School Holidays & Annual Events West Leeds

Christmas Pantomimes and Shows

Featured Listing

A Merry Grinch-mas at The Rainbow Factory

17th December 2018 – 4th January 2019

Oh no! The Grinch has bumped his head and can’t remember anything. He’s back to his old Grinchy ways. It’s up to Grandma Noo-Noo Who and all the children to help retell the story of how ‘The Grinch Stole Christmas’ and remind him of its true meaning. But it’s no easy task. They must get his heart two sizes bigger and make him believe he’s the best Christmas Cheermeister in Whoville. The clock is ticking. Christmas doesn’t start until he says the magic words…

Hold on to your baubles and nail down your tree for this uniquely scripted, funny and heartwarming re-telling of the Grinch who Stole Christmas. Featuring original songs, dance, puppetry, magic and lots of laughs

This show has been specifically designed for the whole family to enjoy, ideally from the age of 2+.

Show Length: Approx. 45mins

Rainbow Factory Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Ln, Farsley, Pudsey LS28 5LY. Tel: 0113 257 5750

For tickets visit the Rainbow Factory Website 

Featured Listing

The Princess & the Sprout and Other Festive Tales at Leeds Central Library

Sprouts About at Leeds Central Library this Christmas!

7th-31st December 2018

Wrongsemble Theatre Company presents ‘The Princess and the Sprout & Other Festive Tales’, the only festive show in Leeds this year catering specifically to 3-8 year old audiences.

Deep within the stacks of Leeds Central Library something magical is happening – a host of children’s stories have sprung to life from the pages of the books! Don’t miss these fantastic festive fairy-tales brought to the stage by the brilliant Wrongsemble, with a sprinkling of live music, wonderful characters and beautiful puppetry. Followed by an interactive stay and play session with the cast on stage after the show.

Experience a unique retelling of three beloved festive tales, re-imagined from within a one-of-a-kind pop-up theatre created specially for Leeds Central Library. Leeds’ premier Christmas show is an unmissable family experience for ages 3-8 and their grown-ups!

Show Length: Approx. 50mins

Location: Room 700, Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3AB

Prices: Children/Concessions £5,  Adults £7, Family of Four £20

Dates: 7th-31st December, times vary. There will be Relaxed and BSL Interpreted performances.

For tickets and more information visit Wrongsemble’s website.


A Christmas Carol Leeds Playhouse 2018

20th November 2018 – 13th January 2019

It’s Christmas Eve in Victorian Leeds but the cold hearted Ebenezer Scrooge hasn’t an ounce of festive cheer.

As the cold night draws in, four ghostly spirits take Ebenezer on a magical journey through his past, his present and his future, hoping to show him the error of his ways. With Christmas spirit, fun, music and magic at its heart, this timeless Charles Dickens tale is brought vividly to life.

Suitable for ages 7+

Leeds Playhouse, 19 Eastgate, Leeds LS2 7LYTel: 0113 213 7700

A Christmas Carol Leeds Playhouse 2018

20th November- 13th January 2019

It’s Christmas Eve in Victorian Leeds but the cold hearted Ebenezer Scrooge hasn’t an ounce of festive cheer.

As the cold night draws in, four ghostly spirits take Ebenezer on a magical journey through his past, his present and his future, hoping to show him the error of his ways. With Christmas spirit, fun, music and magic at its heart, this timeless Charles Dickens tale is brought vividly to life.

Suitable for ages 7+

Leeds Playhouse,  19 Eastgate, Leeds LS2 7LYTel: 0113 213 7700

Aladdin at The Alhambra Theatre Bradford 2018

08 Dec 2018 – 20 Jan 2019

Hop aboard a magical carpet and fly to Old Peking in this year’s must-see festive show Aladdin. Starring the undisputed King of Bradford Panto, Billy Pearce, stage, screen and pantomime legend, the one-and-only Christopher Biggins and Blue star Simon Webbe. 
This includes a new, relaxed performance on the 8th of January.
The Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ. Tel: 01924 848 806

Beauty And The Beast Pantomime at Carriageworks Theatre 2018

Fri 23 Nov – Mon 31 Dec 2018

Be our guest on a journey of enchantment in one of the most loved fairy tales and pantomimes of all time. Featuring spellbinding special effects, glittering sets, stunning costumes, magic and mayhem, Beauty and the Beast guarantees to be the perfect festive treat for all the family.

Relive one of the most enchanting and magical stories of all time as the Carriageworks Theatre brings this timeless classic to life for all the family.

Relaxed performances: 6th December 2pm and 27th December 2pm

BSL performance: 13th December 6:30pm

The Carriageworks, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD.  Tel: 0113 376 0318

Christmas Nativity at Bolton Abbey

Saturday 15th December 2018. Performances start at 11 am and 1:30 pm

Bring the whole family along to the outdoor promenade nativity play in the ruins of Bolton Priory. Starring farm animals and young members of the community, it promises to be a memorable, festive experience.

Performances will last approximately one hour. The performance will move around the priory ruins. Warm clothing and suitable, sturdy footwear is advisable. There will be opportunities to meet the animals after each show.

Refreshments will be on sale after each performance in the West Tower.

FREE event – the Estate’s usual admission fee applies

Bolton Abbey Estate

Christmas Quackers by Curly Tales at Leeds Libraries

15th – 24th December 2018

Curly Tales are a Leeds based children’s theatre company; committed to empowering children through magical theatrical experiences. They want to remind children that they are in control of their destiny and empower them to be the best and most giving version of themselves.

Christmas Quackers is a brand new festive adventure for little ducks aged 3-7 and their grown ups. Jam packed full of live music, original song and plenty of silliness.

15th December, Halton Library, 10.30am

15th December, Chapel Allerton Library, 1.30pm

15th December, Deepdale Community Centre, 4pm

17th December, Horsforth Library, 5.30pm

21st December, Calverley Library, 10.30am

24th December, Farsley Community Church, 11am

Pre- booking required via Ticket Source.

Cinderella Rock ‘n’ Roll Pantomime At City Varieties 2018

30th November 2018 – 13th January 2019

The timeless rags to riches tale is given a soulful twist by our cast of incredibly talented actor-musicians who slip seamlessly between their panto characters and playing in the house band.
You’ll be wowed by this fast-paced panto mixing traditional elements of audience participation and corny gags with a panoply of classic chart-topping pop and soul hits played live in stage – but keep your wits about you or you might just get rocked by the legendary Boulder Battle !

Not recommended for children under 4 years of age.

City Varieties Music Hall, Swan Street, Leeds, LS1 6LW.  Tel: 0113 297 7040

Northern Ballet: The Nutcracker

4th -16th December 2018

Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker brings to life everyone’s favourite festive story, with their unique magic scattered throughout. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s enduring score, played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, The Nutcracker is the perfect Christmas show for all the family.

Leeds Grand Theatre. Tel: 0844 848 2700

Peter Pan – The Arena Adventure

21st – 23rd December 2018

This Christmas will see J.M. Barrie’s magical story of Peter Pan brought to life in gigantic proportions on some of the biggest stages in the country. Starring Martin Kemp and Milton Jones, Peter Pan – The Arena Adventure will play Leeds’ first direct arena between 21-23 December.

First Direct Arena, Leeds. Tel: 0844 248 1585

Shrek The Musical At The Grand Theatre Leeds 2018

Tue 18th Dec 2018 – Sat 6th Jan 2019 

Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.

Access performances:
– BSL Signed performance: Thursday 20 December 2018, 7pm
– Audio Described performance: Sunday 6 January 2019, 2.30pm

The Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NZ.  Tel: 0844 848 2700

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime at Cannon Hall Farm

10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th November 2018

Join Talegate Theatre Productions for this fast-paced, highly entertaining pantomime which promises to be their funniest and most spectacular show ever – which features a ferocious twelve-foot dragon finale!

Packed with songs, slapstick, silliness, audience participation and all the fairytale magic of traditional panto this fun-filled extravaganza is guaranteed to delight the whole family.

Panto tickets will include full-day access to Cannon Hall Farm.

Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, S75 4AT Barnsley. Tel: 01226 790427

Sleepyhead at Carriageworks Theatre

5th – 9th December 2018

Its’ been a long day for Dad and he can hardly keep his eyes open. All he wants is for Baby to go to sleep so he can catch up on a little shut-eye too. Dad’s usually got some tricks up his sleeve to help send Baby off to the Land of Nod. But tonight, Baby has other ideas… As soon as Dad’s out of the way, Baby gets his hands on the magic top hat, and when his friend Rabbit shows up the fun and games really begin!

Recommended age 2-5. (Performance 45 mins)

Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, LS2 3AD. Tel: 0113 376 0318


The Flint Street Nativity at The Carriageworks

Wed 7th – Sat 10th November 2018

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 that 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 class pet escapes…

Age guidance: 12+

Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD

The Snowman and The Nutcracker at Leeds Town Hall

16th December 2018

The Orchestra of Opera North performs the Snowman and The Nutcracker music live in all its heart-melting splendour to a screening of the animation. Sure to captivate the imaginations of young and old alike, this is not only the perfect way to spend time with loved ones, but a wonderful introduction to the thrills, chills and power of a symphony orchestra performing live.

Leeds Town Hall. Tel 0113 376 0318