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WHAT SHOWS ARE ON IN CARDIFF OVER CHRISTMAS?

For festive themed shows at Christmas time, from the annual family pantomime to West End style musicals, Cardiff is just the ticket.

Alongside Cardiff’s theatres, we are delighted that The Christmas Festival will be returning this year, moving from the Castle Grounds across the river to Sophia Gardens, with a selection of shows in the unique setting of the Spiegeltent!

The stage is all set for a cracking Christmas in Cardiff!

CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME 2023

Jac & the Beanstalk

JAC AND THE BEANSTALK

Where: The New Theatre
When: Sat, 09 Dec 2023 – Sun, 07 Jan 2024

Follow Jac, and climb a beanstalk of gigantic proportions to cloudland in this spectacular family pantomime. Lesley Joseph leads the cast alongside panto Dame extraordinaire Mike Doyle, comedian Aaron James, Denquar Chupak as the Princess, villain Steve Arnott, and musical theatre star Adam Bailey as Jac.

PETER PAN

Where: Utilita Arena Cardiff
When: Sat, 09 Dec 2023 – Sun, 10 Dec 2023

Panto meets cirque as this big budget extravaganza adaptation of J.M Barrie’s much-loved tale Peter Pan flies into Cardiff this Christmas, promising a spectacular spin on the timeless classic adventure! Featuring Karma Chameleon Boy George as Captain Hook.

SHOWS IN THE SPIEGELTENT

SANTA’S WISH

Where: Sophia Gardens
When: Fri, 01 Dec 2023 – Sun, 24 Dec 2023

Snowflake the magical elf is in a tricky spot! Santa’s sleigh has crashed and now he is lost!  Can you help Snowflake save Christmas? Will the Magic Wish Jars hold the answer? Do you truly Believe?

CASTELLANA

Where: Sophia Gardens
When: Wed, 06 Dec 2023 – Sun, 24 Dec 2023

Following its critically acclaimed debut last year, this new production brings fresh delights including the amazing skills of world-class aerial acts, the thrilling spectacle of fire, the graceful elegance of dance, and the playful tease of naughtiness.

Welsh of the West End

WELSH OF THE WEST END AT CHRISTMAS

Where: Sophia Gardens
When: Sun, 17 Dec 2023

Join Welsh of the West End for an intimate night of festive music, featuring musical theatre favourites and Christmas classics. Featuring five exceptionally talented performers from shows such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Wicked, this exclusive concert promises to be a night not to be missed!

CHRISTMAS MUSICALS 2023

SISTER ACT

Where: Wales Millennium Centre
When: Mon, 13 Nov 2023 – Sat, 18 Nov 2023

Brace yourselves sisters – the habit is returning to Cardiff after a sell-out 2022 run! Don’t miss this eagerly anticipated 2023 Olivier Award-nominated production of the Broadway and UK smash hit musical Sister Act direct from London.

SHREK THE MUSICAL

Where: Wales Millennium Centre
When: Mon, 20 Nov 2023 – Sat, 25 Nov 2023

Based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film, the Broadway and West End smash hit Shrek the Musical is a fun filled and hilarious musical comedy with a cast of vibrant characters and a ‘shrektackular’ score.

ALADDIN

Where: Wales Millennium Centre
When: Thu, 07 Dec 2023 – Sun, 14 Jan 2024

Escape to a whole new world and experience this extraordinary theatrical event already seen by over 14 million people worldwide. Featuring the iconic music by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice – this exuberant production is filled with unforgettable magic, comedy and breath-taking spectacle!

CHRISTMAS IN CARDIFF

There’s never a bad time to Visit Cardiff, with so many events, attractions and things to see in Wales’ thriving capital, but there’s just always something magical about the city at Christmas time. So, feel the spirit of the season come to life, whatever makes it special for you, Christmas in Cardiff has something for everyone.

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