Check out these festive shows to enjoy in London
Christmas is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to spread cheer with friends and family than seeing a holiday show in the West End together. Create new traditions by watching London seasonal staples, like Pantoland at the Palladium, or head to Frozen for a wintry spectacular that will melt even the stoniest of hearts.
Christmas shows pop up across the capital for a few weeks each year, and then fade away into our memories forever. Don’t be a Scrooge this season. Book your Christmas London theatre tickets now for great presents. Remember, seeing a show is for life, not just for Christmas.
Fall in love with the silliness of Christmas shows at Pantoland at the Palladium. Rather than being one story, this year’s Palladium offering rolls all the best bits of pantos past with new tricks and songs for an unforgettable extravaganza. Be greeted by some of Britain’s finest comic actors such as Julian Clary and Gary Wilmot in this hilarious megamix show. Danny Osmond plays the Wizard of Pantomime too, so maybe you’ll fall in “panto love” this Christmas? Only time will tell. You’ll have never seen a pantomime quite like Pantoland at the Palladium.
Forget asking someone if they want to build a snowman. Ask your friends and family if they want to see Frozen in London instead. For the first time in forever, the hit Disney musical has transformed Theatre Royal Drury Lane into an ice palace, and now you can join Elsa and Anna on their journeys through Arendelle. “Let It Go” never really left anyone’s heads since the movie came out, but now the Frozen songs are a firm favourite on our Christmas music playlists.
Shakespeare’s Globe becomes a winter wonderland this Christmas, thanks to Hans Christian Andersen’s The Fir Tree. The seasonal play tells the Christmas story through the eyes of a Christmas tree, inviting audiences to get back in touch with the natural world around them this season. Bring your own boxes to fill Shakespeare Globe’s with decorations too! The Fir Tree runs for 10 days only, so book tickets now.
Going to the circus is a Christmas tradition for many families. Why not make it your new London theatre tradition to see Circus 1903 in December? Experience the thrills and spills of a Golden Age circus, as the show flips into the capital for another year. Be wowed by the stuntmen and trapeze artists as they soar through the skies like Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Or if you’re an animal lover, coo at the elephant puppets — you’ll want to find the puppets under your tree this year.
Looking for an alternative Christmas show that still sparkles and shines? Head to Leicester Square Spiegeltent to see La Clique, a thrilling cabaret with more pops and bangs than a party cracker. Sit up close and be immersed in the scintillating action, especially when the world-class cabaret acts showcase their latest tricks. Even though the acts may be a little bit naughty, you’ll be on Santa’s nice list once you’ve bought La Clique tickets.
Think you’ve seen every pantomime in town? Think again. Potted Panto celebrates the joy of pantomime fun at the Garrick Theatre this holiday season, combining seven stories in seventy minutes. Ever wondered what would happen if Aladdin, Jack, and Cinderella all met? Potted Panto will answer all your questions.
There’s an easy sum to remember at Christmastime. London + theatre = A Christmas Carol. The Park Theatre has answered our prayers this season with Cratchit, a seasonal treat that imagines what would happen if Bob Cratchit were visited by three ghosts. Don’t spend the cold, blustery London evenings outside. Wrap up warm and experience the joy of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, with a twist.
Sh*t-Faced Showtime takes on classic plays and gives them a boozy adjustment. What better story to tell this Christmas than A Christmas Carol, cheekily named A Pissedmas Carol. Prior to the show, one cast member is plied with alcohol before heading on stage. Watch them all try to get through the story, before being visited by the Ghost of Hungover Past. Don’t be a humbug this Christmas, book your theatre tickets now.