ho.’)

Location: Throughout the UK

Salary: £9.60 +


5. Christmas Elf 

A wise elf once said, ‘The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.’ If this sounds like you, why not try your hand at being a Christmas Elf? You’ll need a jolly attitude and you’ll likely be performing your elf duties for children, so experience working with them would be beneficial for the role.

Location: Hexham

Salary: £9.90 – £10.50 per hour


The roles on offer are seasonal, but many companies would prefer to keep seasonal workers on the payroll (rather than recruit new hires). So there’s no reason why you can’t turn your Christmas role into a permanent job.

To give you the best chance, we’ve put together some tips to help.


1. Show your enthusiasm from the get-go

Don’t treat the job as any less important than you would a permanent role, even if the hours are less than you would normally expect. Show your boss and your co-workers that they’re getting your best from day one and they’re more likely to consider you for a permanent position if one becomes available.


2. Be direct with your boss

Let your boss know that you would love to be considered for a permanent position. They’ll be best placed to let you know if the company has any current positions open and advise you on how to apply.


3. Showcase your skills

Take any opportunity you can to show you’re a valuable asset to the company. If you have a particular skillset that’s needed, volunteer yourself. Taking the initiative with everyday tasks will show your boss that you could contribute to the team in a permanent position.


Still searching for a job you adore this Christmas? Take a look at all Christmas roles on offer.