Ready for St Albans Pantomime Season!

Peter Pan by Ayletts Garden Centre

The snow has arrived and the Christmas Pantomime and Show Season in St Albans is about to start! How very timely! There are wonderful events lined up in the city this year so if you haven’t already booked a ticket, read the list below and see what might appeal to your family.

–Abbey Theatre is holding the wonderful classic ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ from Thur 16 to Tue 28th Dec.  This story, by Charles Dickens (who has spent time in St Albans!) is about the mean Ebenezer Scrooge. He learns to give up his bad habits and embrace the spirit of giving. This promises to be a fun and lively family production as you meet Bob Cratchit, Fred and the jolly Freeziwigs; but brace yourself for the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future!

BOX OFFICE 01727 857861, Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans. Parking spaces at the Theatre.

–St Albans Arena are treating us to PETER PAN from 10th dec – 2nd Jan.   Well-known Larry Lamb (EastEnders) and Katy Ashworth (CBeebies) are amongst a great line up of fun characters. I saw Peter Pan at the Arena years ago and enjoyed it as much as the children did. Top humour on all levels! Evolution will be dazzling us with costumes, comedy and theatre sets. As ever, audience participation will inject that buzz we need in this cold weather!

BOX OFFICE 01727 844488, Civic Centre, St Albans. Parking spaces near cinema and in nearby Maltings Shopping Centre.

Maltings Art Theatre will hold ROBINSON CRUSOE AND THE PIRATES from Tue 21 – Sun 26 Dec. This venue is very popular with St Albans families and parking is in same building as the theatre.

Robinson Crusoe, washed up on a desert island which has buried treasure. Pirates find out about his search and the adventure begins!

BOX OFFICE  01727  844222  The Maltings, St Albans

Trestle Arts Base has something different with THE SNOW DRAGON from Wed 29 Dec to Sun 2 Jan.  Billy the Goat is told that the mysterious Snow Dragon will bring him lots of goodies but has he been naughty or nice? Suitable for age 3 upwards, there is lots of storytelling, comedy and songs to create a magical feel for all the family.

BOX OFFICE  01727 850950   Russet Drive, St Albans

If you make it to any (or all!) of the above, we welcome your comments or tips. Enjoy.


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Maria Larmer lives in St Albans and is married with four children. She works as a Freelance Writer, English Language Teacher and Teaching Assistant. She has lived in Auckland, New Zealand for 9 years and prior to that in France, Germany, Austria, Edinburgh, London and Ireland. Her diary-writing has featured on 'The Wild Geese' Channel 4 and Radio Verulam. She has written for Hertfordshire Life magazine, Go Camping magazine, Camping magazine, The Catholic Times, St Albans & Harpenden Review, New Zealand Times, The New Beacon, My Weekly and various websites. She can be contacted on