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Best Christmas Shows & Pantomimes in London 2021

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.

With theatres set to reopen this summer and brush away the lockdown cobwebs, we're expecting some fantastic announcements for Christmas shows over the coming months.

Whether it's classics like The Snowman returning to spread holiday cheer, or a warming new family favourite to greet the festive season, keep your eyes peeled below for our top picks for Christmas theatre in London this year.
The Nutcracker London
The Nutcracker London

The Nutcracker

Start a new Christmas tradition for your family with a trip to see the English National Ballet’s most beloved annual show. Featuring stunning costumes and set design, beautiful dances and Tchaikovsky's heart-stopping music, this enchanting story about a young girl’s adventures in the Land of Snow delivers a sprinkle of wintry joy.

Perfect For: Families looking for a magical, traditional Christmas treat - this is London’s quintessential festive show that audiences return to again and again.
from £18.00
Opens December 2021
save £18.00
The Snowman London
The Snowman London

The Snowman

Soar into a magical winter wonderland with the West End's most beloved family Christmas show. The Snowman has been keeping audiences warm at the Peacock Theatre for over 20 years, offering an irresistible combination of nostalgia and dazzling storytelling as one little boy and an enchanted snowman head off on adventures.

Perfect For: Families who want to enjoy a festive show that stands the test of time.
from £20.00
Opens November 2021
Stick Man London
Stick Man London

Stick Man

Little ones and their families will love this engaging festive show, based Julia Donaldson's picture book. When Stick Man goes on his morning jog, he soon finds himself thrown - sometimes literally! - into a series of unexpected adventures. Will he make it back to the family tree in time for Christmas?

Child tickets are available for Stick Man, and children under 18 months go free. To book, visit this link.

Perfect For: Young children's first experience of theatre.
Opens October 2021
Pantoland at the Palladium London
Pantoland at the Palladium London

Pantoland at the Palladium

Donny Osmond and Julian Clary headline this festive extravaganza, which celebrates the biggest and best moments of Palladium pantos past. Featuring stars including Nigel Havers, Sophie Isaacs and Gary Wilmot, the show packs in laughs and musical numbers, all presided over by Osmond's Wizard of Pantomime.

Perfect For: Fans of classic pantomimes - the London Palladium's annual show is one for the bucket list.
from £30.00
Opens December 2021
Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! London
Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! London

Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!

This festive ballet is reimagined by award-winning choreographer Matthew Bourne, adding a touch of extra magic to a Christmas tradition. Featuring exciting choreography and set pieces, this journey from a Dickensian orphanage to a confectionary wonderland is an inspired take on a classic.

Perfect For: Families and fans of ballet who want to be dazzled by a classic and enjoy a few surprises!
from £18.00
Opens December 2021
Aladdin London
Aladdin London

Aladdin

Join young street urchin Aladdin as he heads on an adventure filled with magic and music in West London. The Lyric Hammersmith's panto season is hugely popular thanks to the venue's bold take on well-worn favourites, so expect a treasure trove of surprises at this dazzling gem off the West End.

Perfect For: Families who enjoy a bright, modern alternative to big-budget, big-name West End pantomimes and musicals.
from £18.00
Opens November 2021
Potted Panto London
Potted Panto London

Potted Panto

This madcap adventure proves there's no such thing as too much panto! Former CBBC duo Dan and Jeff condense seven of your favourite fairy tales into one hilarious show - so you and your family can enjoy a dance with Cinderella, adventures with Dick Whittington and magic carpet rides with Aladdin all in one place.

Perfect For: Anyone looking for a slightly off-piste pantomime that delivers buckets of laughs and festive cheer.
from £24.00
Opens December 2021
save £27.00
Circus 1903 London
Circus 1903 London

Circus 1903

Take a thrilling trip to the Southbank Centre this winter, where the sights and sounds of circus’ Golden Age will be in full swing! Harking back to a time when a trip to the Big Top was the ultimate Christmas treat, this sensational show features strong men, trapeze artists, and beautiful, life-size puppet elephants from the team behind Olivier Award-winning play War Horse.

Perfect For: Families and friends who want to experience a festive event that mixes tradition and modernity.
from £30.00
Opens December 2021
Dick Whittington London
Dick Whittington London

Dick Whittington

TuckShop bring all-drag pantomime back to the West End this Christmas, as Dick Whittington sets out for adventure in Soho. Starring a fantastic cast of UK drag artists including Choriza May, Tia Kofi and Drag Race's Cheryl Hole, you'll be gagging for tickets to this hilarious panto.

Perfect For: Strictly for ages 14+, this is perfect if you want a bit more adult humour and glamour in your festive entertainment.
from £30.00
Opens December 2021
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