London Christmas Shows

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.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe poster with multicoloured lion

The idea of stepping out the back of a wardrobe into a magical land appeals to me. We join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they step through the fur coats into Narnia meeting fauns, a lion and the biggest baddest witch of all. This production started in the Leeds Playhouse where it has received rave reviews.

  • WHERE: Bridge Theatre
  • WHEN: 9 November 2019 – 2 February 2020
  • AGE: 7+
  • PRICE: £15 – £75


I loved Black Beauty when I was I little. Anna Sewell, the author, was a Norfolk girl. In my imagination every single black horse grazing in local pastures was a descendant of Beauty’s. The story is being bought to life on the stage of the Purcell Room at the Southbank.


Circus 1903

Larger than life elephants, bought to life by the War Horse puppeteers join a cast of acrobats, jugglers, trapeze artistes and contortionists to retreat the Golden Age of Circus. Circus 1903 is bringing the glamour of the golden age of Circus to the Southbank again after last years successful run.


Charles Dickens’ classic tale is bought to the stage at the Old Vic.  We’ve seen this production and it is by far the best version of A Christmas Carol that I have seen (and there have been a lot over the years).

  • WHERE: The Old Vic
  • WHEN: 27 November 2018 – 19 January 2019
  • AGES: 8+
  • PRICE: £12 – £67.50


Wiltons has taken A Christmas Carol and turned it on its head. Ebenezer Scrooge died young, his sister, Fan, married Marley and inherited the money lending business when he in turn died. She is a famous miser. Now the story telling can begin.


So popular is the Nutcracker that Tchaikovsky’s Sugar Plum fairies twinkly their way across two London stages this Christmas.  At the London Coliseum the English National Ballet return with a production that we have loved in Christmases past. If you have young balletomanes then there is a special children’s version put on by the Little Bird team at the Lilian Baylis studio at Sadlers Wells.

Nutcracker English National Ballet
  • WHERE: London Coliseum
  • WHEN: 11 December 2019 – 5 January 2020
  • AGES: 5+
  • PRICE: £7 – £80


Matthew Bourne has scatted is choreography magic on The Red Shoes. Originally Hans Christian Anderson story, then a Powell ad Pressburger movie from Hollywood’s golden era and now a ballet, the Red Shoes tells a story of one girls dream of being the best dancer in the world.


Not content with one Christmas ballet the Royal Opera House has two this year alternating on different days. Take your pick. If you can’t get to London then both Coppélia and Sleeping Beauty, as well as The Nutcracker will be showing in cinemas. Check on the Opera House website for dates.


Coppélia was the first ballet that we ever took the then junior CWs too, we’ve been to lots since so they plainly enjoyed it. It helps that Coppélia is funny. Toymaker makes realistic life-size doll, local boy falls in love with the doll, boys girlfriend annoyed so pretends to to be the doll. Always enchanting and always fun.

  • WHERE: Royal Opera House
  • WHEN: 28 November 2019 – 7 January 2020
  • AGE: 7+
  • PRICE: £5 – £120

A princess is born and her parents omit to ask the bad fairy to be her godmother. A curse is put on the infant princess and she duly pricks her finger and falls asleep for a long, long time until woken by a handsome prince. This production of Tchaikovsy’s ballet is a revival of the great Ninette de Valois version from 70 years ago. It should be spectacular.

  • WHERE: Royal Opera House
  • WHEN: 7 November 2019 – 16 January 2020
  • AGE: 7+
  • PRICE: £8 – £145


Snowman Birmingham Repoertory

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas unless the Snowman was playing at the Peacock Theatre.  For the last 20 years Raymond Briggs’ tale of a boy and a magical snowman has taken up residence at the Peacock.  When the teens were younger we loved the Snowman.

  • WHERE: Peacock Theatre
  • WHEN: 21 November 2019 – 5 January 2020
  • AGES: 5+
  • PRICE: £18 – £48


  • WHERE: London Palladium
  • WHEN: 7 December 2019 – 12 January 2020
  • AGES: 3+
  • PRICE: £20 – £149.50

Pantomimes and the Palladium go hand in hand. This year the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is starring Paul O’Grady, Julian Clary, Matt Baker, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot.

Which London Christmas shows do you fancy? I’m really tempted by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Sleeping Beauty, Circus 1903 and The Red Shoes. Time to put the matter the Cultural Wednesday committee to see what Mr CW and the Teens think.

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


  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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