Family Festive Wonder Across Stage and Screen

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Family Theatre Shows

Parents looking for a guaranteed white Christmas will love Snow Play – a family fun show for little ones aged three and over showing on Monday 23 December at 3pm and 6pm, Tuesday 24 December at 11am and 3pm, Friday 27 December at 11am and 3pm and Saturday 28 December at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are priced at £8 per person.


As well as watching the actors on stage in this festive favourite, audience will also have the chance to get stuck in too with their own snow, making a snowman and joining in with a massive snowball fight!


For more festive fun delights, audiences can see Arabian Nights, suitable for families with children aged three plus, on Sunday 15 December 3pm and 6pm. Families will meet Sheherazade, the greatest storyteller of them all. She has a feast of adventures and fantasies to tell involving genies, villains, heroes and princesses. But she must keep her husband, the king entertained, with her stories to save her own life and the lives of all the maidens of the land. Will Ali Baba’s encounter with the forty thieves do the trick?


Can the story of Aladdin and his lamp help her live to tell more tales such as the Little Beggar or the Fisherman and the Genie? Families can find out in this brand-new version of Arabian Nights, a show full of adventure, magic and wonder! Tickets are priced at £8 per person and can be booked via the square Chapel box office.



Festive Family Films

Families who head to the Square Chapel cinema, can grab some popcorn and then see Frozen 2 (PG) from Friday 13 December. Put on those hats and gloves, wrap up warm and join Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven in this icy, magical adventure as they leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save their kingdom. This is the perfect Christmas family treat! visit or ask box office for screening dates and times.


Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without everyone’s favourite elf. Buddy was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. Christmas enthusiasts can see Elf (PG) on Saturday 21 December at 11am, Sunday 22 December at 1.30pm and Tuesday 24 December, 2pm. Tickets range from £5 to £7 and can be booked in person, via phone or online.


The Grinch is on his way back to the big screen again and just in time for Christmas! The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary life inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. The green grumpy Grinch gets aggravated when his neighbours, in Whoville, celebrate the holidays with a bang. Families are invited to the Whoville’s Christmas for a magical adventure. The Grinch (PG) will be showing at the Square Chapel cinema on Saturday 21 December at 2pm and Monday 23 December at 11am. Tickets are priced from £5 to £7.



Something for the grown-ups

Queen fans will want to be at Square Chapel on Saturday 21 December from 7:30pm for the Bulsara and His Queenies Christmas Party. After raising the roof last season, Bulsara and His Queenies are back by popular demand. This time they are providing the entertainment for everyone’s staff Christmas party.

There are no wigs, no yellow jackets and no attempt to look like Queen. Instead, the band’s whole ethos is based upon performing studio versions of the songs rather than hiding behind gimmicks including all the hits because the show must go on! Fans are encouraged to bring their dancing shoes as they will want to boogie and shout ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’. Tickets are priced at £24 and can be booked via the Square Chapel box office.


Calderdale Big Band Presents A Swinging Christmas on Sunday 1 December from 1pm (tickets are £13). Kick-start the festive season with an afternoon of festive classics with the talented Calderdale Big Band. Shoppers will want to take a break from the stress of Christmas shopping, relax and enjoy a festive feast of some of the biggest selling seasonal songs of all time.


On Friday 20 December from 7.30pm see this mesmerising version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (tickets £10-£12). The Storyteller and The Musician return with an adaptation of that most famous festive ghost story. The show will be cosy, hair-raising and full of festive fun to get you in the mood for Christmas.


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