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Best Christmas Shows in London 2018-19

Spending Christmas in London is truly a wonderful experience regardless of whether you’re a tourist or a resident. From exploring various Christmas markets and ice skating rinks to admiring the twinkling Christmas lights, there’s plenty to see and do. The festive spirit, however, is incomplete without witnessing some of the top Christmas shows in London.

Not sure which ones to catch? Our list of best Christmas shows in London is here to help. Relive classic Christmas tales reimagined as entertaining musicals that are adored by kids and adults alike. This is pretty much all the wintertime inspiration you need!

1

The Nutcracker

West End Christmas Ballet

Run Time

Dec 13, 2018 - Dec 30, 2018

Duration

2 hours 10 minutes


London Christmas Shows

Witness the enchanting ballet production of a Christmas classic yet again — The Nutcracker — with over a 100 talented dancers that promise to light up the stage with their exquisite dance. The Nutcracker returns to the London Coliseum after sold-out performances in 2017. Relive the tale of Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll, where she battles the Mouse King and sets off on a memorable journey against beautiful backdrops in this lively production. Sit back and enjoy Tchaikovsky’s original score wonderfully blending with a harmonious orchestra, leaving you all nostalgic by the time the musical draws to a close.

Performed by : English National Ballet | Top song: Dance of the Reed Flutes

Good for Family and Kids First time West End experience Festive musicals

2

The Snowman

West End Musical

Run Time

Nov 22, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019

Duration

1 hour 40 minutes


London Christmas Shows

When a little boy’s snowman comes to life on a wintry Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time adventure like none other. Based on the book by Dianne Jackson, The Snowman returns to London’s Peacock Theatre for its record-breaking 21st year. The musical comes to life with Howard Blake’s music and lyrics, along with Ruari Murchison’s design and Tim Mitchell’s lighting. This Christmas spectacle will make you smile from ear to ear with its on-screen magic, dance, music and a unique way of storytelling narrated with the help of a synchronized live orchestra.


Director : Bill Alexander | Top song: Walking In The Air

Good for Family First time West End experience Festive musicals

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3

Horrible Christmas

West End Play

Run Time

Dec 13 - 30 2018

Duration

TBC


London Christmas Shows

Join Horrible Histories as it makes its comeback to West End, this time with a terrific tale of Christmas - 'Horrible Christmas'. What happens when your favourite holiday season is under a threat, and a little boy is the only saviour who can save the festive spirit? Battling Victorian villains and medieval monks, embark on a scintillating adventure along with Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII, St Nicholas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as they team up together to save Christmas. This memorable and funny musical will leave you laughing all the way the end, so don’t forget to stop by at the Alexandra Palace this December!


Good for Family First time West End experience Festive plays

4

A Christmas Carol With Simon Callow

West End Play

Run Time

Dec 13, 2018 - Jan 12, 2019

Duration

TBC


London Christmas Shows

What is Christmas without a well-known Christmas classic? After being critically acclaimed in the year 2012 for a wonderful performance, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol returns to West End for yet another limited-period run. Join Scrooge (played by Simon Callow), who is on a journey of self-discovery, in this much-adored tale of Christmas. After his notable screen-roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love and Amadeus, Callow promises a stellar experience in this one-man theatre. Relive heart-warming family traditions this festive season, as A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow takes you through eerie graveyards and joyous celebrations.


Director : Tom Cairns

Good for Family First time West End experience Festive plays

5

Nativity! The Musical

West End Musical

Run Time

Dec 13, 2018 - Jan 12, 2019

Duration

TBC


London Christmas Shows

Witness your favourite Christmas smash-hits and sing-alongs embracing a new avatar in Nativity! The Musical. St. Bernadette’s, where every child dreams of starring in a Nativity play, decides to put on a musical version for a batch of indisciplined, unruly children. However, what follows next is a hilarious attempt by Mr. Maddens and his loony assistant Mr. Poppy to put on a groundbreaking show before Christmas Eve. The funny and feel-good musical includes a multi-talented cast that features Daniel Boys (Avenue Q), Sarah Earnshaw (Wicked, Spamalot) and Simon Lipkin (Rock of Ages, Guys, and Dolls), lighting up your stage just in time for the festive season.


Director : Debbie Isitt | Top Song: Sparkle and Shine

Good for Family First time West End experience Festive musicals

6

Room on the Broom Live

West End Play

Run Time

Nov 23, 2018 - Jan 13, 2019

Duration

1 hour


London Christmas Shows

The Oscar-nominated adaptation by Tall Stories comes as a West End production this year to enthral the audience with its cutesy charm. Room on the Broom Live takes you on a fast-paced adventure of a witch and her cat, who welcome one too many guests on board and end up breaking the broomstick! Will the witch fix it in time before the hungry dragon appears? The Oliver Award-winning show promises to be a delightful Christmas entertainer suitable for children above the age of 3 at the Lyric Theatre.


Director : Olivia Jacobs

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7

Rumpelstiltskin

West End Play

Run Time

Dec 13, 2018 - Jan 06, 2019

Duration

TBC


London Christmas Shows

A Christmas entertainer suitable for all ages, witness Rumpelstiltskin transform your favourite age-old folk-tale into a modern-day musical. Set in the day and age where spinning wheels give you gold, and Kings and Queens rule the throne — Rumpelstiltskin is a tale of love, loss, and magic. Two friends pulled apart by the desire of things they cannot achieve, end up paying the price for greed and gluttony. Watch Rumpelstiltskin at Queen Elizabeth Hall this December, and witness the renowned cabaret star — Paul Capsis — take on the stage as a talented, shape-shifting imp whose only wish is to seek vengeance in life.


Good for Family First time West End experience Festive plays

Location

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8

Circus 1903

West End Play

Run Time

Dec 19, 2018 - Jan 05, 2019

Duration

2 Hours 20 Minutes


London Christmas Shows

Join the award-winning team behind the fame of War Horse as they recreate the magic in Circus 1903 with a series of stunning, jaw-dropping acts from around the world. Whether it be stunts, acrobats, trapeze, jugglers or high-wire performances, there is always something for everyone. Deemed as a family entertainer fit for all ages, Circus 1903 makes sure you experience the thrills of Christmas like never before. Witness the sensational art of puppetry at the Royal Festival Hall and celebrate the festive season this year with nothing less than a brand new turn-of-the-century stage-show.


Good for Family First time West End experience Festive plays

9

A Christmas Carol

West End Play

Run Time

Nov 18, 2018 - Jan 19, 2019

Duration

2 Hours 5 Minutes


London Christmas Shows

This Christmas, witness the return of Olivier Award-winner Jack Thorne's adaptation of Charles Dickens' timeless classic - A Christmas Carol. Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus is at the helm of things here, guaranteeing a lavish, thrilling, and emotional show. The stone-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by four ghosts that take him to worlds that transcend the concept of time. The magical transformational journey of Scrooge is one that celebrates joy, goodness, and justice and certainly needs to be witnessed on stage.


Good for Family First time West End experience Festive plays

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So, there you have it - the best Christmas shows in London 2018-2019! Looking for some other information? Browse through our entire West End London collection.

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