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8 Magically Festive Family Christmas Shows

16 November 2018

Made with tiny people especially in mind, these kid-focused shows will sprinkle even more magic on your festive season this year – and hopefully give you a glorious hour of silence on the subject of the Poopsies Surprise Unicorn (yes, really) they’re hoping to find under the tree.

1. The Snowman
Based on Raymond Briggs’ ever-popular children’s book about a boy and his snowy companion, Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s twinkling production of The Snowman is now in its record-breaking 21st year at The Peacock. A magical mix of exquisite dancing and live music, this is a classic to be enjoyed by parents and children alike.
 
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The Snowman, 22 November – 6 January, The Peacock, WC2A 2HT
 
2. Knitmas: A Winter Yarn at Greenwich Theatre
Greenwich Theatre’s Christmas tale comes in clowning form with the story of LongSleeves, a discarded misshapen jumper who lives in the forest of Odds and Bods, and is hoping not to spend this Christmas alone. The show will be preceded by a workshop where kids and their families can get crafty, helping to make props that will then decorate the forest world of the set.
 


Knitmas, 8 – 30 December 2018, Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ES
 
3. The Snow Queen Storytelling at the Horniman
This performance of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale of The Snow Queen, where we follow Gerda and Kal as they undertake a wintry journey to Lapland, incorporates storytelling, song and puppetry. Young Frozen fans are sure to enjoy, as long as you let them know there definitively will not be any appearances from Anna or Elsa.
 
The Snow Queen, 15 and 16 December, The Horniman, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ
 
4. Pinocchio at The Albany
In a new adaptation of the tale of the puppet that wants to be a real boy, circus skills, music, storytelling and puppetry combine with a diverse cast for what promises to be an enchanting visual journey.
 
Pinnochio, 2 December – 29 December, The Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG
 
5. The Showstoppers, Christmas in Leicester Square
Bringing kids wishes to life in front of their very eyes, this magical and delightful show will entertain children and parents alike. The show works by taking suggestions from children in the audience and then creating a whole new musical theatre show right there on the spot. Will definitely make your children ask you why you say ‘no’ so much.

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The Showstoppers’ Christmas Kids Show, 2 - 30 December, The Paradiso Speigeltent at Christmas In Leicester Square
 
6. Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland again proves itself the big friendly giant of Christmas with its numerous offerings for family this year. They’re partnering with Backyard Cinema and Penguin Ventures to bring The Snowman to life in a multi-roomed, multi-sensory, cinematic adventure. Zippos Christmas Circus will return with an all-new fun-packed circus show complete with acrobats and clowns, plus family favourites the Snow Bears. If skating’s your bag, Peter Pan On Ice takes J M Barrie’s well-loved story to the ice with a 50-minute-long spectacular promising more magic than you can shake a stick at. And for the tiniest tots, there’s also the popular Teletubbies Live Show every morning.
 
Winter Wonderland, 23 November - 6 January, Hyde Park, shows at varying times
 
7. The Snow Queen at Under The Bridge
Over in West London, this version of The Snow Queen is a musical comedy show with plenty of audience participation and interactive fun that tells the story of a young girl out to prove that friendship and the power of love can conquer all. The venue will also host a Santa’s grotto, where children can meet Father Christmas after the show.


 
The Snow Queen, 14 – 21 December, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road. London SW6 1HS
 
8. A Christmas Carol Starring Griff Rhys Jones
One of Britain’s best-loved Christmas tales combined with of Britain’s best-loved entertainers: Griff Rhys Jones will play Charles Dickens’ great miser Ebenezer Scrooge in a musical version of A Christmas Carol at Lyceum Theatre alongside the performers and musicians who make up the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.
 
London Musical Theatre Orchestra: A Christmas Carol, 10th and 17th December, Lyceum Theatre
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