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12 of the best festive shows and pantos in and around Cheshire

00:00 16 November 2015

The Snowman at Chester Cathedral

The Snowman at Chester Cathedral

Tom Bangbala

Our guide to some of the best pantomimes and Christmas shows in and around Cheshire

November 23 – 25
Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical
One of the most popular films of all time is coming to the Manchester Opera House stage, Miracle on 34th Street The Musical. Relive this Christmas classic as Kris Kringle takes on the non believers of New York City in an all-singing, all-dancing, all-snowing adaptation.
Opera House, 3 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3HP 
Tel: 0844 871 3018

November 23 – December 6
Ding Dong Merrily: Tatton’s Favourite Carols
Each stateroom in the stately mansion will feature a spectacular display reflecting different traditional Christmas carols. Other highlights include live classical music and costumed guides baking traditional festive treats and delicacies.
Tatton Park, Knutsford, WA16 6QN Tel: 01625 374400

November 28 – January 4
Dick Whittington
Emmerdale’s Kurtis Stacey takes centre stage as the rags-to-riches hero, Dick Whittington. Follow Dick and his cat on his fun-filled quest for fame and fortune and his attempts to win the hand of the lovely Alice. Performance also stars Sally Lindsay (Coronation Street) as Fairy Fazakerley.
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1JE Tel: 0151 702 7320

November 29
Sorry, Christmas is Cancelled… Katie Saves the Day
What’s a child’s biggest fear? Christmas being cancelled of course! In this interactive seasonal treat, Katie and all of the other children around the world have just received the news that thieves have broken into Father Christmas’ grotto and stolen all the presents. With only a few sleeps left until the big day, there is no time to make any more. All seems lost until Katie hitches a ride on a magical bird to The North Pole, determined to help Father Christmas to try and save the day.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ Tel: 0843 208 6000

December 5
The Snowman
Chester Cathedral will see the return of The Snowman this Christmas, following on from the acclaimed sell-out performances last year. The majestic setting is the perfect venue to watch the timeless film, which will be shown on a large screen accompanied by a live, professional orchestra.
Chester Cathedral, 12 Abbey Square, CH1 2HU Tel: 01244 500959

December 8 – January 2
Moominland Midwinter
The Moomins come to life on stage at Waterside Arts Centre this Christmas in the magical Moominland Midwinter, starring Moomintroll, Little My, Too-Ticky, The Hemulen, Snork Maiden and Moominmamma. Join them in Moominland where actors and beautiful full-sized puppets perform a new adaptation of one of Tove Jansson’s best-loved original stories, accompanied by a specially-written soundtrack.
Waterside Arts Centre, 
1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF Tel: 0161 912 5616

December 9 – January 3
Sleeping Beauty
Following the success of last year’s family pantomime, the Floral Pavilion and Martin Dodd for UK Productions returns this Christmas with Sleeping Beauty. A spectacular show packed with smash-hit songs and stunning sets, the cast includes Coronation Street’s Vicky Entwistle as Carabosse and Amy Thompson from Channel 5’s Milkshake as Princess Briar Rose.
New Brighton Pavilion, Marine Promenade, New Brighton, Wirral, CH45 2JS Tel: 0151 666 0000

December 11
A Song for Christmas
This enchanting family Christmas show, featuring internationally acclaimed singers such as Join Roy Weissensteiner, Rachael Russell, Tom Spence and Pam Ashcroft, is sure to kick off your festive season in style. Sing along to carols and classical hits, performed alongside much-loved modern favourites.
Echo Arena Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP Tel: 0844 8000 400

December 12
The Rat Pack at Christmas
Celebrate Christmas in style with the Rat Pack Vegas spectacular. Listen to the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, with a swinging orchestra and showgirls too. The event also coincides with Frank’s 100th birthday, meaning a party is sure to be had.
Clonter Opera Theatre, Swettenham Heath, Congleton, CW12 2LR Tel: 01260 224514

December 12 - January 2
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
Anton Benson Productions return to Northwich for their fifth successful pantomime season with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Featuring dancers from Masquerade School of Performing Arts and a great cast, it’s promises to be a laugh-out-loud event.
Northwich Memorial Court,
Chester Way, Northwich, CW9 5QJ Tel: 01606 261100

December 12 – January 3
Cinderella
The most popular and magical pantomime arrives at the Lyceum for Christmas 2015, starring singer Gareth Gates as the Prince. With an abundance of comedy, stunning sets and fabulous costumes you’re sure to have a ball filled with pantomime magic.
Crewe Lyceum Theatre, Heath Street, Crewe, CW1 2DA Tel: 01270 368 242

December 21
Christmas with Aled Jones
Aled Jones joins a packed stage of artists for a concert of music and carols. Join in the fun and sing along to classics including God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, Jingle Bells, O Little Town of Bethlehem and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS Tel: 0161 907 9000

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