The holidays are meant to be fun and festive, but for many of us, it's a time where extra cash is really needed. If you find yourself looking for work while you're on a break from school, or simply want to rack up a little extra gift-spending money, then you're in luck. There's a wide and varied range of Ottawa winter jobs looking to hire extra help through the holiday season.

Now, talk of working through the winter could be enough to change your opinion of the holiday season at face value, but the fact is that seasonal work has a lot of great advantages. For instance, many seasonal jobs offer flexible schedules and decent wages, with some on this list even paying up to $30 an hour.

So get that resume in tip-top shape and start applying for your next gig ASAP!

Mall Elf @ Carlingwood Shopping Centre

If you're full of Christmas spirit this season, then why not spread that holiday joy around the Carlingwood Mall? You'd get to spend six hours a day making people laugh and reminding everyone that the magic of Christmas is real. Plus, the elf costume is pretty great too! Wages start at $14.50/hour.


Sales Associate/Artist @ Santa'Ville

Are your art skills as sharp as your customer service? Then this might be the holiday job for you. In addition to selling Christmas decorations, you will also have the chance to personalize them on-site, so good penmanship is a must. The pop-up shop is located in Bayshore Shopping Centre. Wages start at $14/hour.


Photographer @ Carlingwood Shopping Centre

It's time to put those photography class skills to work. The Carlingwood Shopping Centre is hiring a temporary photographer to capture those iconic mall Santa moments (we know him!) Shifts would be up to six hours long at a rate of $30/hour.


Seasonal Associate @ Pet Smart

Does being surrounded by adorable fur babies sound like your kind of job? Well, if so, you're in luck. The Pet Smart on Merrivale Road is looking for seasonal sales associates for the holidays. Be sure to bring your customer service experience and pet care skills to the table.


Sales Associate @ Build-A-Bear

If you want to feel like a real-life Santa this Christmas, then building toys might just be the way to go. Build-A-Bear Workshop in Bayshore Shopping Centre is looking for friendly and professional part-time sales associates. They offer a flexible schedule, discounts, and competitive wages, according to the post.


Seasonal Fragrance Advisor @ Hudson's Bay

If you love walking into Hudson's Bay and being overwhelmed with the smells of sweet perfume wafting from the counter, then this is the job for you. Wages are tbd.


Seasonal Sales Associate @ Godiva Chocolatier

When it comes to seasonal gigs, does it get any sweeter than this? You can bask in the delicious smell of chocolate all day long. According to the job posting, you will have the chance to earn bonuses on top of your hourly wage. Beyond, y'know, the bonus of working surrounded by chocolate.


Seasonal Warehouse Team Member @ Amazon

This year, instead of spending your whole paycheck on Amazon purchases, why not earn some money back from them? Ottawa's Amazon fulfillment center is looking for full-time seasonal employees to help with holiday orders. The job pays $15.50/hour or $16 on overnight shifts.


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