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What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District during December

PUBLISHED: 00:00 30 November 2017

Watch Bella Tromba perform at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Watch Bella Tromba perform at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

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Our guide to the best events in and around Lancashire.

THEATRE & DANCE

1st – January 4th

Cinderella

Get ready to shout and cheer Buttons, the Fairy Godmother, Cinderella and Prince Charming in this magical production of the classic fairytale, Cinderella. Expect sparkle and glitter along with plenty of laughs and musical numbers.

The Empire Theatre, Blackburn, 01254 685 500

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2nd – January 7th

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

This year’s pantomime stars Coronation Street and Wild at Heart actress Lucy-Jo Hudson as Snow White, and home-grown comedy legend Johnny Vegas as the Magic Mirror. The cast also includes Lewis Devine, Si Foster, Richard Hazlewood and Jack Rigby.

St Helens Theatre Royal, 01744 756000

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5th – January 7th

Around The World in 80 Days

The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Join him and his loyal valet Passepartout as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock.

The Lowry, Salford, 0843 208 6000

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7th – January 3rd

Aladdin

Comedian Phil Walker will write, direct and star in the performance as Aladdin’s brother Wishee Washee, and will be joined on stage this year by Carl Tracey as the hero Aladdin and Stacey McClean as Princess Jasmine.

Charter Theatre, Preston, 01772 804444

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8th - January 1st

Peter Pan

Enjoy a swashbuckling adventure this Christmas. With a sprinkling of fairy dust, children and adults will be whisked away to Neverland with Tinkerbell, Peter Pan, Wendy and The Lost Boys.

Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, 0844 888 4411

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Until 9th

Little Women

The first time that Broadway musical Little Women can be seen in Europe. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s captivating and critically acclaimed 150-year-old book with a stunning score by Grammy Award winner Jason Howland, the production follows the adventures of the four March sisters: Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy and their tale of self-discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love.

Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats, 0161 275 9141

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9th - 7th January

Dick Whittington

This show will include a spectacular 3D sequence taking audiences on a very special adventure alongside Dick Whittington and his trusty cat. John Barrowman and The Krankies will lead the cast in the magical production.

Manchester Opera House, 0844 871 3018

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12th – January 6th

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

This musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Manchester Palace Theatre, 0844 871 3019

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22nd - 23rd

The Snowman

Bring all the family along to the Hallé’s screening of Raymond Briggs’ classic animated film, The Snowman. The film is accompanied by the Hallé performing Howard Blake’s magical score live including a chorister singing Walking in the Air.

The Bridgewater Hall, 0161 237 7008

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23rd

It’s a Wonderful Life

Pendle Hippodrome Theatre Company presents a live radio play of the classic Christmas tale. Over 40 characters played by eight actors and 100 sound cues created live on stage by two Foley artists.

Pendle Hippodrome Theatre, Colne, www.phtheatre.co.uk

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23rd

Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits tour

The comedian presents his vast repertoire in lightning-sharp delivery honed from fifteen years at the top. Jimmy’s tour is a selection of his very best routines along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show.

Preston Guild Hall, 01772 804444

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29th - December 3rd

Nativity: The Musical

Based on the popular festive film. Every child has one Christmas wish, to star in a nativity. At St Bernadette’s School they’re attempting to mount a musical version but the only trouble is teacher Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film.

Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 3019

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Until January 13th

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ cherished festive tale is brought to life 
in this enchanting stage adaptation full of song, joy, and magic. Directed by Ben Occhipinti.

Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 
01204 556505, 
www.octagonbolton.co.uk

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Until January 13th

The Secret Garden

The much loved classic children’s book is given a new lease of life in a stage adaptation by playwright Jessica Swale. It’s 1910, and spoilt, lonely Mary Lennox lives a life of luxury in India with her aristocratic parents. But when an unexpected twist of fate suddenly leaves her orphaned, she is sent to live with an unknown uncle in Misselthwaite Manor on the wild Yorkshire Moors.

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, 017687 74411

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

2nd

Blackburn Music Society: Handel’s Messiah

Soloists are Charlotte Hoather, Helen Ann Gregory, Alexander Grainger and Matthew Mannion with Lancashire Chamber Orchestra and chamber organist Samuel Hudson, conducted by Tom Newall. Tickets £12 in advance, £14 on the door, free to under 19s.

Blackburn Cathedral, 01254 201978

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2nd

Jingle Bell Sing-A-Long

Presented by Bolton Cancer Voices, the annual concert returns with the Greater

Manchester Police Band, as guest musicians. Bring the whole family for a night filled with seasonal good cheer and favourite carols and festive tunes.

Victoria Hall, Bolton, 01204 883977

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6th

Bella Tromba

Clitheroe Concerts Society presents Bella Tromba, four female trumpeters: Emma Bassett, Victoria Curran, Jo Harris and Becca Toft. Programme includes Monteverdi: Allegro (from Vespers), Gesualdo: O Vos Omnes and Tchaikowsky: The Nutcracker. Gluhwein and mince pies will be served in the interval.

Clitheroe Royal 
Grammar School, 
www.clitheroeconcerts.org

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7th

Clare Teal & Trio: Ella Remembered

Award-winning jazz vocalist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal explores Ella Fitzgerald’s legacy from her early days at the height of the Swing Era through the Great American Songbook.

Great Hall, Lancaster University, 01524 594151

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9th

Lakeland Sinfonia

A concert to delight all ages, opening the event is Gli Uccilli aka ‘The Birds’ by Respighi, followed by Ben Goldscheider, the talented BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist playing Mozart’s Third Horn Concerto. Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie returns to the birds theme and the concert ends with a pre-Christmas treat, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

Kendal Leisure Centre, 
www.lakelandsinfonia.org.uk

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10th

Hallé Christmas Family Concert

An amazing afternoon of festive family fun with the Hallé. The annual family concert is packed with singalongs and surprises, and so popular that even Father Christmas takes time out to attend. There will be plenty to entertain you in the foyers before the concert and don’t forget your sleigh bells so you can join in during the show.

The Bridgewater Hall, 0161 237 7008

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14th

A Christmas Carol: A Folk Opera

The quintessential Victorian Christmas classic returns with a twist from GreenMatthews. Using new lyrics and traditional English folk tunes, the group along with special guest, Jude Rees of Pilgrims’s Way, will use a bewitching blend of voices and instruments to create a musical retelling of this seasonal favourite.

Burnley Mechanics, Burnley, www.burnleymechanics.co.uk

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14th

Concert in the Hall: Voce Chamber Choir

An evening of music by the Christmas tree in Holker’s Grand Hall inlcuding mulled wine and mince pie. Treat yourself to a VIP evening which includes a two course meal in The Ilex Brasserie and reserved concert seating near the front.

Holker Hall, Grange-over-Sands, 015395 58328

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16th

A Musical Christmas

Colne Orpheus Male Voice Choir, Pendle Community Orchestra and Nelson Ladies Civic Choir have planned a fabulous night featuring a wide variety of music. The three groups will end with a combined finale of carols to get you in the mood for the approaching festive season.

Pendle Hippodrome 
Theatre, Colne, 
www.phtheatre.co.uk

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17th

Slade

One of the most popular bands in Britain from the past 30 years, Slade present their unique blend of perfect pop-rock’n’roll, outrageous flamboyance and pure fun. Be entertained by tracks from their six smash albums, including 23 top 20 singles and six no 1s.

Academy 2, Manchester, 0161 832 1111

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24th

BBC Radio Lancashire: An Intimate Christmas

Spend Christmas Eve with BBC Radio Lancashire and friends. The Houghton Weavers, the 2nd Rossendale Scout Band and a host of special guests will join John Gillmore live on stage for an afternoon of Christmas cheer.

Grand Hall, Preston, 01772 804444

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COUNTY DAYS OUT

Weekends in December

East Lancashire Railway: Santa Special

Make memories to cherish on a special festive steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through the Irwell Valley. A traditional brass band and carol singing will get you in the Christmas mood, and costumed characters will accompany you on your journey along with an on-board magician. You will even have a chance to meet Santa Claus and his happy helpers as they make their way through the carriages giving a gift to each child – and the adults will receive a festive tipple and mince pie.

East Lancashire Railway, Bury, 0161 764 7790

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2nd - 3rd

Etsy Made Local market

More than 40 local Etsy sellers will be selling a ranging of unique of products from art work to contemporary ceramics. The event will give the people of Preston a chance to discover some of the best of the city’s creative community, allowing them to connect with and buy directly from local makers and designers.

Harris Museum & 
Art Gallery, Preston, 
www.etsy.com/etsymadelocal

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2nd - 3rd

Victorian Christmas weekend

Travel back in time at Gawthorpe Hall to see how Christmas was celebrated in this large Victorian family home. See the dining room set for Christmas dinner and the house decorated throughout, and visit the kitchen to learn the secrets of a great plum pudding from the housekeeper. There will also be festive craft activities for children and they can meet Father Christmas.

Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, 01282 771 004

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2nd December

Rainford Christmas Fayre

Outdoor Christmas market for all the family to enjoy including many attractions, fun fair, Santa’s grotto and stalls.

Rainford

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3rd

After Dash Bash

The Club House at Liverpool ONE is set to host a festive event for over 150 Santa’s running this year’s Santa Dash while raising money for Radio City’s Cash for Kids. Held in the venue’s Winter Lodge, post-event runners can celebrate their achievement in style. Package tickets are £45 and include Santa Dash entry fee, Santa suit, entry into the event, hog roast bap, arrival drink and entertainment during the afternoon

The Club House, Liverpool, 
www.radiocity.co.uk/VIPSanta

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3rd, 16th – 17th

Children’s Christmas Circus Workshops

Bring the family to enjoy festive circus fun. There will be a circus workshop/show in the School Room, followed by juice and biscuits, as well as Christmas story time by the fire in Holker Hall and a special visit from Santa with small gift. Maximum of two adults per child, pre-booking essential.

Holker Hall, Grange-over-Sands, 015395 58328

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7th

Holker’s Grand Hall

An opportunity to enjoy the Holker Hall at twilight, take in the festive decorations and roaring fire with background music by Palladium Jazz Trio. It will be followed by a light hot supper in The Ilex Bar and Brasserie, 7pm - 9pm, and the Holker Gift Shop and Food Hall will be open between 6pm and 8pm with special offers on purchases made on the evening.

Holker Hall, Grange-over-Sands, 015395 58328

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7th – 9th

Christmas Twilight Tours

Take a magical journey through the ground floor of Hoghton Tower - which will be beautifully decorated for Christmas. On the tour you will find out how Christmas from 1565 onwards was celebrated. From food to decoration, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian Christmas traditions will be relived in the historic rooms. Your evening will finish with a homemade festive tea in the Vaio Room.

Hoghton Tower, Near Preston, 01254 85 2986

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9th – 10th

Windermere Christmas Market

This community led market will feature over 40 local produce stalls with a Christmas twist. Entertainment comes in the form of the Mountain Goat Santa’s Grotto, a brass band and performances from choirs.

Windermere, 
www.windermerechristmas.co.uk

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10th

Colin Caygill Antique Fair

An emporium of stands bursting with home furnishings, collectors items, vintage jewellery, clothes, antique tools, militaria, watches and more. Spend your Sunday having a good rummage and pick up a design classic or a quirky find.

Rheged Centre, Penrith, www.rheged.com

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11th – 12th

Garstang Victorian Christmas Festival

During this festival, the town centre is closed to traffic and transformed into a festive affair. Most of the shops stay open for the evening, so you have a chance to get those last minute gifts, and there’s a vast array of food stalls to fuel you through the night.

Garstang, www.garstang
victorianfestival.co.uk

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Until 15th

Sketch 2017

A free exhibition at the Peter Scott Gallery where there will be 100 artists’ sketchbooks to handle and explore. This exhibition is a journey through the diversity of drawing and the sketchbook itself, and an invitation into the most intimate studio space of the artist.

Lancaster University, 01524 594151

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Until December 21st

Manchester Christmas Markets

These markets offer visitors everything you can think of across over 300 stalls and chalets across the city centre. From mouth-watering international food and drinks to gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes and toys, you’ll find the perfect Christmas gifts or just enjoy a great day out with friends and family.

Albert Square, Manchester, www.manchester.gov.uk

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29th – 31st

Liverpool International Horse Show

Some of the world’s finest riders, including Olympians and Global sports stars, will compete for the ultimate Grand Prix Liver Bird Show Jumping trophy, alongside brand new categories such as the Inter 1 Freestyle. There will also be live music, performances and motor bike displays building up to a spectacular countdown to the New Year with an indoor fireworks display and celebrations.

Liverpool Echo Arena, 
www.liverpoolhorseshow.com

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