It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to go to a show!


Hi readers 🙂

It’s only 40 days until Christmas (don’t panic!!) and so it is definitely time to book your Christmas theatre tickets if you haven’t already.  To help you, I have decided to put together a list of family friendly shows that will get you in the Christmas spirit.  So off we go…in no particular order…

  1. Pinocchio at the Lyttelton Theatre (National Theatre, London)

Recommended for children 8 years’ old and over, this version of the classic tale of Pinocchio includes the songs and score from the Disney film.  The National Theatre is known for its excellent productions and with the same the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the writer of Matilda the Musical, this family show is guaranteed to be a great way to spend a few hours.  It’s showing from 1 December and you can book tickets here:

  1. Jack and the Beanstalk at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Christmas isn’t Christmas without a pantomime, and I would urge those in Hertfordshire to find time to see this production of Jack and the Beanstalk.  I am going to the press night in a few weeks’ time (lucky me!) so check back for my review, but I know it will be great!  Gordon Craig pantomimes are a great way to get into the Christmas mood and to spend time with family and friends.  Tickets are available here:

  1. Slava’s Snow Show at the Royal Festival Hall, London

This show is a huge hit every Christmas.  It’s currently on a UK tour and will be in London from 18 December 2017 until 4 January 2018.  I have to admit that I haven’t seen it, but from what I hear, it involves a giant spider’s web, clowns and lots of audience participation.  I’m guessing that there’s probably some snow in there somewhere too.  If you go to see it please let me know what you think.  You can buy tickets here:

  1. The Velveteen Rabbit at The Unicorn, London

You might know the classic children’s tale of the Velveteen Rabbit.  This version of the show has transferred from Broadway and, if you know the Unicorn, you will know that this is going to be good.  Boing! is also showing at the Unicorn this Christmas.  It tells the story of two boys waiting for Father Christmas to arrive on Christmas Eve and the story is told through dance.  It looks great so book your tickets here:

  1. Dick Whittington at the London Palladium

Another pantomime, but after last year’s amazing Cinderella, I am certain that this is going to be a fantastic panto experience!  It’s showing from 9 December 2017 to 14 January 2018 and has an amazing cast including Ashley Banjo and Diversity who I think are brilliant.  If you can make it, you can get tickets here:

  1. The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre, London

This is such a classic and I cannot recommend it highly enough.  I saw this show several years ago – before my blog – but if I were reviewing it today I would give it ***** 5 stars!!  It’s performed as a ballet, with the beautiful song “Walking in the Air” and, really, you can’t get any more Christmassy than this.  It’s on from 23 November to 31 December and you can buy your tickets here:

  1. Peter Pan at the SSE Arena, Wembley, London

This is set to be one of the biggest shows in London this Christmas.  Apparently it has an ENORMOUS crocodile, a cast of over 100 and running water, and I am sure it’s going to be spectacular.  It is Wembley after all – I can’t imagine it will be on a small scale! It’s only showing in London on 29 and 30 December so you’ll have to act fast if you want tickets for this one:

  1. Rapunzel at The Chickenshed, Southgate

Showing from 22 November 2017 until 6 January 2018, this is a musical version of the lovely story of Rapunzel.  Everything that I have seen at the Chickenshed over the years has been great, but I am sure that they will throw in a little extra magic for their Christmas show.  There’s sure to be something for everyone and from what I can see, I think there might be a little twist…ad I don’t mean in Rapunzel’s hair!!  You can buy tickets here:

9. Nativity! The Musical at the Eventim Appollo London

This looks hilarious.  It has a great cast including Simon Lipkin (who I loved as Rat in the Wind in the Willows) and Louis Walsh (for some performances) and it’s all about a class of children who attempt to put on a musical version of the classic nativity story.  You can imagine the mayhem…if it’s anything like our class assemblies anyway!! Apparently it’s based on the film which has the same name, but I haven’t seen that.  The show is on tour this Christmas so you might just catch it at a theatre near you:  You can’t get much more festive than the nativity, although I get the feeling that this might be a nativity not quite as you know it…

10. The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum

And finally, the classic Christmas ballet, the Nutcracker is showing from 13 December 2017 until 6 January 2018.  An English National Ballet production with over 100 dancers and musicians, this is sure to be a magical.  Don’t miss it:

So, there is a just a small selection of the amazing shows that are showing in and around London this holiday season.  I’m sure there are many all over the country so don’t be put off if you can’t get to London to see something…and let me know if you see any of the shows above (or anything else that I haven’t mentioned) and tell me what you thought!

Happy holidays!!

Ariella xoxo

Happy holidays


4 thoughts on “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to go to a show!

    1. It’s always so difficult to choose a favourite and they’re all so different. The Snowman is really wonderful though and very magical and is one that a whole family can enjoy!


  1. This is a very useful listing, Ariella. I am sharing it with the parents of my nephews and nieces in England, and hopefully some of them will take their children to one or more of these shows. Your reviews are terrific. Keep up the good work!

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