More than any other time of the year, Christmas is the time to enjoy a trip to a musical. Most towns and cities offer at least one musical show for theatre-goers to enjoy although, to take in some of the biggest hits of the season, you may need to travel a little further to one of the UK's larger cities. London is the obvious destination for anyone looking for a festive musical. Every year, the city's theatres offer a selection of musicals suitable for a range of ages and tastes. Christmas musicals this year include "Nativity! The Musical" at Eventim Apollo, a now classic tale of a school nativity play gone wrong that's sure to resonate with parents and children alike, as well as with tired teachers. Meanwhile, Charles Dickens' well-loved seasonal story is the inspiration for the musical, "A Christmas Carol", at Wilton's Music Hall. Lovers of the novel should come prepared for a story that diverges somewhat from Dickens' original but is no less absorbing for that.
What counts as the right Christmas musical depends on your tastes and on who makes up your party. Remember that popular shows sell out quickly so it make sense to book as soon as possible after tickets are released, which is often over the summer months. Online ticket deals are often cheaper than purchasing from theatre box offices. That said, if you're prepared to queue on the day for returns or stand-by seats, the box office can be your best source of getting hold of tickets for sold-out shows. Finally, don't forget to consider overnight or weekend theatre packages, which include a hotel room, and sometimes also dinner, as well as theatre tickets for a particular show.