Aladdin at Tyne Theatre and Opera House
Friday 4th - Wednesday 30th December
Presented by the Newcastle Panto Co, this traditional panto always raises lots of laughs. Follow Aladdin as he pursues Princess Jasmine across Egypt via his magic cave. The Tyne Theatre is the perfect setting for plenty of kids screaming 'He's Behind You' and joining in with lots of fun.
Dick Whittington at the Theatre Royal
Tuesday 24th November - Sunday 17th January
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Whitley Bay Playhouse
Thursday 10th December - Sunday 3rd January
Blue Genie return with stars Steve Walls and Faye Tozer from Steps. I love that the Playhouse has lots of leg room compared with the more traditional theatres and there is free parking right outside. Blue Genie all have the crowd singing along and joining in with songs old and new.
The Wizard of Oz at Northern Stage
Saturday 28th November - Saturday 2nd January
Last year's Get Santa was one of our Christmas highlights. We adored the show and I absolutely cannot wait to join Dorothy and Toto as they travel along the yellow brick road. I love hoe Northern Stage are up front when they say this show is for ages 7 and over (although we are taking our 6 yo). If you have older children who have perhaps outgrown panto or would like an alternative, this is the show for you.
Up & Out Christmas Sprout (for under 6's) at Northern Stage
Saturday 14th November - Saturday 2nd January
Not to leave out the Under 6's, Northern Stage have created a performance especially for little ones. We have enjoyed these shows since Jack has been one year old and they are more than suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. I even take my older children and it's not deemed too babyish for them plus if I'm honest as an adult I always end up completely lost in the show and they always manage to fill my heart with warmth. The performances are always laid back with lots of music, puppetry and song. If you are worried that your child would sit through a traditional panto, this is definitely the show for you.
Aladdin at Sunderland Empire
Friday 11th December - Sunday 3rd January
Starring Terence Maynard, Alison Hammond and Derek Moran, this all star cast promises to take you on a magic carpet ride and journey beyond Sunderland.
Alice in Wonderland at The Customs House, South Shields
Tuesday 1st December - Saturday 9th January
Alice in Wonderland at The Customs House is described as the little panto with the big heart with lots of fun from Alice, the mad hatter, the white rabbit, Queen of hearts and of course Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.
Santa's Naughty Elf and The Christmas Caper at The Customs House, South Shields
Saturday 5th December - Thursday 24th December
Santa's naughty elf wants to end Christmas (oh no) and must be stopped in this special show for younger children. All children will meet Santa and receive a free gift too meaning this Christmas show is very good value for money and sure to put a smile on everyone's face.
A Christmas Carol with the Metrognomes at Intu Metrocentre
Friday 18th December - Sunday 3rd January (various times)
FREE - No tickets/booking required
This is a FREE yes FREE Christmas show at Intu Metrocentre this year. Featuring the Metrognomes as they tell the tale of A Christmas Carol. There are up to 4 performances per day and lots of family fun, giggles and laughter are promised.
The Snowman at The Sage
Tuesday 22nd December - Thursday 24th December
This event is not to be missed in the North East with a live orchestra accompanying a special screening of the Christmas favourite. The concert begins with an interactive rendition of 'we're going on a bear hunt' so don't forget your teddy bears.
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