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Things to do this Christmas 2019: the best family shows and festive days out


There are theatre shows for all ages that will bring the magic of the season alive and add sparkle to the dark nights. Laugh, cry and make memories together with these brilliant productions. We’ve picked our favourites below…


A CHRISTMAS CAROL // Theatre by The Lake, Keswick

From 22 Nov 2019 to 11 Jan 2020

It’s Christmas Eve. Cold-hearted businessman Ebenezer Scrooge grows grumpier and meaner than ever as Christmas Day approaches. One of the best-loved stories ever written in Dickens’ tale of redemption and compassion; a tonic to warm the cockles of your heart this winter. Suitable for ages 6+

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A Christmas Carol

ALADDIN – three different pantomime productions to choose from this Christmas


The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness - 15 -30 Dec 2019

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Carnegie Theatre, Workington - 26 Dec 2019

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The Rheged Centre, Penrith - 28 – 29 Dec 2019

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THE BIG SNOWY CHRISTMAS// Rheged, Penrith

From 7-8 Dec 2019


The glittering, snowy tale about a brave little bear who helps to save Christmas! It’s almost Christmas Eve. Daddy and Baby Bear are busy decorating their tree, when suddenly they hear a crash,bang, wallop outside their front door. This hilarious, heartwarming tale is the perfect treat for Christmas with exquisite puppets, enchanting music and a magical snowy setting. By Little Blue Monster Productions. Suitable for ages 3+

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Big Snowy Christmas

CHRISTMAS TALES WITH GRANDDAD // Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

From 20 to 28 Dec

Granddad recounts a festive feast of Christmas stories by the fireside, tales include a special pair of Christmas pants and the mystery of a snowflake necklace – so gather all the clan and head over to the Brewery for some great fireside fun and storytelling. By Pickled Image Theatre. Suitable for ages 3+

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Christmas Tales With Granddad

CHRISTMAS FAMILY WEEKEND // Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

7-8 Dec

Packed full of fun activities including; a performance of ‘Jack Frost and the spiders web’ by the Pyjama Drama company, messy play, face painting, Christmas crafts, and Tullie Mouse’s Christmas Trail

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Christmas Family Fun Weekend

FATHER CHRISTMAS TEA PARTY // The World Of Beatrix Potter

14-23 Dec

Enjoy the magic of the World of Beatrix Potter at Christmas with either a party lunch (12.30pm) or afternoon tea (3.30pm), screening of the classic festive film ‘The Snowman’, a gift for every child and Farther Christmas on his sleigh.

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THE LEGEND OF THE JAZZ PENGUIN // Theatre by the Lake, Keswick


From 10 to 29 Dec 2019


The North Pole Jazz Lounge is a magical place with a very special guest. It’s a wintery evening and it’s snowing outside, so come into the warm and join the Jazz Penguin…Expect tooting, trumpeting and bopping in this hilarious and Christmassy celebration of music. Suitable for ages 2+

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THE NUTCRACKER - ROYAL OPERA HOUSE // Brewery Arts Centre Cinema, Kendal

17 Dec 2019


A cinema screening of the Royal Ballet’s glorious production of The Nutcracker (recorded in 2016), is an all-time ballet favourite. Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet’s captivating dancing make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas ballet experience.

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The Nutcracker

NATURE’S WINTER // WINDERMERE JETTY MUSEUM OF BOATS, STEAM & STORIES

An exciting and immersive installation exploring nature and weather through a sensory experience of light, sound and story. Perfect for families.

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OUTSIDE THE IGLOO // Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

From 4-7 Dec

Three penguins, Pixel, Crash & Click, step out of their igloo for the first time. They embark upon an adventure of discovery and magic, following cracks in the ice, scaling enormous mountains and swimming in freezing lakes. By The Knotted Project. Suitable for ages 4+

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PETER RABBIT TEA PARTY // The World Of Beatrix Potter

27 Dec 2019 – Jan 4 2020

Join Peter Rabbit in a Winter Wonderland for scrumptious party food, our “Beatrix Potter” will read The Tales of Peter Rabbit and every child will receive a small gift and rabbit ears.


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SANTA'S BOAT BUILDING WORKSHOPS // Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam & Stories

30 Nov & 1 Dec, 7, 8, 14 & 15 Dec

Join other young recruits to help build and decorate toy boats at the Old Windermere Fire Station. Children will see traditional boat making skills in action before making mini versions themselves. Book online on the Windermere Jetty website.

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Windermere Jetty

SANTA EXPRESS // Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Enjoy a ride on steam train and meet father Christmas at the dinky Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway or Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

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SHOO SHOO BABY’S CHRISTMAS CABARET // Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

15 Dec

Flamboyant costumes and water-tight vocal harmonising from the “effortlessly funny” musical trio, performing a wonderful array of Christmas songs from the 1920’s – 2019, on an eye-watering number of instruments including the piano, the zither, the musical saw and the kazoo. Age guidance 9+

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Shooshoobaby

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS // Sands Centre, Carlisle

11 - 31 Dec 2019

Mirror, Mirror on the wall... What's the greatest panto of them all? It's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Sands Centre.

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For more festive inspiration take a look at our Christmas Fairs and Markets top picks or for Christmas dining have a look at our food and drink

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