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Family Christmas shows in London 2019

Make Christmas even more magical with these all-ages shows that the whole family can enjoy

Circus 1903, Royal Festival Hall, 2018
By Time Out London Theatre |

As the wintry nights draw in, get a cosy festive glow at one of London's many joyful kid-friendly Christmas shows, whether you've got your inner child or actual children in tow. Traditionally, the first port of call for anyone who wants to keep grannies, dads and toddlers on side is visit to the pantomime: if that's what you're after, check out our comprehensive guide to the best pantos across London. But there plenty of other ways to keep everyone aged one to 101 entertained with a Christmassy theatre trip.

From the fringe to the West End, London's theatre scene is bursting with family-friendly shows that are bright and silly enough to delight kids, while offering enough wit, subtlety and festive nostalgia to satisfy adults too. Whether you're after an all-singing, all-dancing musical spectacular, an adaptation of a much-loved childrens' classic, or a thrilling circus adventure, London's theatres have got you (and your family) covered. Here's our guide to planning the perfect family theatre trip this festive season.   

We'll be updating this page as more shows are announced 

Are you after a show that's squarely aimed at kids? Check out our full guide to children's Christmas shows in London 

Family Christmas shows in London

Theatre, Drama

A Christmas Carol

icon-location-pin Old Vic, Waterloo

Even Scrooge would probably raise a smile at the Old Vic's wonderfully warm-hearted, extravagant take on Dickens' classic, adapted by 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' playwright Jack Thorne. It's back at the theatre for Christmas 2019 after making its debut last year. 

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Theatre, Circuses

Circus 1903

icon-location-pin Royal Festival Hall, South Bank

We’re in a mini golden age of contemporary circus, with companies like Circa and Gandini Juggling injecting wit, ice-cool aesthetics and even (gasp!) feminism into a centuries-old genre…

'Mary Poppins' returns to the West End in 2019
© Seamus Ryan
Theatre, Musicals

Mary Poppins

icon-location-pin Prince Edward Theatre, Soho

Brolly-clutching supernanny Mary Poppins is floating back into the West End in late 2019, with the return of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's musical after an international tour, and capitalising on the recent success of the film sequel…

Theatre, West End

The Lion King

icon-location-pin Lyceum Theatre, Covent Garden

The posters have been plastered around the London Underground for years – long enough for this show to become the most successful musical of all time – but nothing prepares you for the sheer impact of 'The Lion King's opening sequence…

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Theatre, Children's

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank

Joel Horwood adapts Neil Gaiman’s 2013 novel about an man who returns to his childhood home and struggles to remember a strange past in which he and a young girl named Lettie fought against malign spirits. It’s recommended for ages 12-plus, with half-price-tickets for under-18s.

Theatre, Comedy

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

icon-location-pin Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace

Actors flying on wires. Massive chunks of scenery. What could go wrong? Mischief Theatre have a few ideas. They're back this December with a now-traditional Christmas outing for their chaotic romp through 'Peter Pan', the follow-up to smash-hit comedy ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’. This year, it's playing the newly-renovated Ally Pally.  

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White Christmas, Leicester Curve 2018, Dominion Theatre 2019
© Catherine Ashmore and Ellie Kurttz
Theatre, Musicals

White Christmas

icon-location-pin Dominion Theatre, Bloomsbury

The Bing Crosby film is a schmaltzy festive classic, so it's no surprise that a new production of the MGM musical is making it to the West End for Christmas. Directed by Nikolai Foster, this staging got great reviews when it opened at Curve, Leicester last year. 

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