Festive Fun For All The Family At Storyhouse This Christmas 

Storyhouse will be full of fantastic festive fun this Christmas with a packed programme of events and activities, many of them free to get everyone in the yuletide mood.

Family-friendly festive films, Christmas music and Storyhouse’s own very special version of The Snow Queen are all on the programme this winter.

And there will also be delicious seasonal treats on offer in the Kitchen including mulled wine, hot chocolate, warm apple crumble cocktails and moreish mince pies to help visitors get in the Christmas spirit.

The seasonal activities start on 29 November with the first of three Christmas wreath workshops in the Kitchen.

There’s also a chance for young ones to try their hand at Christmas crafts with free sessions taking place in the Den each Saturday and Sunday between 3 December and 18 December. There will be a different craft each weekend with all materials being provided.

This year’s unmissable Christmas show is The Snow Queen with the Storyhouse theatre turned into an enchanted space where good will battle evil in a magical telling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. It runs from 10 December to January 15 and tickets are selling fast.

For quiz fans there’s a FREE Alternative Christmas Quiz on Tuesday 6 December and a FREE Singalong of Christmas classics in The Kitchen on Wednesday 14 December.

Meanwhile on 10 December Storyhouse Young Leaders are transforming the Garret Theatre into an immersive cinematic experience for a special screening of How The Grinch Stole Christmas, including snacks and fun family activities before the film.

Plus, during the Christmas school holidays there’s a Santa’s Reindeer Training course for 4 – 8 year olds and a Winter Activities Club for children in receipt of benefits related free school meals.

In addition, there will be carol concerts, brass bands and performances by local choirs throughout the season in the building’s public spaces.

Storyhouse also has a busy and wide-ranging programme of festive films for families and movie lovers to enjoy over the Christmas period.

The CBeebies Christmas Panto comes to the cinema on 3-4 December – oh yes it does!

Other seasonal cinematic treats for young filmgoers and their families include The Muppet Christmas Carol on 17-18 December, a parent and baby screening of Last Christmas on 21 December, and Home Alone on 23-24 December.

There will be also two special screenings in the Kitchen – Elf on 12 December and uplifting Christmas favourite It’s a Wonderful Life on 19 December – where audience members will be able to enjoy a glass of mulled wine, spiced apple juice or a soft drink while they watch.

The Ingmar Bergman-directed classic Fanny and Alexander comes to the Storyhouse cinema on 15 December.

And Storyhouse is also the place to catch a screened performance on 8 December of the Royal Ballet’s magical version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, with accompaniment from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, while there’s a chance to spend New Year’s Eve in the company of the Berlin Philharmoniker – with a thrilling Russian-Italian programme of music beamed live from the German capital.

Storyhouse will also host a free Christmas classic sing along on 14 December, compered by Storyhouse’s Ian Fawson.

Storyhouse, Creative Director, Suzie Henderson says: “Christmas is always a very special time of year, and we know how much our audiences and visitors love to come and enjoy some of the festive spirit here at Storyhouse. 

“We’re really excited to present a fantastic new production of The Snow Queen in the theatre this season. And along with that, we’ve also got a wide range of Christmas-inspired events, free activities and films for everyone to enjoy – along with live music and some seasonal treats whipped up by our talented team in The Kitchen.” 



For more information, contact:

Nancy Davies

Marketing and PR Manager



07886 743531






The Snow Queen 

Date: Saturday, 10 December – Sunday, 15 January 2023

Time: Various

Tickets: £18-£37


Winter Activities Club  

Date 19 – 20 December

Time: various

Tickets: FREE (for children who receive free school meals)


Santa’s Reindeer Training Course 

Date 19 & 20 December  

Tickets FREE  


Christmas Wreath Workshop in the Kitchen 

Date: Tuesday, November 29-Wednesday, 30 November, Wednesday 7 December

Time: 3pm

Tickets: £13.50/£15 non-members

Family Christmas Crafts in the Den 

Date: Saturday and Sunday 3-4 December, 10-11 December 10-11 and 17-18 December.

Time: 12noon-4pm

Tickets: Free



CBeebies Christmas Panto: Dick Whittington and His Cat (U) 

Date: Saturday, 3-Sunday, 4 December

Time: 2pm and 3.30pm

Tickets: £7.65/£8.50 non-members/£5 Young Storyhouse Card

ROH Live: The Nutcracker (12A) 

Date: Thursday, 8 December

Time: 7.15pm

Tickets: £17.55/£19.50 non-members/£13.05 under 16s/£14.50 Under 16s non-members/£5 Young Storyhouse Card

Alternative Christmas Film and Pop Quiz  

Date: Tuesday 6 December  

Time: 7,30pm  

Tickets: FREE  


Christmas Singalong  

Date Wednesday 14 December  

Time: 7pm  

Tickets: FREE  


How The Grinch Stole Christmas (PG) – Garret Theatre 

Date: Saturday, 10 December

Time: 2pm

Tickets: £3.50/£4 non-members

Elf (PG) – The Kitchen 

Date: Monday, 12 December

Time: 8pm

Tickets: £11/£12 non-members/£5 Young Storyhouse Card

Fanny and Alexander (15) 

Date: Thursday, 15 December

Time: 7.15pm

Tickets: £8.55/£9.50 non-members/£6.30 under 16/£7 non-members under 16/£5 Young Storyhouse Card

The Muppet Christmas Carol (U) 

Date: Satuday, 17 December-Sunday, 18 December

Time: 10.30m

Tickets: £3.60 children and accompanying adults/£4 non-members

It’s a Wonderful Life (U) – The Kitchen 

Date: Monday, 19 December

Time: 8pm

Tickets: £11/£12 non-members/£9 for under 16s/£5 Young Storyhouse Card

Last Christmas (12A) Parent and Baby Christmas Special 

Date: Wednesday, 21 December

Time: 11am

Tickets: £7.65/£8.50 non-members/£6.30 under 16/£7 non-members under 16/£5 Young Storyhouse Card

The Bishop’s Wife (U) 

Date: Wednesday, 21 December

Time: 6.15pm

Tickets: £8.55/£9.50 non-members/£6.30 under 16/£7 non-members under 16/£5 Young Storyhouse Card

Home Alone (U) 

Date: Friday, 23 December-Saturday, 24 December

Time: 6pm (Saturday) 10.30am/3.30pm (Sunday)

Tickets: £8.55/£9.50 non-members/£6.30 under 16/£7 non-members under 16/£5 Young Storyhouse Card (Saturday).

               £3.60 children and accompanying adults/£4 non-members (Sunday 10.30am)

               £7.65/£8.50 non-members/£6.30 under 16/£7 non-members under 16/£5 Young Storyhouse Card (Sunday 3.30pm)

Berlin Philharmoniker LIVE: New Year’s Eve Concert 

Date: Saturday, 31 December

Time: 4pm

Tickets: £17.55/£19.50 non-members/£13.05 under 16s/£14.50 Under 16s non-members/£5 Young Storyhouse Card

Christmas Singalong  

Date Wednesday 14, December

Time 7pm

Tickets: FREE

About Storyhouse   

Storyhouse is one of the UK’s foremost cultural centres incorporating a library, theatres and a cinema. It is one of the country’s most successful arts buildings, with more than one million customer visits each year.

The pioneering new library within Storyhouse, where members of the community work alongside city librarians, boasts the longest opening hours of any UK public library and is open every day until 11pm. It runs over 2,000 sessions a year for marginalised communities

The company also runs a highly successful theatre company and the country’s most successful regional open-air theatre, in the city’s Grosvenor Park and Moonlight Flicks open air cinema.

Storyhouse currently holds the official title as the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre and was the overall national winner in the 2018 Guardian Public Service Awards

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