Alternative Christmas Theatre

It’s a panto, no it’s not, yes it is! We all love a good pantomime – ‘he’s behind you!’ has become part of our cultural identity, and long may that continue. But Manchester being the creative hub it is has loads of other festive options too. If you need a little bit of convincing on the benefits of taking your kid to a play, have read of Jude’s article on the magic of kid’s theatre. As first-timers might prefer something a little more intimate to the really big Christmas numbers, these cosy and beautiful shows will be perfect for you and your little one:

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The Bear, Waterside

One night when she’s fast asleep, an enormous snowy white bear climbs into Tilly’s bedroom. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly’s not scared. With dazzling puppetry, delicious music, dreamy storytelling, and dozens of laughs, come join Tilly and her great big white friend on a wild and magical adventure. We are especially into the “slumber showings”. Anyone attending a showing that starts at 6pm can attend in their pyjamas and bring along a teddy, with milk and cookies will be available to buy on the night. PLUS you can WIN a family ticket right here!

Waterside, 5 December on several dates up until 6 January (excluding Christmas day).  BSL performance: 9 December 6pm, relaxed & BSL performance: 22 December 11am. Children over 12 months will need a ticket. Tickets are from £12.50.

Siege of Christmas, Contact

The Spirit of Christmas has been taken, and is hidden deep within Contact’s castle. Are you brave enough to find out what’s happened and set The Spirit free in time for the holidays?

Starting outside the main doors of Contact, and taking you to places that audiences never usually see, The Siege of Christmas is an immersive theatrical adventure for young audiences and the taller people that look after them. Suitable for children aged 5 and over.

Contact Theatre, 13-20 December, child ticket £7, adult ticket £13

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The Extraordinary Tale of Holly Christmas, The Lowry

Holly Christmas is clever, fun and fearless; full of energy and ideas, all she wants is for her dad to let some fun into his life and join in her games, but all Dad wants is for Holly to sit down and stay safe.

A magic book, a Christmas wish and two Elfish-ly brilliant Christmas helpers launch Holly on an adventure she’ll never forget, creating everything she thinks Christmas should be and teaching Holly, and her Dad, what a perfect Christmas really looks like. This show is suitable for the whole family, especially 3-8 year olds and their grown-ups!
The Lowry, 20-31 December, please call the box office for any additional requirements, adult ticket £9, child ticket £6, family tickets available
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Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, HOME

You may think you know the story of Red Riding Hood, sugar and spice and all things nice. But there are two sides to every story, so let’s hear it from the Wolf himself! Here’s the story never heard of a kind and hungry wolf who strayed from the path and lost his friends.

This wolf isn’t big or even bad, in fact he’s rather shy. He won’t gobble up your grandma or tell you lies. He’s polite and very gentle, he’s an all-round nice guy. So before you make up your mind about the wolf you think you know so well, enjoy a whole new spin on this fairy tale and remember to never judge anyone by how they look! Recommended for 6+

HOME, Thu 7 Dec 2017 – Sat 30 Dec 2017, relaxed performance 12 Dec, adult ticket £8.50 child ticket £6.50

Keep an eye out for more Christmas activities over the next few weeks, including crafts, cooking and some dude in red. Until then for more November ideas, have a look here

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As always, if something on this list has taken your fancy, we highly recommend checking on the links provided to make sure a session hasn’t been moved or cancelled before you travel.

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