Volunteer: Very Merry Holiday Gift Fest, Manchester
Dec 9-10, 2023

Earns Volunteer Service Hours
Hours will be reported for you.

ORIENTATION SURVEY for those who can’t attend the virtual orientation on Friday, December 8th at 9:15am. All volunteers must do one form of the orientation.


Formerly known as the Made in New England Expo, the Very Merry Holiday Gift Festival promises to be even better than before. Guests can find unique local products and gifts for everyone on their lists at this one-stop holiday gift shop! Plus, enjoy vendor demonstrations, kids activities, a visit from Santa, a special kid-only shopping area, festive sounds of the season live from the expo stage and more!

Saturday, December 9th from 10am – 6pm
Sunday, December 10th from 10am – 4pm

at the DoubleTree Hotel, Downtown Manchester, 700 Elm Street, Manchester NH

Event Site: https://www.businessnhmagazine.com/events/very-merry-holiday-gift-festival

Shift Positions include:

  • Door Greeter: Welcome guests, pass out programs, check hand stamps. You will be standing for your shift. You will be given breaks to rest as needed.
  • Expo Support: Walk around the Expo, assisting guests and exhibitors. This is a standing and walking position. Please, no shopping while on duty. Many vendors only have one person and really need the coverage for quick breaks.
  • Back Door Monitor: Sit/stand by the back door to ensure that no one sneaks in.
  • Cash Registers
  • Children’s Craft Area – help in kid’s only shopping area and stocking craft tables.

The back door monitors are the only sitting positions. For the rest, be prepared to stand/walk with breaks.

Planned Shift Times. We have 3 hour, 4 hour and 4.5 hour options



Come early or stay late to see the Expo

A volunteer orientation meeting is scheduled for Friday, December 8th at 9:15am via ZOOM.

Dress code

Full GSA uniform: GSA shirt, BLACK pants or skirt and name tag. A holiday flourish is allowed for this event. No shorts.
No purses or large bags, please. Fanny packs and small over the shoulder wallets are okay.
If you need to add extra layers for warmth, please try to wear them underneath your GSA shirt (complimentary plain colored long-sleeved shirts, turtlenecks, etc.) Please try to avoid sweaters, coats, and vests that might obscure your uniform shirt. If you are wearing a sweater, it must be a cranberry, forest green, or navy cardigan style.