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Pantomimes in York 2019

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

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Fri, 13th December 2019

Doors open: 7.45pm
Concert runs from 8pm – approx 10.30pm

With classic Christmas pop, traditional carols and a brass band this is the ultimate Christmas music show in York.

This years show takes place next to York Minster in the beautiful medieval Michael Le Belfrey Church. A brass band will play you in, then Alistair Griffin’s Big Christmas Concert will take you on a musical journey from acoustic versions of traditional carols through to Wizard, Slade and The Pogues. Sing along and sip mulled wine whilst enjoying the fairytale of old York.

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Michael le Belfrey Church, High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN

The 2019 pantomime at Bridlington Spa is Cinderella! A Paul Holman Associates Production. Runs 13th December 2019 to 5th January 2020.

You’re all invited to the Ball! Starring Grease legend Didi Conn (Frenchy) headlining as the Fairy Godmother, Didi is joined by John Lyons from A Touch of Frost fame.

With one charming Prince, two Ugly Sisters and a huge sprinkling of Fairy Godmother magic, join us this Christmas to find out if the glass slipper fits and if Cinderella will make it to the ball and back again before midnight in this classic rags to riches tale that proves that dreams really do come true.
Featuring breathtaking special effects, spectacular scenery and sparkling costumes along with plenty of traditional pantomime mayhem, laughter and chances for you to join in the fun… the clock is ticking to Bridlington’s most magical pantomime yet

Signed performances – 21st December 5.30pm and 30th December 2pm. Relaxed performance – 27th December 5.30pm.

Call the box office for tickets on 01262 678258 or book on their website here.

Bridlington Spa, South Marine Drive, Bridlington, YO15 3JH.

01262 678258


A shimmery Shiny Show for babies aged 0-18 months and their grown-ups. The perfect treat for your baby’s first Christmas.

9th -11th December. 10.30am, 12pm, 2pm (Monday) & 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm (Tuesday & Wednesday)

“Come in, relax, find a space and settle.

Slowly, a shimmering surface emerges.

What does it look like? How does it move?

Listen, what can you hear?

Welcome to the world of shiny things.

Welcome to Glisten!”

Join us on a gentle journey exploring the world of reflective materials. Watch as the empty space of the theatre fills with colour, sound and surprises, creating a multi-sensory landscape.

At the end of the performance, babies and parents are invited onto the stage for fun play time with the fabrics and materials featured in the show.

Length: 35 minutes

Tickets £5 (£3.50 nursery).

Special Offer for Mumblers, Monday 9th December only – quote code 1STXMAS online or at the box office to get all tickets at £3.50 each.

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Box Office: 01302 303 959

Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU

01302 303 959


Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

18th December 2019 – 4th January 2020

Bill Kenwright’s brilliant production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical returns to the Dome this December.

Starring the hit tv show finalist Britain’s Got Talent sensation, Mark McMullan.

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Go, Go, Go Joseph, Any Dream Will Do, Jacob and Sons, Close Every Door To Me and many more.

Special Family Ticket Price – family ticket for four – £60. (2 adults and 2 under 16).

Special offer for additional individual tickets at £20 (quote code JOSEPH for singular tickets)

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Doncaster Dome, Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, DN4 7PD

01302 370777

John Cooper Studio @41 Monkgate

Dec 12-22nd 2019.

A kids play for grown ups, where the grown ups are kids…literally!

York Stage Artistic Director, Nik Briggs, is pleased to announce he will be an exciting alternative Christmas offering to the city this year.

Mizzis Horrocks’ class of seven year olds is about to perform their nativity play at Flint Street Junior School for the proud mums and dads – and the occasional social worker. Squabbles arise when Gabriel wants to play Mary, the Star grumbles he’s not a proper star like they have at NASA, Herod won’t stop waving to his mum and dad and the subversive Innkeeper is determined to liven up the traditional script. And then the stick insect escapes…

Join us as we alter your perspective on not only the art and politics of the humble nativity, but the John Cooper Studio as a whole!

Thursday 12th to Sunday 22nd December 2020
Suitable for Adults and children 12+

Standard £18, Concessions (OAP, Under 16) £15



Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Thu 12 Dec 2019 – Sat 4 Jan 2020

Will Snow White escape the Queen’s evil magic? Will the wicked Queen get hooked up with the handsome Prince? Will Muddles ever get his magic tricks to work? Will the Seven Dwarfs ever get back home without singing that silly song? To get answers to all these questions, come along to see this exciting family pantomime, full of magic, mayhem and mirth, with terrific sets, outrageous costumes and wondrous special effects.

Starring Mark Little, best baddie in Yorkshire, ‘Allo ‘Allo legend Vicki Michelle and man of comedy and magic Martin Daniels, this year’s pantomime is one not to be missed.

Grand Opera House York, Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW

0844 871 7615


‘Oh! What A Circus’ is The Blue Light Theatre Company’s brand new affordable family-friendly Panto!

It is a fun story of 2 rival Circus owners going head to head to bring the greatest ever show to town! Featuring lots of great characters, songs, dances and hilarious script and a very talented cast – it’s not to be missed! All proceeds will be divided between Motor Neurone Disease Association York and York Against Cancer – last year’s Panto raised a huge £1500 for each charity and we are hoping to equal (if not exceed) that this year.

This fabulous show will be on at the Acomb Working Mens Club, Front Street, Acomb, York . The performance dates are Friday 24th, Wed 29th, Thursday 30th and Friday 31st January 2020 (7.30pm start) PLUS a Matinee performance on Saturday 25th January 2020 (1PM start) .

Ticket prices are £10 Adult, £8 Concessions and £5 Children and are available via our website or our ticket hotline 07933 329654.

There will be a raffle with great prizes to be won and sweets available to purchase at every performance.

So, why not come and join the Circus?


07933 329654


A Christmas Coral

Join us each weekend throughout December and throughout the festive period as we explore the seas of the past, present and future in our fun-packed interactive shows at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. You can get crafty too and make your own 2020 calendar – a perfect gift for your family and friends. Activities will be open every weekend from 11am to 4pm in Craft Corner.

The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website.

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU).

Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).
We are closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

01482 381000


The Magic Hatter’s Christmas Cracker 2019 (starring Santa!)

“Highly recommended, 5 stars!” – York Mumbler

York’s festive family magic show returns for the 9th magical year, and this year is inspired by The Night Before Christmas!

December 6th, 7th and 8th

The HIVE Studios, Manor CE Academy, York

Adults £9, Children £8, Family of Four £30

With special guests Frostbite the Penguin, Aunty Madge Hatter and SANTA CLAUS HIMSELF!

Festive fun for all the family, ages 3 to 103…’yule’ love it. Shows sell out early, so early booking is strongly recommended! All tickets must be pre-booked, click the snowman at for more details and to book online


“It’s definitely the highlight of our Christmas each year for our kiddies!” A. Malone

“It’s the longest time I’ve seen both children sit still and stay engaged! Excellent value for money.” D. Wakefield

“My little girls eyes were so filled with wonder, I nearly cried. Well done and thank you very much for everything including keeping it affordable.” C. Thomas and family

“A superb alternative to a Christmas panto. We were sat on the front row and our boys haven’t stopped talking about the show!” P. Martin

0845 475 2124


Sat 07 Dec 2019 – Sat 25 Jan 2020


York’s much-loved pantomime family returns with Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper, A.J Powell and the dastardly David Leonard in a spectacular new show for the whole family. Join us again this year for what promises to be a magical Christmas treat, spinning together hilarious gags, stunning costumes, sparkling sets, thrilling choreography and foot-tapping songs.

Make Sleeping Beauty a part of your festive celebrations.

“a festive institution” ★★★★★ Yorkshire Post (On The Grand Old Dame of York, 2018)

“the stars of the York Theatre Royal’s Christmas are local heroes” ★ ★ ★ ★ The Stage (On The Grand Old Dame of York, 2018)

“David Leonard’s stupendous villain…is poptastic” York Press (Jack & the Beanstalk, 2017)

“buckets full of laughs” Yorkshire Evening Post (on Cinderella, 2016)

01904 623568


Sat 14 Dec 2019 – Sat 04 Jan 2020

Based on the award winning books The Storm Whale and The Storm Whale in Winter by Benji Davies.

Noi lives with his Dad and six cats by the sea. One summer, while his Dad was busy at work, Noi rescued a little whale that washed up on the beach. A friendship began that changed their lives forever.

The following winter Noi’s Dad takes one last trip in his fishing boat. Noi is alone once more and longs to see his friend again. He waits and watches, watches and waits… will it take another storm to bring them back together?

Following the success of The Book of Dragons and The Elves and the Shoemakers, this Christmas we bring you another magical treat for all the family. Benji Davies’ tender and heartwarming children stories of friendship, love and courage are brought to life as one enchanting theatre show by the team behind Grandad’s Island.

Tickets cost £10 and can be pre-booked or bought on the day.

01904 623568


A Nativity for York at the Spurriergate Centre

An hour long performance of the Nativity from the York cycle of medieval Mystery Plays. Performed by community actors and directed by Philip Parr. Tickets available from York Theatre Royal Box Office.

Spurriergate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9QR

Riding Lights – The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde adapted by Jon Boustead.

The Giant is angry. He’s found children playing in his garden so he builds a wall to stop them! Then winter seizes the garden in its icy fingers… Will this grip be broken?

Through story-telling, music, puppetry and humour, Riding Lights brings you a story perfect for Christmas.

Friargate Theatre, Lower friargate, York, YO1 9SL
T: 01904 613000

Sandburn Hall Pantomine

Aladdin Pantomime
Friday 3rd January 2020

Brought to us by the fantastic Talegate Theatre, help Aladdin with the help of his Mum, Widow Twankey, beat the evil Abazanzar to the magic lamp and win the hand of Princess Jasmine. ‘Aladdin’ promises to be our funniest and most spectacular pantomime ever!

Tickets £6.00
Family of 4 £20.00
(plus booking fees)

T: 01904 469922

The Joseph Rowntree Theatre Panto

7th – 14th December 2019

Join Sinbad, his brother Gilly and his mother, Dame Tilly Tinbad as they voyage the five seas in a race against time to prevent Abadun, Pirate Queen becoming ruler of the whole world. Dazzling sets and costumes, vibrant song and dance, soaking slapstick and the same jokes as last year in this rollicking romp of a family pantomime.

Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA
T: 01904 501935

Theatre of Science presents Cinderella the Physicist

7th December & 8th December
1pm – 1.45pm and 2.30pm -3.15pm

Your sister’s a nightmare, you can’t go to the ball and Fairy Godmother’s busy? Maybe a textbook can help…
This pantomime combines live experiments, music, comedy and puppetry. Cinderella WILL go to the ball, but she’ll need a lot of volunteers…
Book your FREE ticket – find theatreofscience on Facebook.

York Explore Library (YO1 7DS) & Tang Hall Library (YO31 0HA)