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Christmas shows in London 2018

From panto fun to circus glitz to ballet magic, we've got your Christmas theatre plans covered

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London's theatres are spoiling us this Christmas with a spectacular (and totally festive) array of shows for all comers. Whether it's an adorbs animal show for toddlers, a traditional family panto trip, a saucy festive comedy, or a dazzling night at the circus, our guide to Christmas theatre in London has got you covered. 

Tis the season when every neighbourhood theatre puts on a pantomime, so check out our comprehensive panto guide for the best places to sample this uniquely British festive tradition. But if fabulously-frocked dames and shouts of 'He's BEHIND you!' aren't your bag of brussel sprouts, then don't worry. London's theatres have a few other Christmas plans in store, including vintage drama at Orange Tree Theatre, immersive dining experiences, and sharp new writing shows with an edgy perspective on the party season. 

Read on for more info on the best festive shows out there, whether they're at London's biggest venues or in teeny-tiny pub theatres. Or for a comprehensive guide to what's on right now, keep an eye on the latest theatre openings.

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Seriously festive shows in London

Pantomimes in London
Theatre

Pantomimes in London

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Christmas shows for all the family
Theatre

Christmas shows for all the family

Tis the season for family outings with these delightful family-friendly shows

And for the little ones...

Christmas theatre for toddlers
Theatre

Christmas theatre for toddlers

Keep their Christmas spirits high with a charming show this winter

Christmas theatre for kids
Theatre

Christmas theatre for kids

Burn some of that Christmas energy at one of these enthralling festive shows

Or for something completely different...

Alternative Christmas shows in London
Theatre

Alternative Christmas shows in London

Going to the theatre this winter and want to avoid the tinsel and panto dames? Our list of alternative shows is guaranteed to quell the Christmas overload.

Christmas dance shows in London
Dance

Christmas dance shows in London

Pirouette into the festive season with our pick of Christmas dance shows in London. From classic ballets to gothic fairy tales, take your pick.

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