A selection of Christmas shows and panto from all over Ireland.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.
Draiocht | Wizard of Oz
Dariocht | Jan 4 - 20
Join Dorothy and her dog Toto as they are transported from their home in Kansas to the land of Oz where they meet some very strange characters – a Strawman, a Tinman and a cowardly Lion.
Polly and the Magic Lamp
Olympia Theatre | Dec 15-Jan 6
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 20
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.
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Cheerios Christmas Panto | Snow White
Tivoli Theatre | Dec 4-Jan 13
The Cherrios Panto ends its run in the Tivoli theatre (which is being replaced by an aparthotel) with a spectacular and hilarious version of the famous fairytale. Featuring Mary Byrne and Joe Duffy alongide Sammy Sausages and Buffy, it's guaranteed to bring the house down, literally.
How to Catch a Star
The Ark | Until Dec 30
This is the story of his adventure. Based on the beloved book by award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers, this adaptation combines puppetry with a magical original score by Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Various performances until December 30th.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Pavilion Theatre | Wed 19 -Dec 30
Direct from the West End, the smash-hit stage adaptation of Michael Rosen’s book comes to Dublin. An unmissable adventure through gigantic swishy swashy grass, splishy splashy river and the oozy, squelchy mud in search of a bear.
Tallaght Stadium | Dec 13-Jan 6
Festive, family fun with death defying daredevils, breathtaking acts and plenty of laughs with OTTO the Clown.
RDS | Until Jan 13
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 6
The Moving Crib has been a feature of Christmas in Dublin for over sixty years.
Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo
Dublin Zoo | Until Jan 6
Wild Lights, a magical night-time spectacular event at Dublin Zoo, featuring giant colourful lanterns and illuminated animal sculptures inspired by wildlife.
Blanchardstown on Ice
Blanchardstown | Until Jan 20
Ice skating sessions daily with separate kiddie rink- suitable for all ages and abilities.
Town Hall Theatre | Dec 29-Jan 13
Renmore Pantomime celebrates 40 years of family entertainment at Town Hall Theatre, Galway with 21 performances of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, featuring well-known Galway performers, electrifying dance routines and the charming Renmore Smurfs.
INEC Killarney | January 3-5
The spell has been cast in a land far away. Will the heroic prince break the spell and awake his true love? Will good overcome evil? Or will the evil Maleficent ruin Christmas for all? Sleeping Beauty, filled with laughter galore, fabulous costumes and chart stopping hits.
Watergate Theatre | January 2-13
The coolest panto is in Kilkenny this year with a fun version of the hit movie featuring lots of songs, dance and the best family entertainment.
Kilkenny On Ice
The Hub | January 6th
With 600 square meters of real ice this is one of the coolest event this Christmas with very popular bungee trampolines, mammoth ice globes and hot drink from the ice café.
University Concert Hall | Dec 18 - Jan 7
In a faraway magical kingdom, the beautiful but lonely Princess, Snow White, is forced by the cruel Queen, to work as a maid in their enormous palace. Expect all the magic of this traditional tale with a contemporary twist! This is Snow White as you have never seen it before!
Alice in Wonderland
Lime Street Theatre | Dec 28-Jan 6
Limerick Panto Society present their 34th annual production, starring Emma O’Driscoll, Jason Ronan, Stuart Mackey and Tim Cusack as The Dame.
Alice in Wonderland | Burnavon
Burnavon | until Jan 26
Join Alice on her journey as she follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole into the magical world of wonderland. Prepare to be amazed as the cast bring all your favourite characters to life such as The White Rabbit, Tweedle Dum & Tweedle Dee, The King & Queen of Hearts, The Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter and of course the Panto Dame and much more!
Waterford Panto Society | Cinderella
Theatre Royal | Until December 27 - 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.
National Opera House | Dec 27-30
The spell has been cast in a land far away. Will the heroic prince break the spell and awake his true love? Will good overcome evil? Or will the evil Maleficent ruin Christmas for all?