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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)

Babe, The Sheep-Pig

David Wood, who's famed for a 40-year strong career adapting kids' classics, has written this new version of Dick King Smith's 'Babe' for the Polka Theatre. It's the story of an adorable piglet who discovers a rare talent for sheep-herding, and leads his gruff farmer to an unlikely kind of celebrity. This farmyard tale will be adapted using original songs and puppetry, in a show suitable for the whole family.

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Saturday December 10 2016 - Sunday February 5 2017

Baddies: The Musical

Nancy Harris and Marc Teitler's scrappy new musical has plenty in it to charm both children and adults who are tired of saintly Peppa Pig's farmyard homilies. This tale of a motley crew of fairytale villains returns to the Unicorn after a successful run at Christmas 2015.

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Unicorn Theatre , London Bridge Until Tuesday December 20 2016

How To Hide A Lion

Iris has a brand new friend, but she knows her family and friends won't love him quite as much as she does. This story of a girl trying to hide a lion in all sorts of devious ways is adapted by Peter Glanville from Helen Stephen's children's story, and will feature songs by singer-songwriter Barb Jungr. There are two versions: one for todders ages 1-2, and another for kids ages 3-6. Check the Polka Theatre website for full details. 

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Thursday December 8 2016 - Sunday February 26 2017

Ready Steady Colour's Christmas Feast

Families are treated to a banquet with a difference at this lip-smacking interactive show from A Line Art. Every guest will make their own make-believe meal, choosing from traditional Christmas meals with all the trimmings. The waiters will deliver colourful plates of imaginary ingredients, before launching into a musical journey that everyone can get involved in. Suitable for everyone aged 3-plus.

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Discover Children's Story Centre , Stratford Saturday December 10 2016 - Friday December 23 2016

Disney On Ice: Frozen

It's slick. It's commercial. It's had its theme tune murdered by almost every girl under the age of 10. But 'Frozen' doesn't seem to be losing a single snowflake of its popularity among junior Disney fans, so here's a vaguely theatrical excuse to relive the magic. An award-winning team of figure skaters will tell the story of Anna's journey to save her sister Elsa, with suitably lavish costumes and effects courtesy of Disney. 

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The O2 , Greenwich Peninsula Wednesday December 21 2016 - Friday December 30 2016

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Little kids will wriggle in excitement at this festive treat, based on Eric Carle's gorgeous watercolour picture books. As well as 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', Jonathan Rockefeller's family-friendly stage show will adapt three lesser known stories: 'The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse', 'Mister Seahorse', and 'The Very Lonely Firefly'.  The production started out in Australia before touring to New York's Broadway, where it scooped up plaudits for its agile cast of 75 puppets.  

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Ambassadors Theatre , Covent Garden Friday December 9 2016 - Saturday January 7 2017

Christmas Tales - By Chickenshed

Storytelling maestros Tales from the Shed return with a festive spectacular inspired by the joys of panto. Their 'Talesomime' will be a pantomime with a host of quirky characters including Can-Can and The Thing That Goes Bleurgh, as well as plenty of interactive silliness. Ages 1-6, babies go free.

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Dugdale Centre , Enfield Town Thursday December 8 2016 - Friday December 30 2016

Boing!

Two kids stay up waiting for Santa - and find some novel ways to entertain themselves. This bouncy show from dance theatre company Travelling Light sees two boys using their beds as giant trampolines, in a witty, acrobatic Christmas story.

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Unicorn Theatre , London Bridge Until Saturday December 31 2016

The Night That Autumn Turned To Winter

Little Bulb have been delighting Battersea Arts Centre audiences with their characteristic blend of comedy, high whimsy and devised theatre for a few years now. Their Christmas show for children is a woodland story, starring a lively cast of forest animals. For kids aged three to seven. 

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Battersea Arts Centre , Battersea Until Sunday January 8 2017

Kiki's Delivery Service

Fans of the Studio Ghibli film watch out: Southwark Playhouse's Christmas show is based on the book that inspired it, a novel by Japanese author Eiko Kadono, rather than the luscious animation itself. But it should still offer plenty of charm, as it follows a 13 year old witch who leaves her family to start a new life alone. Jessica Sian's adaptation is suitable for everyone aged seven-plus.

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Southwark Playhouse , Elephant and Castle Thursday December 8 2016 - Sunday January 8 2017

Pantomimes in London this Christmas

The best pantomimes in London

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.

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By: Andrzej Lukowski

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