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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

Critics' choice

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 Until Saturday January 2 2016

Stick Man

In this adaptation of Julia Donaldson's picture book, Stick Man is swept up in a colourful adventure that takes him far away from his home in the family tree. The trio of actors are endlessly inventive, employing everything from umbrellas (opened and twirling to convey the ocean) to balletic dance routines involving beach rubber rings to keep the story rolling. Folksy, foot-tapping music and large doses of humour will keep older children and parents grinning too. Ages 3+.

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Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Until Sunday January 3 2016

Hetty Feather

Adapted from Jacqueline Wilson’s bestselling novel, this spellbinding story follows Hetty from being abandoned as an infant in Victorian England to her reunion with her birth mother. Featuring gorgeously executed aerial stunts and a toe-tapping folksy soundtrack from Benji Bower, this heart-rending performance will remind you that there's a lot to be grateful for this Christmas.

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Artsdepot , North Finchley Wednesday December 2 2015 - Sunday December 6 2015

Mr Rabbit Meets Brer Santa

Take the tinies to Puppet Barge for a boat trip that's bound to be memorable (even if no one falls overboard!). This festive performance stars delicate puppets telling American folk tales of Brer rabbit, fox, and Santa too. Age 3+.

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Puppet Theatre Barge , Maida Vale Saturday November 28 2015 - Sunday January 10 2016

Penguin! Elephant!

Goblin Theatre's imaginative new musical adventure mixes physical comedy and dance to tell the story of a selfish penguin who doesn't want to share his fish fingers. But when a huge, messy elephant turns up, the two must learn to get along. Ages 3+.

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Chelsea Theatre , Chelsea Tuesday December 1 2015 - Thursday December 24 2015

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

Baddies: the Musical

Five notorious fairytale villains - the Big Bad Wolf, Rumpelstiltskin, the Ugly Sisters and Captain Hook - end up fighting for their jobs in this lively musical. Aged 6+

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Unicorn Theatre , London Bridge Until Thursday December 24 2015

Room on the Broom

Ziggety, zaggety, zoom! Prepare to be swept away by this magical musical tale from theatre company Tall Stories, adapted from the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Ages 3+.

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Artsdepot , North Finchley Tuesday December 8 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016

The Gruffalo

What's that coming over the hill? This winter sees the return of huge hairy monster the Gruffalo, in Tall Stories' well loved adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's kids books. Ages 3+.

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Vaudeville Theatre , Charing Cross Tuesday December 15 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.

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By: Andrzej Lukowski