The Best Shows and Christmas Pantomimes in Ireland

Looking for some Christmas pantos to go to this festive season with the family? Then look no further than my list of the best shows and Christmas pantomimes in Ireland for some great traditional family fun this festive season.

The festive season has many traditions in Ireland and there is one that brings back fond memories of childhood.

Pantos and shows were a regular feature of my childhood festive seasons, and they are such a good way to either get into the spirit of the season or a good way to round off the Christmas festivities. We were often treated to some of the best children’s Christmas pantomimes by our aunts rowing up, which took place in either the Gaiety Theatre or the Olympia in Dublin.

I fondly remember evenings before or after Christmas shouting “he’s behind you” at the top of my lungs, along with everyone else in the audience.

Note: Pantomimes are hugely popular during the festive season. We highly recommend you book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Best Christmas Shows and Pantomimes in Ireland (Republic)

In this section, you will find a guide to the best Christmas shows and pantomimes Ireland has to offer families and theatre-goers this festive season.

Cinderella, Glór, Clare

Address: Causeway Link, Cappahard, Ennis, Co. Clare, V95 VHP0

The enchanting tale of Cinderella is the Pantaloons production this year at Glór in County Clare. Celebrate this festive season with this great family comedy packed with singing, dancing, and lots of jokes and classic pant moments with “oh yes, it is” and “he’s behind you”.

For more information and to book your ticket, CLICK HERE.

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Nanny Nellie’s Adventures in Pantoland, Cork Opera House, Cork

Address: Emmett Pl, Centre, Cork, T12 DW6P

Panto favourite Nanny Nellie is back at the Cork Opera House. Join her and her friends on a magical journey through Pantoland. They must race to save Pantoland and all its favourite characters from an evil magician called Balthazar. Will they succeed?

Come and find out this festive season. With comedy, song, dance, and plenty of boo/hiss opportunities, if you are based in Cork and have been wondering “are there any pantomimes near me”, I hope you’ll soon be booking your spot for this hilarious production.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Olly, Polly and the Beanstalk Pantomime, Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Address: 72 Dame St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 K135

Enjoy a fun-filled panto at the Olympia this Christmas with Olly, Polly and the Beanstalk. With big laughs and lots of surprises, this is a Christmas panto for the whole family. Expect an action-packed spin on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk tale with lots of singing dancing and audience interaction.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Little Mermaid Pantomime, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Address: South King St, Dublin 2

Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre will be transformed into an underwater kingdom and children and adults alike can enjoy a Christmas panto with lots of singing, dancing and laugh out loud oceanic fun and adventure. Enjoy a pantomime extravaganza with this rescheduled production of The Little Mermaid at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin

Address: 1 Eden Quay, North City, Dublin 1

Prepare to be whisked away to Panto Land for the fairest panto of all this festive season. The Liberty Hall Theatre plays host to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves this season, with a Eurovision winner playing the Wicked Queen Dragonella. If you are looking for great children’s Christmas pantomimes in and around Dublin, get your tickets for this one!

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Red Riding Hood, The Helix, Dublin

Address: DCU, Collins Avenue, Dublin 9

Join Red as she journeys through the magical world of panto.

Will she finally realise her true destiny and save Fairy tale Land from the clutches of the darkness.

Laugh your troubles away with the great Christmas pantomime in Dublin. There is also a special sensory performance for families with children with autism and sensory disabilities.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Sleeping Beauty, Draíocht, Dublin

Address: The Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin, D15 RYX6

If you are looking for one of the best Christmas pantos in Ireland this year, head for Draíocht in Blanchardstown where the Coolmine Panto Group are performing a classic pantomime, Sleeping beauty. Expect all the laugh out loud and “oh yes, it is” moments you’ve come to expect from a panto.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Jack and the Beanstalk, Grange Woodbine Club, Dublin

Address: Woodbine Club, Raheny Rd, Grange, Dublin, D05 E061

Dublin Panto is back and with a live audience this year, with a production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Expect lots of comedy, singing, dancing and laugh out loud moments.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Aladdin, National Stadium, Dublin

Address: 145 S Circular Rd, Saint Catherine’s, Dublin, D08 HY40

Panto is back to the National Stadium in Dublin with a production of Aladdin. Join Aladdin on his magical and exciting Arabian adventure in this classic tale and now pantomime.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Cinderella, dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin

Address: Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16

Mill Productions presents Cinderella at the Mill Theatre in Dundrum. Find out whether Cinderella makes it to the ball with the help of her Fairy Godmother in the pantomime of all pantomimes. Mischievous comedy, amazing special effects and lots of boos and hisses await audiences at this great Christmas pantomime in Dublin.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Cinderella, Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Address: 1 Courthouse Square, Galway, H91 VF21

The Renmore Pantomime Society will be showing their production of the Cinderella pantomime at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway this festive season. Follow Cinderella and her friends on a wonderful adventure with the Wicked Stepmother and Ugly Sisters in attendance as well.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Snow White, Longford Traditional Panto, Longford,

Address: St Mel’s Rd, Templemichael Glebe, Longford

Enjoy a festive panto with Longford’s Traditional Panto, taking place at St Mel’s College. This year’s production is Snow White, and the audience can expect lots of singing, dancing and quite a few “he’s behind you” opportunities.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Sleeping Beauty, Theatre Royal, Waterford

Address: The Mall, Waterford

The Waterford Panto Society return this December with “Sleeping Beauty – the Panto of your Dreams”. Familiar faces will be singing and dancing their way through this production that is full of laugh out loud moments. So, if you are based in Waterford and have been wondering “is there a Christmas panto near me?” get yourself down to the Theatre Royal for Sleeping Beauty.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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The Snow Queen, Mullingar Arts Centre, Westmeath

Address: Mount St, Commons, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Presented by the Mullingar Pantomime Group, this festive season audiences can enjoy a production of the Snow Queen at the Mullingar Arts Centre. Including characters such as Dame, Snowflake, and of course, The Snow Queen, the story also incorporates Princess’ Elsa and Anna’s story of the struggle of good over evil. Featuring well-known songs and lots of great dancing, this is a Christmas panto experience not to be missed.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Aladdin, National Opera House, Wexford

Address: High St, Ferrybank South, Wexford, Y35 FEP3

This year’s pantomime at the National Opera House in Wexford is a production of the classic tale of Aladdin. Join the hero Aladdin and his friend Bish Bosh along with other characters on an exciting Arabian adventure to win the hand of Princess Jasmine.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Best Christmas Shows and Pantomimes in Northern Ireland

If you are based in Northern Ireland and have been wondering “is there a Christmas pantomime near me?” then this section is for you with a guide to some of the best ones taking place in Northern Ireland this year.

Cinderella, Waterfront Hall, Antrim

Address: 2 Lanyon Pl, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT1 3WH (UK)

One of the greatest pantomimes of all is taking place at the Waterfront Hall Studio in Belfast this festive season. Join Cinderella in this classic tale of rags to riches. This glittering production features a famous cast, lots of humour, amazing costumes, and scenery, and plenty of laugh out loud and hissing moments for the audience.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Grand Opera House, Antrim

Address: 2-4 Great Victoria St, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT2 7HR (UK)

This year’s Christmas panto at the Grand Opera House in Belfast is a production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Enter a sensational circus world where anything and everything is possible.

This festive extravaganza is packed with riotous comedy, extraordinary special effects, hair-raising stunts and international circus acts!

Prepare to be swept away by this magical pantomime spectacle.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Pinocchio: The Greatest Wonder of the Age, Lyric Theatre, Antrim

Address: 55 Ridgeway St, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT9 5FB (UK)

If you are looking for a great Christmas panto in Northern Ireland, then head to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast for their musical version of Pinocchio. This all-new musical re-imagining of the classic fairy tale will delight audiences, young and old. With sensational musicians and unforgettable characters, this is a stunning performance not to miss this festive season.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.


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Snow White, Theatre at the Mill, Antrim

Address: Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Rd N, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT36 5QA (UK)

Mr Hullabaloo Children’s Interactive Theatre is performing Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at the Theatre at the Mill this festive season. Enjoy a magical, fun-filled performance with original script, music and lyrics. Join this musical adventure and have fun with the whole family.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Sleeping Beauty, Millennium Forum, Derry/Londonderry

Address: 3 Newmarket St, Londonderry, Co. Derry BT48 6EB (UK)

Fun, frolics and laughter await audiences at the Millennium Forum which is hosting the Sleeping Beauty panto this year. This is a hilarious comedy, with special effects that will take your breath away. Expect lots of “oh yes, it is” moments too in this fun panto for all the family.

For more information and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE.

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So, whether you are looking for the best Christmas panto Ireland has to offer in the north, south, east, or west of the country, I hope you will find something near you in my guide to the best shows and Christmas pantomimes in Ireland for the festive season.

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Cath is an Irish expat now living in Portugal. She regularly returns to Ireland to explore more of the wonderful island with her family.

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