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We will not be recruiting volunteers for 2023. Check back in 2024!


Santa needs many Elves to assist with the holiday festivities in downtown South Bend. Volunteering as one of Santa’s Elves is a great chance to spread holiday cheer! Gather your friends, family, or coworkers and sign up for a shift, or you can come alone.

You may be asked to give children their cookies, icing and sprinkles – and/or to clean up the mess that cookie decorating often leaves behind. We will also be needing Elves to provide information and hospitality, and assist with the line to see Santa Claus.

To view all shift dates and times, and to sign up, click here.

We will do our best to give you the task that you like the best, but you may need to be flexible depending on where we need our Elves the most at any point in time.

And of course our Elves will need proper attire, so you will get a free elf hat for volunteering at this event!

Elves should check in for their shift at the South Bend Museum of Art – in the hallway between the galleries, where the cookie decorating will take place. Some volunteers will be inside, and some will be outside (we will rotate those positions around.) Please dress accordingly for the cold.

Note: We accept elves of all ages, but those under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.

To register a group for volunteering, email Kylie Carter at


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