Must-See Shows In The North West This Christmas

Haven’t you heard? Holidays are coming!

Yes I’m that person. I love Christmas and it’s never to early to get into the festive spirit!

Nothing gets us quite in the Christmas spirit than watching a festive show in the run up to the big day. This year the North West is host to some fantastic productions that we’re really excited about.

The Snowman Tour 2018

3rd – 29th December

The popular Snowman Tour returns to the North West in 2018, and is tipped to be better than ever. With bonus productions at each venue, and a visit from the Snowman himself, it’s sure to be another huge success. We’re massive fans of the Raymond Briggs’ classic and can’t wait to watch it with a live orchestra.

To find out your local venue – click here.

Photo credit – Tom Bangbala

Father Christmas – Waterside Arts Centre

4th – 31st December

Another Raymond Briggs classic, Father Christmas is coming to the Waterside Arts Centre this December. This is my husband’s favourite Christmas film and so the stage adaptation is sure to be a massive hit with us! To get your “bloomin’ Christmas” off to a great start, book your tickets here.

The Forest of Forgotten Discos! Hope Mill Theatre

11th – 23rd December

The award winning Hope Mill Theatre will be be host to Jackie Hagan’s new and exciting show this December: The Forest of Forgotten Discos.

“There is a mystery in the forest – everyone has forgotten about dancing and bright lights and disco. Even Alexa – the virtual assistant from the Amazon Rainforest – can’t tell us why.”

Featuring three bears, Bear Hug, Bear Minimum and Bear Grills, I already can’t wait to take the kids to see this one!

Tickets are selling fast and some dates are already sold out so to book your tickets book here.

Jackie Hagan

White – HOME

13th -23rd December

Suitable for children aged two to four years old, Catherine Wheels present White. White is a playful and vibrant production aimed specifically at young children. Living in a world of white, the characters need to learn to embrace change as colour suddenly appears in their all white world.

White has received fantastic reviews (including one from Sarah Jessica Park no less!) and I can’t wait to take my youngest along to see it.

Click here to book tickets.

Slapstick – HOME

13th – 22nd December

Slapstick is an ode to Charlie Chaplin, Spike Hones and Laurel & Hardy, with a modern twist! It won the 2017 Edinburgh Spirit of the Fringe Award and with live music and physical comedy, it’s sure to be a big hit with the kids.

Slapstick will be at HOME theatre between the 13th and 22nd of December and you can book here.

Are you seeing any shows this Christmas? Let me know in the comments!

I have been offered complimentary tickets to the upcoming shows in exchange for an honest review. The reviews will be live after we have visited the productions. As always opinions are my own. 


  1. It may only be October still, but the feel for Christmas is starting to creep in and it is a lovely feeling. Going to see a show is a wonderful way to enjoy the festive spirit, and these are some perfect examples. The Snowman is such a brilliant story, it would be wonderful to go with children.

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