Christmas for families

The Nutcracker

White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings

Wednesday November 14, 7.30pm

Tickets £25 and £27/concs £2 off/Friends £3.50 off

Russian National Ballet presents a beautiful production of The Nutcracker, a fairy tale set to Tchaikovsky’s music. The Christmas story is based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, written by E T A Hoffmann, and tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl whose godfather Drosselmeier gives her a Nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve, which turns into a prince and the magic starts…

Phone 01424 462288 or visit

Santa’s Christmas Party

Alexandra Theatre, Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis

Monday November 26, 4pm

Tickets £10.50/family £40. Age 2-7

In this new 45-minute interactive family show, Christmas is the busiest time of year at the North Pole, when Father Christmas makes presents to deliver across the whole world… and when everyone gets ready for Santa’s Christmas Party. But this year somebody has been up to mischief… Dotty the Elf’s decorations have gone missing, Dasher the Reindeer’s party games are broken, and what has happened to Pompom the Penguin’s Christmas music? It looks as though somebody wants to stop Santa’s Christmas Party – and that someone is Jack Frost. Songs include festive favourites Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, We Wish You A Merry Christmas and more!

Phone 01243 861010 or visit

Rick Wakeman

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Saturday December 8, 8pm

Tickets £29.50 and £35

Rick Wakeman, former keyboard player with YES and songwriter, embarks on his Christmas Piano Odyssey Tour, which features classic tracks given Rick’s unique piano treatment. It follows his successful Piano Portraits tour last year in support of the album of the same name. Rick says, In the footsteps of Piano Portraits, the new album Piano Odyssey features a collection of music old and new that includes some particular favourites of mine. I’m looking forward to performing tracks from it live on my own odyssey around the UK in the autumn!”

Phone 01424 229111 or visit

Santa Claus and the Magical Christmas Journey

White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings

Friday-Monday December 14-24, various times

Tickets £11-£14

It’s Christmas Eve, and Santa Claus is flying high above the clouds delivering presents to all the good boys and girls around the world. Hiding in the back are two naughty elves, Charlie and Kara, who have snuck on-board for the ride… All is well until suddenly the sat nav goes haywire and breaks, leaving him stranded without his list of postcodes to deliver presents to. With the clock ticking and morning fast approaching, it’s down to Charlie, Kara and Muffin the bear to come up with a clever plan to save Christmas. This new adventure is filled with songs, nursery rhymes and magic – and there’s a chance to meet Santa after the show.

Phone 01424 462288 or visit

Secret Santa – The Frost Files

Royal Hippodrome Theatre, 108-112 Seaside Road, Eastbourne

December 14-16, 21-31 and January 1, 11am, 2.30pm, 5pm and 7pm

Tickets £13.50-£48/add on a visit to Santa’s Grotto £5

APL Theatre present a new production filled with adventure, fun and festive spirit. The family musical is a fast-paced spectacular featuring a mix of well-known Christmas arrangements and original songs. Holly Kringle is a hardworking, young investigative journalist at a small New York magazine – who must get the next big festive scoop or she is out. She receives a letter from a secret organisation, The Ministry of Mistletoe, requesting her assistance on a top secret mission: Santa has been kidnapped! MoM believe it to be the work of dastardly duo Jack & Jill Frost, who believe that only the naughtiest of children should be rewarded and that Santa’s jolly days need to be put on ice. Holly must follow the clues, meet an array of colourful characters and find a way to fly to the rescue in order to find Santa and save Christmas.

Phone 01323 802020 or visit

The Animals & Children Took To The Streets

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Wednesday December 19-Saturday January 12 except January 1, 7.30pm with 2.30pm matinees on Saturdays, 2.30pm on Sundays

Tickets premium £23, £27 and £29.50/standard £18, £22 and £24.50/on the door +£2/TOM’s Friends 15% off. Age 12+

This show by the award-winning theatre company 1927 is a theatrical journey of startling originality. Welcome to the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed wherein lies the infamous Bayou Mansions; a sprawling stinking tenement block, where curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side, and the wolf is always at the door. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun? Seamlessly synchronising live music, performance and storytelling with stunning films and animation, this is the wickedly twisted international hit tale from the multiple award-winning company behind Golem and The Magic Flute.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit

Santa’s Little Trolls

Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Friday-Sunday December 21-23, 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Friday and 11am and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday

Tickets £12.50/family of 4 £46. Age 3+

With silliness, laughter, stunning puppets, Pickled Image  present a magical Christmas extravaganza. Jeremy really, really loves Christmas. All he wants is for each Christmas to be perfect; mince pies, stockings, mistletoe and especially lots and lots of snow. But who exactly brings the snow? Santa? Rudolph? Jack Frost? No, it’s the one job left in the heavy hands of the Trolls of Winter. However, the trolls are fed up with never getting any of the credit. It’s always those cheery, little elves and that red nosed reindeer celebrated at Christmas, while the hard working trolls miss out. Not once have they been on an advent calendar or featured in a carol, so this year, unless they get their ugly mugs on at least one Christmas card, there will be NO SNOW!

Phone 01903 206206 or visit

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