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It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year and we couldn’t be more excited. Spending time with family, scoffing Yorkshire puddings, and cosying up ready to watch the best Christmas movies is on the agenda! Not to mention catching some of the best family entertainment the West End has to offer… And to make your life a whole lot easier, we’ve rounded up the top seven Christmas shows for kids - all you’ve got to do is wrap up warm and get comfy! From timeless classics like The Nutcracker to irresistible Christmas tales like A Christmas Carol and The Snowman - we’ve got it all.
1. A Christmas Carol
Back by popular demand, and with tickets from just £13.80, A Christmas Carol is hitting the stage at The Old Vic for the third time this Christmas. Adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (who wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!), this fabulously festive show is guaranteed to fill the auditorium with music and merriment. Expect plenty of mince pies, awe-inspiring staging and a totally immersive audience experience in this brilliant uplifting Christmas show for the whole family to enjoy.
2. Christmas at the (Snow) Globe
Wrap up warm this winter and head to Shakespeare’s Globe for a festive extravaganza - Christmas at the (Snow) Globe. With tickets from as little as £5.75, deck the halls, don your best Christmas jumper and become immersed in Sandi Toksvig's Winter Wonderland at the Globe. Raise a cup of mulled wine and learn what you can achieve when you believe in magic, trust in one another and a sprinkle of fairy dust. Bring the whole family and clap, sing and dance along to some of your favourite festive tunes, be captivated by Christmas tales of the past and embrace a very bright and merry Christmas under the stars this December.
3. The Showstoppers’ Christmas Kids Show
Head to Leicester Square this festive season and bring all of your favourite Christmas stories to life with an enchanting concoction of improvisation, imagination and a sprinkle of fairy dust. Improv royalty the Showstoppers are ready to transform your kids' ideas and suggestions into a magical, musical interactive adventure. Awarded the Best Entertainment & Family Show 2016, the show will allow your children to create their very own Christmas story and decide who should be the main character and what happens next. They can even join in!
4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
This winter, it's time to step through the wardrobe and into the enchanting kingdom of Narnia in this magical theatre production of the beloved CS Lewis classic - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Join siblings Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter Pevensie as they embark on an epic adventure through a wintry new world. Whether you read the Chronicles of Narnia as a child or your own children are reading the stories now, this well-loved tale is truly a timeless classic, and its adaptation for the stage will allow old and new audiences alike to enjoy the story in a whole new way. Grab a ticket before they sell out - and don't forget to pack your Turkish Delights!
5. Fun Kids Epic Roadshow Adventure: Christmas Edition
Fun Kids Radio presenters Dan Simpson and Bex Lindsay need your help to keep Fun Kids Radio on air and to make the best radio roadshow ever. They’re back for one weekend only this November at Christmas in Leicester Square and this time, the show comes with a festive twist. Dan and Bex need your help not to get fired by the big bosses who are sat in Fun Kids HQ. Following hugely successful runs at Underbelly and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the show is back with stories, songs, and silliness aplenty, and tons of Christmas fun!
6. The Snowman
Transport the family into the wintery world of The Snowman - kids will be mesmerised from start to finish by this festive family favourite. Returning to the Peacock Theatre for its 16th year, with tickets from just £20.70, this is a magical nostalgic treat for everyone. Experience the story of a little boy whose snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, and the duo's night-time quest for adventure. They come across dancing penguins, talkative reindeer and, of course, Father Christmas. Will they be able to escape the clutches of the evil Jack Frost and make it home by Christmas morning?
7. The Nutcracker at London Coliseum
For a truly festive event, cosy up to watch The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s well-loved classical ballet. With over 100 dancers and musicians and spellbinding sets, this is a Christmas cracker your family will never forget. In this traditional tale, you will be whisked away to discover a magical world with Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll the night before Christmas. English National Ballet’s Nutcracker is returning to the London Coliseum for a limited 4-week run following sold-out performances in previous years, so make sure you book now and you’ll have something to look forward to all year long!
Ellie is a keen Londoner, thespian and foodie! She's the oldest of three and loves taking her younger siblings, aged nine and fourteen, on adventures to the theatre and food markets, trying new foods and dabbling in the world of musical theatre. Some of her favourite spots include Primrose Hill and the Natural History Museum, not to mention the ever-changing Spitalfields Market.