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Family Christmas shows in London

Our guide to the best family-friendly shows and children's theatre this Christmas

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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Family Christmas shows in London

All the Angels

The Globe's other Christmas show – alongside 'The Little Matchgirl' – is this sort of live 'the story behind the music' from poet Nick Drake…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Sunday December 11 2016 - Sunday February 12 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

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 Until Sunday January 8 2017

The Little Match Girl (and Other Happier Tales)

An actual proper Christmas show for Shakespeare's Globe this year, as new boss Emma Rice directs Joel Horwood's adptation of a smorgasboard of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, including the titular weepie. We're promised 'music' puppetry and candlelight' and it's billed as being 'for adults and brave children alike'.

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Saturday January 21 2017

NoFit State Circus: Bianco

This circus show is full of enchanting images, huge swathes of flowing fabric and astonishing acrobatic feats. Watch a troupe of aerial performers fly through the air and create images of dreamy romance.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Until Sunday January 22 2017

Million Dollar Quartet

All change at the Royal Festival Hall: after years of its big Christmas show being the wintry Russian circus extravaganza 'Slava's Snowshow', here's something completely different.

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Royal Festival Hall , South Bank Saturday December 17 2016 - Monday January 2 2017

The Little Match Girl


Hip choreographer Arthur Pita retells Hans Christian Andersen's story in a quirky, gothic spectacular that takes in ballet, opera and even a ghostly journey to the moon. Ages five-plus.

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Lilian Baylis Studio , Canonbury Until Friday December 30 2016

Peter Pan

Sally Cookson, the director behind the NT's acclaimed 'Jane Eyre' adaptation, returns with this inventive take on the story of the boy who would not grow up. 'Peter Pan' is JM Barrie's fantastical take on growing pains, featuring well-loved characters like Wendy, Captain Hook, and Tinker Bell. This family show should be a bit sharper than the hordes of 'Peter Pan' pantos that fill theatres at Christmas.

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National Theatre, Olivier , South Bank Until Saturday February 4 2017

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

This festive comedy from the team behind West End smash-hit ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’, is an ingeniously simple, but hilarious riff on JM Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’. There's high-flying silliness, plenty of slapstick, and whip-smart comic timing from a tight ensemble cast. 

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Apollo Shaftesbury , Soho Until Sunday January 29 2017

The Red Shoes

Ballet lovers will be entranced by the latest dance-theatre spectacular from Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures. It's an adapation of the classic movie, which looks at the dark side of the Hollywood golden age. Bourne's adaptation will mix surreal, cinematic style with the everyday life of a touring dance company. 

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Sadler's Wells , Finsbury Until Saturday December 31 2016

The Snowman

It may seem perverse to put the words 'snowman' and 'genius' into the same sentence, but the inspired range of delights in this dance adaptation of Raymond Briggs's book deserves no less an accolade…

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Peacock Theatre , Holborn Until Sunday January 1 2017

The Wind In The Willows

The adventures of Ratty, Mole and Badger are brought to the stage in this adaptation of Kenneth Graham's classic. Encounter rogue badgers, a bumptious toad, and runaway motorcars in a story of the woods at their wildest.

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Rose Theatre Kingston , Kingston Upon Thames Until Tuesday January 3 2017

Adventure To Oz

Chickenshed is celebrating Christmas with a brand new, large scale musical, based on L. Frank Baum's bonkers sequels to his story 'The Wizard of Oz'. The theatre's artistic director, Lou Stein, has adapted his books into an adventure story with some new characters that fans of the Judy Garland film won't recognise - like Patchwork Girl and Ojo the Unlucky Munchkin - as well as quite a few familiar faces. 

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Chickenshed , Oakwood Until Saturday January 7 2017


The historic surrounds of Chiswick House are hosting a pop-up Christmas spectacular, housed in a tent in the venue's walled garden. This family retelling of the 'Cinderella' story by Humdalila Productions boasts magic, classical music, ballet, and acrobatics. Ages three-plus. 

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Chiswick House and Gardens , Chiswick Friday December 16 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016

Pick a perfect pantomime this Christmas

Christmas 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


Anne C
Anne C

Memphis Musical has it all...Beverly Knight, @mattcardle and a fantastic cast of dancers and singers. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry but you will go away feeling uplifted! :-)

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