Theatre and entertainment


I Want My Hat Back
National Theatre
November 12 to January 2
From £10

Jon Klassen’s witty book has fast become a modern children’s classic. The stage version is full of humour, music and surprises.

Father Christmas

Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas
Lyric Hammersmith
November 20 to December 24
£10 (free for babies under 18 months)

Follow Santa as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand to find it is the busiest day of the year. This festive story bursts into life with live music, playful puppets and a magical set.

Chickenshed 12 days

The Twelve Days of Christmas
Chickenshed Theatre
November 25 to January 9

The Twelve Days of Christmas is a vibrant, inventive production, taking the well-known song and skilfully reimagining it as a unique Christmas adventure with plenty of laughs along the way.


The Snowman
Peacock Theatre
November 26 to January4
Family ticket £110

The snowman and his young friend embark on a starry-skied adventure to the North Pole, where they meet Father Christmas. The Snowman is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family.

Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Park
Discover Children’s Story Centre
November 27 to December 23
From £6.50, family ticket £22

Enjoy this interactive storytelling session with music and puppets from Nick Butterworth’s After the Storm. After the show, the audience can create a glittery Christmas decoration to take home.

Night Before Christmas credit Stuart Slavicky

The Night Before Christmas
Pentland Theatre
November 28-29
Tickets £9

Emily stares out of the window on Christmas Eve, waiting excitedly for the morning, while Eddie the mouse questions why only humans get presents. He sets off in search of Father Christmas to find out.


Shrek’s Adventure! London
Riverside Building, County Hall
From December 1-24 (gifts available from December 14)
From £23.40

Shrek’s Adventure! London is the perfect alternative to a Christmas panto, with a jaw-dropping ride on Donkey’s 4D bus to Far Far Away. Young visitors will meet Shrek and receive a special Christmas treat.

Hetty Feather, credit Donald Cooper

Hetty Feather
Pentland Theatre
December 2-6
From £18.50

From bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson, this plucky tale is brought thrillingly to life on stage. With original music and circus skills, Hetty Feather is a terrific adventure story for the whole family.

Chickenshed Christmas Tales

Christmas Tales
The Tabernacle (November 28), Dugdale Centre (December 2-27) or Chickenshed (December 5-23)
£8 (free to babies under 1)

Christmas Tales is a fun, festive celebration that takes the best of Chickenshed’s Tales from the Shed shows and sprinkles it with new, magical and larger-than-life characters. Get ready to laugh, sing and join in.

Production photographs for Room on The Broom,KW & NB Ltd, October 2014

Room on the Broom
Pentland Theatre
December 8 to January 3 (including some BSL interpreted performances)
Ages 3+
Tickets from £8

A witch and her cat, enlist the help of a daft dog, a beautiful bird and a friendly frog. But what happens when the broom snaps in two?

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment
The O2
December 22 to January 3
From £20
All ages

Rev up for high-speed stunts as the crew of Disney/Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanted undersea kingdom and catch up with the Toy Story gang.

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