Pantos, carols and Christmas shows around the UK


It's time to get down to your local theatre - there's nothing better than a fun-filled family show to get everyone feeling festive. <Altogether now> Oh no there isn't!

If pantomimes aren't your thing, there are also ballets, Christmas plays and of course carol concerts - plenty of opportunities to soak up the seasonal spirit. Our Local editors have found the best shows across the country for you to feast your eyes on this Christmas.

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North East



newcastleGet Santa Newcastle

1 December - 27 December

A jolly Christmas play full of songs, slapstick and puppetry. Holly tries to trap Santa, but she accidentally kidnaps Santa's hopeless son Bumblehole instead, triggering an endless Christmas across the world which makes Santa very grumpy.


snowmanThe Snowman Gateshead

23 December

Enjoy the magical experience of watching the seasonal family favourite The Snowman, accompanied by a live orchestra. Get your best singing voice ready for a round of Walking in the Air. 


southshieldsLittle Red Riding Hood South Shields

2 December - 10 January

This family pantomime is packed full of laughs, songs, comedy routines and plenty of bite. Join Red Riding Hood as she sets off on an adventure to Grandma's house - but beware, an evil Wolf is lurking in the woods and he'll do anything to stop her.


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North West



mancJames and the Giant Peach Sale

12 December - 3 December

Join James on the adventure of his life at Waterside Arts Centre this Christmas. James' life is all work and no play while he lives with his horrible aunts. Then a single peach magically begins to grow on a tree in his garden, taking James on an incredible journey. 


poytonA Family Christmas Concert Poynton

14 December

Join Poynton Royal British Legion Concert Band and the Just Sing! Community Choir in a fun-packed festive afternoon for all the family. All your favourite Christmas songs and carols, plus music from the Disney film, Frozen. 


traffordManchester Magical Drive-In Movie Spectacular Old Trafford

19 December - 24 December

In the run up to Christmas, family favourites including Frozen, Elf and Home Alone will be shown at this pop up outdoor cinema. Film fans are encouraged to turn up early to enjoy pre-show live entertainment. There'll be appearances from favourite children's characters, plus in-car karaoke.


snowmanThe Hallé shows The Snowman Machester

23 December

This screening of Raymond Briggs' classic animated film is accompanied by the Hallé performing Howard Blake's magical score live, including a chorister singing Walking in the Air. 


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croydenSanta Claus and the Magical Christmas Journey Croydon

28 Novemebr - 24 December

It's Christmas Eve, and Santa Claus is flying high above the clouds delivering presents. All is well until suddenly, just as he flies high above Croydon, the sat nav breaks, leaving him stranded without his list of postcodes to deliver presents to. After the show, the audience can meet Santa himself.


streathamWest End Winter Wonderland On Ice Streatham

13 December - 14 December

Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre will be hosting its very first ice skating show this December. The very best ice dance and figure skaters Streatham has to offer will be showcasing their talents to all your favourite tunes from West End Musicals.


carolsChristmas Carol Concert Greenwich

30 November

The Chapel of the Royal Naval College will welcome you to the concert with a mince pie and festive drink. Come down for a mix of choir and congregational carols, a torch-lit procession by the Third Greenwich Park Girl Guides and readings by the Mayors of Greenwich and Bexley.


haringeyThe Snow Queen On Ice Alexandra Palace

15 December - 22 December

Alexandra Palace amateur productions presents a recreation of the Snow Queen story in an icicle world. Come and experience the magic on the ice. 


harrowChristmas Carols in the Council Chamber Harrow on the Hill

15 December

An evening of singing and readings coordinated by council staff and councillor group Christians in Discussion, raising money for the Mayor's charity, Coram. 


harrowCommunity Pantomime: Jack & the Beanstalk Hatch End

18 December - 22 December

The evil Giant Blunderbore is threatening the village and the Princess. Jack has nothing but some silly old beans to help him. Will our hero save the day? Find out in this magical pantomime, brought to life by talented local people. 


claphamStories for Sleeping Babies Christmas Concert Clapham

6 December

Stories for Sleeping Babies is a project designed to help families who have lost a baby, at any time in pregnancy or in the infancy, to create memories though magical tales as well as approaching the subject of baby loss with siblings.


snowmanThe Snowman Holborn

26 November - 4 January

A perennial family favourite, The Snowman has transported a generation of children and their families to a wonderful wintery world of joy. With music including the beautiful Walking in the Air, performed by a live band, The Snowman is the perfect Christmas treat.


hackneyMother Goose Christmas Panto Hackney Central

22 November - 4 January

Imagine what you could do with a magical goose who lays priceless golden eggs? This show is packed with every ingredient for the perfect festive family treat. Expect loads of laughs, incredible live music and plenty of heroes to cheer and baddies to boo!


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South East




ilfordDick Whittington and the Pirate Treasure Ilford

11 December - 17 January

Join lovable Dick Whittington and his loyal cat for a magical rags-to-riches pantomime as he travels to London to seek his fortune. Come cheer, hiss and sing-along as our hero travels to exotic lands and mystical worlds. 


tonbridgeI've Seen Santa Tonbridge

13 December - 15 December

This is a fabulous new show, especially for 3-7 year-olds. I've Seen Santa is full of the joy of Christmas, with foot-tapping tunes and gorgeous puppets. "Santa will come just as soon as you go to sleep," Mummy Bear says. But Little Bear doesn't want to go to sleep. He wants to see Santa!


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devonJack and the Beanstalk Mid Devon

13 December - 4 January

Fee fi fo fum! One minute Jack's mother is chucking his magic beans in the bin, next thing he knows he's whisked off to a land of giants where great treasures await. With a stellar cast, Kickline returns with an incredible mix of magic, laughs and silly sing-alongs.

bournemouthFrozen sing-a-long Bournemouth Centre

7 December

Sing-a-long to the favourite family film of the year on the big screen. Frozen sees Princess Anna set off on an epic journey to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. 


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bhamChristmas carols with Birmingham Bach Choir Bournville

13 December

Beginning with a candlelit procession through the Bournville church, the atmospheric Carols By Candlelight will bring Birmingham Bach Choir joined together with St Francis' Children's Choir to perform a range of much loved carols in aid of charity.


bhamHorrible Christmas Birmingham

13 November - 17 January

Come enjoy a festive edition of the Horrible Histories stage show. When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it's up to one young boy to save Christmas. Experience Christmas in the company of Charles Dickens, King Henry VIII, St Nicholas and Rudolph as they all join forces to save the festive season. 


thumbellinaThumbelina's Great Big Adventure Edgbaston

1 December - 13 December

Award-winning physical theatre company Dancing Brick perform a thrilling version of Thumbelina filled with puppetry and live music. Huge in attitude but small in stature, join intrepid Thumbelina, her adventuring Granny and a forest full of animals on a whirlwind adventure to the big city. 


bhamThe Nutcracker Birmingham

28 November - 13 December

Get swept up in the excitement of Christmas with this classical ballet, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Clara creeps downstairs at midnight on Christmas Day to play with her new Nutcracker doll and is swept up in a fantasy of toy soldiers, giant rats, snow fairies, magic and mystery. 


nottsFamily Carol Concert Nottingham

22 December

Bring the whole family to enjoy Christmas music as the choir and band lead the audience in well-loved carols.


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newportDick Whittington Panto Newport

2 December - 4 January

Witty jokes, memorable songs, fabulous acting and audience participation, can only mean one thing - Riverfront panto time! Join Dick as he battles against super baddie King Rat, who has plans to take over the world.


newportMiracle on 34th Street Newport

17 December - 20 December

New Venture Players present this musical treat for Christmas. Based on the classical film about the real Santa Claus and the power of belief and imagination, it is a guaranteed feel-good festive hit.


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