CHRIST­MAS SHOWS

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SANTA CLAUS & THE MAG­I­CAL CHRIST­MAS JOUR­NEY DEC 1-24

It’s Christ­mas Eve and Santa is busy de­liv­ery presents, but hid­ing in his sleigh are two naughty elves. When Santa’s sat nav goes wrong it’s up to the elves and Muf­fin the bear to help save Christ­mas. This Colos­seum show for lit­tle ’uns has songs, nurs­ery rhymes and a sprin­kling of snow. Meet­ing Santa af­ter and re­ceiv­ing a gift is all in­cluded.

Wat­ford Colos­seum

01923 571102

THE AS­TON­ISH­ING AD­VEN­TURES OF PINOC­CHIO DEC 1–JAN 1

Fol­low the wooden boy as he strives to be­come a real child and en­coun­ters sly old fox and the blue fairy. By the team be­hind last year’s Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood, this Hert­ford show prom­ises songs, danc­ing and tim­ber­split­ting fun.

Hert­ford Theatre

01992 531500

SANTA’S NEW SLEIGH DEC 9-11

Christ­mas is fast ap­proach­ing but Santa’s sleigh is nowhere to be found. The au­di­ence must help the elves save the day with songs. Ideal for elves up to eight, with a present for each.

Broad­way Theatre, Letch­worth 01462 681088

HONK! DEC 14-31

Based on The Ugly Duck­ling, award-win­ning mu­si­cal Honk! tells the story of Ugly the baby duck. On a quest to find his mum he finds love, friends and ad­ven­tures on the way.

Barn Theatre, Wel­wyn GC 01707 324300

HANSEL & GRE­TEL DEC 15

Pad­dleBoat Theatre Com­pany will trans­form the SandPit stage into an en­chanted for­est for this pro­duc­tion of Hansel and Gre­tel. Live mu­sic, au­di­ence in­ter­ac­tion and poetic sto­ry­telling will cap­ture imag­i­na­tions.

SandPit Theatre, St Al­bans 01727 799565

A CHRIST­MAS CAROL DEC 15-29

Go back in time to Vic­to­rian Lon­don for Dick­ens’ clas­sic about the real mean­ing of Christ­mas. This fam­ily pro­duc­tion by Com­pany of 10 is founded on the ethos that ‘there is noth­ing in the world so ir­re­sistibly con­ta­gious as laugh­ter and good hu­mour’. Abbey Theatre, St Al­bans 01727 857861

SANTA’S MAR­VEL­LOUS, MAG­I­CAL TOY SHOP! DEC 21-24

Christ­mas is com­ing, but af­ter 164 years of ser­vice, Santa’s chief elf is re­tir­ing. Santa must find some­one he can trust, and fast. A funny, fes­tive show with catchy songs, beau­ti­ful pup­pets and a toy shop full of sur­prises.

Old Town Hall, Hemel Hemp­stead, 01442 228091

SLEEP­ING BEAUTY DEC 22-23

Tchaikovsky’s glo­ri­ous score and clas­si­cal chore­og­ra­phy are com­bined in this pro­duc­tion by Bal­let UK at the Colos­seum. The tale of the wicked fairy’s deadly curse on Princess Aurora and a counter-spell of sleep for 100 years is a time­less story of love. A mag­i­cal bal­let for all ages. Wat­ford Colos­seum 01923 571102

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