Christmas Shows & Pantos in Ireland | 2018

Lots of fun all over Ireland this Christmas.
Lots of fun all over Ireland this Christmas.

A selection of Christmas shows and panto from all over Ireland.

Belfast

Beauty & the Beast
Waterfront Hall | Until Jan 6

Dreaming of a happier life, the beautiful Belle finds herself transported to a spell-bound castle held captive by a hideous beast. Can she see beyond the monster and fall in love with her captor before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? 

Clare

Hansel and Gretel
Glór Irish Music Centre | Dec 22-31

Hansel and Gretel live with their father and stepmother in the village of Munchin Koffdropp. Their story involves various characters including a wicked witch, (but not too wicked!), a Forest Fairy and The Dame/Miss Daisy Demeanour, (Woo Hoo!!!). The tale comes to a nail-biting climax in a Gingerbread House, when Hansel and Gretel narrowly avoid being eaten, and the witch gets her just desserts!

Cork

Cinderella
Everyman Theatre | Until Jan 13

When you think of a glass slipper, a pumpkin-carriage, ugly sisters and a handsome prince – what have you got?  This year’s panto, Cinderella. Jam-packed with panto fun, we bring this magical story to life!

Aladdin
Cork Opera House | until Jan 20

Jam packed with the magnificent scenery, costumes, live music, spectacular dance routines, comedy capers and the magical special effects you’ve come to know and love!

Cork on Ice
Mahon Point Shopping Centre | until Jan 27

With a large main rink, a separate kiddies rink and a variety of events throughout the season (e.g. Kids Skating and Student Nights) there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Dublin

Robin Hood
The Helix | until Jan 20

No festive season is complete without a trip to The Helix Panto! TheatreworX Productions return to The Helix this Christmas for yet another Christmas Panto success with their hilarious adaptation of Robin Hood.

Alice in Wonderland
Dariocht | Jan 5 - 28

Join the whimsical fun-filled world of Lewis Carroll and follow Alice as she chases the White Rabbit on a journey into Wonderland.

Polly and the Magic Lamp
Olympia Theatre | Dec 15-Jan 7

Polly and the Magic Lamp is guaranteed to have many laugh-out-loud moments with Rory Cowen and Jake Carter.

The Snow Queen
Gaiety Theatre | until Jan 22.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the Gaiety Panto where you'll have a  brrrrrr...iliant time as The Snow Queen tries to steal all the Christmas fun.

NYE Dublin

Dublin City is set to light up with imagination and wonder for New Year’s Festival Dublin.

Gather in the heart of Dublin with family and friends as iconic landmark The Custom House becomes the centre for NYE Dublin’s spectacular countdown to 2019..

Cheerios Christmas Panto | Snow White
Tivoli Theatre | Dec 4-Jan 13

An Evil Queen casts a spell on the baby princess and she is destined to prick her finger on a spinning wheel. Can the Handsome Prince save the day? Will Sammy Sausages defeat the Evil Queen?

Sleeping Beauty
Lambert Puppet Theatre | Until Jan 28

It wouldn't be Christmas without the Lambert Puppet theatre festive show, a unique theatre experience for young and old!

Tracks in the Snow
The Ark | Until Dec 30

Back by popular demand this Christmas, follow the heavenly harmonies of The Henry Girls into an enchanting world of winter!

What the Ladybird Heard
Pavilion Theatre | Dec 21-Jan 7, €17.50

Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: the Ladybird has a plan of her own!

Fossett's Circus
Tallaght Stadium | Dec 14-Jan 7

See the girls on the sashes performing Aerial Gymnastics, Amazing stunts with a Motorbike on a highwire, incredible feats of knife throwing and juggling, all tied together with the amazing skills and humour of Otto The Clown and of course, presented in true circus form by Marrion the Ring Master. 

The Sound of Music
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre | Dec 19-Jan 7

Irish West End star Lucy O’Byrne will play the lead role of Maria in Bill Kenwright’s magnificent production alongside Celine Byrne who will play the role of Mother Abbess in one of the greatest family musicals of all time. 

Winter Funderland
RDS | Until Jan 14 

Featuring all the family favourites, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a visit to Winter Funderland in the RDS.

The Moving Crib
Saint Martin Apostolate & Chapel | Until Jan 8 

The Moving Crib has been a feature of Christmas in Dublin for over sixty years. 

Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo
Dublin Zoo | Until Jan 7 

A magical night-time spectacular event, featuring giant colourful lanterns and illuminated animal sculptures inspired by wildlife, is now open at Dublin Zoo.

It promises to get you into a festive mood with Chinese performers and craft market with foods and warm drinks.

Blanchardstown on Ice
Blanchardstown | Until Jan 21 

Ice skating sessions daily with separate kiddie rink- suitable for all ages and abilities.

Galway

Beauty and the Beast
Town Hall Theatre | Dec 30-Jan 14

The King and Queen arrive at the Kingdom of Renmore in search of their son, the Prince. Little do they know that he has been cursed by the Wicked Witch and turned into a Beast to be exiled to a lonely life in the Castle!

Kerry

Beauty and the Beast
INEC Killarney | January 2-4

Ireland’s first professional touring panto, with Karl Spain, Adam Weafer and Clara Murray. The show features a combination of the biggest and most glamorous sets and costumes in Ireland and chart-topping hits of the past and present. Don’t miss this fabulous Christmas treat for all the family.  

Kilkenny

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
INEC Killarney | January 2-4

Ireland’s first professional touring panto, with Karl Spain, Adam Weafer and Clara Murray. The show features a combination of the biggest and most glamorous sets and costumes in Ireland and chart-topping hits of the past and present. Don’t miss this fabulous Christmas treat for all the family.  

Kilkenny On Ice
The Hub | January 14

Ireland’s first professional touring panto, with Karl Spain, Adam Weafer and Clara Murray. The show features a combination of the biggest and most glamorous sets and costumes in Ireland and chart-topping hits of the past and present. Don’t miss this fabulous Christmas treat for all the family. 

Limerick

Cinderella | The Spar Panto
University Concert Hall | Dec 18-Jan 7

Magic, romance, a feisty heroine, a handsome prince, dubious sisters that could do with a beauty blogger boot camp, chart hits and hilarity will all combine in Cinderella to produce the most wondrous panto ever seen with Samantha Mumba as the evil Stepmother.

Aladdin
Lime Street Theatre | Dec 28-Jan 7

Starring Emma O'Driscoll and Tim Cusack, the story will, as usual, contain many surprises and promises with many a twist and turn along the way.

Louth

Dundalk on Ice
Market Square | until Jan 7

It’s time to get your skates again on for Dundalk On Ice – our REAL ICE rink is fully housed in a festive all weather marquee so that means that rain, hail or snow you will be able to skate away to your heart’s content!

Meath

Beauty & the Beast
The Venue Theatre | until Jan 14

Ratoath Musical Society presents Beauty and the Beast - running from Thursday 4th January 2018  to  Sunday 14th January 2018. 

Tyrone

Pinocchio: The Pantomime
Burnavon | until Jan 28

This traditional panto with Dame included will entertain and tug at your heartstrings as you follow Pinocchio on a journey to eventual happiness when his dreams come true. 

Waterford

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
Theatre Royal | Until December 30

Featuring all the spectacular lighting, costumes and scenery you have come to expect as well as a full live band, up to date pop numbers and guaranteed family fun - this is one show you will not want to miss this Christmas season.

Enchanted Garden Winter Light Festival
Tramore Housel | Until December 31

The magic begins as you walk through the entrance gates and you are immediately transported into a world of light and wonderment. The dazzling laser beam display on Tramore House and a beautifully lit Magnolia Tree surrounded by candlelight guide you on your way. 

Wexford

Beauty and the Beast
National Opera House | Dec 27-30

Ireland’s first professional touring panto, with Karl Spain, Adam Weafer and Clara Murray. Don't miss a combination of the biggest and most glamorous sets and costumes in Ireland as well as chart-topping hits! 

 

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