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18 Theatre shows for Kids/ Families during Christmas Break

Christmas break is round the corner. There are so many Christmas pantomimes and theatre performances happening during London at the moment. You can take kids to the theatre on a family day out.  See below the best London family shows and kids theatre for all ages.


1. The Snowman 2021  

The Snowman continues to enchant audiences with a captivating mix of dance, live music, storytelling, spectacle and magic.  Delighting audiences for 23 years, this magical stage adaption of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved book, and the film directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates, has transported a generation of children and their families into the wintery wonderland of a boy and a snowman that comes to life.

Location: Peacock Theatre, Holborn  (Portugal St, London WC2A 2HT)
Prices from: £18
Timing: 1 hr 45 mins

2. Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever 

Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig – it’s going to be her best day ever! Get ready for a road-trip full of fun adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more!

Location: Theatre Royal Haymarket (18 Suffolk St, London SW1Y 4HT)
Prices from: £15.50
Timing: 1 hr 20 mins

3. Operation Ouch! Live On Stage 

TV’s favourite doctors return to the West End this December with a brand new show! Following three sell-out Australian tours, and a smash hit season in London’s West End, Dr Chris and Dr Xand can not wait to perform at The Lyric Theatre. This brilliant show will be packed with all-new crazy experiments and amazing facts, as the doctors explore the fascinating world of biology and show you the incredible things your body can do. Plus, they’ll share the best bits from the award-winning TV show, Operation Ouch!

Location: Lyric Hammersmith Theatre  (Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL)
Prices from: £27
Timing: 1 hr 10 mins

4. Gangsta Granny (5+ years)

Olivier Award-nominated show.  From the acclaimed producers of Billionaire Boy and Awful Auntie comes the award-winning West End production of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.

Location: Bloomsbury Theatre  (15 Gordon St, London WC1H 0AH)
Prices from: £30
Timing: 2 hr 15 mins

5. Life Of Pi  (8+ years)

Based on one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction – winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide – and featuring breath-taking puppetry and state-of-the-art visuals, Life Of Pi is a universally acclaimed, smash hit adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope.  The Sheffield Theatres production of Life of Pi won big at the 2019 UK Theatre Awards, winning Best New Play, Best Director and Best Design as well as Best Actor in a Play for Hiran Abeysekera.

Location: Wyndham's Theatre  (Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA)
Prices from: £28.80
Timing: 2 hr 05 mins

6. The Tiger Who Came to Tea   (3+ years)

Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award-nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is back at artsdepot for Christmas! A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the book by Judith Kerr.   Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. Don’t miss this stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem... expect to be surprised!

Location: Pentland Theatre  (5 Nether St, London N12 0GA)
Prices from: £9
Timing: 55 mins

7. The Bolds at Unicorn Theatre   (6+ years)

With live music, songs and adventures​, this brand new Christmas show revels in the joy of being anything but ordinary. ​ The Bolds are just like you and me. They live in an ordinary house in an ordinary street, and they love to laugh. But there’s one slight difference… They’re hyenas!

Location: Weston Theatre, Barbican
Prices from: £12
Timing: 2 hours

8. Wolf Witch Giant Fairy   (5+ years)

Wolf Witch Giant Fairy, a wild folk opera of music, mischief and magic, is a new collaboration between The Royal Opera and the always innovative Little Bulb, who return to the Linbury Theatre in this new family-friendly show for Christmas.  In the far-away land of fairy tales is a magical wood full of fantastical creatures, enchanted folk and tall pines stretching as far as the eye can see. Here, the trees see wonders as numerous as their branches – lovers in peril, witches on broomsticks, wolves in disguise… you never know what you might find. We all know the famous fairy tales and how they end... or do we?

Location: Linbury Theatre (35-36 Bow St, London WC2E 9DD)
Prices from: £4 - 35
Timing: 1 hour and 05 mins

9.  Circus 1903  (3+ years)

From the producers of one of the world’s biggest magic shows, The Illusionists, the turn-of-the-century Circus 1903 promises heart-stopping, jaw-dropping spectacle in abundance. Expect acrobats, contortionists, trapeze artists, a death-defying high-wire act and sensational life-sized elephants, created by the puppeteers behind War Horse.

Circus 1903 is suitable for families, however we do ask you to promise us that you won’t try to recreate any of the more dangerous stunts at home; no matter how tempted you are. All this entertainment is packaged into a show with a gorgeous vintage feel, inspired by the classic circuses of the turn-of-the-century era. And there’s great news if you’re lucky enough to have experienced the thrill of Circus 1903 already: there are new acts included for 2021.

Location: Royal Festival Hall (Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX)
Prices from: £22.30
Timing: 2 hour and 30 mins

10.  Matilda The Musical  (6+ years)

Matilda The Musical, Roald Dahl’s much-loved tale of an extraordinary child with hideous parents, is the globally renowned stage show from Tim Minchin and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The longest running production to play at the Cambridge Theatre in history, it is the winner of 99 international awards, including 24 for Best Musical. Matilda The Musical has been seen by millions of people worldwide, including London, Australia, New Zealand and on tour in North America.

Location: Cambridge Theatre, Earlham St, London, WC2H 9HU
Prices from: £22.80
Timing: 2 hour and 35 mins

11.  Disney’s Frozen  (6+ years)

Disney’s Frozen – the beloved animated film that always gives us chills –  has finally arrived in the West End to much fanfare. With incredible special effects, jaw-dropping scenery, and all the songs you know and love, it’s going to be an unmissable experience that will stay with you long after the curtain falls.

Location: Drury Lane, Theatre Royal, Catherine St, London, WC2B 5JF
Prices from: £27.80
Timing: 2 hour and 30 mins

12.  Disney’s The Lion King  (6+ years)

Disney’s The Lion King is the much-loved musical stage adaptation of the hugely successful animated film. Disney’s award-winning musical is now in its 20th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre, having entertained over 15 million theatregoers and become the West End’s sixth longest-running musical of all time.

Location: Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington St, London, WC2E 7RQ
Prices from: £27.80
Timing: 2 hour and 30 mins

13.  Disney On Ice  (5+ years)

As part of the magical experience, several Disney On Ice shows feature special effects, including a safe theatrical fog, strobe lights and dazzling special effects. We recommend contacting for specific details about the show you are attending.

Location: O2 London
Prices from: £33
Timing: 2 hours

14.  The Prince Of Egypt  (7+ years)

Experience the epic emotion, soaring music and breathtaking dance of the “massive new stage show” (Time Out) from multi Grammy® and Academy Award®-winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell). Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever.

Location: Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Rd, London, W1T 7AQ
Prices from: £22.30
Timing: 2 hours 40 mins

15.  Aladdin  (8+ years)

Originally scheduled for 2020, Lyric Hammersmith‘s much-awaited panto is now planning to open this year!  This festive family adventure follows Aladdin on his quest for true love, fortune and (maskless) hugs with his nearest and dearest. Expect the usual Lyric twist on all of your favourite characters as well as live music, magic lamps, plenty of laughs and a journey to a far away land.  Award-winning comedian, actress and composer Vikki Stone returns to write her debut pantomime for the Lyric following critically acclaimed appearances as Abanazar in the 2016 production of Aladdin and Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk in 2017.

Location: Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square King St, London, W6 0QL
Prices from: £17.80
Timing: 1 hours 35 mins

16.  Pantoland At The Palladium 

This Christmas the greatest entertainer on earth Donny Osmond and ultimate pantomime star Julian Clary will take you on a magical trip to Pantoland at The Palladium. The home of pantomime will welcome back Palladium panto favourites Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot as well as the return of some past stars of the Palladium’s festive treat including West End sensations Jac Yarrow and Sophie Isaacs.

Location: London Palladium, 8 Argyll St, London, W1F 7TF
Prices from: £27.80
Timing: 2 hours 15 mins

17.  Potted Panto  

7 Classic Pantos in 70 mins. The Olivier Award nominated festive celebration Potted Panto is back for five weeks only.  In a madcap ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from the wonderful world of pantomime, our dastardly double act dash from rubbing Aladdin’s lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington’s London and making sure that Cinderella gets to the Ball.

Location: Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Rd, London, WC2H 0HH
Prices from: £22.80
Timing: 1 hours 10 mins


18.  Magic Circle Christmas Show   (7+)

Take the festive season to another level and experience one of the true highlights of the magical year. Magicians and variety performers from around the world will bewilder and astound you in an action packed show in our own theatre. Grab a drink beforehand and enjoy some fun close-up magic in the club room and elsewhere, and explore our fabulous building and museum, jam packed with artefacts and memorabilia.

Location: The Magic Circle 12 Stephenson Way, Euston St, London NW1 2HD
Prices from: £10 - 40

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