Christmas is a great time to go to the theatre to see a panto or a family Christmas show. Here’s my guide to the best 2023 pantomimes in Buckinghamshire from Aylesbury to High Wycombe and beyond, as well as the best ‘non panto’ family Christmas theatre shows. If you live close to county borders, why not check what pantos are on in Oxfordshire and Berkshire too.
THE PANTO NOT TO MISS IN 2023
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre‘s fun-filled family panto is guaranteed to be an an amazing experience. Join Snow White for an adventure full of laughter, song and seven dwarfs, in this traditional fairy tale with a magical twist.
I’ve enjoyed the unique and hilarious Aylesbury panto several times now and can absolutely recommend for a brilliant, fun, family night out.
2023 Pantomimes in Buckinghamshire
He’s behind you, oh no he isn’t, oh yes he is. A great pantomime is full of larger than life characters, lots of laughs, a villain that everyone hates, a comical dame and young love. A very British tradition a Christmas, here’s the definitive list of pantomimes in Buckinghamshire for 2023.
Snow White & The Seven Dwafs at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Expect family fun with stunning costumes, sensational song and dance numbers, and an a lot of laughs! Aylesbury’s panto is one not to be missed.
Check out the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre panto review from last year
Cinderella at the Milton Keynes Theatre
Join Cinders as she transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Wicked Stepsisters and with the help of her hilarious friend and one very magical Fairy Godmother, meets her Prince Charming.
Beauty & The Beast Pantomime at the Wycombe Swan (High Wycombe)
Beauty and the Beast will be sure to make you laugh, cry and fall in love with a host of hilarious and hairy characters – so book your tickets now and discover if Beauty can see beyond appearances and learn to love a beast!
Panto Express at Bucks Railway Museum (Quainton)
See Father Christmas whilst enjoying a steam train ride and watch a pantomime – all in one amazing Christmas experience! This year’s mini pantomime is Beauty & The Beast
Cinderella at Elgiva Theatre (Chesham)
Christmas isn’t Christmas without a panto, and The Elgiva’s professional pantomime is filled with spectacular special effects, fabulous songs, wonderful costumes, great gags and oodles of slapstick, and of course plenty of fun-filled audience participation and sing-a-longs.
Check out our Sleeping Beauty pantomime review from last year
Peter Pan Christmas in Neverland at Queen’s Park Art Centre (Aylesbury)
This year’s pantomime show is packed full of rib-tickling slapstick routines, amazing dances and songs, and beautiful handmade sets, costumes, props and puppets from the artists and makers of Queens Park Arts Centre.
Iver Heath New Village Hall
Iver Heath Drama Club proudly presents their annual family pantomime Dick Whittington. Each January they perform a village Pantomime to over 450 people, the profits help fund the club and the next show.
Jack & The Beanstalk at Kenton Theatre (Henley-on-Thames)
Packed with comedy, music, audience participation, and all the trademark ingredients audiences have come to love and expect from an Immersion show, this hilarious and action-packed adventure promises to be our most joyous and festive experience yet, oh yes it does!
2023 Family Christmas Theatre Shows (not pantos) in Buckinghamshire
Pantomimes can be a little overwhelming for some kids or not your cup of tea. A family outing to the theatre is a lovely treat, often experiences make the best presents. If you know of any more children’s theatre shows happening around Buckinghamshire, do let us know and we’ll included them all here.
Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West crash into Christmas with a show full of fabulous family fun, festive frolics and fantastic facial furniture!
Santa’s New Sleigh at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (Aylesbury)
Christmas is fast approaching and Santa’s Sleigh is nowhere to be found. Will Sprocket and Dibs be able to create a new sleigh in time or will Christmas be cancelled? Can you help them save the day? Only time will tell but with audience participation, sing-alongs and a present from Santa for every child it promises to be the perfect festive treat.
Jurassic Live Christmas Special at Milton Keynes Theatre
Aimed at families and celebrating the festivities, Jurassic Live takes you on a festive musical journey as you join little Amber, Ranger Joe, Ranger Nora & the rest of the Jurassic Live rangers to help save the day from an evil man who is trying to shut down the Jurassic facility.
If you’re looking for more Christmas events and want to see Santa in Buckinghamshire, check out the Red Kite Days guide.