Local pantomimes and Christmas shows
We've rounded up the best pantos and Christmas shows from across the UK for you to enjoy (oh yes we did!). From classic pantos you know and love to toddler-friendly classical concerts, there's a whole host of festive entertainment on offer this Christmas
There's plenty to choose from for a family trip to the theatre in London and the South East. The Puppet Singalong Christmas Extravaganza returns to Wimbledon this year and is bound to be fun for the whole family. In Holborn, the Peacock Theatre stages a Christmas classic (and stage hit) – The Snowman and over in Kent there is an enchanting production of Jack Frost at the beautiful Charlton House (Canterbury).
For those who want their kids to enjoy some classic panto fun there is Aladdin at the Theatre Royal Bath. If you're after something a bit more experimental why not try Beneath the Blizzard (for “children and brave adults”)?
Take the whole family on an action-packed adventure with Birmingham Repertory's production of Treasure Island. For a show tailored to the young (aged 4-8) there's The Princess and the Frog on at the Nottingham Playhouse. There's also the impressive Lorraine George Christmas Dance Show 2016 on in Colchester – prepare to be amazed at how well these students can dance.
The Waterside Arts Centre (Manchester) is putting on Underneath a Magical Moon (a reinterpretation of Peter Pan) which promises to be a magical production (and is suitable for ages three and up). For all the Horrible Histories fans out there the Lowry has a special treat – Horrible Christmas.
In Glasgow, the historic Britannia Panopticon music hall has been restored and is putting on its first panto since it opened in 1938. So why not pop along and see the jolly production of Aladdin (and admire the building whilst you're there!). In Cardiff, there is the aptly-titled Best Ever Christmas – an extravaganza which features many CBeebies A-listers.