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CHRISTMAS SHOWS IN CARDIFF

One of the most magical parts of Christmas is heading out to see a pantomime or concert with the family. Visit Cardiff have put together a guide of some of the best shows the City has to offer this festive season. Scroll for Shows & Theatre, Pantomimes & Ballet below.

Going to be a late one? Why not make a break of it and rest your head in one of Cardiff’s many hotels.

SHOWS & THEATRE

CHRISTMAS AT BUTE PARK

25 November – 31 December at Bute Park

Christmas at Bute Park will take visitors on a breath-taking tour of festive delight through the biggest Christmas lights trail Wales has ever seen.

The park will be taken over by laser shows, an enchanting fairy tree avenue, a mesmerising lily pond, flickering fire sculptures, spectacular mirror ball displays, huge illuminated trees and much more. Book online here.

LEXICON

15 December – 15 January at Sophia Gardens 

NoFit State’s Big Top tent will be in Sophia Gardens with the last ever chance to see LEXICON. A joyful circus show full of magic, laughter and lightness, this will be a fantastic alternative Christmas event, a really Festive Comeback Special.

Bring your family, your friends, your neighbours, and raise your spirits with this uplifting and poetic performance, complete with an exceptional live band. Book online here.

BEAUTY & THE BEAST

 

Wales Millennium Centre

9 December – 15 January at Wales Millennium Centre

Disney proudly invites you to ‘Be Our Guest’ as the most enchanted musical of all time, Beauty and the Beast, comes to the Wales Millennium Centre.

Spectacularly reimagined using the latest theatrical innovations, this beloved ‘tale as old as time’ will be brought to life on stage like never before… this new production that features all of the spellbinding music and lyrics of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Book online here.

SWINGING INTO CHRISTMAS

9 December – 10 December at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

This is Christmas – swing style! Royal Welsh College’s musical theatre performers will be sharing their favourite festive tunes, supported by the rambunctious force of our Swing Band.

Join them live from the Dora Stoutzker Hall for four glittering and glamorous performances to get you hip hopping into Christmas. Book online here.

PANTOMIMES

THE WIZARD OF OZ

4 December at the Motorpoint Arena

Starring Dales Matt Baker as Wizard and Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan as the good witch Glinda, this brand-new production of The Wizard of Oz will be visiting Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday December 4.

Presented by World’s Biggest Productions and following previous productions of Elf, Cinderella and Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz is the brand-new spectacular Christmas show set to lift the arena panto right over the rainbow. Book online here.

ALADDIN

4 December – 2 January at the New Theatre

Head to the New Theatre for all the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences expect, Aladdin features laugh out loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses.

Starring Paul Chuckle, Gareth Gates, Gareth Thomas & Mike Doyle,  Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure. Book online here.

CAR PARK PANTO – CARDIFF AIRPORT

22 December – 23 December at Cardiff Airport

After rave reviews from the public and press, CAR PARK PANTO, in partnership with the Birmingham Stage Company and Horrible Histories, to present HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS at Cardiff Airport.

Not strictly speaking a panto, HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS is the next best thing; enabling families across the UK to enter into the festive spirit in a safe, socially distanced manner, from the comfort of their own sleigh (car)! Book online here.

BALLET

The following ballet shows are performed by The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia at St David’s Hall

CINDERELLA

18 – 19 December at St David’s Hall

The world’s favourite rags to riches fairy-tale where dreams can come true is a magical mix of Prokofiev’s energetic score, lively choreography and colourful costumes.

Whilst her bad stepmother and her daughters prepare for the Royal Ball, graceful Cinderella can only dream of dancing with the dashing Prince. Later that evening, her rags become a glittering gown and she is swept magically to the Ball. From that very moment the Prince is smitten, midnight strikes and one lost crystal slipper later, he must now embark on a journey to find his lost love. Book online here.

THE NUTCRACKER

20 December – 24 December at St David’s Hall

This most famous of fantasy ballets for all the family begins as night falls on Christmas Eve. As snowflakes fall outside, the warm glow of the open fire sends flickering shadows across the boughs of the Christmas tree and all the presents beneath.

When midnight strikes we are swept away to a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems, toy dolls spring to life literally off the set, the Mouse-king and his mouse-army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins. Book online here.

SWAN LAKE

The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

From Odile, the temptress in black tutu as she seduces the Prince by spinning with captivating precision to the spellbound purity of the swan queen, Odette as she flutters with emotional intensity, the dual role of Odette/Odile is one of ballet’s most unmissable technical challenges. Book online here.

ROMEO & JULIET

27 December – 30 December at St David’s Hall

Shakespeare’s tale of primal passion and timeless tragedy is brought to life by Prokofiev’s soaring score, set in bustling Renaissance Verona and with an emotionally charged choreography that befits the world’s greatest love story.

From the grandeur of the masked ball to the intimacy of the lovers’ balcony, this star-crossed story of duels, bitter family feuds and love that cannot be, is unmissable. Book online here.