We could not be happier that Edinburgh theatre is still alive, and continuing to keep Christmas going. Kate recently reviewed Beauty and the Beast at the Playhouse – and all being well – we hope to bring you some more reviews this month! But we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at what’s on at the Box Office for families who are staying in Edinburgh this Christmas:

Once Upon a Snowstorm at Lyra 

15 – 31 December 2021

Adapted from the book by Richard Johnson and supported by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Once Upon a Snowstorm is a gentle tale of love, friendship and letting nature into your heart.  

This is the story of a father and son. They live in isolation, in a cabin in the woods. One day they are separated while walking outside in the beautifully falling snow. The boy is lost and falls asleep. When he wakes up he is surrounded by blinking eyes; a rabbit, a fox, an owl, and all manner of other creatures have surrounded him. What do they want from him? Will they help him get through this snowstorm and back home to his Dad?

This shows is aimed at 5-8 year olds. Amazingly, tickets free but booking essential.

Call/Text 07512 181719 or Email lyra@lyra.co.uk

Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker

1 December-31 December 2021

Follow Clara on a journey through the worlds of her dreams, as she drifts off to sleep on Christmas Eve – ready for adventures with the Nutcracker Prince, taking on the Rat Kind, and enjoying the provisions of the Sugar Plum Fairy!

She meets the dashing Nutcracker Prince, takes on the larger-than-life Rat King, and is whisked into the luscious land of sweets by the Sugar Plum Fairy!

Certainly a good way to banish winter! Ticket prices vary and booking is essential.

Christmas Dinner at the Lyceum

6 December 2021 – 2 January 2022

After a horrible year, stage hand Lesley has decided that Christmas should be cancelled. The only festive joy she wants is the turkey sandwich in her lunch box. So she is shutting down the theatre, turning off the lights, packing up the glitter curtains, the giant beanstalk, the fake snow and going home to have dinner alone…

Can that really be the end of the story? This is a family show for everyone to enjoy! Running time is estimated at 75 minutes – with evening performances 6pm/7pm and matinees 1.30pm/2.30pm. We’ve bought tickets for one of the first performances so will be sharing our thoughts on Instagram!

RSNO Christmas Concert Featuring the Snowman

19 December 2021

Join the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Usher Hall for a family friendly event – packed full of festive melodies and particularly, Raymond Brigg’s The Snowman. Shown on the big screen and accompanied by the orchestra this is sure to be a magical event. Children are 50% off with tickets between £19-£39.

Sleeping Beauty at the King’s Theatre

27 November 2021 – 16 January 2022

If pantos more up your street – Allan Stewart and Grant Stott are back! Whilst the Pantones gives me flash backs of trying to corral school children on and off coaches, and then trying to restrain them from leaning over the balconies… this is the last chance to see this iconic fixture before the King’s closes for a two year refurbishment. Tickets are from £19 and are selling fast!

We’re being cautiously optimistic right now but would always advise people to double check with organisers that events are still going ahead before travelling. Masks for adults are a must and we know that venues are doing everything they can to keep us safe – so we’re doing what we can to support music and theatre in Edinburgh… if you have a show to promote – please let us know!

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