Family Shows and Pantos
Enjoy some festive cheer with the whole family at these magical pantos and child friendly performances.
4 December – 2 January, Waterfront Hall
Join the beautiful Cinderella in this classic rags-to-riches tale. Follow her on her quest to win the heart of the dashing Prince Charming, with a little help from her best friend Buttons and the Magical Fairy Godmother.
Pinocchio: The Greatest Wonder of the Age
Until 31 Dec, Lyric Theatre
Paul Boyd’s all-new musical is the magical story of a real life wooden boy on an incredible journey to find his true family. Pinocchio features a spectacular circus company of sensational musicians and unforgettable characters.
Until 5 December, Royal Avenue
Christmas spirit is at an all-time low and Christmas Eve is fast approaching! Santa needs you to step up and save the day. Pop your head inside the factory and become part of an army of busy elves which you control using a mixture of puppet hands, grabbers and joysticks.
Christmas at the Grimm Hotel
2 – 23 December, Cityside Retail Park
The Grimm Hotel is opening its doors for Christmas. They have a reservation in your name, but be warned, this is no ordinary hotel! Featuring unforgettable magic, music, cutting edge technology and some of the most recognisable characters from fairy tale folklore.
A Christmas Carol: the Musical
19 – 20 November, Grand Opera House
Based on Charles Dickens’ famous story and brought to life with beautiful music by Disney’s award-winning composer Alan Menken A Christmas Carol will be the perfect start to your festive season. Expect a few ghostly surprises and lots of festive cheer for the entire family.
The Untold Truth of Captain Hook
10 December – 1 January, MAC
Lost Boys, shipwrecks, mermaids, crocodiles, and pirates. You may know the facts, but do you really know the truth? Enjoy an epic, theatrical adventure through the time before Neverland, exploring how the best of brothers can become the worst of enemies, in this family show packed with excitement and charm.
Plays and Shows
Have a night at the theatre without the kids at these festive plays for grown-ups.
Grimes & McKee’s Christmas Album
Until 30 December, Lyric Theatre
Grimes and McKee have had audiences rolling in the aisles of the Lyric Theatre every Christmas and this year will be no exception. Join this pair of Christmas crackers on selected dates from the 5 – 30 December for a brand new Christmas comedy.
Pigeon and Plum's Vaudeville Circus
Until 18 December, Lyric Theatre
Pigeon & Plum’s is a home grown Belfast Neo-Victoriana Cabaret, first dreamt up and performed by award-winning comedian, Paul Currie and a carefully selected crack team of circus and cabaret artists. The Lyric’s Naughton Studio shall be transformed into an opulent Victorian music hall with a contemporary punk rock twist featuring comedy, contortion, cabaret and craic.
Christmas with the Rat Pack
15 December, Waterfront Hall
Picture yourself as a guest at a magical Christmas in Las Vegas! This recreation of a seasonal night at The Sands with Sinatra, Martin, and Davis will bring an extra helping of glamour to your Christmas. Join the Rat Pack for all the great hits – My Way, Mr. Bojangles, New York New York, Amore, Fly Me To The Moon, and seasonal classics such as Winter Wonderland and Let It Snow.
T’was the Nightshift Before Christmas
9 December, Waterfront Hall
Becoming a household name following the release of his first book, Adam Kay is the junior doctor that has had us simultaneously laughing at this anecdotes whilst being in awe of the NHS. Adam’s first book, This is Going to Hurt, revisiting his former career as a junior doctor, spent over a year at number one in the Sunday Times bestseller list. His second book T’was the Nightshift Before Christmas takes a peek behind the blue curtain at Christmas, and he’s coming to the Waterfront to share his experiences with you.
Cinder on Tinder
Until 30 December, Waterfront Hall
Cinder on Tinder is Belfast’s only late-night adult panto experience. Every Princess needs a Prince. Is Tinder really the best place to find him? Join Cinderella on this quest for true love, or maybe just a fling with a Tinder King!