Best family Christmas shows in Edinburgh in 2019

Best family Christmas shows in Edinburgh in 2019

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Festival Theatre, The Playhouse, The Lyceum, King's Theatre and more are getting festive

As the frosty mornings roll in and mince pies fill the shelves of supermarkets, Edinburgh's theatres are preparing to get festive too. Many annual pantos return and touring productions, like the CBeebies Christmas show and the hit musical The Grinch, come to town to deliver some holiday cheer this Christmas. Here's five of the best family shows to catch in Edinburgh this autumn/winter season.

CBeebies Christmas: Hansel & Gretel

This year's CBeebies Christmas show is set to be recorded in the heart of Edinburgh. It's the story kids know and love with a CBeebies twist. Many of CBeebies' most popular actors and presenters make up the cast for this live recording of their annual Christmas show.
Hansel & Gretel runs from Sat 26 Oct & Sun 27 Oct at the Festival Theatre.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical

It's everybody's favourite Christmas grump! Dr. Seuss' most unlikeably-likable character comes to Edinburgh this November where he will discover there is more to Christmas than he thought. A magnificent set provides the perfect wintry backdrop for this joyful musical production based on the best-selling book.
The Grinch runs from Tue 26 Nov–Sun 1 Dec at the Festival Theatre.

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

A Scots-centric adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous Christmas tale. Dickens was inspired by the city and so Tony Cownie's adaptation brings the famous festive story back to the place of its birth with a guest appearance from Greyfriars Bobby.
An Edinburgh Christmas Carol from 28 Nov–4 Jan at the Lyceum.

Best family Christmas shows in Edinburgh in 2019

King's Panto: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The King's Theatre panto returns to give Goldilocks' tale the comedy treatment. Gillian Parkhouse, Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott are back for a circus-inspired retelling. Joining them this year in his first King's Panto is River City's Jordan Young.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears runs from Sat 30 Nov–Sun 19 Jan at the King's Theatre.

The Lion King

It may not be a snow-filled savannah but it is one of the biggest musicals of all time and it's coming to Edinburgh for the only Scottish dates of a UK-wide tour this festive period. Julie Taymor's musical version of the epic Disney animation has been so popular in Scotland the run has been extended until March 2020.
The Lion King runs from Thu 5 Dec 2019–Sun 29 Mar 2020 at The Edinburgh Playhouse.

Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

The record-setting New York Christmas sensation tours ahead of a Christmas season at The Lowry. The musical version is narrated from the persepective of Max the dog and features songs 'You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch' and 'Welcome Christmas'.

The Lowry, Salford

Tue 10 Dec

Lyric Theatre

£23.50–£85 / 08432 086000

Wed 11 Dec

Lyric Theatre

£23.50–£85 / 08432 086000

Thu 12 Dec

Lyric Theatre

£23.50–£85 / 08432 086000

…and 19 more dates until 5 Jan 2020

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

Revisit the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, with a special guest appearance by Edinburgh's own Greyfriars Bobby.

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Sun 8 Dec

Times vary / £20–£32 (Preview £10; Children £12–£20) / 0131 248 4848

Mon 9 Dec

Times vary / £20–£32 (Preview £10; Children £12–£20) / 0131 248 4848

Tue 10 Dec

Times vary / £20–£32 (Preview £10; Children £12–£20) / 0131 248 4848

…and 25 more dates until 4 Jan 2020

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

Tue 10 Dec

£27 / 0844 412 4655

Wed 11 Dec

£27 / 0844 412 4655

Fri 13 Dec

£27 / 0844 412 4655

…and 20 more dates until 12 Jan 2020

The Lion King

  • Directed by: Julie Taymor
  • Written by: Roger Allers, Elton John (music), Tim Rice (lyrics), Mark Mancina (music & lyrics), Lebo M (music & lyrics), Hans Zimmer (music & lyrics), Julie Taymor (lyrics), Irene Mecchi

Julie Taymor's puppet-powered stage version of Disney's spectacular tale of a dead king and an errant son is a feast of exuberant theatre for the whole family, with show-stopping visual effects, gripping drama and plenty of laughs.

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Tue 10 Dec

£20–£95 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 11 Dec

£20–£95 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 12 Dec

£20–£95 / 0844 871 3014

…and 48 more dates until 9 Feb 2020

Lyceum Theatre, London WC2E

Tue 10 Dec

£20–£245 / 0844 871 3000

Wed 11 Dec

£20–£245 / 0844 871 3000

Thu 12 Dec

£20–£245 / 0844 871 3000

…and 56 more dates until 16 Feb 2020

Palace Theatre, Manchester

Mon 1 Jun 2020

£25–£59 / 0844 847 2275

CBeebies Christmas Show: Hansel & Gretel

  • UK
  • 1h 14min
  • U

Special Christmas show from CBeebies.