4 &5th, 11&12th,18th to 23rd and 27th to 31st December
A 17th Century Christmas – The Lord of Misrule story telling. Corfe Castle Dorset
Take time to relax and enjoy a winter warmer in the seasonal setting of Corfe Castle. Gather around a fire pit with a warm drink from the 17th Century tea-room and toast some tasty Marshmallows.
Plus returning this Christmas for daytime tours is Corfe Castle’s very own Lord of Misrule. Far back in the mists of history, at the darkest time of the year the Lord of Misrule was chosen to oversee the fun and frivolity of the Christmas feast. Swapping places with the lord of the manor, they had complete power over all the guests in choosing the games, dances and other entertainments. This Christmas, take a step back to the 17th century where our very own lord of misrule will take you on an interactive journey through the ruins of the castle and teach you the games, dances, stories and Christmas traditions of days gone by.
9th – 31st of December
Beauty & the Beast. Lighthouse, Poole.
The stage is set this Christmas for the enchanting family pantomime Beauty and the Beast at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts.
The first Lighthouse panto produced entirely in-house, it features an amazing cast headed by long-time Lighthouse friend Chris Jarvis and Michelle Collins, star of EastEnders, Coronation Street and Two Thousand Acres of Sky.
“I’m so glad to be back at Lighthouse and I’ve been blown away by the good feeling around this show,” says CBeebies star Chris, who will be playing Dame for the first time on stage. www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park. Poole, Dorset
2020 was BIG, 2021 is going to be even BIGGER! More lights, more festive friends, and more MAGIC!
What’s happening at Christmas?
Children can enjoy a farm-tastic day out at the Farm Park and experience the wonder and excitement of meeting ‘the man in red’ and all his festive friends in the Enchanted Barn, PLUS every child with a 'Farmer Christmas Experience Card' receives a great gift from the Elves at Ye Olde Toy Shoppe!
The farm park gets a full festive makeover and the team are transformed into extraordinary Elves!
Tickets to visit the Enchanted Barn are sold in addition to normal admission, these are £15.00 per child.
Twilight Events will be running 20th - 23rd December from 4.45pm-7.30pm More details and booking can be found at farmerpalmers.co.uk
Saturday 20th November - Sunday 2nd January
The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre
Delighting audiences for 23 years, this magical stage adaption of ’Raymond Briggs’ much-loved book, and the film directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates, has transported a generation of children and their families into the wintery wonderland of a boy and a snowman that comes to life. peacocktheatre.com
From November 27th (selected dates)
Winter’s Tail at Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Celebrate the magic of Christmas at Chessington this year for some festive family fun! From November 27th, finish the year at Winter’s Tail where you can meet Father Christmas in his enchanting grotto and get into the festive spirit at our wild winter wonderland - plus much more to create the perfect yuletide treat. chessington.com
Thursday 2nd - Friday 31st December
Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall has been the home of Christmas in London for 150 years. After a year away, they’re thrilled to open their doors again this December to share the magic of their favourite season.
This year’s programme is full of heart-warming live events to be enjoyed with your loved ones including Christmas carols, Guy Barker’s Big Band Christmas, Trevor Nelson’s Soul Christmas, London Community Gospel Choir, The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert and so much more!
Keeping the little ones happy, My Christmas Orchestral Adventure is back, giving many children their first experience of a live orchestra. And 2021 will also see the return of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s quintessential Christmas ballet classic, The Nutcracker. This specially made Royal Albert Hall version featuring Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, will be brought to life once more by the company’s world-class dancers and orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
There’s something for everyone this Christmas and we can’t wait to welcome you back to celebrate together again. Tickets available now via royalalberthall.com/Christmas
Saturday 4th December - Sunday 2nd January
Dick Whittington at New Wimbledon Theatre
Join our hero Dick Whittington (and his trusty cat Tommy) as he seeks fame, fortune and happiness journeying to become the Lord Mayor of London. Guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells on an adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco don’t miss the action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and dance. atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre/
Tuesday 21st December
The Snowman: Mozart Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall
Now a regular highlight of Christmas in Chelsea, the Mozart Symphony Orchestra returns to Cadogan Hall for its annual performance of the timeless classic, The Snowman, for which the film is shown on the big screen with a live symphony orchestra providing the soundtrack. 12-year-old Alice Mackenzie sings the aria made so famous by Aled Jones: Walking in the Air.
The concert will also feature other music aimed at the younger audience members!
Set in a fantastic location in the heart of Chelsea, just minutes from Sloane Square tube station, Cadogan Hall has become one of London’s leading concert venues. The Mozart Symphony Orchestra of London is one of the most exciting orchestras to emerge from London’s vibrant classical music scene in recent years.
This is the perfect antidote to panto and a wonderful Christmas treat for all the family.
“You would be hard pushed to find a more magical Christmas experience.” THE TIMES
© Snowman Enterprises Limited. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is published by Puffin.
Image © Snowman Enterprises Ltd. www.thesnowman.com
Santa dates: 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th, 18th -23rd December
Marwell Wildlife, Hampshire
Wrap up warm and get closer to the wonders of the natural world with a magical visit to Marwell Zoo this winter. Meet our hundreds of exotic and endangered animals from Amur tigers and snow leopards to meerkats and penguins, run wild in our five adventure playgrounds, and join us as we spread some festive cheer!
Join in with their Nordic Gnomes Hide and Seek competition to be in with a chance of winning a special goodie bag! Can you spot all eight including Jerome the Golden Gnome?
Marwell are delighted to announce Father Christmas will be making some special appearances at the zoo. He will settle into his comfy chair at festive scenes outside Café Graze and inside our Gift Shop ready to say hello and receive your Christmas letters.