Who are Great Grottos?

Great Grottos are the UK’s leading Christmas Grotto management company and providers of Christmas grotto hire. One of the most important elements is the hiring of the very best Santas and Elves to bring our grottos to life. Details of our service are available here | Christmas Grotto Management

Great Grottos have been managing grottos and providing Christmas grotto hire in shopping centres and garden centres across the UK since 1998. Our service includes the recruitment, DBS checking, contracting, training and management of Christmas grotto staff. In addition we supply costumes, ready-wrapped Christmas toys, grotto photography, online booking and till systems.


How do I apply to work for Great Grottos?

Visit our Online Job Application to send us your details.

You will need to attach a photo of yourself and a copy of your CV. We understand if some of our Santa applicants do not have CVs.

Our Recruitment Team will review your application and contact you. Feel free to phone in and ask how your application is proceeding – our most dedicated candidates do so. Please also read our job role guide | Christmas Grotto Job Roles


When should I apply?

Right now, please. Recruitment begins in June and is ongoing until Christmas. There are always opportunities.


What is the wage rate? 

We offer competitive rates of pay to each of our staff. Once your application is submitted, our Recruitment Team will review your experience, skills and the position that you are applying for. From this information, if you are successful, they will contact you with an offer of employment including a rate of pay.


I worked for Great Grottos last year, will I be invited back?

In January we perform staff grading. If you receive a grade A, there will be a role for you each year that you would like to work for us. Lots of our staff return year after year and we frequently receive great feedback from our clients regarding fantastic team members!

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Will I receive training?

Yes. Our staff training is extensive and covers all aspects of managing a Christmas grotto to the highest standard. Depending on your role you will undergo Santa training, Elf training, visit structure, customer service, grotto photography and till operation. We pass on many techniques we have learnt over years of operating grottos.


I’m self-employed, can I work for you?

Yes. You can work for Great Grottos on either a self-employed or PAYE basis.


How long are your contracts?

Typically our contracts include a period during November and December. The exact duration will depend on the grotto hours and your availability. We often have opportunities for extra work, receiving deliveries and during the installation of our Christmas grottos.


What shifts are available?

We need both full-time and part-time grotto staff throughout weekdays and weekends. We need Elves and Santas with all varieties of availability.


Will I receive a costume?

Yes. You will be required to wear a full costume. We believe in going above and beyond our customers’ expectations. This includes providing exceptional levels of customer service whilst in character. Our costumes will enhance this experience and help you to portray your character. You can see examples here | Christmas Grotto Costumes


How do I apply for a job?

Apply online here or call us. Key things to have at the ready for the online application are a CV and a photo of yourself for our staff database.

Apply via telephone | 01306 886 989
Apply online |
Online Job Application


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