6 Family Shows to see near Birmingham for Christmas 2018

I love Christmas, all the build up, sparkle and delicious food. Christmas is also an opportunity for great family time together. Team Mack love going to the theatre and watching lots of different family shows. A family show at Christmas time definitely helps me to get into the festive spirit.

I’ve written a round up of family shows around the Birmingham area for the upcoming Christmas period. There are some traditional Christmas shows included and others that you may not have heard of before.

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave – Jingle Bells Ball

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If you’re looking for something totally different from the normal family shows at Christmas time, look no further than Big Fish Little Fish (BFLF). BFLF run family rave events across the country.

The events are aimed at families with children 0-8 years old and are jam packed with things to do. DJ Phil Gifford will send tunes across the multisensory dancefloor complete with glitter cannons, bubbles and parachute dance. The event has craft tables, play doh areas and giant colouring murals, long with soft mats and ball pools for tiny ones. If that wasn’t enough there are also free glowsticks and transfers on offer. Optional “Merry Christmas” fancy dress theme.

The Big Fish Little Fish Jingle Bells Ball is on Sunday 9th December in Birmingham. For full information and to book tickets please click here.

Peter Pan – Birmingham Hippodrome

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Peter Pan is the annual pantomime offering from Birmingham Hippodrome. You can’t beat a traditional pantomime as a great family show for the festive season. This year’s offering is set to dazzle and amaze the audience, with an all star cast including Jimmy Osmond, Meera Syal, Matt Slack and Jami Hensley.

The performance promises amazing flying effects, barrels of laughter, magic and fairy dust. Get ready for audience participation aplenty and lots of “he’s behind yous!”

Peter Pan is recommended for children aged 5 and over, under 3′ will not be permitted. The show runs from Wednesday 19th December until Sunday 27th January. I love that pantomimes often run until January. It can be good to have some sparkle to look forward to after the excitement of the main festive period has died down.

For full information about Peter Pan and to book tickets click here.

Rudolf – Midlands Arts Centre


Rudolf promises to be a festive family treat, full of puppetry, songs, laughter and lots of fun. The performance is a Pins and Needles Production, from the award winning team that put on Raymond Briggs’ “Father Christmas” show last year.

Rudolf runs from Saturday 17th November until Monday 31st December. It would make a great treat in the run up to Christmas or for those days after too. The show is recommended for children aged 4 and over and lasts 60 minutes.

The Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) is a fantastic venue for family shows. We enjoyed a visit to their outdoor theatre in the Summer to see Alice in Wonderland. The theatre isn’t too large so it’s not overwhelming for little ones going to their first performance. The MAC is situated in the grounds of Canon Hill Park. Why not send little ones for a run around the park first to use up energy to help them sit still through the show.

For full information about Rudolf and to book tickets click here.

Cinderella on Ice – Planet Ice, Solihull

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Earlier this year we were kindly invited for a skating lesson at Planet Ice, Solihull. Mini had a great time getting to grips with the ice. She also learnt how much practice needs to go into being a professional ice skater. She was so excited when I told her that we were coming back at Christmas time to see a very special show of Cinderella performed on the ice. I can’t wait to see the costumes and how they create the sets to use on the ice.

Cinderella on Ice is on at Planet Ice, Solihull on Wednesday 19th December. Check the Planet Ice website for other dates for other venues.

For full information and to book tickets click here.

Pinocchio – The Old Rep Theatre, Birminghamfamily shows

We have already had a sneak preview into the world of Pinocchio. Earlier this year we were invited to the launch event and got to see a few scenes from the show. From our preview, I know that Pinocchio will be a family show full of bright colours, dance and magical scenery to bring the traditional tale to life. The story tells the tale of Pinocchio, a puppet on his special quest to find what it takes to become a real boy.

Pinocchio runs from Saturday 17th November until Sunday 30th December. There will also be a relaxed performance and British sign language performances on certain dates.

For full information and to book tickets click here.

Emily Brown and The Thing – Birmingham Hippodrome

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Another offering from Birmingham Hippodrome, this time performed in The Patrick Centre, their second and more intimate performance space.

Emily Brown and The Thing is a Tall Stories production,  we went to see their version of The Snow Dragon last year and were all mesmerised. I’m sure that this year’s family show will be equally if not more magical for little ones.

The story focuses around Emily Brown and her old great rabbit, Stanley. One evening, they hear a Thing crying outside their window. So they decide to set off on an adventure to the dark and scary wood and beyond to find the Thing’s cuddly, his bedtime milk and his medicine. Will they be able to help him settle off to sleep?

Emily Brown and The Thing is suitable for children aged 3 and above and lasts 55 minutes.

For full information and to book tickets click here.

Wishing you all a very happy festive period from Team Mack

I hope that you’ve found my round up of family shows useful. It will be great to see some of you at some of these performances this year. I’d love to hear of other family shows for the Christmas period that you’re planning on going to too.

Here are also some of the Christmas family shows that we visited last year. Hopefully they will give you lots more great ideas of things to do as a family as many of these are also running this year too.

Warwick Castle at Christmas Time

Meeting the Reindeers at Blithbury Reindeer Lodge

The Snowman Tour

The Snow Dragon at Birmingham Hippodrome

Miracle on 34th Street at The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Disclaimer: We have been invited to attend some of the family shows mentioned above. I have not been required to include them in this post, I just wanted to offer lots of information to local families on what’s on over the festive period.

18 thoughts on “6 Family Shows to see near Birmingham for Christmas 2018

  1. Helen says:

    Aww I don’t live too far from Birmingham, so this is perfect – thank you! I can’t wait to get into the festive spirit 🙂

  2. Laura: Adventures with J says:

    Wow! There is so nuch on in Birmingham! I love the sound of the family rave and Cinderella on Ice. I also love the idea of Warwick Castle at Christmas and best of all Miracle on 34th Street! My favourite Christmas film ever!

  3. Jenni says:

    These all sound great! A visit to the theatre is always part of Christmas for me. We’re taking the kids to see Wendy and Peter Pan at the Lyceum in Edinburgh this year.

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