100% want Kirknewton Christmas Festival next year.

Happy Chinese New Year – year of the Dragon!  I hope you also have a great Burn’s Night this week.  Apologies to those who would have liked village events for both of these nights, but maybe next year…In the meantime I thought it would be useful to share the results of the Kirknewton Christmas Festival evaluation survey

100% of you that responded to the survey said they would like to see it happen again next year.  It is quite clear from the results that the month of events were quite popular with you all.


60% of you who attended the new Christmas Craft and Food Fair thought it was excellent, 30% Very Good and 10% Good.

Comments included;

“Gill & Dan’s burgers were great. Thought was bit squashed in the barn could have done with bit more space.”

“I enjoyed this event greatly and purchased some decoration materials and gifts. I enjoyed the sing song and the Hamburgers also”

“The “barn” could do with some cosmetic improvements I guess.”

“I thought it was an excellent first attempt and very enjoyable. The boys really enjoyed it!”

“Fantastic  idea and believe it has  so much potential to be developed next year.Festive, warm & welcoming atmosphere Great selection of quality crafts & festive food. Saving the date for next year…please let us know earlier!”


75% of you heard about the Christmas Festival from the facebook group, 62.5% from the flyer and 43% from the ad in Konect magazine.  31.3% heard about the event from the poster, the same percentage for the Kirknewton website and 25% of you heard about the event through word of mouth.


42.9% of those who attended the School Christmas Fair thought it was excellent.  42.9% thought it was very good and 14.3% thought it was good.

Comments included;

“Thought fair was excellent”

“Bring back the home baking!”

“Some items quite expensive for what they were. Felt obliged to take son so he didn’t miss out.”


22.2% of those who attended thought the Lighting of the Christmas Tree was excellent.  55.6% thought it was very good. 22.2% thought it was good.

Comments included;

“Thought lights on tree a bit disappointing but the event was well organised”

(a number of people asked for improved lights and lampost decorations for next year)

“A sing-along next year please.”

“Excellent idea to have overspill in pub – just need some carols at the tree for next year……bit of festive music!”

“Bit crowded in the hall for refreshments but I don’t think that any improvement can be made as that’s a result of the Tree Lighting’s success!”

“Would be good to get a couple of carols at the tree! And would be nice if it snowed, just a little.”

“Nothing bad, the weather unfortunately was poor which spoiled it a little.”


20% of those who attended the Christmas Tree sale thought it was excellent.  40% very good.  40% good.

Comments included;

“Great idea selling Christmas trees. Some lovely glass work crafts & home baking  but overall  table top sale limited.”

“Hard to rate as just got my pre-ordered tree there but all looked good – table top a good idea but maybe need to try and combine with fair as as not too many things on in one month??????”

“Too Late for Xmas tree to be purchased on 17th December.”


For those who attended the Carol Singing and torchlight procession 66.7% thought it was excellent and 33.3% thought it was good.

Comments included;

“My son attended I couldn’t as my younger one in bed. He has been at it 2 years and enjoys it really great idea for xmas eve.”

“A very enjoyable evening in good company”

“Didn’t go this year but have been every other year and I love it…”

“Probably would be good to stop and sing in a few more places.”


Most attended events by those who responded to the survey were the lighting of the Christmas Tree, the Craft and Food Fair, School Carol services, the P1-3 nativity and the nursery nativity.

Comments included;

“Enjoyed the carol singing particularly as this year it was held in the church instead of school.”

“Was a lot of people crammed in m(nursery nativity). Perhaps next year it could be in gym hall or issue tickets.”

“Both lovely, so pleased the carol concert happened after 3 years of trying.”

“The nursery nativity was great though the venue was a bit cramped. However I don’t think you could move it to the hall as the kids would be too intimidated and it was difficult to hear them as it was. Maybe christmas songs would be easier at that age? Well done everyone!”

“Charged £4 (£2 each) to watch son sing in nativity. Most other parents I know from other schools didn’t have to pay as much/didn’t have to pay at all. (School seems to have something to pay for almost every week and you always feel obliged so that your kid doesn’t miss/get picked on because you can’t afford it)”

“Advertising dates  for events earlier.”

“Love all the Christmas events – think the school carol service would be good with mulled wine and mince pies after it???”


You were also asked for you ideas and comments for next year.  These included

“A suggestion box maybe”

“Would be lovely to have a childrens choir to sing at events…”

“Building on 2011 Christmas Festival & perhaps having a Christmas  Craft & Food Fair earlier in December too.”

“What about Santa going around the estates on a float/ trailer? Not sure how feasible this would be health & safety wise though”

“Think Tony has done fantastically well pulling this together and got some good publicity for the village too its a great idea.   I would have definately attended other events – school fair & lighting of xmas tree but had other commitments on these days.”

“Great ideas and congratulations to all the folk who gave up their own time and effort into running this activities.  Unfortunately, due to other committments this year did not get the opportunities to attend these programme but I heard wonderful things about them all from parents, neighbours & young people living in the village.  Well done to all involved and your hard work is very much appreciated.  Keep up the great work.”

“We would have attended more events but with little kids we can’t always get to everything on time. Maybe the lighting of the tree could be earlier, say 5pm? Then we might have managed!”

“Would have attended more if we hadn’t had other commitments/illness.”

“Thank you to those who organised events and put in the hard work & effort to make it happen!”

“Just need more bodies to make these things happen as ever but well done to everyone who did make them happen this year.”

“Can’t think of anything to add to this year’s one – it was smashing.”

and finally…

“The best wee christmas festival in West Lothian. Next year let us make it the best big festival”

Thanks very much to everyone who helped and attended the events.  Hope to see you next year!



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