London Christmas Shows 2020

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.

Covid Christmas will be a different kind of Christmas in so many ways.  London Christmas Shows will still have jokes and seasonal cheer.  Audiences and casts will be smaller and socially distanced. 


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.  This year things will be a little different with highlights from the ballet rather than full cast and orchestra.  There will still be live dancers and musicians … just fewer of them.

  • WHERE: London Coliseum
  • WHEN: 3 December 2020 – 3 January 2021
  • AGES: 5+
  • PRICE: £15 – £95

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 the production will be live streamed that means that the actors are live in the auditorium but you are sat at home watching them on Zoom.  You can pay what you want for the tickets but the Old Vic asks that you consider paying what you would have done if you were actually sitting in the theatre.  

  • WHERE: The Old Vic
  • WHEN: 7 December 2020 – 2 January 2021
  • AGES: 8+
  • SUGGESTED PRICE: £12 – £67.50

At the Dominion Brian Conley will be joined by an orchestra and a city strong cast for a musical staged concert.  I confess that I’m not sure how this will differ from a musical, presumably less lavish sets and no dancing.

  • WHERE: Dominion Theatre
  • WHEN: 7 December – 2 January
  • AGE: 5+
  • PRICE: £28.75 – £72.50

Over at the Bridge Theatre Simon Russel-Beale, Patsy Ferran and Eben Figueiredo will not only tell the Christmas Carol story they will also act all the parts between them.

  • WHERE: Bridge Theatre
  • WHEN: 27 November – 16 January
  • AGE: 6+
  • PRICE: £15 – £55

The Little Match Girl

Hans Christian Anderson’s tale of the Little Match Girl with just one match left to keep her warm has been transformed into a heart warming ballet at Sadlers Wells.

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; 12 December 2020 – 10 January 2021
  • 6+
  • PRICE: £20 – £30

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 Julian Clary, Elaine Paige, Gary Wilmot and Nigel Havers et all, expect the jokes, the costumes and the songs.

West End Christmas Musical

Christmas will be celebrated at the Palace Theatre with a galaxy of stars from  West End shows including Wicked, Come from Away and Hamilton. 

  • WHERE: Palace Theatre
  • WHEN: 17 December 2020 – 20 December 2020
  • PRICE: £38.50 – £68.50


OK Six is not a Christmas show but it is very good it gives Hamilton a run for its money as the best musical I have seen in recent years.  Six tells the story of the Six wives Henry VIII via the medium of the pop musical.  For once this is all about the wives, they take centre stage and tell their stories.  Pure feel good theatre.

Which London Christmas shows do you fancy?

London Christmas Shows
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  1. October 2, 2019 / 2:56 pm

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

    • Catherine
      October 2, 2019 / 3:16 pm

      Also Wiltons is v beautiful

  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

    • Catherine
      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

    • Catherine
      October 9, 2019 / 12:00 pm

      Definitely wait a while

  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 🙂

    • Catherine
      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

    • Catherine
      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

    • Catherine
      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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