Best Christmas Shows & Pantomimes in London 2020

The West End has a long history of providing the best Christmas entertainment in London for all the family, from side-splitting pantomimes to uplifting plays.

Although family favourites such as The Snowman have been postponed in 2020, there’s still plenty of Christmas shows to spread holiday cheer.

Keep your eyes peeled below for our top picks for Christmas theatre in London this year.
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol at Dominion Theatre, London

A Christmas Carol

The world's best-loved Christmas Story is coming to the Dominion Theatre in a musical concert spectacular! The timeless tale of a bitter miser being shown the error of his way by three spirits on Christmas Eve continues to move and delight people in various forms every festive season. This musical adaptation was a staple of the New York calendar, playing at Madison Square Garden every year from 1994-2003. In this production, Brian Conley (9 to 5) plays Scrooge.

Perfect For: Practically anyone can enjoy this vibrant musical retelling of a classic Christmas story. It is perfect for spreading some Christmas cheer to your family these holidays.
2 reviews
Nutcracker Delights
Nutcracker Delights at London Coliseum, London

Nutcracker Delights

London Coliseum’s The Nutcracker is a decades old Christmas favourite, and in 2020 it returns to the stage in a short but sweet COVID secure version for families. Nutcracker Delights is an adventure through the ballet’s most beloved moments, from Clara’s first encounters in the Land of Snow through to the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Featuring the beautiful costumes and warming music of the full-length ballet, this special 2020 production keeps an enchanting tradition alive.

Perfect For: Families and ballet fans who want a traditional, whimsical Christmas theatre experience.
Potted Panto
Potted Panto at Garrick Theatre, London

Potted Panto

Pantomime season in London might look a little different this year, but Dan and Jeff’s Potted Panto at the Garrick Theatre more than makes up for it, with seven festive favourites packed into 70 minutes! Dashing from Dick Whittington’s London to Cinderella’s royal ball, the comedy duo - best known to families from CBBC - cram as many fairytale characters as possible into this hilarious, mile-a-minute show.

Perfect For: Those aged 6 to 60 (and beyond) who enjoy the British pantomime tradition in all its forms.
From £20.00
4 reviews
Adam Kay: Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas
Adam Kay: Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas at Palace Theatre, London

Adam Kay: Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas

Comedian Adam Kay brings a festive set of stories to the Palace Theatre in December, paying tribute to the 1.4 million NHS workers who will be heading out to work this Christmas. The comedian and former junior doctor (best known for This Is Going To Hurt) will regale audiences with anecdotes about little miracles and songs about unexpected - and uncomfortable - gifts. This hilarious and moving Christmas show is a love letter to healthcare workers and provides a big dose of winter warmth.

Perfect For: Those who tune into holiday specials of Casualty and Holby City will laugh, cheer and sometimes squirm at these incredible true stories.
Death Drop
Death Drop at Garrick Theatre, London

Death Drop

RuPaul’s drag queens might not seem like your standard Christmas theatre choice, but new murder mystery Death Drop will definitely warm up audiences at the Garrick Theatre. With more twists and turns than a family game of Cluedo after Christmas dinner, Death Drop brings together Courtney Act, Monét X Change and more as they reveal their secrets and hunt down a killer on a glamorous party island.

Perfect For: This sassy murder mystery is best for those wanting something a little different from your standard Christmas pantomime or ballet.
3 reviews