Things to do at Warwick Arts Centre this Christmas

There’s lots going on at Warwick Arts Centre this Winter to celebrate the festive period.

My husband and I are so giddy to take our son to his first ever theatre production, Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas – we watch it together every Christmas Eve and it’s playing as a live event this year at Warwick Arts Centre during November and December.

This heart-warming adaptation is full of merry touches with plenty of live music, songs and playful puppetry. It’s a perfect introduction to theatre for young children who won’t be able to look away as secret doors and hidden hatches are revealed in this beautifully visual show.

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He’ll be almost ten months old when we go (start ’em young, right?). Many theatre shows and venues welcome babies which is fantastic – I’m sure he can sit through the 60 minutes quite happily (he has done for movies before) and if not, we’ve reserved seats near an exit should he feel overwhelmed at any point.

I will report back on how our outing goes but as this is a personal favourite and we are big theatre-lovers, I’m sure we’ll all enjoy this treat to kick-start our first Christmas together as a trio.

In the meantime, here are some of the highlights in terms of what’s going on at WAC across the next couple of months. Head on over to their website for full details and listings.

GET INVOLVED: Christmas Making
30th November & 7th December, 2pm-4pm
8th, 14th, 15th, 21st – 24th, 27th – 29th December, 10am – 4pm

Come along and make a card, decoration or a gift to give to someone else, inspired by the show Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas.

THEATRE: The Nutcracker and I, by Alexandra Dariescu, 23rd and 24th November
A new and innovative live family performance based in the magical Christmas story, for anyone who dares to dream. Recommended ages 4+.

THEATRE: A Lyric Hammersmith and Pins and Needles Production, Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas, 27th November – 29th December
Join Santa as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand, only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve. Recommended ages 3+. All children, including babes-in-arms, must have a ticket for admission. Admission for under 12 months of age is free with a valid ticket.

CLASSICAL: Orchestra of the Swan, Snow Ride! – A Christmas Family Concert, Saturday 7th December, 7.30pm
In this tune-packed concert for the whole family, the Orchestra of the Swan plays a host of atmospheric and recognisable seasonal tunes taking you down snowy lanes, through pine forests, across ice and sea to the Northern Lights and over the mountains to snowy Salzburg. A wonderful introduction to classical music for all ages.

THEATRE: Three Spires Guildhall, Cinderella, 9th – 12th January 2020
This magical rags-to-riches tale is fun-filled for all the family with a hilarious new script and songs from stage, screen and the charts! Join Cinderella on her quest to break free from the mundane and find her Prince Charming, with a little help from her friends. Suitable for all ages.