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.
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.
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