Christmas shows in London

Complete guide to pantomimes, family shows and alternative Xmas theatre



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Welcome to Time Out's guide to Christmas theatre in London – from pantomimes to family shows to something a little more alternative, our guides will help you find the festive show that your lot will love. More will be added as the shows are announced, but click here for all our December theatre listings.

The seriously festive...

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Pantomimes in London

If you feel theatre is nothing without scripted heckling and cross-dressing silliness, you'll be delighted to hear that London is bursting with pantomime fun this Christmas.


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Family Christmas shows

Tis the season for family outings, but there's no need to compromise anybody's enjoyment of your trip to the theatre thanks to these delightful family-friendly shows.


And for the little ones...

Christmas theatre for toddlers

Christmas is at its most magical in the eyes of our littlest ones. Keep their Christmas spirits high with a charming show this winter.


Christmas theatre for kids

Stretch their concentration spans and burn some Christmas energy at one of these enthralling festive shows designed especially for children.


Or for something completely different...

Alternative Christmas shows in London

If the Christmas hysteria is already grating a little, booking for something a bit less brash this winter might save you from going round the Christmas bend. Our guide to alternative Christmas shows will help you decide which to go for.

More fun Christmas events

Christmas markets and fairs in London

Wrap up your festive shopping with London's Christmas markets and fairs


Christmas carol concerts in London

Get into the seasonal spirit at a festive carol concert


Ice skating in London

Get your skates on at London's outdoor ice rinks


Alternative Christmas events

Eschew the traditional in favour of something a little more memorable this year


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steve morgan

In London for Christmas looking to take my daughter to a pantomime oh yes i am

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