So what did you make of this year's Christmas Late Night in Worcester Park? Post your comments below!
I thought it was a good evening - lots of things to entertain our kids and a good atmosphere. I disagree with 'Anon'- remember that WPark is a very small town and the shops here are decent. Its not a major shopping destination, its a small town and last nights event was really enjoyable. BE more positive guys and gals!!!
It was pretty good. The lights looked nice, the shops were festively decorated and the music was good. I thought there'd be some more food and drink about and the parade was pathetic but other than that it was okay. That's my view as a first-timer, anyway.
AnonI agree with Katie4 and st phillip.alleyer in that this wasn't trying to be the West End, the German markets or an alpine retreat. It's Worcester Park and it's for people who haven't forgotten how to enjoy the little things in life and who don't need cheerleaders, z-list celebrities and the likes to have fun. I saw plenty of people out there who looked like they were having a good time so unless you can prove otherwise I'll assume your comment of "Overall, bad night" applies only to you and isn't a representative opinion.
It was was quite busy in the High Street but it was a shame some of the 'bigger named' shops, namely WH Smith, Clarks and Boots didn't bother to join in the fun - lights off, closed shop, everyone gone home, didn't make an effort unlike some of the smaller shops. I like the new Christmas street lights though.
We enjoyed the evening, won a goldfish, drank some muld wine, had minced pies, waved to father christmas, listened to the piper and looked in awe at the fantastic new lights. But most importantly, everyone seemed happy and in good spirit. All-in-all a very nice evening.
well done to the organizers of the christmas festivites on friday.for familys i thought it was perfect,thanks to the brinkster for the comments i had made to anon and his support.i think we would mostly agree that even going back to biblical times family and christs-mass was all important to all communities and small towns for their ongoing trading and general prosperity,thus instilling family values and hopefully instilling togetherness for years to come.this is why,and it is not a difinitive answer,but it probably wasnt everyones cup of tea but it was only a 3 hour participation that was requested of the people of worcester park to come and enjoy and no doubt a hell of a lot of planning for others.but we enjoyed it and most people we met enjoyed it,but i think a good choir would have increased enjoyment tenfold. well for me anyway.... merry christmas and a happy and prosperus new year to all....st phillip.alleyer.xx
I have to say the evening wasnt all bad. As for things for the kids to do....there was a rifle range, a game when you throw darts, and a lottery type game where you buy, and then open, lots of folded bits of paper. And the only food available was questionable sausages and candy floss.The shops themselves, fair enough, put on a good show. I echo what was said about the larger shops, but good on everyone else for being very festive! Even the funeral directors!! Just a shame about the stalls, and the parade, which was a bit naff i have to say. Would have been a lot better if the road was closed entirely for about 10 minutes, (come one, its only once a year, and it is christmas!!), and a larger procession been allowed through. Perhaps the rotary club Santa that has sporadically appeared down my road over the years?!But its the thought that counts, and everyone who went seemed to be enjoying themselves, and thats what matters! Cant say that i think the street decorations are anything special though, but i suppose you cant really get any worse than oak leaves and acorns (????). Why arent they christmassy anymore?? I used to love the big plastic sculptures of santa and snowmen etc, why did they bother changing them?
I took my three year old son - he went on a ride, looked at the lights, got a balloon hat and ate candy floss. He was a very happy yound man. I agree with those talking about the simple pleasures of life. We had a lovely time on a friendly,small and local scale and that was what it was all about
Aww....I thought it was a good night! Nice atmosphere and the kids I saw seemed to love it - maybe we should through their eyes and see the magic a bit more (even if it was on a small scale).BTW Did anyone win anything on the hoopla stall - looked pretty impossible from what I saw??....
I am sorry I missed it now
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