Ballet, musicals and carols by candlelight...
The Coliseum, London
Be transported into a magical world of toy soldiers, snow fairies and giant rats. We can’t think of anything more festive than The Nutcracker, a classic ballet that sees a young girl’s dreams come true.
When: 12 December 2012 -5 January 2013
The award-winning Slava's Snowshow has wowed audiences in over 80 cities around the world and now the snow-dusted wonderland has landed in London again after 15 years. Bizarre and rather surreal, this visual spectacular sees primary-coloured Russian clowns in whimsical disjointed scenarios that include giant spider webs, huge plastic bubbles and even a blizzard that engulfs the audience.
When: 17 December 2012 - 7 January 2013
The Lowry, Salfford
Sing along to some of the greatest songs ever composed at a festive musical filled with an ensemble of over 30, a 17-piece orchestra and plenty of tap dancing. Along with the unforgettable Christmas hit White Christmas, you’ll hear many of Irving Berlin’s other magical songs such as Blue Skies, How Deep is the Ocean, Happy Holiday and Let’s Face the Music and Dance. So go on, what are you waiting for?
29 November 2012 - 5 January 2013
Join Jools and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra for a festive knees-up. Expect plenty of the spectacular musical performances that a Jools Holland tour is renowned for, with a seasonal twist.
When: December 2012
Pump Rooms, Bath
The City of Bath Bach Choir will fill the majestic candlelit Pump Rooms with festive sounds for three nights this December. You’ll hear a mix of exciting new carols along with all the old favourites you can sing along to.
When: 19-21 December 2012
Bath Theatre Royal, Bath
See a new ballet production of Beauty and the Beast, an age-old tale of the beauty you can discover when you look beneath the surface. The stage will be swarmed with colour as Belle, in an haute couture-style gold dress and the Beast, in a futuristic green ensemble dance to the likes of Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc and Fauré played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
When: 27 November -1 December 2012