Top 10 London shows for families this month

From musicals to dance, puppets to drama, we run down the top shows for kids and their parents in December.

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There is always a wealth of London shows for families across the capital, with lots to see for children of all ages. The choices range from one-off performances at local theatres to massive West End musicals that run year-round.

We’ve picked out our highlights for the month ahead to help you. These are our top 10 London shows for families in December:

 

Pinocchio at National Theatre (Nearest train/tube station: Waterloo)

Throughout December. Age recommendation: 9+

Pinocchio at the National Theatre
Pinocchio at the National Theatre – London shows for families

The puppet boy with the elongating nose comes to London. This is neither a pantomime nor a Disney show. This is a new adaptation by Dennis Kelly of the famous tale. Kelly has history of creating hit musical adaptations – he’s the playwright behind Matilda The Musical. But this show isn’t all new. This story of a puppet who desperately wants to be human includes songs from the much-loved animated film.

 

The Box Of Delights at Wilton’s Music Hall (Nearest tube station: Tower Hill)

Throughout December. Age recommendation: 8+

The Box Of Delights at Wilton's Music Hall
The Box Of Delights at Wilton’s Music Hall

Matthew Kelly stars in this classic tale of magic and adventure. When Kay Harker meets a magician on a train, he is given a box to guard. But there’s a wicked sorcerer intent on capturing the box. And if it falls into his hands, it could mean the end of Christmas! BOOK NOW

 

The Gruffalo’s Child at Lyric Theatre (Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus)

Throughout December. Age recommendation: 3+

The Gruffalo's Child at the Lyric Theatre.
The Gruffalo’s Child at the Lyric Theatre – London shows for families

Take a stroll into the deep, dark wood with the dangerously inquisitive Gruffalo’s Child. This stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s hit book is packed with songs and child-pleasing fun as it tells of the search for the Big Bad Mouse. BOOK NOW

 

The Snowman at The Peacock Theatre (Nearest tube station: Holborn)

Throughout December. Age recommendation: Suitable for all ages

The Snowman at The Peacock Theatre
The Snowman at The Peacock Theatre

As much a part of the traditional London theatre Christmas as mince pies and crackers, The Snowman returns for its 20th year at The Peacock Theatre. Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production mixes Raymond Briggs’s story of a boy’s magical Christmas Eve adventure with Howard Blake’s timeless music and Robert North’s choreography to create an unmissable festive treat. BOOK NOW

 

Guess How Much I Love You Live at Arts Theatre (Nearest tube station: Leicester Square)

From 6 to 31 December. Age recommendation: 3+

Guess How Much I Love You Live at Arts Theatre
Guess How Much I Love You Live at Arts Theatre

The story of Big and Little Nutbrown Hare, and their competing affections, comes to the stage. Puppets, music and audience interaction combine as the two woodland creatures try to settle who loves the other more.

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at Ambassadors Theatre (Nearest tube station: Leicester Square)

From 13 December. Age recommendation: Suitable for all ages

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the Ambassadors Theatre. (Image: Pamela Raith Photography)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the Ambassadors Theatre. (Image: Pamela Raith Photography)

Join the butterfly-to-be with the massive appetite as Eric Carle’s famous picture book comes to the stage. The show uses 75 puppets to tell the story of the insatiable animal, plus more of Carle’s creations, including Mister Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly. BOOK NOW

 

White Fang at Park Theatre (Nearest tube station: Finsbury Park)

From 13 December. Age recommendation: 12+

White Fang at Park Theatre
White Fang at Park Theatre – London shows for families

When her tribe is killed, a young girl loses her connection to centuries of tradition. Befriended by a wolf and rescued by a huntsman, she gradually learns the skills she needs to survive. But will they be good enough when put to the test? BOOK NOW

 

Wilde Creatures at Vaudeville Theatre (Nearest train/tube station: Charing Cross)

From 15 to 31 December. Age recommendation: 5+

Wilde Creatures at Vaudeville Theatre
Wilde Creatures at Vaudeville Theatre – London shows for families

Oscar Wilde’s children’s stories receive a musical makeover for this new production. A royal who’s never been sad, a self-sacrificing bird and a birthday gift gone wrong all feature in this family show playing as part of Classic Spring’s Oscar Wilde Season. BOOK NOW

 

Slava’s Snowshow at Southbank Centre (Nearest tube/train station: Waterloo)

From 18 December. Age recommendation: 8+

Slava's Snow Show at Royal Festival Hall
Slava’s Snow Show at Royal Festival Hall

Now surely as much of a Christmas tradition as The Snowman, Slava’s Snowshow also returns this month. This will be the fifth year the wintry clowning extravaganza has come to London. It is truly a spectacle that just has to be seen.

 

The Christmasaurus Live On Stage at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith (Nearest tube station: Hammersmith)

From 21 to 28 December. Age recommendation: 5+

The Christmasaurus Live On Stage at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
The Christmasaurus Live On Stage at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

Written by McFly’s Tom Fletcher, The Christmasaurus is a hit children’s novel about a boy, a dinosaur and an adventure-filled Christmas Eve. Not content with just having a successful book, Fletcher has now written songs to go with the story and bring it to the stage. He’s starring in it, too, along with McFly bandmate Harry Judd, Busted’s Matt Willis and musical theatre star Carrie Hope Fletcher.