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Christmas dance shows in London

Frolicking snowmen, magical nutcrackers and more: here's our pick of London's most festive dance shows for 2019

'The Snowman' at Peacock Theatre
'The Snowman' at Peacock Theatre
By Time Out London Theatre |
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It's Christmas, so London's dance companies are putting their twinkliest toes forward and staging a beautiful array of yuletide shows. If you want to see a festive classic like 'Swan Lake' or the immortal ‘Nutcracker’, you're in luck, because these tutu-tastic trad ballet spectaculars dominate the bill at big venues like the Coliseum and the Royal Opera House. With dazzlingly well-drilled choruses and stunningly glitzy visuals, they're the perfect intro to the wonderful world of ballet. But there's also quirkier Christmas fare at London's smaller dance venues, and they'll be added to this page as they're announced. 

Read on to book tickets to a London dance show that'll inspire you to leap off the sofa and into the yuletide spirit.

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Christmas dance shows in London

Dance, Ballet

Royal Ballet: Coppélia

icon-location-pin Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
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In a season awash with Nutcrackers and feathery-tutued Swans, Royal Ballet is breaking (very gently) with tradition by staging 'Coppélia' as its Christmas show for 2019. Ninette de Valois's famous family ballet follows a toy maker who crafts a beautiful, life-size female doll (fortunately, the creepier ramifications of this go unexplored). Mischief and toy-based shenanigans ensue, with ballet dancers exploring the comic potential of this whimsical story to a score by Delibes. This production features traditional, chocolate-box pretty designs by the late Osbert Lancaster. 

THE RED SHOES
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Dance, Ballet

The Red Shoes

icon-location-pin Sadler's Wells, Clerkenwell
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Matthew Bourne's signature brand of mega-budget dance theatre slips down a treat at any time of year but it's especially welcome at Christmas. In 'The Red Shoes', his bold ploy of adapting a legendarily dark cinema classic pays off in a dream-like, magical exploration of ambition that plays against gorgeous projected backdrops.

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Theatre, Children's

The Snowman

icon-location-pin Peacock Theatre, Holborn
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Raymond Briggs's book is synonymous with Christmas, and this penguin-filled dance adaptation is a gloriously quirky way to walk through its world. Birmingham Royal Ballet's 'The Snowman' is back for 2019 after a whopping 25 years of wowing festive crowds.

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Dance, West End

The Little Match Girl

icon-location-pin Sadler's Wells, Clerkenwell
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Kids who gripe about not having enough presents would do well to pay a visit to ‘The Little Match Girl’. Choreographed by Arthur Pita, this story of a long-suffering matchseller is based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, and is told using gentle wit and magical design. 

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