Christmas Pantomimes & Family Shows

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Here is the Little Tigers round-up of pantomimes and family shows this Christmas season. They get booked up fast, so you should probably get your tickets now!

Thursday 24 – Sat 26 November, 2pm & 7pm
The Little Match Girl
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, this touching tale of an impoverished young street girl’s hopes and dreams is beautifully told through dance, song and original music.
The Lowry, Salford

Sunday 27 November, 11.30am & 2.30pm
Molly’s Marvellous Moustache
Molly wants to be just like the grown-ups. So her mummy makes her a moustache. With her moustache, she can go anywhere and anything she likes. She can launch an expedition to the heart of the jungle and create incredible inventions. But being a grown-up isn’t all fun!
Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

Tuesday 29 Nov – Sat 28 Jan, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Billy Elliot
Set in a northern mining town during the 1986 miners’ strike, Billy Elliott is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class.
Manchester Palace Theatre

Friday 2 December – Sunday 8 January
Peter Pan
The swashbuckling treat Peter Pan, with the truly nasty Captain Hook, is a great family pantomime. This production welcomes the very best of stage and screen stars to appear in this yuletide tradition that the entire family can enjoy.
Stockport Plaza

Tue 6 December – Sunday 15 Jan, 2pm & 7.30pm
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

This much-loved musical will have audiences of all ages flying high with its mixture of madness, intrigue and exuberance. Can the wacky inventor Potts outwit the bombastic Baron Bomburst, who has decreed that all children be banished from his kingdom?
The Lowry, Salford

Wednesday 7 December – Sunday 8 January
Horrible Christmas
When Christmas comes under threat, it’s up to one young boy to save the day – but can he save Christmas? A hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas with Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII, St Nicholas and Rudolph the Reindeer as they join forces to save the festive season.
The Lowry, Salford

Thursday 8 – Saturday 31 December
Underneath a Magical Moon
Through her open window, Wendy Darling gazed out at the night sky dreaming of blue lagoons, magical moons and the stories that she can tell.
But tonight, like no other, has magic in the air
Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

Friday 9 December – Sunday 8 January
If you’re looking for festive fun, your wish is our command! Enter the cave of wonders, rub the magic lamp and be transported to this enchanting world. It’s pure genie-us of a panto, with an all-star cast!
Manchester Opera House

Saturday 10 December – Sunday 1 January
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
Magical story of Snow White, rescued from her wicked stepmother by seven very special little friends. It’s sure to have you laughing, singing along and joining in the seasonal fun.
Buxton Opera House

Saturday 10 December – Monday 2 January
Dick Whittington and His Wonderful Cat
The rags to riches story of Dick Whittington and his loyal friend Tommy the Cat. A traditional panto extravaganza that’s purrfect for the whole family!
Altrincham Garrick Playhouse

Sunday 11 December
Christmas Family Concert
Annual fun-filled festive family concert. If you have any sleigh bells – homemade or real – then bring them along and join in.
Halle Concerts Society, Manchester

Monday 12 – Saturday 17 December
The Snow Queen
Join Libetta, Mabe and Ru as they tell the classic tale of The Snow Queen, set in Eastern Europe backdrop during WW1. Gerda and Kay are best friends but when Kay is hit with magic splinters from a shattered mirror, everything begins to change.
Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Wednesday 14 – Saturday 17 December
Dracula, the Pantomime
A fun and festive traditional family Christmas
pantomime, presented by Wilmslow Guild Players.
Wilmslow Guild, Bourne Street

Wednesday 14 – Friday 23 December
The magical story of Cinderella – pantomime
Romiley Forum Theatre, Stockport

Monday 19 – Saturday 31 December
The Man who Planted Trees
Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the story of a shepherd who plans a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. A touching tale and a hilarious puppet show. It shows the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world.
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 December
The Snowman (& Paddington Bear’s First Concert)
Big screening of The Snowman, the animated classic by Raymond Briggs, accompanied live by the Hallé Orchestra. In the first half of the concert narrator Tom Redmond accompanies Paddington on his adventures.
Halle Concerts Society, Manchester

Fri 23 December – Sat 7 January, 11am & 2pm
Sorry Christmas is Cancelled – Katie Saves the Day!
Katie and all of the other children around the world have just received the news that every child fears…Christmas is cancelled! Help Katie save Christmas.
The Lowry, Salford

Wed 28 – Friday 30 December, 11am & 2pm
The Lost Present … A Christmas Adventure
It’s Christmas Eve and, having tumbled to earth through the night sky, Elva sets out on a journey.
The Lowry, Salford

Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 January
Cheshire Youth Pantomime Society – Cinderella
Cast and band of 11-16 year-olds from Cheshire
Woodford Centre, Woodford

Friday 13 – Sunday 22 January
A magical fairytale to expel those Jan blues. The story of Cinderella, her wicked stepmother and sisters and, of course, her Prince Charming!
Will Cinderella make it to the ball?
Waterside Arts Centre, Sale