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Christmas theatre shows for toddlers

Festive entertainment with maximum fun at these delightful Christmas shows for toddlers

Turn those squirms of boredom into squeals of delight this Christmas at one of these charming theatre shows for very little ones. Full of song, dance and festive storytelling, there should be enough here to keep your wrigglers happy and in the festive mood.

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Christmas shows for toddlers (0-5 years)

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

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

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

David Wood's lively adapation of the classic kids' story gets a colourful West End run. When Mr Tiger turns up for to share Sophie's sandwiches, teatime mayhem ensues. Ages 3+.

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Lyric Theatre , Piccadilly Circus Until Sunday January 10 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

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

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

WOW! Said the Owl

'WOW! Said the Owl' follows a curious owl as she stays awake during the daytime to discover a brand new world of colours. Using a blend of story-telling, puppetry and music this Little Angel production brings Tim Hopgood's book to life. For 2 to 4 year olds.

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Little Angel Theatre , Islington Wednesday December 2 2015 - Sunday January 31 2016

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 Until Sunday January 10 2016

Town Hall Cherubs

A Battersea Arts Centre show for the very young, where toddlers are taken on an immersive journey through the lovely old rooms of the theatre. Created in collaboration with Theatre Ad Infinitum. Ages 2-5.

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Battersea Arts Centre , Battersea Wednesday December 2 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016

Stick Man

This adaptation of Julia Donaldson's book returns for a Christmas run in 2015. This wonderfully exuberant and imaginative production is based on Julia Donaldson’s book of the same name and tells the story of Stick Man, who becomes swept up in a colourful adventure that takes him far away from his stick family and their home in the family tree. The trio of actors (from Scamp theatre company) 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, large doses of humour (‘What does a well-dressed stick man wear? Vivienne Westwood.’), and a hilarious torch-song set piece involving a Stick Man version of Baker Street, will keep older children and parents grinning too. There are some nice seasonal touches too, including plenty of pantomime-style audience interaction, as well as an appropriately jolly Santa. Our three-year-old critic was engrossed from start to finish. One piece of advice: for toddlers, pick up a booster seat (available at the side of the auditorium) as the seating is not stacked. Ages 3+.  

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Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Until Sunday January 3 2016

Christmas shows for the whole family

Family Christmas shows in London

Make Christmas more magical with a trip to one of London's many family-friendly Christmas shows. There's theatre big and bright enough to keep little ones enthralled and performances sweet and subtle enough to entertain the whole family. Find the one that all of your lot will love and book tickets so you don't miss out. RECOMMENDED: Find more Christmas shows in London

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By: Daisy Bowie-Sell