Festive family concerts this Christmas

If you’re looking for the perfect pre-Christmas treat then a family concert with a live orchestra is just the thing. It’s the perfect antidote to all the rushing around and commercialism of December. What better way to get you in the festive mood than an orchestra playing live to The Snowman or a singalong of carols and family favourites. Here’s our round up of Christmas concerts for families in Manchester, Liverpool and Cheshire.


Singalong with Santa
14th & 15th December

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Bring along the family for a pre-Christmas treat to really get you in the festive mood. Enjoy singing along to lots of family favourites accompanied by the Liverpool Philharmonic Children’s Choirs.


The Hallé Christmas Family Concert
15th December at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Make sure you book ahead for one of the Hallé’s most popular Christmas treats.
This amazing afternoon of festive family fun is packed with sing-alongs, surprises and laughter, which makes it the perfect start to the Christmas countdown. There will be plenty to entertain you in the foyer before the concert too, and don’t forget your singing voices so you can join in during the show.


RNCM Christmas Family Day in Manchester
15th December

Come and join us for a Family Day full of festive activities, and musical treats including a screening of the Gruffalo’s Child with actors and live orchestra. Meet the Snowman, Rudolph and Santa himself – dressing up is seriously encouraged! Suitable for ages 3 and above.


The Snowman with Live Orchestra at Chester Cathedral and Liverpool Cathedral
20th & 21st December (Chester) 28th December (Liverpool)

Big Screen. Iconic Film. World Class Musicians. Experience the magic of The Snowman in a whole new way this Christmas. The world’s most prolific performers of The Snowman film with live orchestra, Carrot Productions are delighted to be bringing their enchanting Christmas show to Liverpool Cathedral. There’ll also be a performance of the Nutcracker Suite with animated accompaniment – it makes the perfect winter outing for all the family.
Suitable for 3+ years


The Snowman – Screening with Live Orchestra  at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
20th & 23rd December

Bring all the family along to the Hallé’s screening of Raymond Briggs’ classic animated film, The Snowman. The film is accompanied by the Hallé performing Howard Blake’s magical score live including a chorister singing ‘Walking in the Air’. A Christmas treat not to be missed.


Looking for more Christmassy fun? Find out at where to see Santa and take a look at this year’s selection of pantos and Christmas shows  and our roundup of seasonal ice rinks for families.


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