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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)


The Little Angel's winter spectacular for toddlers is the story of a tiny penguin in a huge snowy world. As storms come, she tries to find her feet. 'Me...' is an adaptation of Emma Dodd's picture book, which is a cosy story of family love. Ages two to six.

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Little Angel Theatre , Islington Until Sunday January 29 2017

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 Until Saturday January 7 2017


This show for toddlers by Turned On Its Head is inspired by all things squishy, squashy and spongey. The company use a simple toolbox of homespun materials to create a tactile physical word for babies and small children to explore. Liz Clark and Oksana Tyminska will dance to an original '70s-inspired score by Tayo Akinbode that's perfect for under-fives.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Tuesday December 13 2016 - Wednesday December 21 2016


Discover Children's Story Centre creates a magical, glittery, shiny winter haven for babies and toddlers. This 20-minute performance features glitterbug-themed stories, puppets and songs for children aged 0-3.

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Discover Children's Story Centre , Stratford Until Sunday January 15 2017

Extra Yarn

The Orange Tree's cosy-sounding Christmas show is the family-friendly story of a girl with a talent for knitting. Elinor Cook adapts Mac Barnett's tale of a girl who escapes her grey town by covering it in bright multicoloured knitwear, after she discovers a brightly-coloured box of wool. This warm-hearted yarn is aimed at families and children aged 3-plus.

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Orange Tree Theatre , Richmond Friday December 16 2016 - Saturday January 7 2017


This bouncy piece of dance theatre from Travelling Light is inspired by the feverish excitement of waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve. Two boys turn their bed into a giant trampoline, turning somersaults and breakdancing as they wile away the hours to midnight. Ages three-plus.

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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

The Best Ever Christmas Show

This seasonal stadium spectacular is hoping to drag tots away from the TV with a host of CBeebies stars, including Andy Day, Katy Ashworth and Cat Sandion. Oh, and Dave Benson Phillips will be making an appearance too, for any grown-up 'Get Your Own Back' fans. They'll play the inhabitants of Christmastown, who have to save Christmas from the wicked clutches of Queen Glacia. Sophisticated theatre it ain't, but there should be enough song, dance and glitz to make it a lot of fun.

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Wembley Arena , Wembley Park Friday December 23 2016 - Monday December 26 2016

We're Going On A Bear Hunt

Acclaimed director Sally Cookson is the brains behind the National Theatre's 'Peter Pan' - and this long-running adaptation of Michael Rosen's story for younger kids, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt', which calls in at ArtsDepot this Christmas. A brave troupe of adventurers set out to catch a grizzly, accompanied by their musical dog. There's real mud and interactive silliness in this quirky, hands on musical show. Ages three-plus. 

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Artsdepot , North Finchley Until Monday January 2 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 Until Friday December 23 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.

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By: Time Out London Theatre



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