While many of you will be looking forward to Natasha Barnes' Cinderella and Alexia Khadime's Sleeping Beauty, we know there are some who are not fans of pantomimes (boo, hiss).

So just for you, we've rounded up the best shows around the UK during the festive period this year.

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Peter Pan - Olivier, National Theatre

The original cast of Peter Pan at Bristol Old Vic
The original cast of Peter Pan at Bristol Old Vic
© Mark Douet

Sally Cookson brings her inventive adaptation of JM Barrie's classic to the National after a sell-out run at Bristol Old Vic. Cast includes Marc Antolin and Sophie Thomson.

Dates: From 16 November
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The Snow Queen - Bristol Old Vic

Snow Queen and Boffin Goblin (Joanna Holden)
Snow Queen and Boffin Goblin (Joanna Holden)
© Mark Douet

Bristol Old Vic's new version of Hans Christian Andersen's timeless story sees best friends Gerda and Kai's lives turned upside down when children start disappearing. Directed by Lee Lyford, The Snow Queen features live music and original songs.

Dates: 2 December to 15 January
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Peter and the Starcatcher - Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Evelyn Hoskins in Peter and the Starcatcher
Evelyn Hoskins in Peter and the Starcatcher
© Manuel Harlan

The European premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher will star Evelyn Hoskins as Molly, a starcatcher apprentice who embarks on a mission to stop a cargo of stardust falling into the wrong hands. Micheal Shea will play Peter, an orphan boy who discovers how he became 'the boy who never grew up'.

Dates: 29 November to 31 December Buy tickets here

The Snow Child - Sheffield Crucible Studio

The Snow Child
The Snow Child

Renowned children's theatre producers Unicorn Theatre travel to Sheffield this Christmas with their hit show for youngsters, The Snow Child. Live music and enchanting puppetry combine to tell a story of two people who want a child, and so sculpt one out of snow.

Dates: 14 December to 7 January
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Peter Pan Goes Wrong - Apollo Theatre

The cast of Peter Pan Goes Wrong
The cast of Peter Pan Goes Wrong
© Alastair Muir

Mischief Theatre, the Olivier Award-winning gang that brought you The Play That Goes Wrong, return to the Apollo with their festive crowd-pleaser. Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are back and this time they're attempting JM Barrie's tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. It's also being broadcast on BBC, but we think the slapstick madness is best sampled live.

Dates: 21 October to 29 January
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Treasure Island - Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Andrea Davy (Red Ruth) and Treasure Island company
Andrea Davy (Red Ruth) and Treasure Island company
© (C) Pete Le May 2016

After its 2014 voyage in the National's Olivier Theatre, Bryony Lavery's modern adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless classic, docks in Birmingham for a run at the Rep.

Dates: 25 November - 7 January
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The Kite Runner - Wyndham's Theatre

Ben Turner and the cast of the original production of The Kite Runner
Ben Turner and the cast of the original production of The Kite Runner

Matthew Spangler's stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's award-winning novel, receives its West End premiere this Christmas. Ben Turner (Casualty) returns to lead the cast following his acclaimed performance in the WhatsOnStage Award-nominated UK tour.

Dates: 21 December to 11 March
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Grease - Leicester Curve

Djalenga Scott as Betty Rizzo and Jonny Fines as Kenickie  in Grease
Djalenga Scott as Betty Rizzo and Jonny Fines as Kenickie in Grease
© Manuel Harlan

Dex Lee and Jessica Paul lead the cast as Danny and Sandy in the Curve's Christmas show. Featuring all time favourites such as "Summer Nights", "Greased Lightnin'" and "You're the One That I Want", Nikolai Foster's production is a must see.

Dates: 26 November to 14 January
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The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales - Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Edie Edmindson (puppeteer) as The Little Matchgirl
Edie Edmindson (puppeteer) as The Little Matchgirl
© Steve Tanner

Shakespeare's Globe artistic director Emma Rice adapts and directs Hans Christian Andersen's tale of magic and mystery. For adults and brave children alike, expect music, puppetry and dark magic.

Dates: 24 November to 22 January
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The Nutcracker - Royal Opera House


© ROH/Bill Cooper

Christmas isn't Christmas without an outing to this perennial family favourite. The Royal Opera House celebrates choreographer Peter Wright's 90th birthday with a revival of his much loved production of this ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky's beautiful score.

Dates: 23 November to 12 January
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The Snowman - Peacock Theatre

Based upon Raymond Briggs' book and the much-loved film, The Snowman returns to the Peacock Theatre stage for the 19th consecutive year. It may not contain a young Aled Jones, but it's a jolly spectacle featuring stunning design by Ruari Murchison and a live orchestra.

Dates: 23 November to 1 January
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The Witches - West Yorkshire Playhouse

The Witches
The Witches

Nikolai Foster's production debuted at the Curve last year and now moves north to Leeds. The stage adaptation of one of Roald Dahl's scariest children's books is recommended for children aged 7 . Expect live music from a cast of actor-musicians and "mind boggling" illusions.

Dates: 2 December to 21 January
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Ambassador's Theatre

The New York production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
The New York production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
© Carol Rosegg

One of the most iconic characters in children's literature chomps his way into the West End this Christmas. Featuring a 'menagerie of 75 enchanting puppets', the hour long show will feature four of Eric Carle's most popular stories including, The Very Hungry Caterpillar - which has sold over 41 million copies since its release in 1969.

Dates: 2 December to 7 January
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Frozen on Ice - O2 Arena

Disney on Ice presents Frozen
Disney on Ice presents Frozen

We know a lot of parents are hoping they can just "Let It Go" but Disney's Frozen is here to stay and now, "For the First Time in Forever" your family can watch Elsa, Anna and Olaf, live... on ICE! Whether you're a fan of the film or just an unwitting parent, you'll no doubt be entertained by this extravaganza. It's Disney after all.

Dates: 21 - 30 December
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Aladdin - Prince Edward Theatre

Dean-John Wilson and Jade Ewen in Aladdin
Dean-John Wilson and Jade Ewen in Aladdin

Another Disney favourite that's prime picking for a Christmas night out is the colourfully spectacular Aladdin. Take your family on a trip to Agrabah and be wowed by Trevor Dion Nicholas' Genie, a 'real' magic carpet and the best costumes in the West End.

Dates: Currently booking at the Prince Edward Theatre until 11 February 2017
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