Countdown to Christmas with our SantaGiveaway Competition

The Big Red Box has a fantastic NEXT Plush Countdown Santa to give away this season!

For your chance to get your hands on this wonderful prize simply visit our Competition pages and answer three fun and festive questions!

Our winner will be informed by email on the date of the draw … Friday 25th October 2013

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

Congratulations go out to Virginia Offord of Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute …. your Plush Countdown Santa is on its way!

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Aladdin … Bournemouth Pavilion

Aladdin – The Pavilion Pantomime
Saturday 7 December 2013 to Sunday 5 January 2014
Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

All aboard the magic carpet! Aladdin is coming to town!
Oh no you didn’t? Oh yes I did! That’s right; you heard it hot off the press. Aladdin has been confirmed as this year’s festive pantomime at the Bournemouth Pavilion. BH Live is once again delighted to support UK Productions and put on another fantastic panto.

Winner of the ‘Sexiest Male’ soap star award for the past four years, Scott Maslen, better known as Jack Branning in Eastenders, is stepping out of the square and onto the Pavilion stage as the evil (but sexy) Abanazar. Scott is of course also very well known as DS Phil Hunter from The Bill, and for his long run on Strictly Come Dancing.

Joining him in this year’s festive fun is Bobby Crush. Crush first came to public attention after six winning appearances on Hughie Green’s TV talent show, Opportunity Knocks, in the early 1970s. He will be bringing to the show over 40 years’ worth of musical, acting and television presenting experience and playing the part of the much loved Widow Twankey.

We also welcome back CBeebies favourite and local celebrity, Chris Jarvis who is returning for his 8th year to direct and star in the Pavilion pantomime as Wishee Washee.

Aladdin is this winters Christmas treat and it’s coming to the Bournemouth Pavilion from Saturday 7 Dec ‘13 – Sunday 5 Jan ’14.

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Victorian Festival of Christmas … Portsmouth

A WORLD-CLASS DAY OUT MADE EVEN MORE MEMORABLE
Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December

A visit to the new Mary Rose Museum, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Action Stations and Harbour Tours is made even more special when you visit during A Victorian Festival of Christmas!

Festival favourites are set to return including our largest ever Christmas Market, Fagin’s Real Ale Tavern, Dickensian-style snow covered streets, a traditional Father Christmas (dressed in green) stage show and a wonderland of Victorian characters and entertainment.

New for this year we will also be highlighting Victorian character Sherlock Holmes whose author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, lived for a period and wrote some of his famous novels in Portsmouth.

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Victoria Festival of Christmas …. Portsmouth

A WORLD-CLASS DAY OUT MADE EVEN MORE MEMORABLE
Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December

A visit to the new Mary Rose Museum, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Action Stations and Harbour Tours is made even more special when you visit during A Victorian Festival of Christmas!

Festival favourites are set to return including our largest ever Christmas Market, Fagin’s Real Ale Tavern, Dickensian-style snow covered streets, a traditional Father Christmas (dressed in green) stage show and a wonderland of Victorian characters and entertainment.

New for this year we will also be highlighting Victorian character Sherlock Holmes whose author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, lived for a period and wrote some of his famous novels in Portsmouth.

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Snow White … Cliffs Pavilion Palace Theatre

Snow White
Cliffs Pavilion Palace Theatre, Southend on Sea

The FAB-U-LOUS Craig Revel Horwood will be leading the cast of our 2013/14 Cliff’s Pavilion panto as The Wicked Queen, with Lisa Riley playing Lisa the Lady’s Maid.

With more than a little cha-cha-cha, acid-tongued choreographer Craig is hitting the Southend stage as the ultimate pantomime baddie!

Lisa entertained millions during her 12 weeks in the last series of Strictly Come Dancing making it to the semi-finals, and developing a great rapport with Craig.

Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer and the team behind last year’s spectacular 3D production of Cinderella are producing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, so you can be assured of stunning costumes, fabulous sets, great songs and an abundance of comedy – making Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs unmissable entertainment for all the family.

Quick step over to the Cliff’s Pavilion and book your tickets today!

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Cinderella … The Hawth, Crawley

Cinderella
The Hawth, Crawley
Fri 13 December to Sun 5 January


Polish those glass slippers and get ready to have a ball!

Cinderella is The Hawth’s 25th anniversary pantomime and promises to be a truly spectacular show, combining the classic fairytale with brilliant singing and dancing, side–splitting comedy, truly amazing illusions and lots of audience participation!

Stephen Mulhern (Catchphrase, Britain’s Got More Talent) and Sid Sloane head an all-star cast in the Christmas show not to be missed!

This fun–filled extravaganza is guaranteed to delight the whole family.

Tickets are selling fast so don’t be late for the ball… Book today!

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Chatsworth … Nativities in the Farmyard

Evening nativities in the Farmyard
30 November, 7, 14 & 21 December

Arrive 4:30pm onwards
Performance at 6:00pm

£12 includes supper

Bring the whole family along to our famous farmyard nativity plays, starring our own farm animals. Be sure to pre-book your tickets for these extremely popular evening shows.

Supper includes:
Adults – Pasty and a hot drink
Children – Sausage Roll and a hot/cold drink
A vegetarian pasty/sausage roll is available upon request.

There are also daytime nativity performances each weekend in December. More details are to come about the daytime performances.

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Tatton Hall Christmas Lantern Parade


TATTON PARK, STABLEYARD, KNUTSFORD, CHESHIRE, WA16 6QN
Friday 29 November 2013

Father Christmas arrives at Tatton as part of a festive lantern parade on Friday 29th November.Light his route from the car park to the festive stableyard with your own lanterns as he is accompanied by the farm’s own reindeer, Prancer and Dancer. Bring along present wish lists to pop into the special posting box and please bring along any unwanted toys to donate to Manchester Children’s Hospital : this is the UK’s largest children’s hospital and the toys will be used to make a difficult time easier for parents and their families.

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South Manchester Santa Dash 2013

South Manchester Santa Dash
Date:1 December 2013
Time: 12pm

Give Rudolf a rest and enjoy a festive run for the whole family.

Kick off your Christmas celebrations and raise money for the Red Cross at the South Manchester Santa Dash in Didsbury. Don’t worry if eating too many mince pies has left you a bit out of shape – you can take this challenge at your own pace.

What is a Santa Dash?

Hundreds of runners will be given Santa suits before pulling on a white moustache and beard and running, walking, toddling or crawling for two laps of Fog Lane Park.

Fundraisers will be rewarded with a medal for finishing the race. Youngsters at the event can even get a present from Santa – as long as they’ve been good.

What’s included in the Santa Dash:

A comprehensive fundraising pack
support for your sponsorship drive from our expert fundraisers
friendly support and guidance about the event, by telephone or email
a Santa suit to run in on the day
a medal to prove you completed the challenge
a present from Santa (for runners and spectators aged 11 and under).

Register online

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Winchester Christmas Market 2013

Christmas Market

Founded in 2006, the Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, renowned for its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance.

About the Christmas Market

Winchester Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close surrounding an open-air real ice rink. All our exhibitors have been hand-picked for their interesting, high quality and unique products many of which can’t be bought on the high street.

The 2013 Christmas Market will be running for an incredible 32 days from Thu 21 Nov to Sun 22 Dec. Open every day, 10am-6pm from Sun-Wed and 10am-7.30pm from Thu-Sat.

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