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Family activities over the Christmas Holidays
- Rowena McIntosh
- 22 December 2017
Pantomimes, plays, craft activities and music to keep you entertained into the New Year
The Christmas holidays are here! A time for excessive mince pie consumption, Christmas specials on the telly and the board games you neglect the rest of the year. It's also a chance for some quality family time and although it's cold outside (come on, toughen ) it doesn't need to all be spent in the house. While most places are closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day there is still a whole host of activities that are Fantastic for Families over the winter break, including theatre shows, craft activities and music.
If you've a keen reader in the family why not take them to see an adaption of one of their favorite books. In Nottingham Black Beauty is an adaptation of the classic equestrian tale using puppetry and gentle comedy. How To Hide A Lion in Manchester brings Helen Stephens' magical tale of a young helping a lion find a hiding place to life with music and original songs. Scamp Theatre return with festive favourite Stick Man, adapted from Julia Donaldson's popular picture book about a stick man trying to get back to the family tree. See it in Birmingham, Milton Keynes or London.
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Christmas is a great time to get crafty, there is already glitter everywhere anyway. Norwich Puppet Theatre have a whole programme of creative activities for the family: make animals with attitude in Awesome Animals, craft a Robot or make a puppet who would live in a Frozen Forest, perhaps a robin, reindeer or a snow queen. In Wakefield the The Hepworth also has plenty of chances to get hands-on in your appreciation of art. Visit the art gallery and check out their Explore and Draw Station or Art Pods, where you can make something inspired by your favourite piece of art, or get stuck into some Feltmaking. Over in Belfast The MAC are running workshops where you can work as a family to create a Christmassy 3D maze in their aMAZEing Christmas Crafts.
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Christmas is panto season in theatres, with slapstick humour, lavish costumes and plenty of chances to call out 'he's behind you!' keeping young audiences captivated. Dick Whittington at London Palladium boasts an all-star cast with Julian Clary as Spirit of the Bells, Elaine Paige as Queen Rat and Ashley Banjo & Diversity as The Sultan and his Entourage. You're in good hands at York Theatre Royal with Berwick Kaler, the nation's longest running consecutive panto dame and in Liverpool a rock'n'roll version of The Little Mermaid swims into town, Lincoln Drill Hall take on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and Blackpool Grand Theatre stars Olivia Birchenough (Milkshake), JJ Hamblett (Union J) and Melanie Walters (Gavin and Stacey) in the classic rags-to-riches tale of Cinderella.
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For really young ones, the touring Bach to Babies is a critically acclaimed classical concert series for babies, toddlers and their carers. Enjoy music by top musicals while the tots can dance, roam and revel in the live music. Concerts take place across London and the South East. For those old enough to hold a tune get in the festive spirit at The MAC with their Holly Jolly Sing Along, where sleigh bells are provided, or head to The Sage Gateshead for a Big Family Festive Sing and Dance with the Early Years musicians.
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