Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a good panto and this year we are spoilt for choice with Snow White, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Jack and the Beanstalk all coming to Wirral. Oh yes they are!
Former Brookside star Claire Sweeney will be playing the dastardly Wicked Queen in SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS at the Floral Pavilion. The Liverpudlian actress will be joined on stage by Luke Walsh (Rock of Ages), Sean Jones (Blood Brothers), Philip Meeks, Naomi Gisbey, Hoylake School of Dance - and not forgetting the seven dwarfs! Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Find out for yourself between Sat 7 Dec and Sun 5 Jan (tickets from £16.25 to £25.75). WIN A FAMILY TICKET in our competition below!
ALADDIN rubbed his magic lamp and his wishes have come true - he's coming to the Gladstone Theatre this Christmas! Ryan Towart (CBeebies), Darren John Langford (Hollyoaks, Emmerdale) and Maria Ellinas (The X Factor), will take you on a magic carpet ride you won’t forget! The Arabian adventure runs between Sat 14 Dec and Tue 31 Dec with tickets from £13.
- Fee-fi-fo-fum... The brilliant Carlton Players present JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at one of Birkenhead’s best kept secrets, Carlton Little Theatre. Expect magic beans, golden eggs and a grumpy giant. The show runs from Fri 20 - Sun 22 Dec with tickets £9/£7.
- In January Wirral Community Theatre will be performing BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Join the talented cast for a 'tale as old as time' at Westbourne Hall in West Kirby between Fri 10 and Sun 12 January. Tickets are £7/£6
WIN A FAMILY TICKET (2 adults / 2 children) to see Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs at Floral Pavilion on Friday 20 December, 7pm.
What are the names of the seven dwarfs?
Email your answer to the question above - plus name, address and phone number - to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your entry can be posted to Wirral View, Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton St, Wallasey CH44 8ED. Closing date is Mon 16 Dec. Good luck!
'Tis the season to be jolly, with a feast of festive entertainment throughout the month of December:
- Opera-lele Christmas Carols & Comedy: Fri 6 Dec, 8pm, Melrose Hall, Hoylake. Festive show combining opera and ukuleles! - facebook.com/Operalele
- Port Sunlight Players – Christmas Cracker: Sat 7 Dec, 2.30pm & 7.30pm (£9). An evening of song and dance from the musicals - gladstonetheatre.org.uk
- Storytime with Santa: Sat 7 Dec, 2.30pm & 3.35pm (free but booking essential) - liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever
- Christmas Crafternoon at Birkenhead Priory: Sat 7 Dec, 2pm - 4pm - thebirkenheadpriory.org/whats-on/
- Light up a Life: Sun 8 Dec, 4pm - 7pm, Wirral Hospice St John’s. Sponsor a light in memory of a loved one - wirralhospice.org/light-up-a-life
- Grove Street Primary School choir at Lady Lever Gallery: Sat 7 Dec, 1.15pm - liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever
- Father Christmas Needs A Wee: Sun 8 Dec, 2.30pm (£10 - £12). Hilarious musical adaptation of Nicholas Allan's much loved book - gladstonetheatre.org.uk
- Christmas Market & Carol Concerts, Birkenhead Priory: Sun 8 Dec, 11am - 4pm. Featuring carols by Mostly Madrigals at 2.30pm and 3.15pm - thebirkenheadpriory.org/whats-on/
- Winter Warmer & Christmas Crafts at Dibbinsdale, Birkenhead: Sun 8 Dec, 1pm - 4pm. Includes a choir, bbq and roast chestnuts - https://tockify.com/e/wirralview/detail/2591/1575810000000
- Christmas Storytime & Crafts: Mon 9 Dec, 2.30pm, West Kirby Library - www.facebook.com/wirrallibraries/
- A Christmas Carol: Fri 13 Dec, 7.30pm (£12). A unique retelling of the Charles Dickens tale using folk music - westkirbyartscentre.org.uk
- Tales and Tunes at Christmas Twilight: Fri 13 Dec, 7.30pm (£5) at St Bridget’s Church Centre, West Kirby
- ‘Glee’ Choir Christmas Coffee Afternoon: Fri 13 Dec, 2pm, Wallasey Central Library - www.facebook.com/wirrallibraries/
- Roll Up! Roll Up! Christmas Party Nights: Fri 13 & Sat 14 Dec, 7.30pm (£47) - floralpavilion.com
- Santa Specials, Wirral Transport Museum & Heritage Tramway: Sat 14 Dec (£7). Visit Santa's tram grotto! - mtps.co.uk
- Storytime with Santa: Sat 14 Dec - Tue 24 Dec, start times vary (£12.75 per child, parents free) - floralpavilion.com
- Christmas Carol Concert: Sat 14 Dec, 7.30pm (£8). The Castle Singers with Castle Brass - heswallhall.co.uk
- Wirral Community Choir at Wallasey Town Hall: Sat 14 Dec, 7.30pm (£12). wirralcommunitychoir.com
- ROH Live: Nutcracker (12A): Tue 17 Dec, 7.15pm (£17.95/£15.45). Screening of the festive ballet with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score - newbrighton.lightcinemas.co.uk
- A Viennese Strauss Christmas Gala: Wed 18 Dec, 7.30pm (£23/£21) - floralpavilion.com
- Christmas Ceilidh: Fri 20 Dec, 6.45pm (£10) - westkirbyartscentre.org.uk
- Christmas Crafts: Sat 21 Dec, 2.30pm - 4pm, Birkenhead Central Library - www.facebook.com/wirrallibraries/
- Festive Snow Ball: Sun 22 Dec, 3pm - 5pm (£10). A Christmas ball for all young aspiring Princesses - westkirbyartscentre.org.uk
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THE BIG SCREEN
Drive in, sit back and enjoy a classic Christmas film at Woodside Drive-In this December:
- Fri 6 Dec, 7.30pm - The Grinch (U)
- Sat 7 Dec, 7.30pm - Elf (U)
- Sun 8 Dec, 7.30pm - Die Hard (15)
- Wed 11 Dec, 7.30pm - The Holiday (12A)
- Thu 12 Dec, 7.30pm - Love Actually (15)
- Fri 13 Dec, 7.30pm - Elf (U)
- Sat 14 Dec, 7.30pm - The Muppet Christmas Carol (U)
- Sun 15 Dec, 7.30pm - Scrooged (PG)
- Wed 18 Dec , 7.30pm - Four Christmases (12)
- Thu 19 Dec, 7.30pm - Home Alone (PG)
- Fri 20 Dec, 7.30pm - Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (PG)
When you arrive, you’ll be directed to your parking space and given the radio frequency so you can hear the audio through your car radio! (Yes, that means you can have your windows rolled up!). You’ll also be given a menu and can order food or drinks from our rollerskating waiters and waitresses. It costs £15 per car. To buy tickets, visit woodsidedrivein.co.uk