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The best Christmas temp jobs in Kent

For many, Christmas is the best time of year, but there's no doubt it can be very expensive.

There's so much to pay for - presents, trips out with the family, work dos - so a few extra pounds are always helpful. There are hundreds of Christmas temp jobs in Kent, but we've found the top positions when it comes to keeping things festive.

Could you see yourself in a big red coat?
Could you see yourself in a big red coat?

Pull on your white beard or pointy hat in Santa's grotto

Christmas grottos keep the magic alive for young children - a chance to meet Santa Claus himself along with his mischievous little elves.

If you can think of nothing better than seeing youngsters grin from ear to ear, then dig out your striped tights and get involved.

Bluewater in Greenhithe is looking for Santas and elves with plenty of Christmas cheer to manage the shopping centre's grotto this year.

Bluewater is looking for elves
Bluewater is looking for elves

All training and costumes will be provided and applicants must be available to work from November 14 to Christmas Eve.

Click here to apply.

Work in the grotto at a Christmas tree farm

Tucked down a country lane, with hundreds of fir trees waiting to be decorated, Kingswood Christmas Trees is probably one of the most authentically festive venues in the county.

In the middle of the plot stands a barn decked out with decorations and an open fire to warm your toes by.

There is also a grotto and the team is in need of a Santa and a head elf to keep everything in order.

Kingswood Christmas Trees has a number of positions to fill
Kingswood Christmas Trees has a number of positions to fill

If you can shake your belly like a bowl full of jelly, you'll be a perfect Father Christmas. Shifts will run on Saturdays between 9am and 5pm from November 23 until December 22.

The head elf will be supporting a team of around five others and will be needed on Sundays from 9am to 5pm, from November 24 until December 22.

Click here to apply.

Help people find the perfect gift

Christmas shopping can be lots of fun -wandering along the fairy-lit streets seeking out the perfect presents and stopping off for hot chocolate in between shops.

But for those who aren't particularly good at it, it can be very stressful.

Help people find the perfect gifts for their family and friends
Help people find the perfect gifts for their family and friends

As a gift ambassador you will act as a personal shopper, guiding customers through the store and assisting them in finding the ultimate presents for their loved ones.

You will also be given a virtual reality headset to show people how certain toys work.

This role will be at Debenhams in Canterbury or Westwood Cross, Broadstairs.

This could be your last chance to work at the Canterbury store - it announced it will be closing earlier this year.

Click here to apply.

Get paid to whizz around on the ice

You can be an ice rink steward at Bluewater
You can be an ice rink steward at Bluewater

There are plenty of outdoor ice rinks popping up in Kent this winter, with families wrapping up in woolly hats and gloves, slipping and sliding across the ice.

If you like skating yourself, why not whizz round all day and get paid for it?

Canterbury On Ice has already hired their rink stewards, but there are still jobs going at Bluewater.

You don't even need to be a good skater -just make sure everyone is having a good time.

Click here to apply.

Look after reindeer

What could be more Christmassy than working with reindeer?

With their great big antlers and bright red reins, they will bring children's dreams of Santa flying across the sky on Christmas Eve to life.

As part of the event crew at The Reindeer Centre in Bethersden you will be helping transport and care for these docile animals as they travel around the county visiting various parks and centres.

To apply click here.

Tour around the county with Santa's reindeer
Tour around the county with Santa's reindeer

Make sure everyone gets their Christmas post on time

As its the busiest period of the year, the Post Office needs all the help it can get over Christmas to ensure parcels and presents get to people on time and no one is left disappointed.

Rochester Mail Centre is looking for sorters to work a variety of different shifts, making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

You'll be unloading letters and parcels from the vans, sorting them and ensuring they reach their destination.

No previous experience is required.

Click here to apply.

Help the Post Office make sure everyone gets their Christmas parcels on time
Help the Post Office make sure everyone gets their Christmas parcels on time

Deck the halls of Kent hotels

If you are always the first in your street to get out the tinsel and Christmas wreath, this job will be a dream.

KC Weddings & Events are looking for casual workers to decorate and dismantle decorations at hotels across the county.

The shifts may be long and it will be hard work, but will all be worth it when you see the dazzling, picture-perfect finished product.

Click here to apply.

Spread the Christmas cheer

If you're not too fussed about making some extra money you could always find a voluntary position and help spread the Christmas cheer to those in need.

Abbeyfield House in Tunbridge Wells is looking for individuals or groups to run festive sing-a-longs, help with meals or just have a chat with residents to make them feel special.

Many of the elderly people who live at the home can be very lonely at times so this small gesture can make a big difference.

Or you could get in touch with your local homeless shelter to see if they need an extra helping hand as the winter draws in and life on the streets becomes a lot tougher.

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