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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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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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Festive Balloons


These Christmas Party Balloons look very festive. Hazel chose the colours and we made the columns up together. Balloon decorating is a great way to dress up any room for a party or event. It really does add to the atmosphere. Call us if you want some eye catching displays for your party venue.

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What Makes A Good Father Christmas?

Santa Claus with a little girl
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Father Christmas is a very important person to millions of children everywhere. Of course to adults Santa is just some guy dressed up and nobody really cares how good he is. When it comes to organising the kids Xmas party often some unfortunate is dragged in to play the part.  Usually  these press ganged Santas do a half hearted job. No attention is payed to detail, sometimes they’ve had a drink and smell of beer or perhaps they are smokers and stink of tobacco. They don’t know what to say or how to act. Actually children are very observant and soon spot an impostor. So if you are going to be Santa or you are in charge of selecting a Santa here are a few tips :

  • Find someone who is really interested in doing it. Someone who genuinely likes children
  • Try to use an older person as the real Santa is getting on a bit.
  • Remember Santa is a bit tubby so padding might be required to get the correct look.
  • Make sure Santa has a good costume.
  • Make sure the costume fits properly.
  • Santa must wear either black boots or black wellingtons. Brown shoes are a dead give away.
  • Make sure the costume is clean and fresh smelling.
  • Santa needs a white beard and a white wig. Check that no natural hair is showing when they are put on.
  • Alcohol and cigarettes are a NO near kids. Wait until afterwards.
  • Think about what Santa would say to the children. Rehearse the voice etc
  • Walk like Santa, get into the character, remember Santa is a jolly old gentleman. Play the part.

With a little bit of planning and preparation you can have a brilliant Santa who will delight the children and make your party or event even more  memorable and enjoyable. So do try and keep the tradition going and do your best for the kids.

  • Santa Claus: An Imaginary Christmas Figure or Someone Real? (socyberty.com)
  • Father Christmas Has a Facebook Page! (your-story.org)
  • Christmas Legends and Feast of St. Nicholas on 6Th December (socyberty.com)
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Christmas Is A Pain In The B**!

Not really! I love Christmas but I hate the way it starts earlier every year. We’ll soon be hearing Christmas music in July. I feel  like a hypocrite when I complain like this because as an entertainer I am often engaged in Christmas store promotions of one kind or another and could easily be the one playing ” Merry Xmas Everyone ” and encouraging you all to spend your money even before the last of the autumn leaves have fallen. Last year ( December 2009 ) was our busiest Xmas season ever so I would like to give one small piece of advice. If you are going to be having a Christmas Party for your company or organisation and you want good Christmas Party Entertainment for children, book early. There are only three weekends before Xmas and children’s entertainers get booked up quickly. Book now if you can!