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Christmas theatre shows for kids

Find festive entertainment for your little ones with our guide to Christmas theatre for kids

Help make Christmas even more magical while they're still gullible with a festive theatre show created especially with small people in mind. Treat them to a pre-Christmas present with one of London's excellent variety of shows for your young 'uns.

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Christmas shows for kids (5-8 years)

Get Happy

'Get Happy' returns to the Barbican over Christmas 2015. Shape-shifting stage veterans Told by an Idiot finally make a foray into children’s theatre with this madcap little gem aimed at ages four and above. Though overtly influenced by the glory days of silent slapstick, ‘Get Happy’ has no theme per se – instead, it’s a sort of surreal sketch show for kids.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Thursday December 17 2015 - Wednesday December 30 2015

I Want My Hat Back

A Christmas kids adventure over at the Temporary Theatre at the National is taking place with this adaptation of Jon Klassen's 'I Want My Hat Back'. Joel Horwood writes the book and lyrics for the show, while 'Doctor Who's Arthur Darvill pens the songs for the tale of Bear, whose hat has gone and who goes on a mission through the forest to find it. Ages 3-plus.  

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National Theatre , South Bank Thursday November 12 2015 - Saturday January 2 2016

The Lorax

The Old Vic's 2015 Christmas show this year is a new adaptation of Dr Seuss's intriguing storybook 'The Lorax' from David Grieg. The moustachioed Lorax is on a mission to protect the world from a tree-chopping, greedy businessman. Max Webster, who directed 'To Kill a Mockingbird' at the Open Air Theatre Regent's Park directs. For all ages.

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Old Vic , Southwark Wednesday December 2 2015 - Saturday January 16 2016

Slava's Snowshow

This review is of the show's 2014 run. 'Slava's Snowshow' returns over Christmas in 2015. Some people are wary of Christmas for good reason. Others – and this camp could really do us all a favour by giving themselves a stern talking to – bemoan things like 'the fuss' and 'those pesky pine needles that fall off the tree'.

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Royal Festival Hall , South Bank Wednesday December 16 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016

The Snowman

This review is of the show's 2014/2015 run. 'The Snowman' returns for Christmas 2015. When you've got competition from the likes of Xbox and 'X Factor' it is surely something of an achievement these days to hold a child's attention for an hour in a theatre – even more so if you're using only mime and dance to do so.

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Peacock Theatre , Holborn Wednesday November 25 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016

Pantomimes in London this Christmas

Christmas pantomimes in London

Where's the best pantomime in London this Christmas? It's behind you! Sorry, no, it isn't. It's in the list below. We've gathered the brightest, brashest pantos coming to the capital this winter, so take your pick from the grown-up silliness and childish fun featuring comedians, celebrities and hairy-legged dames. This page will be updated as more events are confirmed. RECOMMENDED: Find more Christmas shows in London 

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By: Andrzej Lukowski