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.
December may feel far away, but it’s never too early to plan ahead for your family’s festive entertainment, and some fantastic shows for Christmas 2022 have already been announced.
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 the best Christmas theatre in London this year.
Step into the Land of Snow with English National Ballet. Featuring exquisite dance, soaring music and a story to delight the whole family.
Elf! the Musical
Discover the true meaning of Christmas with Santa’s most enthusiastic elf in this playful family musical, based on the hit film.
Jack and the Beanstalk
London’s biggest pantomime returns for Christmas 2022 with stars including Dawn French and Julian Clary. Under 4s not permitted.
Lyric Hammersmith's Jack and the Beanstalk
The Lyric Hammersmith’s annual pantomime returns for 2022 with a brand-new take on a classic fairytale. Best for age 6+
Introduce your children to the magic of theatre with the festive stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s picture book.
A Christmas Carol
The Old Vic’s delightful production of Dickens’ masterpiece returns, ready to warm the cockles of audience members young and old.
Frequently asked questions
In central London, visitors can enjoy incredible Christmas lights. Carnaby Street’s are a particular highlight, with a different theme each year. The Southbank Centre Christmas Market and department stores such as Harrods and Fortnum & Mason offer very different but equally exciting opportunities for gift buying, and you can spend an afternoon ice skating at locations across the city including Somerset House.
Catching a show in the West End is the perfect addition to a day of festive celebrations. There are lots of Christmas shows in London from late November through to early January, including the Old Vic’s acclaimed A Christmas Carol, the hugely popular Palladium Panto, and traditional ballets such as The Nutcracker.
The Lyric Hammersmith in West London also produces a panto every year. It is highly-regarded for being both affordable and offering a contemporary twist on classic stories.
Other London pantomimes in 2022 include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at New Wimbledon Theatre and Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Richmond Theatre.
Many other West End shows for kids play over Christmas. Visit our Kids' theatre page to see what's on and book ahead.