Christmas for families

Christmas Bazaar and Homing Show

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Sunday November 25, 11am

Free or a tin of cat food

Crawley, Reigate and District Cats Protection holds its annual seasonal bazaar with lots of ideas for presents, calendars, cards and gift items for sale, as well as cats needing loving homes.

Phone 01293 553636 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

Etsy Christmas Market

Cafe-bar, Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Saturday December 1, 10am-5pm


The annual Brighton Etsy Team Christmas market is an opportunity to shop local and independent, with unique ideas for all tastes and budgets. From homewares and jewellery to skincare and art, the festive fair will be bursting with stylish, contemporary gifts. 

Phone 01273 709709 or visit

Tabby McTat

Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing

Saturday and Sunday December 1 and 2, 2pm and 4.30pm on Saturday and 11am and 2pm on Sunday

Tickets £12.50/family of 4 £46

“Me, you and the old guitar, How perfectly, perfectly happy we are. MEEE-EW and the old guitar. How PURRR-fectly happy we are!” Tabby McTat, from the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler,  is a cat with the loudest of meee-ews and a best friend with a guitar. Together they sing their favourite songs, delighting the crowds, until one day Fred disappears. Separated and alone, Tabby finds shelter and a new life with all the home comforts that any cat could dream of. However, memories of his life with Fred haunt him, and he sets off to search the streets for his long-lost friend. Interwoven with original songs, Tabby McTat is the heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty from the team behind Stick Man Live and Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit

Christmas Evening

Waterstones, The Dolphin & Anchor, West Street, Chichester

Thursday December 6, 5.30pm-8pm

Enjoy late night shopping at Waterstones in Chichester with mince pies, mulled wine and much merriment. Its booksellers can help find that perfect present.

Phone 01243 773030 or visit

Christmas Open Day

Cafe-bar and Founders Room, Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Saturday December 8, 11am-4pm


Enjoy a feast of family-friendly Christmas cheer and dust off your finest Christmas jumper for the ultimate festive photo opportunity, running from 11.30am–1pm and 1.45pm–4pm. There’ll be craft activities for youngsters.

Phone 01273 709709 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

Little Star

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Tuesday December 11, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Tickets 1 adult and 1 baby £6/extra tickets £5. age 6-18 months

In this star-lit show for babies, meet Little Star as she swings from shooting stars, slides down crescent moons and bounces on fluffy clouds. It combines puppetry, music and captivating visuals in an intimate, relaxed setting.

Phone 01293 553636 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

The Ho Ho Ho Christmas Show

Studio, The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Friday-Monday December 14-24, various times

Tickets £12.50/u16s £10.50

Get into the festive spirit as you head to Santa’s Workshop to meet Steve the elf. He’s busy preparing everything for Santa in time for Christmas Eve and there are presents to wrap and reindeer to feed, so he needs your help to get it all done before the big night. At last Santa returns to the workshop to see all the good work and his faithful elf learns the true meaning of Christmas. After each performance, every child from the audience will be able to meet Santa Claus and receive a special gift.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit

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