Seven Magically Festive Family Christmas Shows

Billie Manning

Made with tiny people especially in mind, these kid-focused shows will sprinkle even more magic on your festive season this year – and hopefully give you a glorious hour of silence on the subject of what they’re hoping to find under the tree.

The Showstoppers, Christmas in Leicester Square
Bringing kids wishes to life in front of their very eyes, this magical and delightful show will entertain children and parents alike. The show works by taking suggestions from children in the audience and then creating a whole new musical theatre show right there on the spot. Will definitely make your children ask you why you say ‘no’ so much.
23 November - 1 December
Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland again proves itself the big friendly giant of Christmas with its numerous offerings for family this year. Zippos Christmas Circus will return with an all-new fun-packed circus show complete with acrobats and clowns, plus family favourites the Snow Bears. If skating’s your bag, Paddington On Ice takes the well-loved story to the rink with a 50-minute-long spectacular promising more magic than you can shake a stick at. And for the tiniest tots, there’s also the popular Mr Men and Little Miss Show.
23 November - 6 January, Hyde Park, shows at varying times

Hansel and Gretel at Chiswick Playhouse
This tongue-in-cheek production gives the traditional tale a very 2019 twist, introducing a witch with a passion for single-use plastics and a craving for the only remaining food source: children!   Award-winning composer Leon Parris has created a completely original soundtrack for the modern parable, which will transport families to a magical, candy-filled land.

4 December 2019 - 4 January 2020

Peter Pan at Under The Bridge
The story of the boy who never grew up is a festive family classic, full of fairies, pirates and mermaids. Under the Bridge are offering a touching adaptation with an immersive slant, where every child can be involved in the magic. Plus, no need to disrupt those all-important bedtimes: Peter Pan will run three times a day from 11am.

Circus 1903 at Southbank Centre
The Circus 1903 elephants are back in town, but there's no fear of animal cruelty here: Queenie and Peanut are operated by a crack team of puppeteers. The show aims to take you back to the golden age of circus, with jugglers, acrobats and contortionists galore. New acts this year include a daring duo aerial act ‘The Flying Fredonis’, Cuban hand balancer ‘The Great Rokardy’ and the furious flexible feats of Russian Rolling Ball Hula Hoopist ‘Mademoiselle Natalia’.

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All Wrapped Up at Artsdepot, Finchley
Families with children with additional needs will be well-catered for at Oily Cart's fully inclusive show, in an accessible environment designed specifically for under 5s including those with a range of support needs. The multi-sensory show sees wrapping paper transform into mischievious creatures and hidden worlds through the magic of light, shadow and the audience’s imaginations.

10 - 31 December 2019

The Little Prince at The Place
If you fancy something a little different, try this adaptation of The Little Prince from The Place. This production of the surreal French children's book blends theatre, dance, music and a good few laughs to tell the story of the Little Prince's journeys and encounters with the strange world of grown-ups, snakes, and foxes. Sure to be a charmer.

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