Shows To See This Christmas That Are Not Panto

Christmas Shows That Are Not Panto

Want to see a show this Christmas, but not in the mood for a Panto?  Here's a list of great Christmas shows that are not pantomimes!


While many people will be looking forward to seeing their favourite celebrities such as Charlie Stemp in Dick Whittington or Chesney Hawkes in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Panto this Christmas, we know some of you will be looking for something a little different.

With that in mind, here's our round-up of the best Christmas shows that don't involve any audience participation!

Alice in Winterland at Rose Theatre Kingston

Alice in Winterland - Rose Theatre Kingston

Discover a magical world of wonders in this spectacular new stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s timeless books, featuring gorgeous music and strikingly imaginative designs. Meet Alice, the Mad Hatter and all your favourite characters in this fairy-tale world of adventure where only the bravest of girls can make the impossible seem possible…

Performances from Thursday 7 December to Sunday 7 January 2018, tickets from £10

Click here to find out more or to book tickets

Rapunzel at Rayne Theatre, Chickenshed in North London

Christmas shows that are not pantomimes

Enjoy a new and exciting musical version of the well-loved fairy tale Rapunzel.  Mysterious, romantic and life-affirming, this will be a dramatic re-telling of a story you thought you knew!  Featuring Chickenshed's diverse cast, this magical, musical and mysterious version of Rapunzel will dazzle and delight children and adults alike!

Performances on now until Saturday 6 January 2018 (we also have shows at 1.30pm and 5.30pm on selected days).  Age restriction 5+, adult tickets from £15

Click here to find out more or to book tickets or email


A Christmas Carol - Scrooge's Parlour

Christmas shows that are not Pantomimes


MasterChef winner Natalie Coleman is cooking up a storm nightly at Scrooge's Parlour in the beating heart of Liverpool Street, London's newest immersive dining experience.

You are cordially invited to the parlour of Mr Ebeneezer Scrooge for a rousing rendition of this timeless classic. Through parlour games, festive songs and a little-spirited trickery, we must warm the heart of the bah-humbugging miser. A show about Christmas spirit, caring for those we love, and having good old-fashioned knees-up couldn’t be a more perfect way to warm a cold winter’s evening.

Find out more and buy tickets here

The Christmasaurus Live On Stage - Eventim Apollo

Christmas shows that are not Pantomimes


This December, discover The Christmasaurus Live On Stage, a new Christmas spectacular based on the debut novel by McFly star and bestselling children's author Tom Fletcher, at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith.

The Christmasaurus Live On Stage follows the magical adventures of a boy named William Trundle and a most unusual dinosaur called the Christmasaurus. Featuring sleigh bells and singing elves, Santa Claus and flying reindeer, music and magic, it is a tale of adventure, family, friendship and discovering that the impossible might just be possible.

Find out more and buy tickets here

Disney On Ice presents Passport To Adventure - London O2 Arena

Christmas shows that are not Pantomimes


Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the timeless worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and the Academy Award® winning, number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen.

You and your family will explore the African Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; voyage deep under the sea to Ariel’s mystical underwater kingdom; and tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy before flying to Neverland to join Tinker Bell. Plus, travel to Arendelle for an extraordinary adventure with sisters Anna, Elsa, rugged mountain man Kristoff and everyone’s favorite huggable snowman, Olaf.

Find out more and buy tickets here

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella - Sadler's Wells Theatre

Christmas shows that are not Pantomimes


Set in London during the Second World War, Matthew Bourne's interpretation of Prokofiev's haunting score has, at its heart, a true wartime romance and his storytelling has never been more passionate and touching. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the Blitz.

Following the sold-out and critical success of The Red Shoes, New Adventures return to Sadler's Wells for Christmas 2017 with one of their most popular and beloved productions. The thrilling and evocative love story set in London during the Second World War, which forms part of the company's 30th anniversary celebrations.

Find out more and buy tickets here

Nutcracker - London Coliseum

Christmas shows that are not Pantomimes


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. As the air grows colder, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across London to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins...

The magical Christmas ballet for all the family, over 100 dancers and musicians bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live.

Find out more and buy tickets here

Slava's Snowshow - Royal Festival Hall

Christmas shows that are not Pantomimes


Experience a joyous dream-like world that touches both your heart and funny bone, culminating in a breath-taking blizzard that leaves you literally knee-deep in snow, in Slava's Snowshow.

The multi-award-winning international sensation is back due to popular demand for Christmas 2017, having delighted audiences in over 80 cities globally including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow.

Find out more and buy tickets here

The Snowman - Peacock Theatre

Christmas shows that are not Pantomimes


Celebrating 20 spellbinding years on the West End stage, this magical live version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved children’s classic The Snowman has established itself as a festive family favourite that continues to delight audiences of all ages.

When a Snowman comes to life, he and a boy embark on a wintery wonderland adventure to the North Pole, where they dance with penguins, fly through a starlit sky, meet Father Christmas and escape the clutches of Jack Frost.

Find out more and buy tickets here

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