- Credit: American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker. Photo: Gene Schiavone
- Credit: Hackney Empire's Mother Goose. Photo: Perou
- Credit: Tivoli Gardens, Cophenhagen
- Credit: The Eden Project, St Austell
- Credit: The Wind in the Willows. Photo: Johan Persson
Top Christmas Tickets
While your Christmas To Do list might already include cards to write, decorations to put up and plenty of gifts still to buy, don’t let that stop you from revelling in the season’s multitude of cultural festivities, too.
From fun days out to family shows, we’ve rounded up our top five things to do around the world that are guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit…
American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
If the twinkling sound of the celesta in The Nutcracker’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy doesn’t instil you with a sense of Christmas magic, we don’t know what will. This December sees the American Ballet Theatre conclude its five-year run of the Tchaikovsky-scored ballet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and with over 100 performers, larger-than-life scenery and enchanting choreography, it’s not to be missed.
The Nutcracker runs until Saturday 21st December 2014 at BAM, New York.
Revel in daft delight at the Hackney Empire’s reprisal of Susie McKenna’s Olivier-nominated 2008 production of Mother Goose. The grande dame of pantomime, Clive Rowe, returns to the titular role, styling out its copious costume changes, dazzling dance routines and crowd-pleasing songs with panache.
Mother Goose runs until Sunday 4th January 2015 at the Hackney Empire, London.
To walk through the Tivoli Gardens’ illuminated gates is to step into Christmas. The world’s second oldest amusement park is primed and ready to amaze all of the senses, with a Nordic Christmas village, an eight-piece Pixie Band and rides aplenty proving that the Danes really know how to do Christmas.
Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens are open every day except Christmas Day until Sunday 4th December 2014.
Ice Skating at the Eden Project
The Eden Project celebrates the 10th anniversary of its magical ice rink this year, and with lantern parades, live music and storytelling and the chance to meet a reindeer also on offer, it’s a veritable winter wonderland.
The Eden Project ice rink is open until Sunday 22nd February 2015 in St Austell, Cornwall.
The Wind in the Willows
Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mr Toad (of Toad Hall) return to the West End in Will Tuckett’s charming Royal Opera House production of The Wind in the Willows. With Alan Titchmarsh starring as narrator, the Kenneth Grahame classic is retold through dance, song, music and puppetry; guaranteed to be a family favourite.
The Wind in the Willows runs until Saturday 17th January 2015 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London.