What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District in December 2018
PUBLISHED: 10:45 30 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:45 30 November 2018
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Our guide to the best events in and around Lancashire during December
THEATRE AND DANCE
10th Nov - 12th Jan
The timeless and universal rags to riches story is given the Coliseum treatment; mixing contemporary pop culture and hit sing-along-songs with pantomime fun. Featuring Fine Time Fontayne, Simeon Truby, Sue Devaney.
Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Manchester, 0161 624 2829
1st Dec - 2nd Jan
Peter Pan - the pantomime
Pendle Productions presents the spectacular adventure of Peter Pan, with laugh out loud comedy and daring fights. All equals a perfect family day out.
Blackburn Empire Theatre, Blackburn, 01254 685 500
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
This classic pantomime will get anyone in the festive mood as we join our favourite dwarfs and princess. With lots of laughs and thrills along the way, it’s the perfect show for all ages.
The Albert Halls, Bolton, www.alberthalls-bolton.co.uk
Cinderella on ice
Watch the magic retelling of the classic fairytale as they skate along for the adventure of a lifetime. A festive treat for all to enjoy.
Blackburn Ice Arena, Blackburn, 01254 668 686
7th Dec- 2nd Jan
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
A timeless tale and one of the nation’s favourite pantomimes, follow the story of the beautiful princess Snow White; starring expert cleaner Kim Woodburn, Britain’s Got Talent star Lewis Pryor and medium Derek Acorah.
Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk
7th Dec-6th Jan
Beauty and the Beast
The classic fairytale featuring sumptuous costumes, and magical transformation moments.
Grand Theatre, Blackpool, www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk
11th Dec– 5th Jan
Join the eccentric Doctor, his human companions and his exotic menagerie of animal friends on an extraordinary adventure in this acclaimed family musical.
The Lowry, Salford, www.quaytickets.com
14th – 15th
Brought to you by The Lancaster University Theatre Group, this show utilises a talented cast and crew to create a striking take on one of Shakespeare’s most loved classics.
The Dukes, Lancaster, www.dukes-lancaster.org
Cinderella: A wicked mother of a night out
Crammed with live music, mayhem and a touch of midnight magic, Cinderella will have you dancing in the aisles and laughing your baubles off. The Lowry, Salford, www.quaytickets.com
19th and 20th
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol read by Charles Dickens’ great-great-grandson, Gerald Dickens brings to life the wonderful festive classic on the same stage Charles Dickens stood to give his famous ‘penny readings’.
St George’s Hall, Liverpool, www.ticketquarter.co.uk
MUSIC AND CONCERTS
The Lancashire Hotpots
The undisputed kings of red rose musical comedy are back to bring their unique blend of madcap music and laughs. Expect to hear all the Hotpot favourites including Shopmobility scooter, and I fear Ikea.
Preston Guild Hall, Preston, www.prestonguildhall.co.uk
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers
Expect bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show that carries its own health warning. A fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop anthems called bagrock, this is a truly unique experience.
The Forum, Barrow in Furness, www.theforumbarrow.co.uk
Forty-five years since the release of ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ Slade are back on tour. With a dynamic stage performance that is powerful and exhilarating, prepare for a roller-coaster ride.
02 Academy, Liverpool, www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academyliverpool
From The Jam
Comprised of legendary former ‘The Jam’ bassist Bruce Foxton, vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings, drummer Mike Randon, and Andy Fairclough on Hammond and piano, the band will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Jam’s 3rd studio album, All Mod Cons. The Grand, Clitheroe, www.thegrandvenue.co.uk
Carols and Capers
Queen of Folk, singer Maddy Prior joins up once again with the Carnival Band during the Festive Season for their unique celebratory show putting their inimitable stamps on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare. The Forum, Barrow in Furness, 01229 820000
The Sweet are a national Treasure, British at the core and a rock music phenomena that has taken every continent by storm for more than four decades. King George’s Hall, Blackburn, www.thegigcartel.com
Gitarrissima Quintet of Vienna
Five female guitarists from five different countries will perform pieces from Bizet from Carmen and Tchaikovsky from the Swan Lake ballet and The Nutcracker ballet.
Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre, Clitheroe, www.clitheroeconcerts.org
The Pigeon Detectives
Due to success of their tour with fellow indie band The Sherlocks, The Pigeon Detectives are back on tour and this year will be performing in one of Preston’s most beautiful venue.
St John’s Minister, Preston, www.seetickets.com/tour/the-pigeon-detectives
Christmas celebration concert
Walk This Way Choir presents the third Christmas Celebration Concert with special guests Darwen Brass.
Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, Darwen, 07718 319364
A festival of nine lessons and carols
Spend Christmas Eve enjoying the classic Christmas carols performed by the cathedral choir.
Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn, www.blackburncathedral.com
Oh What A Nite!
Celebrate the music of the band Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and an evening of great music, fun and more, featuring amazing vocalists, and beautiful dancers.
VIVA Blackpool, Blackpool, 01253 297 297
New Year’s Eve concert
Expect anything from West End musicals, retro classics to the modern day with Chris Lafferty.
Lytham Hall, Lytham St Annes, www.lythamhall.org.uk
COUNTY DAYS OUT
22nd Nov-6th Jan
Walking with The Snowman
A festive sculpture trail is to take place this Christmas to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ heart-warming picture book The Snowman. Featuring twelve giant Snowman sculptures themed around the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, each sculpture will be designed and decorated by one of twelve talented artists.
Media City, Salford, www.walkingwiththesnowman.co.uk
Rainford Christmas Fayre
This Christmas Fayre is an annual event hosted by the residents for the residents. A fabulous day out for all the family that’ll include food stalls, local crafts and a visit from the man himself.
Poulton Christmas festival
Poulton town centre will again be transformed with a sprinkle of Christmas magic. Attractions include a Christmas Market and children’s rides. Poulton town centre, Poulton, www.visitpoulton-le-fylde.co.uk
St Luke’s Church will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland this Christmas. With festive activities, Santa’s grotto, Christmas markets and lots more, it’s the perfect outing to get you in the mood for Christmas.
St Luke’s Church, Liverpool, 0844 8000 410
Dickensian Markets Night
Experience a Dickensian themed Christmas market with food stalls, Dickensian characters, Santa, live animals, and old fashioned fun fair, fairies, and much more.
Accrington town square, Blackburn, 074323344372
Christmas tree festival
This festive eight day festival hosts a variety of recitals from various local schools, with community and charity displays and a rousing community carol singing. With Christmas trees decorated by businesses, it’s a perfect for a festive outing.
Parish Church of St Laurence, Chorley, www.st-laurence.lancs.sch.uk
If you’re an experienced runner looking for some festive fun, a beginner taking on the 5k challenge or a family looking to get active – this event is open to all, including your dogs. All money raised this year will go to the North West Air Ambulance Charity.
Cathedral Square, Blackburn, 07500 858581
Broaden your horizons with the opportunity to taste, try and buy fantastic goods from the best natural, cruelty free and ecological companies around. Delicious hot and cold food will be served throughout the day, all 100% vegan.
The PPL, Preston, 07980992872
Garstang Victorian Christmas festival
People from all over the region join locals for an evening of fun. Enjoy the range of bands, singers, stilt walkers, and all kinds of street entertainment.
Garstang High Street, Garstang, 01995 602125
Concert in the hall
Spend a lovely evening with music in Holker’s Grand Hall. Includes mulled wine and a mince pie or upgrade to include a two-course meal in The Ilex.
Holker Hall and Gardens, Cumbria, www.holker.co.uk
Light up a life
This meaningful event gives you the opportunity to make a dedication and remember your loved ones at this special time of year. The night will also have joyful carols and Christmas stalls.
St Mary’s Church, Rawtenstall, 01706253633
Breakfast with Santa
A buffet breakfast followed by biscuit decorating, a magical story by the Holker fire and a visit from Santa who will be giving out small gifts at this stunning Lakeland home. Holker Hall, Cumbria, 015395 58328.
Christmas tree festival
Expect stunning Christmas tree exhibitions decorated by local businesses, festive stalls, refreshments and a visit from Father Christmas himself.
St. Mary’s Church, Eccleston, www.ecclestonstmaryschurch.org
1st - 21st
Charity Santa’s Grotto
The charity grotto is run by Wirral MENCAP and Hospice of The Good Shepherd to where 100% of proceeds will be donated. Tickets must be purchased online in advance to guarantee your time slot.
Gordale Garden Centre, Burton, South Wirral, www.gordale.co.uk
South Lakeland Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture
Christopher Chanter’s Lecture is a description of John Betjeman’s famous buildings, illustrated by slides, together with selected relevant readings from his work.
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 01229 468525
Christmas dinner dance
Indulge in a five course meal while donating to charity this Christmas. With the added bonus of live entertainment from Elvis tribute Jim Santana & the Midnight Vegas Band, all proceeds will go to Rossendale Hospice. u
The Riverside, Whitworth Civic Hall, Whitworth, 07907595933