Christmas is a great time to go to the theatre as a family. We sent Kate Davis Holmes, BritMums’ social media maven, and her family to review Santa Claus and the Magical Christmas Journey — a production that broke records last year. This enchanting Christmas experience returns to four venues with a brand new adventure for 2015. Santa Claus and the Night before Christmas will play a festive season at New Wimbledon Theatre, Epsom Playhouse, Croydon Fairfield Halls and Guildford G Live throughout December.
Kate reviews the performance
We had such a good time at Santa Claus and the Night Before Christmas. It certainly helped build up our festive spirit as we laughed, played and believed in Santa all over again.
The story is about a girl called Emily who is not quite sure she believes in Santa following doubts set in place by her friends. She looks out of her window (as I do every year!) hoping to see the man himself.
Cheeky elves Charlie and Kara are determined to convince Emily that Santa is real.
There are magic tricks, songs and stories combining good old-fashioned fun with some modern references too.
I looked at the younger children’s faces who were so engaged and full of smiles and wonder.
My children are older at 10 and 11. My 10-year-old said he loved seeing adults messing around on stage and he liked the simplicity of the story. My 11-year-old was very excited throughout the performance and particularly loved pelting Santa with snowballs.
The set was beautiful and got you in the mood straight away and the elves came out to welcome us before the play began.
I am not the best at joining in but found myself doing so with this show to the extent that Santa threatened to put me on his naughty list!”
The show offers a truly unforgettable experience which includes bubbles and the magical moment when snowflakes fall over the audience – a guaranteed white Christmas at every show!
As an added Christmas treat, all of the good boys and girls in the audience will meet Santa after the show and receive a special present of their own. So don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the magical moment when your little ones meet Santa Claus for the very first time.
Suitable for children aged 2+. The production is not too daunting length wise for children and relaxed enough for you not to feel bad about taking little ones out for a loo break if necessary. It lasts around 45 minutes and then there is loads of time after that to meet and chat with Santa!
I would definitely recommend this production as a simpler alternative to the Christmas Pantomime and a enriched visit to Santa Claus.
When and where to see it
Tuesday 1 – Thursday 24 December 2015
NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE
Box Office: 0844 871 7646 | www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-studio/
Friday 4 – Thursday 24 December 2015
Box Office: 01372 742555 | www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk
Saturday 5 – Thursday 24 December 2015
CROYDON FAIRFIELD HALLS
Box Office: 020 8688 9291 | www.fairfield.co.uk
Wednesday 9 – Thursday 24 December 2015
GUILDFORD G LIVE
Box Office: 0844 7701 797 | www.glive.co.uk