December 17 – January 6, 2.30pm, 7.30pm and 6pm on Sundays, £20+
If you’re scared of clowns, best stay away from this one, otherwise this spellbinding production is well worth a watch. Award-winning and internationally-renowned thanks to its combo of comedy and spectacular sets, you will end up smiling – and knee deep in ‘snow’.
Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, SE1 8XX slavasnowshow.co.uk
Until January 5, 2014. 6.30pm – 9pm, £49
Among the other classic pantos set to hit the stage this year, we’re most excited about this one at the Hackney Empire. Given a ‘Hackneyspin’, Puss in Boots is full of wise-cracks, singing and dancing, plus there will be some awesome puppets from Spitting Image puppeteer, Scott Brooker. Definitely a panto that us adults will appreciate as much as the little ones. Oh yes we will!
24 Florence Street, N1 2DX hackneyempire.co.uk
The Snow Gorilla
Until January 5, 2014. Times vary. £8+
A gorilla with the voice of Brian Blessed? This we’ve got to see, along with the acrobats, jugglers, contortionists and death-defying aerialists all taking part in this mystical show.
The Rose Theatre, Kingston, KT1 1HL rosetheatrekingston.org/
December 4 – January 16, 2014. Times vary. £48+
Even if you’d rather crack your nuts than watch a ballet, The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House will surely be the exception. It’s like Christmas in a tutu, and Tchaikovsky’s score is as gorgeous as ever. It’s already selling out, so grab your tickets quick!
Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD roh.org.uk/