Ultimate Guide to the Best London Christmas Shows 2023

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.

Christmas Dance Shows London 2023

Nothing says Christmas quite like a tutu and ballet slippers.


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

Nutcracker English National Ballet
  • WHERE: London Coliseum
  • WHEN: 14 December 2023 – 7 January 2024
  • AGES: 5+
  • PRICE: from £15
  • WHERE: Royal Opera House
  • WHEN: 6 December 2023 – 14 January 2024
  • AGES: 5+
  • PRICE: from £8

The Snowman

Snowman Birmingham Repoertory
The Snowman

The Snowman has been delighting audiences for more than 25 years. One of the Cultural Wednesday household favourites.

  • WHERE: Peacock Theatre
  • WHEN: 18 November 2023 – 30 December 2023
  • AGE: 2+
  • PRICE: from £18

Edward Scissorhands

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures take on Edward Scissorhands is the Sadlers Wells Christmas treat this year. High on up in a castle on a hill an inventor creates a boy.  The inventor dies before the boy is complete leaving him with just scissors for hands.  Will he manage to survive?  Will people see beyond his hands?

  • WHERE: Sadlers Wells
  • WHEN: 5 December 2023 – 12 January 2024
  • PRICE: From £15

London Christmas Shows 2023

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.  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 Christopher Eccleston as Scrooge.

  • WHERE: The Old Vic
  • WHEN: 11 November 2023 – 6 January 2024
  • AGES: 8+
  • Tickets from £10

Christmas Actually

Richard Curtis, director of Love Actually has curated a Christmas show for the Royal Festival Hall.  Expect Christmas stories, music, poetry and comedy performed by a stellar lineup.


Craig Revel-Horwood heads the Cinderella cast as the Wicked step-mother at the New Wimbledon Theatre.  I have lost count of the number of Pantos that we have seen at the New Wimbledon Theatre and every one has been fab-u-lus.

Elf: The Musical

Elf: The Movie reimagined as a musical.  Buddy, raised by Elves heads to New York to find his birth father.  Sounds like the perfect toe tapping, heart warming Christmas show.

  • WHERE: Dominion Theatre
  • WHEN: 15 November 2023 – 16 January 2024
  • AGES: 4+
  • PRICE: from £30

Peter Pan

A Panto at the Palladium is traditionally the glitziest, starriest Panto in town and 2022 will be no exception.  Jennifer Saunders, Julian Clary, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot will be putting their Christmas magic into Peter Pan.

Which London Christmas shows do you fancy?

London Christmas Shows 
Pantomime, Ballet and plays the London stage has many Christmas shows. #Christmas #London #Nutcracker #Pantomime

Thinking Christmassy thoughts? Check out my guide to the Best London Christmas Lights or for a non Christmas show read my guide to how to buy Hamilton Tickets.



  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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