The Big Problem With Hiring A Kids Entertainer For A Christmas Party
At the time of writing, we are just over half way through the year. This means in less than six months it’s going to be Christmas. For kids entertainers, we call this time ‘silly season’. Your average entertainer will do more shows at Christmas than any other time of the year.
Silly season starts at the end of November and goes through until the end of December. Over the course of this month, it’s very possible for an entertainer to perform at between 30 and 50 shows (if not more!).
Why Is It An Issue?
Clients tend to book their Christmas Entertainment after the summer has finished. As a side note, if you are planning a Christmas event, do not leave planning the entertainment too late. By mid October, we are normally close to fully booked. It’s definitely a month where you want to be very organised to avoid disappointment.
Anyway, December is a very popular month to hire entertainment. Kids still have birthday parties but there are thousands of Christmas parties as well. The point of this blog is to highlight a HUGE problem you need to be aware of when booking a kids' entertainment in December.
The Prices Are Going To Go Up!
Let's start with the biggest problem. Almost all kids entertainers will put their prices up in December. The reason is simple - they know they are going to be booked regardless. It’s simple supply and demand. Demand is very high in December and even the worst entertainer in the UK will be fully booked.
You have to look at this from the point of view of a one man band entertainer, someone who goes and performs and makes their living from entertainment. They know that the first couple of months of the new year will be quiet. They also know that December is going to be very busy. They will probably be turning clients away by November. So, with this in mind, why wouldn’t they put their prices up?
The difference between Summer and Autumn is astronomical. But they can get away with this because in the summer holidays, they know the demand for people staying at their locations is going to be greater.
What Can You Do About This?
We don’t want this blog to turn into a sales pitch, but at Non Stop Kids Entertainment, we don’t charge different prices at December. In fact, our prices remain the same all year round. If you don’t believe us you can do a simple test. Ring up our offices (0333 301 3002) and ask for a quote for December. Then wait a day and ring up and ask for a quote for any other month. The quote will be exactly the same.
We don’t believe in increasing our prices depending on the time of the year. It’s not fair on the customer and it’s something we would never do. Are there other companies and entertainers that do the same? Probably, but we can’t tell you who because we don’t know. The important thing is we would never put our prices up in December or at Christmas.
If you don’t want to book us (and why wouldn’t you!?) the first step is to find out if the entertainer you are speaking to increases their prices. Also, be very careful about booking with someone that has very low prices, especially over December. They will get enquiries for higher paid work closer to the date. It’s not uncommon to have an entertainer cancel your party before they have had a better paid gig come in. Again, this is something we would never do.
And there you have it. Remember if you are booking for December, make sure you book early to avoid disappointment - slots go very quickly. Also, one other aspect to consider is problems with booking cheap entertainment. And as a thank you, you might read about the most bizarre parties we have ever performed at.
Thanks for reading!