Best Christmas family shows to see in London in 2019

Best Christmas family shows to see in London in 2019

Nativity! The Musical / credit: Richard Davenport

2019 comes to a close as Elf, The Snowman, Cinderella and The Snow Queen arrive in the capital

Christmas comes but once a year and with it a selection of smash-hit Christmas productions both touring and local to the UK's capital. Family-friendly shows coming to London in 2019 range from musical spectacular, reworked pantomimes and Childhood classics. Here's the best family Christmas shows to see in London this festive season.


The Snowman

Based on Raymond Brigg's much-loved children's book and featuring Howard Blake's classic song 'Walking In The Air', this enchanting live show continues to thrill audiences year after year. One magical Christmas Eve a boy's snowman comes to life and the two take to the skies for an adventure during which they meet Father Christmas and his reindeer, dance with penguins and plenty more.
The Snowman runs from Thu 21 Nov–Sun 5 Jan at the Peacock Theatre.

Cinderella

Lyric Theatre love to put on a panto every Christmas and this year bring Cinderella's world to the city. There will be glass slippers, a wicked stepmother, ugly stepsisters, pumpkins and mice as expected but this old tale will be told with Lyric Theatre's signature twists and turns worked in.
Cinderella runs from Sat 23 Nov–Sat 18 Jan 2020 at the Lyric Theatre.

Cinderella – The Rockin' Panto

It's the classic story of Cinderella with a musical twist! This pantomime party is suitable for all ages including hits like 'It's Raining Men', 'Downtown', 'Rock Around The Clock' and 'Shake A Tail Feather' among a long list of others to help tell the tale of Cinderella.
Cinderella – The Rockin' Panto runs from Sat 30 Nov–Sun 5 Jan at the Artsdepot in North Finchley.

The Snow Queen

Hans Christian Andersen's beloved story of friendship, love and self-realisation has been adapted for the stage by Olivier Award-winning company Julie Clare Productions (Peter Pan). Join Gerda on her epic journey through the seasons to save her best friend Cei.
The Snow Queen runs from Wed 4 Dec–Sat 4 Jan at the Park Theatre.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The star-studded panto of the 2019 festive season lands at the Palladium to retell the tale of Goldilocks' misadventures. Paul O'Grady, Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and Matt Baker take center stage in a show filled with riotous comedy routines, extraordinary special effects, hair-raising stunts and circus acts.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears runs from Sat 7 Dec–Sun 12 Jan at the London Palladium.

Nativity: The Musical

Adapted for the stage from the much-loved 2009 film this production is a sure-fire win for adults and kids and follows the story of a failed-actor-turned-primary-school-teacher who is given the task of directing the school's Nativity play. Celebrity stars include Sharon Osbourne, Danny and Dani Dyer, Rylan Clark-Neal and Simon Lipkin.
Nativity: The Musical runs from Wed 11–Sun 29 Dec at the Eventim Apollo.

Elf: A Christmas Spectacular

The smash-hit Broadway musical based on the hit film starring Will Ferrell arrives in town this Christmas. Join Buddy the Elf on his journey from Santa's Grotto to New York where he searches for his father. Across three stages the show features a giant 30 foot-tall Christmas tree, a flying sleigh and stunt work from skilled performers. The show stars Coronation Street actress and singer Kym Marsh, EastEnders star Shaun Williamson (Barry Evans) and comedy actor Tam Ryan.
Elf: A Christmas Spectacular runs from Sat 21 Dec–Sun 22 Dec at The SSE Arena in Wembley.

Cinderella

The Lyric's Christmas panto.

Lyric Hammersmith, London W6

Thu 19 Dec

£29–£52 / 020 8741 6850

Tue 24 Dec

£29–£52 / 020 8741 6850

Fri 27 Dec

£29–£52 / 020 8741 6850

…and 7 more dates until 5 Jan 2020

Cinderella: The Rockin' Panto

The tale of Cinderella with a rock and roll twist.

Artsdepot, London N12

Thu 12 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 020 8369 5454

Fri 13 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 020 8369 5454

Sat 14 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 020 8369 5454

…and 17 more dates until 5 Jan 2020

Elf: A Christmas Spectacular

The hilarious tale of Buddy, a human raised by elves after he is unknowingly transported back to the North Pole with Santa, who ventures to New York City to find his long-lost father. Starring David Essex as Buddy's father, Tam Ryan as Buddy and Martine McCutcheon as Jovie.

3Arena, Dublin

Sat 28 Dec

€35–€55

Sun 29 Dec

€35–€55

The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Sat 14 Dec

£37.50–£49.50 / 0141 248 3000

Sun 15 Dec

£37.50–£49.50 / 0141 248 3000

The SSE Arena, Wembley

Sat 21 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 815 0815

Sun 22 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 815 0815

Mon 23 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 815 0815

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Enter a world of wonder at the home of pantomime, as the magical Goldilocks and the Three Bears come to the West End for Christmas! Following last year’s sold-out production of Snow White, for five weeks only the iconic London Palladium will be transformed into a sensational circus, where everything is possible and…

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 7 Jan 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 8 Jan 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 9 Jan 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…and 9 more dates until 19 Jan 2020

London Palladium, W1F

Thu 12 Dec

£27 / 0844 412 4655

Fri 13 Dec

£27 / 0844 412 4655

Tue 24 Dec

£27 / 0844 412 4655

…and 16 more dates until 12 Jan 2020

Nativity! The Musical

A sing-a-long Christmas musical based on the popular Christmas comedy.

Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London W6

Thu 12 Dec

£116.50 / 0844 249 4300

Fri 13 Dec

£116.50 / 0844 249 4300

Sat 14 Dec

£116.50 / 0844 249 4300

…and 12 more dates until 29 Dec

The Snow Queen

Join Gerda on her epic journey through the seasons to save her best friend Cei before she loses him to endless Winter. With the help of bickering flowers, nasty teachers, snowball fights, confused Princes and Princesses and Bae the talking Reindeer, they might both be ready to grow up after all.

Park Theatre, London N4

Thu 12 Dec

PARK200

£14–£32.50 (Children £15–£30) / 020 7870 6876

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7870 6876

Fri 13 Dec

PARK200

£14–£32.50 (Children £15–£30) / 020 7870 6876

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7870 6876

Sat 14 Dec

PARK200

£14–£32.50 (Children £15–£30) / 020 7870 6876

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7870 6876

…and 17 more dates until 4 Jan 2020

The Snowman

Festive performance based on the book by Raymond Briggs about a boy whose snowman comes to life.

Peacock Theatre, London WC2A

Thu 12 Dec

£43.70–£51.75 / 0844 412 4322

Fri 13 Dec

£43.70–£51.75 / 0844 412 4322

Sat 14 Dec

£43.70–£51.75 / 0844 412 4322

…and 16 more dates until 5 Jan 2020

Perth Concert Hall

Wed 18 Dec

£29 / 01738 621031