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Picture Perfect Christmas Show

26 November 2022 to 23 December 2022 The National Gallery

Step into a Christmas canvas as Avercamp’s iconic 17th century painting ‘A Winter Scene with Skaters near a Castle’ comes to life before your eyes in this unmissable theatrical performance. Today The National Gallery, one of London’s best-loved cultural landmarks, announces its ‘Picture Perfect Christmas’ Show, for the upcoming festive season. From 26 November 2022, The National Gallery and Boo Productions will come together to present a magical festive production for the whole family to enjoy. 

Set within one of the world’s greatest art galleries, The National Gallery’s Picture Perfect Christmas will see the Theatre transformed into a wintery theatrical feast, in a first-of-its kind event for The National Gallery. The audience will be taken on an adventure of the secret life that lives within art in this festive show for all the family

Based on Avercamp’s iconic 17th century oil painting, ‘A Winter Scene With Skaters Near A Castle, they will delve into the story of two children Frederick and Maaike on their journey through the woodlands, meeting magical creatures, wandering through frosted landscapes and skating on glistening ice rinks, for the ultimate festive day out. Visitors can expect songs, dancing and Christmas cheer all to the backdrop of the icy Netherland’s in the 1600’s.

Clare Arouche, Head of Hospitality and Events at The National Gallery said, “We are delighted to be bringing The National Gallery’s first-ever theatrical performance to life this festive season with ‘Picture Perfect Christmas’, a festive show for all the family. ‘A Winter Scene With Skaters Near A Castle’ by Avercamp is a magical piece of art, which perfectly captures a traditional winter scene and we are thrilled to be working with Boo Productions in adapting this artwork for the stage, in what we hope will be a wonderful festive day out for everyone.”

Visitors are invited, before or after the performance to explore all of The National Gallery, which is free-of-charge, and all it has to offer. Located in the heart of London in Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery is widely recognised as one of the most prestigious galleries of its kind and is home to some of the world’s most important and influential art by Bellini, Cézanne, Degas, Leonardo, Monet, Raphael, Rembrandt, Renoir, Rubens, Titian, Turner, Van Dyck, Van Gogh and Velázquez.


Dates and times
26 and 27 November
3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December
10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm | 60 minute performance.

Further Information: . Picture Perfect Christmas | What's on | National Gallery, London