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If you haven’t been forced into the Christmas spirit already with the sheer volume of red, green and glitter around the capital, it won’t take long before it hits you. There is a host of events on around London for both adults and families. At Christmas, London’s dance venues really do their best and stage a beautiful array of yuletide shows. Ballet classics like ‘Swan Lake’ and, yes, the immortal ‘Nutcracker’ dominates the bill at big theatres like the Coliseum and the Royal Opera House. But further afield, there are also family-friendly contemporary dance shows and dazzling ice spectaculars to see!
We’ve brought together some of the best moments from our favourite Christmas shows!
Over 100 dancers and musicians bring The Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live. Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas tale has been knocking around since 1892 and has never been more popular. But how to decide which of the four Nutcrackers to see in London?
-English National Ballet, The Coliseum
The English National Ballet returns to the Coliseum to restage a show seen by over 70,000 audience members last year. From the sound of the orchestra tuning up, to the final bows and cheers, a trip to English National Ballet’s Nutcracker in the splendour of the London Coliseum is an unforgettable Christmas treat. Runs for 34 performances from 16 December-10 January.
-The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House
The hottest Nutcracker in town has very few tickets left and for the first time this year, Birmingham Royal Ballet brings this Christmas favourite to the Royal Albert Hall. This magical ballet, with its ravishing Tchaikovsky score, is the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family. Runs until 14 January.
-Nutcracker On Ice, The Royal Albert Hall
Played out on 4,000 square feet of ice, this production sees the Imperial Ice Stars return to the Royal Albert Hall for the third time. There are a number of interesting ingredients including colourful projections, opulent costumes, magic tricks and special effects as well as spectacular skating hijinks and a live orchestra. Runs from 28 December-2 January.
-Nutcracker! The Musical, The Pleasance
Those looking for a different take on the Tchaikovsky charmer might want to head to north London’s Pleasance theatre. Written by multiple Emmy Award-winner Nancy Holson, this lyrical version features a modern musical score orchestrated by Bruce Kiesling. Runs until 3 January.
A thrilling and evocative love story set in London during the Second World War. Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale, has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.
This magical live version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved children’s classic has established itself as a festive family favourite that continues to delight audiences of all ages, telling the story of a boy and his magical snowman’s wintery wonderland adventure.