School Holidays Doncaster

Pantomimes, Christmas Shows & Parties

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Cast – The Magical Fairy Lullaby

Lose your way in the enchanted woodlands, it is here that the faeries dwell. We invite you to join us on this magical adventure to explore the forest of the Fairy King and Queen.

Monday 9th December 2019, 10am, 11am, 12pm

Meet the fairies as they get ready for bedtime and sing their Queen to sleep with a sweet lullaby.

By the crackling fire, explore fluffy clouds, pretty flowers, long-legged spiders and all the creatures of the fairy woodland.

Sit amongst the woodland and watch the magic fairy sparkle come to life. Come, join us and dance in a circle to our fairy song – an enchanting experience to delight babies, little ones and their grown-ups.

This short fairy experience for babies lasts 30 minutes followed by a short free play session.

Extra Mumbler Activities on Monday 9th December at Cast. Find out more

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CAST: Whisker’s First Winter

7th-29th December, Tickets £8.50 peak, £7.50 off-peak 

It’s Whisker’s first winter.

A magical first theatre experience for children aged 2-6, presented by the wildly imaginative and forever playful Odd Doll Theatre Company.

When the curious cub creeps out into the cold, he finds that his snuggly home has been transformed into a sparkling, shimmering snowy forest!

Audiences young and old will delight in this immersive show as they skid alongside Whisker across an icy lake, sculpt shapes with misty breath and play with Whisker’s adorable animal friends.

Then, as daylight fades, curl up to watch the starry Northern Lights, as Whisker finds his way home to mummy.

Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU

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CBeebies – Christmas Show (Hansel & Gretel) Cinema Experience

The CBeebies Christmas Show is coming to the big screen from the theatre stage for a family-friendly feast of Christmas fun!

See it at the following cinemas:

Vue Doncaster, Sunday December 1st, 11am 

Vue Scunthorpe, Sunday December 1st, 11am

Vue Sheffield, Meadowhall, Sunday December 1st, 11am

The Light Cinema, Sheffield, Saturday November 30th and Sunday December 1st, 10am 

Cineworld Cinema, Valley Centertainment, Sunday December 1st, 3pm 

Savoy Worksop, Saturday November 30th and Sunday December 1st, 2.30pm

more venues and tickets

The show is an adaptation of fairy-tale classic Hansel and Gretel and will again feature many of CBeebies’ most popular talent, including, for the first time – Waffle the Wonder Dog! Audiences will also get a chance to see exclusive, additional content specially-made for the cinema.

This 2019 cinema-goers are set to be taken on a winter adventure through an enchanted forest as the story of Hansel and Gretel unfolds. The siblings must overcome the perils of the deep, dark wood in which they are lost, but with the help of the forest’s magical creatures and by not giving up, the pair prove to their family that the only thing that matters at Christmas is being together.

Hansel and Gretel is set against the backdrop and energy of the 1980s, inspiring the music, costume and set to get across the core message: never give up.

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Christmas Party – Wheatley Family Hub

Saturday 21st December 2019, 4pm-6pm, Wheatley Family Hub 

  • Free Admission for families and siblings (up to 3 siblings)
  • Free gifts for children and young people with a disability or additional needs (age 0-19)
  • If you would like to attend, please RSVP by 10th December 2019 (Call 07484 371525)


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Doncaster Dome: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

18th December 2019 – 4th January 2020

Bill Kenwright’s brilliant production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical returns to the Dome this December.

Starring the hit tv show finalist Britain’s Got Talent sensation, Mark McMullan.

Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Go, Go, Go Joseph, Any Dream Will Do, Jacob and Sons, Close Every Door To Me and many more.

Special Family Ticket Price –  family ticket for four – £60. (2 adults and 2 under 16).

Special offer for additional individual tickets at £20 (quote code JOSEPH for singular tickets)

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Box Office 01302 370777

Doncaster Dome, Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, DN4 7PD


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Enchanted Brodsworth

The popular Enchanted event returns at Brodsworth Hall from 5-22 December 2019, Thursdays’s to Sundays.

The grounds of Brodsworth Hall will be bathed in spectacular lighting and visitors will be able to follow an illuminated trail through the gardens, taking in various magical lighting and surprises along the way. Grab the winter woollies, your family and friends, and revel in the most enchanting event of the year.

A rare opportunity to explore this historic property after dark, you’ll also find marshmallows, mulled wine and hot chocolate, plus last-minute Christmas shopping can be done in the festive shop.

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Brodsworth Hall, DN5 7XJ

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Festive Family Fun at Doncaster Racecourse

Sunday 29th December (Gates open 10.30am, last race 3.35pm)

Festive Family Fun Race Day with Magical Winter Princesses at Doncaster Racecourse.  All guests will have the opportunity to have a picture taken with, and meet the Magical Winter Princesses in their Special Festive Photo Booth.

You will be welcomed by The Markham Main Colliery Brass Band playing various festive classics throughout the day and afternoon. If you are not excited yet, we have small fairground rides and FREE face painting for the kiddies

7 exciting races will take place as horses from across the UK will make the trip to Doncaster Racecourse.

We will keep the kiddies entertained also with festive face painting and a few classic fairground rides.

🚴‍♂️ Clancy Briggs Cycling Academy will be bringing and indoor racing track for the young ones to take part, and a Race a Champion Turbo Trainer initiative for those 16 and over. Former British National Champion Graham Briggs will be in attendance also 🚴‍♂️


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CAST – Glisten

A shimmery Shiny Show for babies aged 0-18 months and their grown-ups. The perfect treat for your baby’s first Christmas.

9th -11th December. 10.30am, 12pm, 2pm (Monday) & 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm (Tuesday & Wednesday)

Come in, relax, find a space and settle.

Slowly, a shimmering surface emerges.

What does it look like? How does it move?

Listen, what can you hear?

Welcome to the world of shiny things. 

Welcome to Glisten!

Join us on a gentle journey exploring the world of reflective materials. Watch as the empty space of the theatre fills with colour, sound and surprises, creating a multi-sensory landscape.

At the end of the performance, babies and parents are invited onto the stage for fun play time with the fabrics and materials featured in the show.

Length: 35 minutes

Tickets £5 (£3.50 nursery).

Special Offer for Mumblers, Monday 9th December only – quote code 1STXMAS online or at the box office to get all tickets at £3.50 each. 

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Box Office 01302 303 959

Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU

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Katt’s Kids Club Christmas Party

Lots of fun to be had for 6-13 year old children with disabilities/SEN.

Find out more on Katt’s Kids Clubs facebook page 

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New Year’s Eve Family Celebration Party Night at Holiday Inn Doncaster

Bring in 2020 with all the family at our New Years Eve family party night event from 7pm till late.

  • Enjoy canapes & drinks on arrival
  • Scrumptious two course buffet
  • Live party band Superlicks and DJ
  • Chill out Zone with games and colouring for the kids

£39.00 per adult
£25.00 per child (age 12 and below)

Family rooms available at £75.00 B & B per room

To book, contact the hotel events team on 01302 799988 /

Like the Holiday Inn Doncaster Facebook Page to keep up to date with details and special offers on this event!

Holiday Inn Doncaster A1(M) Jct 36, High Road, Warmsworth, Doncaster, DN4 9UX


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Seasonal Festivities at Lakeside Village

Advertorial blog for Lakeside Village 

Sunday 1 December from 11:00am – 4:00pm

Lakeside Village is set to launch the festive season in style this year, rolling out a one-day Christmas extravaganza jam-packed with entertainment and activities for all the family.

The centre’s inaugural Seasonal Festivities event, hosted by Trax FM, is set to take place on Sunday 1 December from 11am – 4pm, with a headline set from Doncaster’s very own musical superstars, Bang Bang Romeo taking place at 3pm.

Here’s the full itinerary of activities for the Seasonal Festivities event:

11am – 4pm
Santa’s Workshop (more information below, advance booking recommended)
Festive Wish Tree
Rocking Robin Hunt
Snow Fairy and Elf photos

Lakeside’s Christmas Cinema
11am – The Grinch (2018)
1pm – Elf (2003)

Bang Bang Romeo performance
3pm – Live music taking place near M&S Outlet

For our younger shoppers, Santa’s Workshop will be open on the day giving children the chance to embark on a magical adventure that leads to Father Christmas himself. The experience costs £5, plus a fifty pence (50p) booking fee. To avoid disappointment, pre-booking for the Workshop experience is strongly advised as large numbers are expected.  Book here  for your Santa’s Workshop experience.

Kids can also have their photo taken with a Snow Fairy and an Elf; enjoy a Rocking Robin Hunt, searching for Rocking Robin around the centre to win a festive treat from our Cadburys store; and get crafty, too, with a Christmas Biscuit Decorating Workshop taking place from 11am – 4pm.

Lakeside’s popular, free-of-charge outdoor cinema will also be returning for one day only, showing Christmas favourites The Grinch and Elf on the big screen.

Di Rodgers, centre manager at Lakeside Village, said: “We’re so excited for our Seasonal Festivities event, getting Christmas started with a real bang and giving our customers a whole host of entertainment and activities to really get them in the festive mood.

“From our Christmas Cinema to fantastic offers across the centre, as our Black Friday Weekend sales continue, we can’t wait to welcome everyone down to Lakeside for a day of festive fun and cheer.

“In the spirit of Christmas, we’ll also be raising funds on the day for our Charity of the Year, DonMentia – a vital cause that supports those living with dementia in the Doncaster area.”

Other activities set to take place on the day include a Festive Wish Tree, which encourages customers to share their wishes for the festive holidays with us; free mulled wine and hot chestnuts; and – of course – a whole host of seasonal food and drinks.

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Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure

14th November 2019 – 6th January 2020. 10am – 8.30pm (excluding 25th & 26th December) 

If you’re wanting to find some festive fun for all the family, celebrate at the true home of Christmas, Stockeld Park!

The magical Winter Illuminations will be lighting up the Enchanted Forest and the Snowflake Maze will be open for you to explore! Fancy more of a challenge? Try the Nordic Skiing! Enjoy the Winter Illuminations from a different view by taking to 1.2km Nordic Ski route! The ice-skating rink will also be open over Christmas and our rink is covered, meaning you can whizz around the rink in any weather!

Special events include:

  • Santa’s Arrival Parade: 16th & 17th November
  • Santa’s Grotto: 16th November – 24th December
  • Monopoly Weekend : 23rd & 24th November
  • Elf Workshops: 23rd & 24th November
  • Santa’s Breakfast Panto: 30th November, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 24 December
  • Tewit Silver Band: 16th & 17th November + weekends in December
  • Christmas Trees & Delivery – New this year is our Christmas Tree delivery service!  The Christmas Tree shop is free to visit! Open from 28th November – 23rd December

Pre-book online HERE and quote: MUMDONCASTER for an extra 10% discount! (Excludes 7, 8, 14, 15,21, 22, 23, 24 December 2019)

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN.

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The Deep – A Christmas Coral

Join us each weekend throughout December and throughout the festive period as we explore the seas of the past, present and future in our fun-packed interactive shows at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. You can get crafty too and make your own 2020 calendar – a perfect gift for your family and friends. Activities will be open every weekend from 11am to 4pm in Craft Corner.

The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website.

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU).  01482 381000. Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).

12 Doors of Christmas Trail – Thoresby Park

Every Weekend in December, 10am – 3pm

A Thoresby themed trail around the grounds hunting for clues to complete the traditional poem and learn some interesting things about the estate.

Thoresby Park, Newark, Nottinghamshire. NG22 9EQ

01623 822009

Aladdin – Dearne Playhouse

19th Dec 2019 to 21st Dec 2019

This years pantomime is written by the Dearne Playhouse’s resident fool, Danny Glover and his real life comedy partner, Tommy Savage. The two have known and worked together for over ten years, and say they know almost every one liner known to man, so expect plenty of silly jokes in this years script.

Washington Road, Goldthorpe, S63 9EF

01709 894128

Aladdin – Montgommery Hall

19th Dec 2019 to 24th Dec 2019

Join Tin Pot Theatre for a pantomime that’s choc full of eastern promise!

Church Street, Wath Upon Dearne,S63 7RD

Bloom Doncaster: Christmas Special

18th December 2019, 1pm 

Wadworth Village Hall.

For babies 6weeks to 14 months


Christmas at Elsecar

Sunday 1st December 2019

This Christmas themed event will showcase some of the best crafters the region has to offer and numerous other activities that will get you feeling all festive.

Fun fair rides, festives drinks, hot roasted chestnuts, Live entertainment, psychic readings, christmas songs.

The Family friendly event also has lots to keep you’re little ones busy too such as a childrens Crafty Corner, Paint Your Own Santa Boot and other christmas themed activities, games and treats.

Free Entry

Elsecar Heritage Centre, Wath Road, S74 8HJ

Christmas Party at Junglemazeia

Sunday 22nd December 2019

Come and join us for a fun-filled afternoon of festive games, dancing, food and laughter. Visit Santa in his grotto and enjoy a hot & cold buffet full of festive delights.

£7.95 per child aged 1 year and over
£3.95 per child aged 6-11 months and
£4.95 per adult

Ticket only event.

Junglemazeia, Island Drive, Thorne, DN8 5UE

Christmas sing along for children – Clumber Park

7th and 14th December – Two sessions; 10.00 – 10.30 and 11.00 – 11.30

Enjoy popular songs with a Christmas twist in Clumber Park’s main cafe, with their elf.


Christmas Songs at Sherwood Forest

Sunday December 15th 2019,  1.30pm – 2.30pm 

The major Oak Pop Choir get you in a festive mood with a selection of popular Christmas songs.

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

Cinderella – Cast Pantomime

29th November – 31st December 2019

It’s time to have a ball, as Cast presents the time-honoured most magical family pantomime of all time. Cinderella.

Packed with comedy, this lavish production features dazzling moments, a pantomime horse, lost shoes, ludicrous fun and a pair of truly Ugly Sisters.


Schools £11 
Off Peak £20 (£18 under 26 and groups 30+)
Peak £20.50 (£18.50 under 26)
Super Peak £21 (19 under 26)

Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster 01302 303 959

Cinderella Family Workshop – Cast

21st December 2019, 11.30am-12.00pm/12.45pm-1.45pm

Jam packed with festive fun and games, join us for a Christmas laugh and some panto fun in this creative family session.

Children should be accompanied by their adult.


Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster

Cinderella – Sheffield Theatres

6th December to 5th January 2020

Don’t miss this year’s fun-filled, family pantomime Cinderella, starring children’s favourite, Phil Gallagher (CBeebies’ Mister Maker), Sheffield legend Damian Williams and Strictly’s Joanne Clifton!

Lyceum Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA 0114 249 6000

Dick Whittington – Sheffield City Hall

27th Dec 2019 to 5th Jan 2020

Expect plenty of laughs, outrageous costumes, special effects and hilarious entertainment for all the family when they join our hero Dick Whittington, and his faithful feline pal, as he seeks fame, fortune and happiness to become Lord Mayor of London.

Barkers Pool, Sheffield S1 2JA

0114 2 789 789

DN Festival of Light 2019

DN Light Night – Friday 22nd November 2019

The centre peice of this year’s DN Festival of Light will be an audio-visual peice called ‘Tectonic’, bespoke to Doncaster Minster, that uses 3-D mapping and projection techniques. Created by NOVAK working with artist Ed Carter, the light projections will be a totally immersive experience covering the upper ceiling and walls of the iconic Minster building.

‘Techtonic’ will be open to the public on Saturday 23rd November from 8pm-10pm and Sunday 24-Wednesday 27 November from 4pm-9pm. Tickets are not needed for these sessions.


Kidz Hub – Breakfast with Santa

Monday 16th December, 9.30am 

Breakfast with Santa includes breakfast for your child and Christmas Crafts.

No need to book, just turn up.

Kidz Hub, Unit 1, Harworth Business Park, Harworth, DN11 8DB

Magna’s Christmas Family Fayre 2019

23rd & 24th November, 10am-4pm 

Get into the Christmas spirit with a visit to Magna’s Family Christmas Fayre on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of November 2019.

Open from 10am to 4pm, featuring a mix of over 60 seasonal craft and gift stalls, festive food and drink, family entertainment and free parking; it really is a fun day out for all the family!

Our festive children’s activities, traditional fairground rides, Santa’s reindeers and a visit to meet Father Christmas in his grotto make for the perfect family day out to kick off the festive season.

Tickets cost £2.50 per adult and includes one free child. Additional children are £1.

Magna Science Adventure Centre, Sheffield Road, S60 1FD

Mothergoose – The Lamproom Theatre Barnsley

7th Dec 2019 to 2nd Jan 2020

The Lamproom Theatre’s traditional family pantomime returns for another year, bringing tons of festive fun and frolics to the timeless tale of Mother Goose.

Westgate, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 2DX

01226 200075

Sleeping Beauty – Rotherham Theatre

29th Nov 2019 to 5th Jan 2020

A beauty of a pantomime this festive season at Rotherham Civic Theatre with the magical family pantomime Sleeping Beauty.

Rotherham Theatres, 26 High Street, Rotherham, S60 1PP

01709 823621

Sleeping Beauty – The Little Theatre Pantomime

The Doncaster Little Theatre presents it’s annual classic family pantomime SLEEPING BEAUTY.

14th December to 31st December 2019 

Fun for all the family. In the magical Kingdom, join Billy the Butler, Kitty the Cat and Prince Orlando as they try to save Princess Aurora in this funny, family friendly traditional Panto with a modern feel.

£12 Full Price
£10 Concessions (Under 16, Over 60 & Students)
£38 Family Ticket (2 Adults 2 Children)
£9 Group (+10 people)

Doncaster Little Theatre  01302 340422

The Creation Station – Family Fun – Christmas Gifts 2-11 years

Saturday 7th December, 1 pm

Christmas Gift Workshop


The Elves and the Shoemakers

5th December 2019 – 4th January 2020

Once upon a time, there were two shoemakers who were very old and very poor – so poor they couldn’t even afford to buy each other Christmas presents. With no wood for the fire and only one piece of leather left to make shoes, there was little festive spirit in the shoemakers’ shop.

But one night, just as the snow begins to fall outside and the clock strikes midnight, two mischievous elves appear at the window…

With live music, puppetry and lots of theatre magic, Grimm’s classic fairy tale, The Elves and the Shoemakers, comes to life this Christmas as a festive treat for all the family.

Studio Theatre, Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA 0114 249 6000

Tropical Butterfly House, A Christmas Trail

November 30th – December 24th 2019

Enjoy a wonderful winter’s day out! Take your family on a magical journey through the wildlife park to meet Santa and his Elf helpers at his woodland cabin.

Pick up your activity trail and discover all the exciting things that await …
– Gather up all your Christmas wishes in a Letter to Santa and send it on its way to the North Pole at the Owl Post Room
– Get your Christmas cracker jokes at the ready and join our cheeky Elf onboard our festive tractor sleigh ride
– They’re behind you! Take your seat for our festive panto-inspired free flying bird and animal show
– Spread some Christmas sparkle – decorate a Christmas biscuit to treat someone special
– Can you find all the mischievous elves hidden around the wildlife park?
– We love a Christmas jumper! Make a magical memory at our cool yule Selfie Stop
– NEW Singing reindeer in the Farm Barn, listen out for your favourite carol
– Meet Santa and his helpers at the woodland cabin our Elf gatekeepers will lead you along the magical woodland path to receive a chocolate coin treat from Santa himself!

Activities above are included in normal park admission.

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, Woodsetts Road, North Anston, Sheffield, S25 4EQ

Winter Wildlife Wonderland at Boston Park Farm

Wednesday 18th December 2019, 10.30am-11.30am 

Join us at the farm to have some festive fun creating Christmas gifts for wildlife. Wildlife friendly reindeer food, bird feeders and outdoor exploring.

Suitable for children of all ages from toddlers to older children that may be home educated.

Please dress for the outdoors as most of the session will be outside.
£8 – includes entry to Boston Park Farm, so you can explore the farm after the session.

Book via Forest Kind 07952 092713

YWP’s Christmas Fair & Santa’s Grotto

Dec 7th/8th & 14th/15th,  10am-5pm 

Two weekends’ worth of Christmas magic at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, with full outdoor and indoor markets selling delicious festive food, Christmas presents and special treats, as well as live shows, entertainment, rides and games, and much more!

While you soak in the Christmas atmosphere, you can also visit the park itself and say hello to nearly 400 amazing animals!

Book an extra special trip to see Santa in his Grotto! Every child who visits the grotto will get their own Christmas present from us, as well as meeting Polar Bear santa and Chris Cringle himself!

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Warning Tongue Lane, Doncaster, DN3