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Entertainment at Christmas time

Rushden Christmas Light Switch On 2014

Christmas Show for Rushden

Fantastic audiences came to watch my Christmas Puppet Show at the Rushden Xmas Light Switch On. The High Street was packed with people all having a great time. Lots of entertainment, lots to see an do including Santa Claus, reindeer,  juggler, face painters, a street organ, balloons, a fun fair, live music and dance. Amazingly the event is organized and run entirely by volunteers. What wonderful community spirit. They did a great job putting on a terrific event for local people. [slideshow_deploy id=’4640’]

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Christmas Eve, FREE Show!

Christmas Puppet Show

Christmas Puppets

Ron with Santa and Rudolph from the Christmas Show.

Jolly Good Productions present:

“Santa’s Busy Day”

A puppet show with magic and lots of festive fun.

The Town Hall,  Richmond,  North Yorkshire.

Monday, 24th December 2012.

11am to 12 Noon.

All welcome. Ideal for younger children ( 4 – 8 years old ).

Admission is FREE. Donations to the Mayor’s Charity most welcome.

Refreshments available to purchase.

T’Old Hoss

The Old Hoss will perform immediately after the puppet show.

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How to plan a Children’s Christmas Party

Christmas Party Planning Checklist

Organizing a great Christmas party can be a headache. Use this basic check list to help you plan your event:

Rudolph The Rednose Reindeer and Santa Claus

Rudolph The Rednose Reindeer and Santa Claus (Photo credit: ronwooduk)

  • Pick a date.
  • Estimate how many children and adults will be coming
  • Choose a venue.
  • When will the party start and finish?
  • Decide what entertainment you will have.
  • Room decoration.
  • Consider food and refreshment.
  • Book Santa Claus
  • Sort out presents for the kids.

Choosing a date for your Christmas Party

There are only two or three weekends in December and as the dates are usually in big demand it is a very good idea to book early unless you are holding the  party on your own premises. The most popular Saturday and Sunday will always be on the middle weekend so avoid these if possible. Consider a Friday evening or mid week as an option if you can.

Estimate numbers attending

You will need to get an idea of numbers of adults and children attending and the ages of the children. It is a good idea to send out booking forms in advance to find out who intends to come. If you are spending a lot of money on the party you need to have some commitment from people that they will be there.

Knowing the ages of the children also helps when booking entertainment and food.

Choosing a venue

Here are some points to consider when looking at venues:

Xmas Puppet Show

Xmas Puppet Show (Photo credit: ronwooduk)

  • Location. Is it easy to get to.
  • Parking. Does it have a car park or FREE public parking close by?
  • Access. Is it easy to get in and out of?
  • Ground floor? Booking an upstairs room can be a real problem for discos, bands and entertainers with lots of equipment.
  • Space. Is it big enough?
  • Seating. Are there enough seats for the adults? Does it have any tables?
  • Changing area? Is there a changing room for acts and Santa?
  • Performance area. Where will the entertainment take place ie stage, dance floor?
  • Does it have a kitchen or a bar?

Party times

When will the party start and finish? Consider these points:

  • Allow time for everyone to arrive.
  • How long will the entertainment last?
  • How long will it take to feed everyone?
  • How long will it take Santa to give out the presents?
  • Will there be any more entertainment after Santa has gone? If so for how long?


Are you going to entertain the children yourself or will you book in a professional children’s entertainer?

Entertaining children is very demanding. If you are a teacher or have a lot of experience in working with kids and have other reliable adults to help then you could do it yourself.

If not then you will need to hire in professionals who know what they are doing and are self contained with everything required to do a really good job.

As it is Christmas look for entertainers who offer a proper Christmas Show. Puppets and Magic always go down well and children love to dance and play games so a Christmas disco is also a good idea.

Look for entertainers who can offer a selection of entertainment to appeal to a broad age range.


Christmas Balloons

Christmas Balloons (Photo credit: ronwooduk)

Most venues will have Christmas decorations already but you may want to add to this. Balloon decorating is a great way to

create atmosphere. A few eye catching displays can transform  the party room. If you do need to put in some Christmas decorations then build this into the budget and allow time for setting up. If you are employing a supplier  to do the decorating find out how long they need  and arrange access for them accordingly.

Food and refreshment

At the very least you will need to provide tea and coffee for the adults and soft drinks for the children. It is a nice idea to put food on if you can. Children don’t need a lot of food and sandwiches, sausages on sticks, crisps, biscuits and cakes are all that are needed. Keep it simple. For the adults a finger buffet will also suffice. Don’t arrange too much food as it may be wasted.

If your party is mid afternoon people may have eaten before they come. They may also be planning a meal at home afterwards so take this into consideration.

Santa Claus

No children’s Christmas party would be complete without Father Christmas.  You will need to sort out a willing volunteer to take on the job and a costume. Alternatively book in a Santa or ask your entertainer if they provide Santa as part of their package.


At some Christmas parties the adults provide presents for their own children in advance. At others they pay for the presents and the organizers buy the gift for them.

Sometimes all of the children receive the same present or presents can be sorted into boys or girls and then by age range.

The presents will need to be wrapped and put in a sack for Santa to carry. Alternatively place then next to Santa’s chair so they are handy when he makes his big entrance.

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A Fabulous Christmas Party

Christmas Fun!

We had a fantastic time once again at the annual NSK Christmas Party.

I took the gazebo up on Wednesday morning and when Hazel and I arrived on Friday to start work on the balloon decorations it was all dressed up complete with Santa’s chair and lights. We made four balloon topiary displays and ten sets of foils for the tables.

I arrived at 8am on Saturday morning to open up the doors to the canteen and shortly afterwards the rest of the team arrived.

AR brought all of the games and inflatables and Jolly Good Productions provided the entertainment.

Christmas Characters

Christmas Characters (Photo credit: ronwooduk)

Our first job was to build the five balloon arches in front of Santa’s grotto. With Emma, Kassie, Joe, Greg, Katrina and me working as a well oiled machine we were soon well under way. Natasha, Becky and Hazel soon joined us so we had plenty of hands on the job and the arches were up in no time.

We then set up the face painting, craft workshop and my puppet show. AR meanwhile had set up the bouncy castles, soft play, side stalls, vision racers, Wii games, and the Football game.

All set by 9.45am and looking good. Time for a bacon butty and a cuppa before the guests arrived.

The party started at 10.30am and there were over 130 children with parents, friends and family too. Santa arrived with Rudolph and the party was soon in full swing. The side shows an stalls stopped at 12 noon for my Christmas Show and opened again at half past.

By 1.30 pm every child had seen Santa, the families had been well fed and entertained and everyone left feeling happy.

It had been a lovely event and we are all looking forward to next year!

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Mr Punch’s Xmas Party

Christmas Punch and Judy Showsantasmall

Imagine the fun when Judy decides to hold a Christmas Party and leaves Punch in charge of the baby whilst she goes to do the Christmas shopping. Will Punch behave himself or will he get into trouble when Judy comes back. What will Mr Punch get for Christmas and will he be asleep when Santa Claus comes down the chimney?

This special Christmas Punch and Judy Show is ideal for any Christmas Party or Christmas event. It has all the knock about fun that children love but with a festive theme and of course a lovely Santa Claus puppet for even more excitement.

To arrange a booking or to find out more call 01748 821621 now.

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Free Children’s Show, Christmas Eve | Richmond, North Yorkshire

Santa’s Busy Day

Jolly Good Productions present their Christmas Puppet Show at the Town Hall, Richmond ( North Yorks ) on Christmas Eve at 2pm.

The show lasts for approximately sixty minutes and is ideal for children ages four to eight years old but children of all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The show is a mix of clowning, puppets and storytelling with lots of audience participation.  Younger children will love the Christmas characters and joining in with all the fun.

There will be a collection afterwards for the Mayor’s charity.

Jolly Good Productions, Christmas Puppet Show

Christmas Puppet Show

Book this show for your next Christmas party.

Book early for next year.

Are you looking for a children’s entertainer / kids entertainer for a Christmas party in Richmond, Catterick Garrison, Barnard Castle, Northallerton or surrounding areas. Call Jolly Good Productions:

Tel 01748 821621 for a FREE quote.


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Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer | Hire

Hire Rudolph

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer is very famous and well-known to millions of children all over the world!

Christmas is coming. Why not add to the excitement of your Christmas Party or event by booking the most famous Christmas character of all after Santa Claus himself. I mean of course Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer. Every child knows the song off by heart. If you can’t remember the words here they are to remind you :

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw it,
you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say:
“Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

Then how the reindeer loved him
as they shouted out with glee:
“Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
you’ll go down in history!”

Christmas Party Entertainment

Rudolph The Rednose Reindeer and Santa Claus

Father Christmas and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer at a Christmas Party.

Make Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer part of your Christmas Party Entertainment package. Call Jolly Good Productions for a FREE quotation.

Children love Rudolph. He is ideal to accompany Father Christmas. The children all know that Rudolph pulls Santa’s sleigh and that Rudolph is Santa’s favourite Reindeer. Who else would Santa bring to the party? It’s great fun to have your photo taken with Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, give him a great big cuddle or even dance with him ( yes, Rudolph likes to dance! )

The high point of every Christmas Party is when Father Christmas gives the children their presents. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer likes to help and he can assist in giving out the gifts or entertain the children and mums and dads who are waiting in the queue.

Christmas Parade

Never mind the X factor, get the Ahh Factor!

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer is an ideal costume character to have in a Christmas Parade or at a Christmas Light Switch On event. He is also great for a Christmas Store Promotion and walk about entertainment at Shopping Centres and Retail Parks. Watch a video clip of Rudolph and friends in action in a shopping mall.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer definitely has the “Ahh” factor. He is a big hit where ever he goes especially with the younger children.

How To Hire Rudolph

For a FREE quotation just send us the details of your event using our Enquiry form ( recommended ) or alternatively call us on Tel 01748 821621.

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The “Old Hoss” Of Richmond

As part of the children’s entertainment organised by the Mayor of Richmond on Christmas Eve was a special performance by the “Old Hoss”. The event took place in the Town Hall and was free for all to attend. We had a good turn out and the children joined in enthusiastically with the Jolly Good Productions Christmas Puppet Show. This was followed immediately by T’Old Hoss.  Everyone had a great time and people generously donated towards the Mayor’s charities, The RNLI and The Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The Old Horse of Richmond or T'Old Hoss ( Yorkshire )

Ron with T'Old Hoss

The ‘Old Hoss’ appears in Richmond `s market place every Christmas Eve morning. Originally a pagan creation,the decorated horse`s skull is accompanied by a team of huntsmen. He snaps his jaws as the huntsmen sing of his being a virile young creature who grows old and finally is killed. His resurrection completes the ritual, representing the passing of the old year and the beginning of the new.

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Christmas Show For Your Xmas Party

In the run up to Christmas everyone is organising parties for their company or organisation. The weeks leading up to the big day are very exciting for children. If you are planning a Xmas party then why not book a Christmas show which will really stimulate  the children’s imaginations.

Our Xmas Show is called Santa’s Busy Day and is all about Santa getting ready for Christmas. It has a multitude of Christmas characters and combines, magic, puppets, comedy and lots of audience participation.

The Jolly Good ProductionsSanta’s Busy Day puppet show is ideal for a company Christmas party, a school Christmas party or anywhere that needs a great Xmas show. It’s perfect for younger children but can be enjoyed by all ages.

Christmas Puppet Show

Santa's Busy Day, a puppet show by Jolly Good Productions

We can provide a complete package of entertainment for corporate Christmas parties. We can decorate the venue and provide all of the children’s entertainment including shows, face painting, craft workshop, Christmas characters. We can supply side shows and amusements, a disco and games too catering for all ages including the adults.  Call myself or Hazel help and advice Tel 012748 821621.

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