Dilemma Emma…here are some of the best things to experience this Christmas

Dear Readers,

Marvellous! By the responses I have received it seems presents are being bought, wrapped and everyone is feeling the Christmas cheer! Thank you, glad to be of service and now I do feel my shopping tips are exhausted and my work is done; neither the editor nor I can shop a second longer.

So….Mira, thank you for your email asking for advice on how to enjoy yourself because once the shopping is done we’re all ready to go out and have some fun. So here are some of the best things to experience this Christmas.  I’m going to list them, you’re going to investigate the ones you fancy and off you go!


The Red Shoes at Sadler’s Wells, London  

The Red Shoes – Matthew Bourne/New Adventures from Sadler’s Wells on Vimeo.

As ever, Matthew Bourne has transformed a classic into a breathtaking showstopper. One the children will always remember.

The Little Match Girl at Shakespeare’s Globe, London 

Inspired by the stories of Hans Christian Andersen, expect music, puppetry and some dark magic – for children and brave adults alike.

The Snow Queen at Bristol Old Vic

The Snow Queen story is the inspiration behind Frozen.  So, if you can’t sing along to Elsa for another second, upgrade your little ones to this.

Peter Pan at The Olivier Theatre, London 

Always a winner but just keep in mind their age and check they’re not going to be scared witless by Captain Hook. The aim is for warm fuzzy memories not nightmares.

Cinderella at The London Palladium  

It may have been around since 1697 but a sprinkling of West End stardust and here we are!

Mother Goose at Wilton’s Music Hall, London 

Dilemma Emma Wiltons Mother Goose
Mother Goose at Wilton’s Music Hall

Ever since the oldest music hall in the world re-opened its doors in London’s East End, people have flocked to it just to soak up its extraordinary atmosphere and history and what better way of experiencing it than with this classic, bawdy, hilarious, knockabout  pantomime, written by and starring the legendary Roy Hudd.

Hansel and Gretel at The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 

Mischief and magic abound so if you are Edinburgh based, lucky you!

Snow White at Creation Theatre, Oxford  

One day, I am totally expecting my life to contain a long suffering prince, magical mirrors and a fully functioning set of house elves but currently I will have to settle for watching them. Originally known as Tale no. 53, which unsurprisingly didn’t become a catchy little title.


Biscuiteers School of Icing 

Workshops and masterclasses where you leave with a newfound skill and a tin of biscuits! Loving their work.

Polka Theatre Creative Workshops 

The world renowned childrens’ theatre in Wimbledon is now doing creative workshops, so book with haste. We need an emerging Eddie or Kiera.

Royal Academy, London 

There’s a creative morsel inside all young things, so go and create, ensuring you book first.  Just an aside note… they are FREE! I repeat, FREE!

The Wonderlab at The Science Museum, London 

Fuel your children’s imagination and sense of wonder at the newest and most spectacular interactive gallery in the world.


The Enchanted Christmas House, London 

Meet the main man, decorate gingerbread and make toys with elves…..A magical time. Think of their age and then override that thought and make them go anyway, if only for you.

Open daily until 24th December, 9am-5pm, London Art House, Islington.

Kew Gardens, Richmond  

Kew’s gardens are transformed with Santa in his Snowflake Grotto. A spectacular light display will illuminate the buildings, trails and foliage, transforming the gardens into a botanical wonderland. Santa and his elves perform in Santa’s Panto in the North Pole village. Plenty to eat and to buy alongside all the traditional Christmas treats.

On until 2nd January 2017, Kew Gardens, Richmond.

Greenwich Peninsula, London  

APeninsulaChristmas GreenwichTrot along to Greenwich Peninsula and straight into the Teepee Snug bar, plonk yourself next to the open roaring fire whilst eating the delicious hog roast. There is Santa’s Grotto of Wonderment, with immersive storytelling brought to life by mischievous elves to keep everyone happy!

3rd–22nd December, 11am-8:30pm, Peninsula Square, Greenwich.

Natural History Museum 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition. Every year, every single year this never fails to deliver.  Take all the children in your life, of all ages, just get them there and then take them out for tea. Who cannot love a monkey grooming picture, I ask you? Best use of your christmas pounds to my mind. Enjoy and don’t email me if the monkey grooming picture didn’t make the cut this year.

Christmas Markets 

This year Bath is hosting a Christmas market of over 170 stalls including fantastic Christmas food and unusual gifts. The twinkling lights pull you in but the icing on the christmassy cake is……wait for this…. Glow in the Dark Crazy Golf…. I defy you to find a child, a teenager or an adult that doesn’t chuckle at the thought of a round of glow in the dark crazy golf….Crazy Golf in the dark, glowing…….

Next week, I will be replying to a few emails we have received touching on the holiday homework dilemma. Book exciting trips now, as by the end of next week you will be drowning in a sea of reading, spellings and projects.

Have a wonderful week, full of Christmas preparations and cheer.