Best London Christmas Shows 2021

Behind you!  What do you mean, Christmas?  Now is the time to start thinking about which of the London Christmas Shows you want to see.  To help you on your way I have list of shows that have caught my eye.


Nutcracker English National Ballet

Say Christmas ballet and the Nutcracker springs to mind.  The English National Ballet production is a Christmas stalwart at the Coliseum.  Over at the Royal Opera House you can see another version with the finest transformation scene in the business

  • WHERE: London Coliseum
  • WHEN: 16 December 2021 – 8 January 2022
  • AGES: 5+
  • PRICE: from £18
  • WHERE: Royal Opera House
  • WHEN: 23 November 2021 – 8 January 2022
  • AGES: 5+
  • PRICE: from £27

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens had a large hand in shaping Christmas as we know it.  A Christmas Carol was published in 1843 and has been a festive staple ever since.  This year London’s theatres have gone big on the tale of Scrooge and Tiny Tim with at least three productions.

Over the years I have seen many, many productions of A Christmas Carol this production at the Old Vic is easily the best that I have seen.  This year starring Stephen Mangan

  • WHERE: The Old Vic
  • WHEN: 13 December 2021 – 8 January 2022
  • AGES: 8+
  • Tickets from £12

Potted Panto

Not sure which Panto is your favourite?  No matter at the Garrick where the Potted Panto will rip through seven pantos in seventy minutes.

  • WHERE: Garrick Theatre
  • WHEN: 11 December 2021 – 9 January 2022
  • 6+
  • PRICE: from £24

Pantoland at the Palladium

A Panto at the Palladium is traditionally the glitziest, starriest Panto in town and 2020 will be no exception.  Expect all the stars including Donny Osmond, Julian Clary, Gary Wilmot and Nigel Havers et all, expect the jokes, the costumes and the songs.

The Snowman

Back again, the Snowman has been delighting audiences for 23 years. One of the Cultural Wednesday household favourites.

  • WHERE: Peacock Theatre
  • WHEN: 20 November 2021 – 2 January 2022
  • AGE: 2+
  • PRICE: from £20

Circus 1903

All the thrills and spills of the circus complete with acrobats in the Royal Festival Hall. Life size puppet animals from the War Horse team complete the magic.


Absolutely not the Disney version, Aladdin at the Lyric Hammersmith is your traditional British pantomime. Expect much fun with the lamp and many cries of Behind You!

  • WHERE: Lyric Hammersmith
  • WHEN: 19 November 2021 – 2 January 2022
  • AGE: 6+
  • PRICE: from £10

Christmas Show from Home

If you are not ready to sit in a crowded theatre then how about streaming a stage show?

A Christmas Carol at Home

The Creation Theatre and Hawksmoor Restaurant have got together to create a night out without leaving home. Hawksmoor have put together the ingredients for a fancy meal that you just need to finish at home. Think steak, chips, peppercorn sauce, creamed spinach and garlic mushrooms with sticky toffee pudding to finish. If you fancy there is the option to add wine and sour cherry Negroni. You pay the £125 (extra for booze) for two and when the box is delivered you also get instructions to stream the Creation Theatre production of A Christmas Carol. Order via the Hawksmoor website.

Which London Christmas shows do you fancy?

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Thinking Christmassy thoughts? Check out my guide to the Best London Christmas Lights.



  1. October 2, 2019 / 2:56 pm

    We loved A Christmas Carol – great production! Very interested in Wilton’s new version …. x

  2. October 2, 2019 / 8:14 pm

    The poster for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is very eye catching, isn’t it? Freya loves the Nutcracker, I’ll definitely take her to see it when she’s older.

  3. October 4, 2019 / 11:37 am

    My lucky boys are being taken to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by their grandparents. I don’t think I’ll be able to sneak in sadly. #culturedkids

  4. October 4, 2019 / 3:09 pm

    Went to see Circus last year which was great fun. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is definitely on my Xmas radar this year. #culturedkids

  5. October 4, 2019 / 9:10 pm

    So many great picks! Christmas will be upon us before we know it. Have yet to see the Snowman so that’s on the list! #culturedkids

    • October 4, 2019 / 10:16 pm

      Snowman is magical, teens loved it when they were Junior

  6. October 4, 2019 / 9:11 pm

    There’s a couple of real favourites from my childhood in there! Only a year or so until my little one id old enough for some of these – can’t wait. #CulturedKids

  7. October 5, 2019 / 4:21 pm

    What fantastic shows. I’d love to see The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, but my girls are horse mad so I think Black Beauty would be top of their list #CulturedKids

  8. October 6, 2019 / 8:24 am

    Oh what an exellent post, now I want to book a ticket to London! Thanks for a good read 🙂

    • October 9, 2019 / 11:59 am

      Christmas shows are good where ever they are!

  9. Ladies what travel
    October 6, 2019 / 6:53 pm

    I saw the Nutcracker many years ago and loved it! Haven’t visited London for an xmas show in a long time… #FarawayFile

    • October 9, 2019 / 11:58 am

      Until I lived in London I’d never seen a London show

  10. Clare Thomson
    October 7, 2019 / 2:45 pm

    What a great selection. The Nutcracker is always a treat but I fancy taking our two to Coppélia this year. Thanks for the Christmas show inspiration on #farawayfiles

    • October 9, 2019 / 11:58 am

      Enjoy, Coppélia is just magical

  11. October 11, 2019 / 11:43 am

    I need to put The Snowman on our Christmas to do list, I’ve not seen it on stage. Thanks for the inspiration #culturedkids

  12. October 12, 2019 / 11:15 am

    A lovely collection.i would love to watch the Lion, the witch, and the wardrobe and I have been wanting to watch Nutcracker for a while. Thank you very much for inspiration #culturedkids

  13. October 17, 2019 / 4:03 pm

    These posts are always so brilliant! We are off to see A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic this year, and my daughter and I are decided between red shoes and Coppelia! #culturedkids

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