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Pantomimes & Festive Shows 2020

Pantomimes & Family Festive shows in York 2020

A full list of the best Pantomimes and festive shows in York including carol concerts, theatre productions and magic shows.

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You may not be able to get to a Christmas Grotto this year, or to a Christmas Panto Show, but don’t worry, Enchantica’s are bringing Father Christmas and his Grotto sing along show to you instead!

Its just £14.99 for the PERSONALISED VIDEO allowing up to 4 children per video and £39.99 for the DELUXE PERSONALISED VIDEO for up to 4 children per video.

With the countdown to Christmas now upon us there will be a cut off for orders so we advise you book your personalised video adventures early to avoid disappointment.


The Magic Hatter Presents The Night Before Christmas Online

Looking to recapture the MAGIC this Christmas? How about a digital Magic Hatter festive family magic show inspired by The Night Before Christmas! A great alternative to panto, packed with festive fun…

“Highly recommended, five stars!”

York Mumbler, 2019

“A big ball of cheesy Christmas lovelinesss. In short, we loved it!”

STAG Mumbler, 2019

Almost an hour of magic, comedy and seasonal surprises!

Front row seats from the comfort of your own home

Watch as often you like

The ideal at-home treat to enjoy together as a family

Special guests including Frostbite the Penguin, Dame Aunty Madge Hatter and Santa Claus himself (the REAL deal!)

How to book

1. Stream the show online £10

2. Stream the show and receive a download link for offline viewing £12

3. Stream and download the show and receive a Magic Hatter Magic Wand Kit (a magic wand plus instructions for six tricks!) posted out to you £15*

*Extra Wand Kits available for £2.50 each with no additional postage.

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Why not make a family film (or theatre!) night of it? Many families are choosing to watch on Christmas Eve!

For more details visit

“Definitely the highlight of our Christmas each year!”

A. Malone

0845 475 2124


December 11 2020 to January 3 2021

CHRISTMAS in York wouldn’t be complete without a family outing to the pantomime!

York Stage producer Nik Briggs is excited to announce his company will be bringing a brand new professional staging of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK to the city this winter, billed as “a panto made in York for the people of York”.

Running from December 11 2020 to January 3 2021 for 40 performances at Theatre @41 on Monkgate, York, the 90-minute, Covid-secure show will feature a cast of eight laden with West End talent from Yorkshire.

“Our traditional family pantomime will be performed in a traverse setting, with the audience placed either side of a central stage.”

“Covid-secure safety measures will be in place and, for the first time at a York Stage show, Perspex safety screens will be placed between households and support bubbles so audiences can safely enjoy the show.”

Summing up what lies in store in Jack And The Beanstalk, Nik says: “With an exciting cast filled with West End talent, all born and bred in Yorkshire, and a creative team made up from the people who brought shows such as Shrek, The Sound Of Music and Hairspray to York, audiences can be assured of a night of true panto magic!”

“Expect glitzy sets and costumes, a show filled with singing and dancing, lots of laughs and, of course, a huge beanstalk! Audiences can book now for a giant slice of traditional Christmas fun at one of the city’s most magical, bean-sized theatres for all the family!”



December 2020 and January 2021.

This Christmas York Theatre Royal is taking its pantomime on the road with the Travelling Pantomime visiting every neighbourhood in York – all 21 wards – during December 2020 and January 2021.

The pop-up show will be staged in a variety of locations from community halls to social clubs and sports centres with all venues and performances adhering to current government guidance on Covid-19.

Executive Director Tom Bird said: “Our Travelling Pantomime will be a rip-roaring Christmas treat for the whole family. Audiences can expect hilarity and chaos, music and magic as our amazing actors visit every corner of York.”

What’s more, audiences will have a say in which of three of the most popular pantomime titles they want to see – Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk or Aladdin. Award-winning pantomime writer Paul Hendy is writing three scripts with the actors performing whichever show the audience choose on the night.

York Theatre Royal’s Travelling Pantomime will feature a cast of local actors including much-love entertainer and magician Josh Benson, whose first professional appearance was in a York Theatre Royal pantomime as a youngster.

The show will be directed by York Theatre Royal’s Associate Director Juliet Forster.

Details of venues, performance times and further information is available on the York Theatre Royal WEBSITE

Tickets for York Theatre Royal’s Travelling Pantomime are on sale now, but very few tickets remain. BOOK ASAP!!

Read our Mumbler Review HERE

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Sun 13 Dec 2pm

The Bev Jones Music Company
Time: 2pm

Christmas Song & Dance Spectacular for all the family.

It is packed full of all your favourite’s plus a few specials, fun for the children and Carols By Candlelight at the end.

For more info & to book visit the Joseph Rowntree Theatre Website