As the colder nights draw in and the mince pies arrive on cue, it can only mean one thing — Christmas is coming. Here at WestEndTheatre.com, we’ve been out and about scouting the hottest Christmas shows to see in London’s West End.
Find out our pick of the top 10 shows to see and start planning an unforgettable Christmas trip to the theatre.
Make it a magical Christmas with this spectacular brand-new production of Irving Berlin’s beloved musical, appearing at London’s Dominion Theatre for a strictly limited season from November 2019.
Based on the Irving Berlin festive classic, Danny Mac and Dan Burton star as two ex-army pals, who put on a spectacular show in order to save their General’s remote ski lodge.
Filled with toe-tapping, dazzling choreography and feel-good musical numbers including “White Christmas”, bring the magic of the season at this heartwarming family musical.
White Christmas is booking from 15 November 2019 until 4 January 2020 at the Dominion Theatre, London. [Musical Comedy]
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Oh yes it is! Pantomime magic and a big-top bonanza comes to the London Palladium for Christmas 2019. This classic fairytale adventure is given the panto treatment as Goldilocks is transported to the circus. Packed with riotous comedy routines, extraordinary special effects, hair-raising stunts, international circus acts and an all-star cast including Paul O’Grady, Julian Clary, Matt Baker, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot.
Goldilocks And The Three Bears is booking from 7 December 2019 until 12 January 2020 at the London Palladium. [Pantomime, Family]
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Step through the wardrobe this winter into the magical kingdom of Narnia for the most mystical of adventures in a faraway land. Sally Cookson‘s (Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Treasure Island) critically acclaimed production of C S. Lewis’ unforgettable story is brought to life at the Bridge Theatre in an inventive, dazzling show for all ages.
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is booking from 9 November 2019 until 2 February 2020 at the Bridge Theatre, London. [Classic tale, Family]
Nativity The Musical
Based on the film this feel-good comedy follows a primary schools attempt to stage a musical version of the Nativity, with the promise of turning it into a Hollywood film. Featuring your favourite sing-a-long hits from the films including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth, One Night One Moment, She’s the Brightest Star and a whole host of new songs filled with the spirit of Christmas! And did we mention it’s starring Sharon Osbourne, Danny Dyer and Rylan Clark-Neal!
Nativity! The Musical is booking from 11 December 2019 until 29 December 2019 at the Eventim Apollo, London [Musical Comedy, Family]
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ timeless tale, spectacularly re-imagined for the modern stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) returns to the Old Vic this Christmas, starring Paterson Joseph as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Feel closer to the uplifting story as entrancing lanterns, music and merriment are an ode to Christmas and the power of both forgiveness and redemption.
A Christmas Carol is booking from 29 November 2019 until 18 January 2020 at the Old Vic Theatre, London. [Classic tale, Family]
Nutcracker – English National Ballet
On a sparkling Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical world, where she battles with the Mouse King and meets a handsome stranger. Over 100 dancers and musicians bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.
The Nutcracker is booking from 11 December 2019 until 5 January 2020 at the London Coliseum. [Dance]
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Mischief Theatre present a riotous spin on J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan. The members of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes on their way to Neverland with hilarious and disastrous results. But will they ever make it to Neverland?
Peter Pan Goes Wrong is booking from 13 December 2019 until 5 January 2020 at the Alexandra Palace, London. [Comedy]
An Act of God
In this very alternative Christmas message, An Act of God sees a dissatisfied deity, weary of the original Ten Commandments, delivering a new version: a fresh set of rules for the modern world.
Hailed by the New York Times as ‘divinely funny’, join award-winning comedian Zoe Lyons in the European premiere of An Act of God – a new play inspired by a Twitter account.
An Act of God will run from 27 November 2019 until 12 January 2020 at The Vaults Theatre, London. [Comedy]
It wouldn’t be a West End Christmas without Raymond Briggs’ magical tale of the Snowman, now in its 22nd year at the Peacock Theatre. When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure.
With its wonderful mix of storytelling, magic and featuring Howard Blake’s beautiful Walking In the Air, this is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family.
The Snowman is booking from 21 November 2019 until 5 January 2020 at the Peacock Theatre, London. [Dance, Family]
Polish your glass slippers, dust off your carriage and head to the Lyric Hammersmith this Christmas for the Fairy Godmother of pantomimes, Cinderella.
Expect the usual Lyric twist on Wicked Stepmothers, Ugly Stepsisters, pumpkins, mice and more in this classic fairytale story.
Cinderella is booking from 18 April 2020 until 27 June 2020 at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London.