Must-see Christmas shows in London this festive season
Put some festive sparkle into this year’s Christmas celebrations with a trip to the West End. With lots of Christmas shows available, as well as extra performances of West End favourites, get onto Santa’s good list and book your tickets now for your trip to the theatre.
Book by 20th December to ensure tickets are dispatched in time for Christmas (for UK delivery).
Christmas shows in the West End this festive season
Nativity! the Musical
Bringing the 2009 film to the stage, Nativity! The Musical tells the story of St Bernadette’s School putting on a musical version of the nativity. But when Mr Maddens tells the children that there’s going to be a top Hollywood producer in the audience, it’s clear that this isn’t going to be one regular school nativity. Starring Simon Lipkin, you’ll be wanting to “Sparkle and Shine” just like the children of St Bernadette’s in Nativity! The Musical.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Panto returns to the Palladium with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Starring a variety of stage and screen actors including Nigel Havers, Julian Clary and Paul O’Grady, be swept away by all the fun of the fair. When Goldilocks’ circus seems to fall into disarray, will the three bears be able to save the day? Playing for just five weeks this Christmas, see Goldilocks like you’ve never seen her before.
White Christmas rounds off a theatre-filled year in spectacular style, staged at the Dominion Theatre. Based on the 1954 film of the same name, follow the ex-army pals as they attempt to put on a spectacular show in order to save their General’s remote ski lodge. Filled with toe-tapping, dazzling choreography and feel-good musical numbers including “White Christmas”, bring the magic of the season with White Christmas.
Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes
The multi Olivier-Award winning production The Red Shoes dances its way to the West End once more, as the ballet slippers continue to dazzle at Sadler’s Wells. Be whisked away to a dance-filled world as one performer does all it takes to become the greatest performer the world has ever seen.
Packed with plenty of festive charm, head to the London Coliseum this season to experience The Nutcracker. Written by Tchaikovsky in 1892, follow Clara as she receives an enchanted Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve that comes to life. Meeting the Sugar Plum Fairy and other magical characters along the way, The Nutcracker is a celebration of dance and Christmas joy. Listen to “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and the “Chinese Dance” as the Royal Ballet perform this well-loved ballet.
Don’t miss Birmingham Royal Ballet’s enchanting production of The Nutcracker as they return to the Royal Albert Hall for a third Christmassy season. Lighting up the stage with dazzling festive projections and gorgeous period costumes, enjoy Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score in this quintessential Christmas treat between Christmas Day and New Year.
For a different type of Christmas theatre, why not fall in love with the circus once again at Circus 1903, returning to the Southbank Centre for a second year. In a circus inspired by the performing acts at the turn of the 20th century, watch acrobats and contortionists fly in front of you and circus performers take on death-defying stunts in this spectacular show. After teaming up with the creators of War Horse, the show has giant puppet elephants as well as daring performers that will have everyone gasping with disbelief at the danger in Circus 1903.
A Christmas Carol
When Ebenezer Scrooge is faced with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come, as well as the ghost of his former colleague, Jacob Marley, it’s up to the “humbug” to welcome the Christmas spirit once and for all. Returning to the Old Vic for a third year, Jack Thorne’s adaptation of the seasonal classic A Christmas Carol is sure to delight and entrance audiences this year.
Prepare to be ‘walking in the air’ in London this Christmas as The Snowman returns to the Peacock Theatre. Following a young boy whose snowman comes alive on Christmas Eve, join the pair on an unbelievable adventure as they soar through the night sky – but will they be able to defeat Jack Frost? If you’re looking for a festive, family-friendly show, you’ll want to see The Snowman.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Witness Narnia like never before at the Bridge Theatre this Christmas at The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. When four children discover a mythical world lies in a wardrobe in a spare room, will they travel to Narnia and save the new-found society from evil?
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Mischief Theatre return with their riotous spin on a timeless classic, the West End smash hit Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Battling technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes as they attempt to present J.M Barrie’s much-loved tale. But will they ever make it to Neverland? Join the company in their Christmas spectacular at Peter Pan Goes Wrong.
An Act of God
Don’t miss the ‘divinely funny’ (New York Times) European premiere of An Act of God, starring Zoe Lyons. Dissatisfied with the way of the world, learn about the ‘new’ Ten Commandments that are meant to be a fresh set of rules for modern-day living.
Returning for another festive season of Potted Panto, Dan & Jeff fly to the Southwark Playhouse on a magic carpet as they bring seven pantomime stories to life in 80 minutes! In a madcap ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from the wonderful world of pantomime, the dastardly double act roam the golden streets of Dick Whittington’s London and help Cinderella find her Prince in this charming Christmas show.
Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever
Get ready for a road-trip full of fun adventures with Peppa Pig, George and be a part of Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever. From castles, caves and dungeons, see the gang jump in muddy puddles at this family-friendly Christmas show that’s perfect for young children!
Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass
Join three children who travel to a world of dinosaurs and pirates and head to the high seas at Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass, a show that’s fun for all the family. It’s all aboard, me hearties, for a pirate adventure packed with live music, puppetry and dinosaurs!
A Christmas Carol – Immersive Experience
Enjoy a Christmassy meal like no other at London’s latest immersive experience based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The full three-course sharing feast includes a Christmas dinner with roast turkey, port gravy, roast vegetables, traditional Victorian Christmas pies, all the trimmings and a fabulous dessert in the warmest Christmas evening around.
West End favourites you don’t want to miss this Christmas
The Lion King
Don’t miss out on your chance to see “The Circle of Life” this season with tickets to The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. One of the biggest Disney films, see the Serengeti come to life with over 200 puppets in a theatrical journey that would be a roaring shame to miss. Join your favourite animated characters such as Simba, Nala and Mufasa and say “Hakuna Matata” to The Lion King this Christmas for a celebration to transport you into the heart of Africa.
Book of Mormon
Say “Hello” to The Book of Mormon, the smash-hit sensation that won best new musical at the 2014 Olivier Awards and sends audiences into uproarious laughter night after night. Written by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the story tells of Elder Price and Elder Cunnigham’s mission to Uganda, where spreading the word of the Latter Day Saints isn’t as simple as it initially seemed. Facing warlords, poverty and AIDS, The Book of Mormon may seem like a hard-hitting tragedy but it’s a must-see comedy to round off 2018 in style.
A spellbinding production that’s sure to make you feel good during the festive season, Wicked has played for over a decade in the West End. The prequel to The Wizard of Oz, it centres on Elphaba and Glinda, two students at Shiz University that become unlikely friends. It’s a bewitching tale that tells how Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West. With a score including “No Good Deed”, “The Wizard and I” and “One Short Day”, kick off your seasonal magic with a ticket to Wicked.
You’ve seen Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in cinemas this year, so why not take a trip to Mamma Mia! to end your year. Set on a Greek island, follow Sophie as she attempts to find out who her father is before she marries Sky, while Donna is set to open her hotel on the island. With a catchy soundtrack including “Super Trouper”, “Dancing Queen” and “Take A Chance on Me”, Mamma Mia! is an unmissable part to your feel-good celebrations.
Tina the Musical
Don’t miss the unmissable theatrical tribute to Tina Turner at the Aldwych Theatre this Christmas! Sharing the public and private stories behind Tina’s global superstardom, join her journey to becoming one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. With songs including ‘Nutbush City Limits’ and ‘Proud Mary’, get ready to see ‘The Best’ musical in London this Christmas at Tina the Musical.