Have you booked a Christmas Show yet? Now is the time to ponder what you would like to see.  I’ve been looking around to see what London Christmas Show 2017 has to offer.  Take a look at the list of shows that we’ve seen in the past or quite fancy this year.



London Christmas Shows 2017

Palladium, 9 December 2017 – 14 January 2018
All ages
Tickets £27.50 – £125

Star studded is the word for this production; Elaine Paige, Diversity, Gary Wilmot, Nigel Havers, Julian Clary will all be piling on the grease paint to tell the tale of Dick Whittington and his cat.


London Christmas Shows 2017

Royal Opera House, various dates 5 December 2017 – 10 Jan 2018 and screened live in cinemas 5 December 2017
Ages 5+
Tickets: £5 – £125, family package up to 2 full price adults can buy unto 4 half price children’s tickets

Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score is for many the ultimate Christmas ballet, so much so that there are two versions on offer in London this year.  In the past we have seen both productions this one at the Opera House has the most magnificent transformation scene where the Christmas tree grows before your eyes.  If you are unable to get into the centre of the London the Nutcracker is being shown live in cinemas across the country on 5 December 2017, click here to find a venue near you.


London Christmas Shows 2017

London Coliseum, 13 December 2017 – 6 January 2018
Age 5+
Tickets: £14 – 79 (up to two children under 16 can attend with every full paying adult)

Clara and her Nutcracker are also exploring the enchanted Land of Snow at the Coliseum.  If you have tiny balletomanes then the Coliseum has a special family friendly matinee production with no minimum age on 6 January 2018.


London Christmas Shows 2017

Sadlers Wells Theatre, 9 December 2017 – 27 January 2018
Age 5+
Tickets: £12 – 69, family ticket £190 (four tickets to include at least one child)

Matthew Bourne has taken Prokofiev’s score and set his dancers in the midst of the London blitz.  Cinderella meets her charming RAF pilot as London is subjected to the horrors of bombing.  Our boys have enjoyed all the ballet shows that we have taken them to over the years but the productions by Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures company have always been the favourites as they seem to have a far more muscular approach to dance.


London Christmas Shows 2017

Peacock Theatre, 23 November 2017 – 31 December 2017
All ages
Tickets: £15 – £36, family ticket £115 (four tickets including at least one child)

Every year for the last twenty years the Birmingham Repertory Company have taken up residence in the Peacock Theatre to put on their production of Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman.  So will there be The Snowman London 2017?  Of course there will!  It is a simply magical show and I defy you not to cry as Walking in the Air plays at the shows climax.


London Christmas Shows 2017

Royal Festival Hall, 18 December 2017 – 4 January 2018
Age 8+
Tickets: £20 – £105

If clowns are your thing then Slava’s Snowshow is for you. Slava Polunin is the Artistic Director of the St Petersburg Circus and he leads a troupe of clowns in this show of clowning and spectacle.


London Christmas Shows 2017

Old Vic Theatre, 18 November 2017 – 20 January 2018
Age 11+
Tickets: £12 – £125

Rhys Ifans stars in this new production of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic.  The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and tiny Tim is the show that we have paid our money for this year.  Rhys Ifans A Christmas Carol, what’s not to like?


London Christmas Shows 2017

Lyric Theatre, 22 November 2017 – 7 January 2018
Age 3+
Tickets: £15 – £23, family tickets £66 (admits four)

One for the younger children, I confess that I was so excited when the Gruffalo’s Child was first published that I had it on pre-order.  It makes me a little sad that the teens would probably not consider seeing The Gruffalo’s Child Lyric Theatre show.  Does anybody have a little one that I could borrow for the afternoon, this would be my kids Christmas show of choice.

Are you hoping to see any London Christmas shows 2017 (or anywhere else) this year?  This is not an exhaustive list by a long stretch.  Theatre tickets are available for lots of other top shows, indeed research for this post has made me wish that there was more time (and money) available to see all the Christmas shows in London 2017!


London Christmas Shows 2017

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  1. pigeonpairandme
    August 31, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Two Nutcrackers! Now I’m getting excited….amazing how quickly we can switch from summer to Christmas mode, isn’t it. I looked into booking a visit to see Santa today, for my two! #CulturedKids

    • Catherine
      August 31, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      Now that is organised wherd will Santa be?

  2. annette @afrenchcollection
    September 1, 2017 / 7:52 am

    The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House would be my choice. I wonder just what a 5£ ticket buys you though? There is certainly a wide range of ticket prices.

    • Catherine
      September 1, 2017 / 7:55 am

      I suspect that you would be very high up with an obscured view. When we went we went for the very top (cheapest) tier in seats with full views and it didn’t break the bank

  3. September 1, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Oh wow Gruffalo’s child will be brilliant! I must admit I personally would love to see Dick Whittington though, brings back memories of watching it as a kid. Thanks for hosting #culturedkids.

    • Catherine
      September 1, 2017 / 8:17 am

      I quite fancy Dick Whittington too!

  4. September 1, 2017 / 8:49 am

    I really don’t want to think of the winter and cold yet, but this is a great list! We’ve only read the first Gruffalo book so far, but Gruffalo’s Child looks like a show our 4-year old would enjoy. #culturedkids

    • Catherine
      September 1, 2017 / 9:21 am

      Definitely one for 4 year olds

  5. September 1, 2017 / 8:56 am

    Rhys Ifans in Christmas Carol – holy wow I would come to London in Christmas for that! And the Nutcracker – I’m the hugest fan and would love to see it there. Great list! Cheers from Copenhagen – where all the plays are in Danish. Doh. But of course. Luckily ballet is a universal language. #CulturedKids

    • Catherine
      September 1, 2017 / 9:22 am

      Ballet and Opera always a good bet when you don’t speak the language!

  6. September 1, 2017 / 9:36 am

    Wow, so much choice! I have fond memories of visiting Christmas shows in Edinburgh with my parents as a kid, though there was usually just one plus a panto. The panto for this year is almost booked up, crazy!

    • Catherine
      September 1, 2017 / 9:57 am

      I know the first year we decided to take the boys we left it way to late to get tickets

  7. September 1, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Posts like this make me miss life in the UK even more 🙁 #culturedkids

  8. Trish @ Mum's Gone To
    September 1, 2017 / 11:46 am

    I remember seeing The Snowman with my boy when he was about three. Lovely to know it’s still a mainstay of Christmas shows in London.

  9. September 1, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    Oh I want to see them all! I’ve watched The Nutcracker a few times and really love it. I’d like to take the kids to see The Gruffalo’s Child I think.

  10. September 1, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    Oh I’m definitely not ready to think about Christmas. I’m still soaking in the last bit of summer. But I absolutely love the Nutcracker. I had a video recording of the Nutcracker when I was a kid and I completely wore the tape out because I watched it so much. That adaptation of Cinderella also looks interesting to me as I love both fairytales and World War II history. #CulturedKids

  11. September 1, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    It feels a bit too early for pantomimes but I have to say I LOVE THE SNOW SHOW. Did I make that clear enough 🙂 Saw it as a student in Glasgow, then waited about a decade for it to visit Aberdeen which it’s done once. Once isn’t enough as I LOVE THE SNOW SHOW and want to take my kids. #culturedkids

  12. September 1, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    Great inspiration. I love the Snowman so would like to see that this year and the Nutcracker sounds amazing! We’ve seen the Gruffalo three times so I think it’s the Gruffalo Child’s turn! This will help me ease into autumn a bit easier!! Thanks! #culturedkids

  13. Susanna Bavin
    September 1, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Such wonderful shows to choose from. The Nutcracker sounds just amazing.

  14. September 2, 2017 / 8:17 am

    After watching a very amateur dramatic panto in my village earlier this year, I quite fancy the star studded Dick Whittington! My son loved the Snowman a couple of years ago and I enjoyed the Matthew Bourne’s take on Cinderella. I also quite fancy seeing Stickman which is doing the rounds between now and January (although my husband gets a bit upset by it..!). #culturedkids

    • Catherine
      September 2, 2017 / 10:03 am

      Stickman was after our picture book years, will go and investigate!

  15. September 3, 2017 / 9:27 am

    I didn’t there was a Gruffalo’s Child stage show! How exciting! #CultureKids

    • Catherine
      September 3, 2017 / 9:28 am

      It’s new, glad to be of service!

  16. September 5, 2017 / 9:41 am

    To heck with the kids, I want to see the lot! Thanks heaps for this, really helpful for us booking for when we’re over. I’m thinking Nutcracker and Dick Whittington at the very least. A Christmas Carol would be fab too.

    • Catherine
      September 5, 2017 / 9:42 am

      By happy chance learnt yesterday that the set text for GCSE is Christmas Carol

  17. September 19, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    Who doesn’t love Christmas, such a wonderful time of the year. This is a great post Catherine with all the relevant information regarding the shows. Pity I’m all the way in Australia!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Catherine
      September 19, 2017 / 2:49 pm

      Maybe I should pop over and write one for where you are! Happy to travel

  18. September 19, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Ah it’s always so great to see something festive in London but TWO nutcrackers is amazing! The Nutcracker is my favourite so I’ll definitely try to see one #citytripping

    • Catherine
      September 19, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      We have seen both over the years and they both excellent

  19. September 20, 2017 / 2:19 am

    We’ll be going to see A Christmas Carol performed inside Windsor Castle, which I am very excited about! I’d love to see the show at the Old Vic, but with so many things on our agenda already I’m afraid I won’t have time. #citytripping

    • Catherine
      September 20, 2017 / 7:23 am

      A Christmas Carol at Windsor Castle sounds amazing

      • September 20, 2017 / 2:53 pm

        I’m thinking it will be! 😃 fingers crossed!

  20. September 21, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    I am so not ready for Christmas – but this is enough to get me a bit excited. Would love to see the Nutcracker (a Nutcracker at least!) Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

    • Catherine
      September 21, 2017 / 4:40 pm

      Other than our show tickets I have done nothing, it is months away!

    • Catherine
      September 22, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      Enjoy! There are so many good shows!

  21. September 25, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    I have always wanted tosee those shows! So beautiful!

  22. September 25, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    Can’t quite get my head around Christmas yet! A great selection of Christmas delights. Boys would love the pantomime, me the Nutcracker ballet #culturedkids

  23. September 27, 2017 / 6:36 am

    They all look amazing, so many great shows to see. I’m not keen on panto but I’d happily see any of the others. I’m hoping to take Freya to another My First… show again this year (although it will be her second). #CulturedKids

  24. November 23, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    The first year we moved abroad we took the kids to London for Christmas – what a magical Christmas that was. Just gorgeous. Next time – Christmas shows!

    • Catherine
      November 25, 2017 / 10:36 pm

      It is so hard to find time to pack everything in at Christmas time

  25. vdaltonbanks
    November 24, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    What a fab round up! I absolutely love The Nutcracker, such a special one. And we loved Slava’s too. I think I’d like to see Cinderella this year though! #farawayfiles

    • Catherine
      November 25, 2017 / 10:38 pm

      I love the New Adventures ballet productions they are always so good

  26. November 25, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    The Nutcracker is always a favourite and I had a lovely time a couple of years ago taking a God daughter to see The Snowman, but like you this year it has to be A Christmas Carol for me. #FarawayFiles

    • Catherine
      November 25, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      We have just got back from seeing A Christmas Carol and it is fantastic

  27. November 26, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    So many wonderful Christmas shows to choose from in London. I’d love to see A Christmas Carol. Here in New York we have two main shows – the Nutcracker and the Rockettes (among some other shows including Elf the Musical). We usually alternate between the two but this year are saving some money and heading to the Big Apple Circus instead ;)). Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

    • Clare Thomson
      November 27, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      I just love The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House. It’s always such a special production in an amazing venue. I’d love to see A Christmas Carol this year too. Fabulous list of Christmassy treats for #FarawayFiles

  28. November 30, 2017 / 9:05 am

    We are heading to Gruffalo’s child on Sunday and we are sooo looking forward! Lovely collection Catherine, pinning onto my Xmas in London board 😉

    • Catherine
      November 30, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Thank you! I can’t wait to hear about the Gruffalo’s Child

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