Best Christmas Shows in London

There are an enormous amount of shows and events happening in London this Christmas so if you're thinking of taking in a show this December, it may be time to start researching what the best shows are. Luckily for you, we have scoured the city in search of the best Christmas shows in London so you don't have to spend any time scanning through long and tedious reviews  Whether it's a wacky and comical show for the kids or a hip hop version of your favourite story, you can start planning your Christmas calendar with our handy list of fantastic shows below.

1. The Nutcracker

One of the classics, this magical performance by the English National Ballet will ensure that you are very much in the Christmas spirit. Housed in the iconic venue of the London Coliseum in Covent Garden, this show will leave you with a spring in your step and a love for ballet. For those who aren't familiar with it, the story follows a young girl, Clara, whose toys have been brought to life by her magician grandfather, Drosselmeyer, on the eve of Christmas.
Showing at the London Coliseum throughout December.
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2. A Christmas Carol

Another classic, this time by Charles Dickens, will be played out at the Middle Temple Hall this December. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on his tumultuous journey through past, present and future along with his ghostly companions and see whether he can change his miserly ways in time for Christmas. This show is being performed by Antic Disposition in the historic Elizabethan hall and combines the classic story with original songs and audience members will also be treated to mulled wine and mince pies for a further festive feel.
Showing at the Middle Temple Hall from 20-30 December.
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3. Slava's Snowshow

Those who have a fear of clowns may need to skip this bit as this exciting (and somewhat crazy) spectacle is jam packed with the comic creatures. Created by the Russian performance artist Slava Poulin, this show combines clowns, bubbles, opera music and even a stunning blizzard! This weird and wonderful show is definitely one for all the family and for those who want something a little different from the usual pantomimes and fairy tale reenactments.
Showing at the Royal Festival Hall throughout December.
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4. Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales

Showing at the Bargehouse after a successful summer run at Shoreditch Town Hall, renowned fantasy author Philip Pullman's retelling of the iconic Brothers Grimm fairy tales promises to be one of the highlights of the Christmas calendar. An 'immersive storytelling experience', this performance promises to be a unique and exciting telling of the well known stories which enable the audience to be much more involved in the show and to experience an adventurous evening of culture and storytelling.
Showing at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf November to February.
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5. The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Zoo Nation bring their hip hop tale to the Linbury Studio Theatre in the Royal Opera House in December which encompasses some of the most lovable and well known characters from Alice in Wonderland. In a twist on the classic celebration by the Mad Hatter, this show is set in an old mental asylum and features Prince's choreography and the music of DJ Walde for a truly modern interpretation. If you're looking for an alternative Christmas show suitable for the entire family, then this is definitely the perfect option.
Showing at the Linbury Studio Theatre throughout December.
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