Alternative Christmas Shows to see this festive season

Not feeling the panto spirit this year? Fancy going to see something a bit different instead? Well here’s a round up of some of the other christmassy feeling shows in London and around the UK this festive season.

Winter’s Tales
Print Room at the Coronet, 6-22 December

Well-known faces, Mel Giedroyc, Emeli Sande, Penelope Wilton, Ben Okri and Toby Stephens, will read their favourite festive tales in the intimate setting of the Print Room at the Coronet. With much loved tales from A.A. Milne, Agatha Christie and Roald Dahl, families and children will be welcomed into the Victorian building to mark the beginning of the Christmas season.

The Gruffalo’s Child
Lyric Theatre, 22 November – 7 January

The Gruffalo’s Child is to follow in her father’s giant footsteps with a Christmas season in the West End! It’s a big step – just how brave is she? This festive season will showcase the production’s new set and costumes, and is the first time The Gruffalo’s Child will play at the Lyric. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he? Buy tickets

The Showstoppers’ Christmas kids Show! in Leicester Square

The Showstoppers are here to make your kids’ Christmas story wishes come true! Welcome to our Christmas grotto where the The Showstoppers are here to make your kids’ Christmas story wishes come true! Welcome to our Christmas grotto where the Showstopper Elves are ready to take your kids’ ideas and transform them on the spot into magical, musical interactive adventures. Buy tickets

The Barricade Boys Christmas Cabaret at the The Other Palace – Studio

The Barricade Boys showcase some of the world’s finest male voices from the West End, International Tour and Hollywood movie of the world’s longest running musical – Les Misèrables.

Come and join the Christmas party as they, not only, perform the world’s greatest show tunes but also celebrate music from some of the most iconic names in the music industry, from powerful ballads and beautiful operatic arias to some of the best pop, rock and swing numbers of all time. Buy tickets

Nativity! The Musical at the Eventim Apollo

Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’re attempting to mount a musical version! Only trouble is teacher Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film. Join him, his teaching assistant the crazy Mr Poppy, hilarious children and a whole lot of sparkle and shine as they struggle to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true. Buy tickets

The Christmasaurus at the Eventim Apollo

The debut novel from McFly star and bestselling children’s author Tom Fletcher ‘The Christmasaurus’ comes to the London stage for a special Christmas spectacular starring Tom Fletcher, Harry Judd, Matt Willis, Giovanna Fletcher and Carrie Hope Fletcher.

Based on the novel of the same name, The Christmasaurus is set on Christmas Eve, a story about the magical adventures of a boy named William Trundle and a most unusual dinosaur called the Christmasaurus. There are sleigh bells and singing elves, Santa Claus and flying reindeer, music and magic. It’s a tale about adventure, family, friendship and discovering that the impossible might just be possible… Buy tickets

A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic Theatre

On a bitter Christmas Eve night a cold-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts. Transported to worlds past, present and future, Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses what a lifetime of fear and selfishness has led to and sees with fresh eyes the lonely life he has built for himself. Can Ebenezer be saved before it’s too late? Buy tickets