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Edinburgh's Christmas Light Night

The capital's Christmas lights are switched on in unison, kicking off the official opening of all Edinburgh's Christmas attractions. Watch some dazzling fireworks and enjoy live music, with an estimated total 1,250 performers and Arlene Stuart from Forth Radio.

George Street, Edinburgh

Sun 23 Nov

Free

Part of Edinburgh's Christmas.

Polar The Titanic Bear

Listen to the adventures of the bear, based on a story originally written by Titanic survivor Daisy Corning Stone Spedden.

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool

Sat 27 Dec

Free / 0151 478 4499

Tue 30 Dec

Free / 0151 478 4499

Sun 11 Jan 2015

Free / 0151 478 4499

…and 3 more dates until 20 Feb 2015

Room on the Broom

  • Directed by: Olivia Jacobs
  • Written by: Toby Mitchell (adapt)

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children with stories of witches, cats, dogs, birds and frogs. Ages 3+.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Wed 28 Jan 2015

£12 / 0121 236 4455

Fri 30 Jan 2015

£12 / 0121 236 4455

Sun 1 Feb 2015

£12 / 0121 236 4455

Grand Opera House, York

Mon 26 Jan 2015

£13 / 0844 871 3024

Tue 27 Jan 2015

£13 / 0844 871 3024

Grand Theatre, Swansea

Mon 9 Feb 2015

£12 / 01792 475715

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Santa's Christmas Party

Some say the best part of Christmas time is the look of excitement on the faces of children as they anticipate the arrival of the big man himself. Well, as he does every year, Santa will be taking part in a pre-season warm-up event at Topgolf.

Topgolf Game Centre, Chigwell

Sat 13 Dec

£12

Sun 14 Dec

£12

Topgolf Surrey, Addlestone

Sat 13 Dec

£12

Sun 14 Dec

£12

Topgolf Watford

Sat 13 Dec

£12

Sun 14 Dec

£12

Style Mile Christmas Parade

Heralding the launch of the festive shopping season a gang of street performers lead a Christmas procession through the streets of Glasgow. The parade starts at St Enoch square, heads up the Style Mile and finishes outside Glasgow Royal Concert Hall steps with a series of performances.

St Enoch Square, Glasgow

Sun 23 Nov

Free

Part of Glasgow Loves Christmas.

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Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool

Sun 23 Nov

Free / 0151 478 4499

The Magic Paintbrush: Theatre Peckham (Over 3s)

In this colourful, exciting production of an old Chinese tale, the talented children of Theatre Peckham's performing arts programme join with professional actors to produce a marvellous, musical tale of magic.

Canada Water Culture Space, London SE16

Sat 6 Dec

£10 Gala Event; £9 (Children £7) / 020 8692 4446

Sat 13 Dec

£10 Gala Event; £9 (Children £7) / 020 8692 4446

Sat 20 Dec

£10 Gala Event; £9 (Children £7) / 020 8692 4446

Stick Man

  • Directed by: Sally Cookson
  • Written by: Benji Bower (music)

A show about a family of stick people. Presented by Scamp Theatre. Ages 3+.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Sun 23 Nov

£12–£19.50 ( £50–£60) / 0844 545 8252

  • 14:00 Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London

Sat 29 Nov

£12–£19.50 ( £50–£60) / 0844 545 8252

  • 12:15 Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London
  • 14:00 Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London

Sun 30 Nov

£12–£19.50 ( £50–£60) / 0844 545 8252

  • 12:15 Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London
  • 14:00 Stick Man Leicester Square Theatre, London
…and 16 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

The Lowry, Salford

Tue 26 May 2015

Quays

£13.50 / 0844 545 8252

Wed 27 May 2015

Quays

£13.50 / 0844 545 8252

Thu 28 May 2015

Quays

£13.50 / 0844 545 8252

…and 3 more dates until 31 May 2015

Robinson Crusoe: Seaton Delaval Pantomime Society

A swashbuckling adventure packed full of fabulous costumes, stunning special effects, an abundance of comedy along with plenty of audience participation.

Seaton Delaval Arts Centre, Whitley Bay

Sat 6 Dec

£9 (£8; Children £8; £30) / 0191 237 5460

Sun 7 Dec

£9 (£8; Children £8; £30) / 0191 237 5460

Sat 13 Dec

£9 (£8; Children £8; £30) / 0191 237 5460

Shakespeare Untold: The Convict's Tale

Four young lovers run into the woods and fall victim to mischievous sprites in a family-friendly re-interpretation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London SE1

Sat 17 Jan 2015

£15 / 020 7401 9919

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Santa's Dizzy Day: Imagine/Belgrade Theatre (Ages 2-6)

An interactive Christmas show for children, in which they sing songs, meet Santa, and hand him their Christmas letter before receiving a gift.

Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Thu 4 Dec

Green Room Bar

£9 / 01422 351158

Fri 5 Dec

Green Room Bar

£9 / 01422 351158

Sat 6 Dec

Green Room Bar

£9 / 01422 351158

The Woodville, Gravesend

Wed 10 Dec

£8.75–£12.75 / 01474 337774

Thu 11 Dec

£8.75–£12.75 / 01474 337774

Fri 12 Dec

£8.75–£12.75 / 01474 337774

…and 10 more dates until 24 Dec

Glasgow on Ice

A chance to perfect your pirouettes (or at least let go of the side) as George Square's open air ice rink returns for another year accompanied by non-stop music. There are funfair rides (including the return of the Big Wheel), free activities for families in the Christmas Workshop and themed nights on the rink.

George Square, Glasgow

Thu 27 Nov

£8–£12 (£6–£10; Children £6–£9; Family £29–£35)

Peppa Pig's Big Splash

All singing, all dancing puppet show with wee Peppa Pig and pals as they enjoy the rain and muddy puddles and try to fix the leaking nursery roof.

Criterion Theatre, London W1V

Tue 2 Dec

£11.50–£20 / 0844 847 1778

Thu 4 Dec

£11.50–£20 / 0844 847 1778

Fri 5 Dec

£11.50–£20 / 0844 847 1778

…and 18 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

Cinderella

Spillers Pantomimes present their take on the classic rags-to-riches fairy tale with song and dance routines a plenty.

Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre

Sat 29 Nov

£13.50–£14.50 / 01698 403120

Sun 30 Nov

£13.50–£14.50 / 01698 403120

Sat 6 Dec

£13.50–£14.50 / 01698 403120

…and 11 more dates until 29 Dec

Dinosaur Zoo

Dinosaurs aren't extinct! They're just hiding out on the other side of the world. Dinosaur Zoo takes its Jurassic creations on tour with an opportunity for children to get right up close.

Birmingham Hippodrome

Tue 10 Mar 2015

£12.50 / 0844 338 5000

Fri 13 Mar 2015

£12.50 / 0844 338 5000

Sun 15 Mar 2015

£12.50 / 0844 338 5000

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sun 23 Nov

Phone for prices / 023 8071 1811

New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Fri 20 Feb 2015

£13.50–£16 / 0844 871 7645

Sat 21 Feb 2015

£13.50–£16 / 0844 871 7645

Sun 22 Feb 2015

£13.50–£16 / 0844 871 7645

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt

  • Written by: Michael Rosen

ARC: Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees

Tue 9 Dec

£10 ( £35) / 01642 525199

Thu 11 Dec

£10 ( £35) / 01642 525199

Fri 12 Dec

£10 ( £35) / 01642 525199

…and 2 more dates until 14 Dec

The Hundred And One Dalmatians (Over 7s)

Join 101 members of the award-winning Chichester Festival Youth Theatre for a tail-wagging adventure in a new adaptation of this memorable classic.

Chichester Festival Theatre

Sat 20 Dec

£10–£25; £8.50 age 16-25 / 01243 781312

Sun 21 Dec

£10–£25; £8.50 age 16-25 / 01243 781312

Sat 27 Dec

£10–£25; £8.50 age 16-25 / 01243 781312

…and 2 more dates until 3 Jan 2015

Santa's Dizzy Day

Santa's Dizzy Day is a totally fun-packed experience for children, which will make them laugh, sing their favourite songs and get them to help Santa out of a tricky situation.

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Fri 5 Dec

£5–£10 / 02476 553055

Sat 6 Dec

£5–£10 / 02476 553055

Sun 7 Dec

£5–£10 / 02476 553055

…and 14 more dates until 21 Dec

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

Paul Holman Associates present a traditional family pantomime based on the famous and ever-popular fairy tale.

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

Tue 16 Dec

£7–£18.50 (£7–£15.50) / 01502 533200

Wed 17 Dec

£7–£18.50 (£7–£15.50) / 01502 533200

Thu 18 Dec

£7–£18.50 (£7–£15.50) / 01502 533200

…and 13 more dates until 3 Jan 2015

Stow Christmas Market

Christmas Market in the atmospheric setting of Stow Minster.

St Mary's Church, Lincoln

Sat 29 Nov

Free / 01427 788 335

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We're Going On A Bear Hunt

  • Directed by: Sally Cookson
  • Written by: Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen's award-winning book is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson's fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower's versatile lively score. Join our intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the…

Curve Theatre, Leicester

Tue 2 Dec

£12 / 0116 242 3595

Wed 3 Dec

£12 / 0116 242 3595

Thu 4 Dec

£12 / 0116 242 3595

…and 2 more dates until 6 Dec

Aladdin

  • Directed by: Gareth Tudor-Price
  • Written by: Ben Crocker

A family pantomime full of North Eastern promise. Chris Connel plays Widow Twankey, Matt McGoldrick is Aladdin and Paul Hartley the daft lad Wishee Washee. Neil Armstrong is wicked Abanazar and Christina Andrew the beautiful Princess Jasmine.

Gala, Durham

Fri 28 Nov

£8–£16.50 (£12.50–£14.50; £48–£56) / 0191 332 4041

Sat 29 Nov

£8–£16.50 (£12.50–£14.50; £48–£56) / 0191 332 4041

Sun 30 Nov

£8–£16.50 (£12.50–£14.50; £48–£56) / 0191 332 4041

…and 27 more dates until 3 Jan 2015

Cat Homing Show

Worthing & District Cats Protection.

Durrington Community Centre, Worthing

Sun 23 Nov

Free / 01903 268 287

Cinderella

A visually stunning pantomime in which local actor and presenter Joe Swash plays Buttons, and leading dames Antony Stuart-Hicks and Paul Leno are the Ugly Sisters. The supporting cast consists of a professional ensemble plus young talent from the Pauline Quirke Academy.

Harlow Playhouse

Sat 13 Dec

£10–£22 (£13–£19) / 01279 431945

Sun 14 Dec

£10–£22 (£13–£19) / 01279 431945

Mon 15 Dec

£10–£22 (£13–£19) / 01279 431945

…and 16 more dates until 4 Jan 2015

English National Ballet: The Nutcracker

  • Written by: Wayne Eagling

Journey back in time with English National Ballet to a frost-covered, gas-lit world and join Clara, her Nutcracker doll and the mysterious Drosselmeyer in this traditional, festive tale. This production will be English National Ballet's 10th interpretation of this classic that has been created by Artistic Director, Wayne…

London Coliseum, WC2N

Fri 12 Dec

£10–£79 / 0871 911 0200

Sat 13 Dec

£10–£79 / 0871 911 0200

Sun 14 Dec

£10–£79 / 0871 911 0200

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