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Best Christmas Shows & Pantos For 2022 (And How To Get The Cheapest Tickets)

If you're looking for a festive family tradition to enjoy in 2022, look no further than the pantomime!

Pantomimes are a British Christmas tradition enjoyed by people of all ages and usually tell a tale that is based on a well-known fairy tale or children's story - they started out being performed in the 17th century in theatres and inns, however, today most self-respecting schools, churches and other community venues will have their own version of the family-friendly show. christmas panto show

In recent times, TV celebrities and renowned actors have also been making appearances in some of the larger-produced pantomime performances around the UK, drawing even bigger crowds.

These shows are jam-packed with festive cheer, spectacular sets and costumes, laugh-out-loud comedy, singing and dancing - always a great way to entertain the family this Christmas.

Right, let's get into it:

1. The Spirit of Christmas at Liverpool Philharmonic

Indulge in a variety of Christmas music, both old and new, at the gorgeous Grade II-listed Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool. Hosted by Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason with Ian Tracey conducting, you’ll have the opportunity to sing traditional carols as well as Songs that reflect the atmosphere of Christmas.

Carols by Candlelight and Swingin' Christmas are also slated for this festive season! The latter will celebrate all classics; from Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole and many more.

Date(s): 17, 21, 22 and 23 December 2022.

2. Thursford Christmas Spectacular

An extravaganza of singing, dancing, music, humor and variety awaits you at the biggest Christmas show of its kind in Europe. With a 130 person cast (many from London's West End), this grandiose event is not one to miss.

Set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, be wowed by the spectacular performers – all rounded off with a special surprise before the curtains close.

Thursford's Enchanted Journey of Light is a must-see. Travel past giant teddy bears and penguins to the outdoor lantern light display, filled with beautiful luminous sculptures.

From a fantasy underwater world to the snowy scenes of the North Pole, you won't be disappointed by the beauty around every corner.

Date(s): 8 November to 23 December 2022.

3. Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show

Back by popular demand, Great Yarmouth's hit holiday show returns to the Hippodrome this December. From astonishing circus tricks to synchronized swimmers and gut-busting comedy, this action-packed show is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.

Date(s): Between 10 December 2022 and 8 January 2023.

4. Jack and the Beanstalk at The Palladium

Jack and the Beanstalk is returning to the West End this Christmas. The show will feature a star-studded cast, including Dawn French, Julian Clary, Alexandra Burke, and many more. Expect rip-roaring comedy and show-stopping numbers - what's not to love?

Date(s): From 10 December 2022 through to 15 January 2023. 

5. The Snowman Tour 2022

The Snowman, a hugely popular animated Christmas film, is coming to a city near you this December! You'll get to experience the movie like never before with a live orchestra playing in accompaniment. There will also be other stories told and plenty of Christmas cheer for the entire family to enjoy.

Date(s):  Various dates in various locations between 1 and 22 December 2022

Tips For Getting Cheaper Tickets This Christmas:

For lots of families, Christmas could be difficult, financially; costs are increasing and incomes... well, incomes - not so much. To help make things easier around the festive season, here are a few tips for getting cheaper tickets to Christmas shows and pantos:

Timing is everything

As with most things booking-related, it falls into two camps: Booking early and booking last minute.

Booking early is great if you know exactly what your plans are and are happy to commit. Most shows will offer discounts for those who book in advance and you can often save quite a lot this way.

Booking last minute is great if you’ve been waiting for the right moment or just have some spare cash to spend, as prices tend to drop closer to the event itself - particularly on the day of the performance.

Pick seats near those considered the ‘best’

The best seats in the house - those at the front and centre - tend to be priced much higher than those near the sides or back.

However, you can often still get a good view from these seats, so they are worth considering if you’re looking for a bargain.

Book tickets in bulk

This applies to all shows, not just Christmas ones; book in bulk and you’ll usually receive a discount. This is because the theatre or venue wants to fill as many seats as possible, which means they will often offer discounts for those buying multiple tickets in one transaction.

It helps if you have friends and family who are available to attend with you - plus, it’s always more fun to go together!

Take advantage of loyalty schemes and student discounts

Many shows offer will loyalty schemes which can often provide discounts or special offers. Many theatres also offer student discounts on tickets - just make sure to bring your student card with you when buying.

Wrapping Up:

If you follow our advice, you should be able to get the best seats in the house without spending a fortune.

Remember, booking tickets in bulk and taking advantage of loyalty schemes can help you save money, so it's always worth considering these options before making your purchase.

And if you're a student, don't forget to take advantage of any discounts that may be available to you – armed with these insider tips, you should be feeling confident about getting the best seats in the house at the best price.

The next time you’re booking tickets for an event, keep these pointers in mind and enjoy watching from your prime spot!

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