Top 10 shows for kids this Christmas
Looking for something for the kids this festive season? We've got you covered
Lyric Theatre, until 7 January
The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood... But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo's child ignores her father's warning and tiptoes out into the snow. Julia Donaldson's captivating sequel to life in a musical, magical adaptation. Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up, and their adults.
Aldwych Theatre, until 3 February
Olivier Award-winning entertainment show La Soirée swings into the West End, bringing a dazzling new adapted version of their show to the Aldwych Theatre. La Petite Soirée is a truncated hour-long version of the cabaret extravaganza, which is perfectly family-friendly and features world-class talent performing some of their best tricks.
Eventim Apollo, from 21 to 28 December
Based on Tom 'McFly' Fletcher's novel of the same name, The Christmasaurus is set on Christmas Eve and tells of the magical adventures of a boy named William Trundle and a most unusual dinosaur called the Christmasaurus. As well as a crack cast including Carrie Hope Fletcher, Harry Judd and Matt Willis, there's sleigh bells and singing elves, Santa Claus and flying reindeer, music and magic.
Vaudeville Theatre until 31 December
Part of Dominic Dromgoole's Oscar Wilde season at the Vaudeville is this new adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic fairy tales. A live band of storytelling musicians bring characters from The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose and The Birthday of the Infanta to life, as they try to choose a new statue for the town square.
Leicester Square Theatre, until 7 January
Scamp Theatre and Freckle Productions' award-winning adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's novel returns! Featuring a trio of top actors and packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
Ambassador's Theatre, until 7 January
Eric Carle's book has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 41 million copies worldwide. Now it's made its way off the page and onto the stage with 75 lovable puppets.
Unicorn Theatre, until 31 December
Purni Morell's gripping adaptation of Margery Williams' novel returns to the Unicorn for a fourth time following a Broadway transfer. The Velveteen Rabbit is a heart-warming story about a very shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real.
Polka Theatre, until 4 February
Mike Kenny's adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen sees best friends Kai and Gerda reimagining the thrilling adventure of Andersen's classic winter fairy-tale. Let your imagination soar as a dusty attic is transformed into the Snow Queen's icy palace, and follow their epic journey of self-discovery, as they try to save Kai from the icy spell of the Snow Queen's cold kiss. Can Gerda melt his heart before he forgets her forever?
Royal Exchange, Manchester, until 31 December
When a lion is chased out of town, a young girl helps him find somewhere to hide. Join Iris on a mission to squeeze and squash her furry new friend into a variety of sneaky spots, as Helen Stephens' magical book comes to life this Easter holiday with playful humour, dazzling puppetry and original songs.
Birmingham Repertory, until 13 January
As if adapting her Nativity films for the stage wasn't enough work for one Christmas, Isitt's adaptation of Dodie Smith's The Hundred and One Dalmatians runs at Birmingham Rep throughout the festive period. Tessa Walker directs this barking adventure as puppies Pongo and Missis do their best to evade Cruella de Vil.