A few months ago it appeared that this Christmas might be the first in living memory to be lacking pantomime and many other Christmas Traditions as a result of COVID-19. However, many our auld favourites have conquered the challenge to bring us joy this Christmas. From virtual Santas, drive through festive experiences and outdoor festive magic, there is really so much to choose from to soak up the festive fun.
For the first time you’ll be able join the same audience the cousins and friends living abroad to watch panto or visit Santa and many of the zoom Santa experiences and online performance won’t exclude anyone who’s shielding or ask you to take any risks to enjoy some festive fun.
Nanny Nellies Panto Telly at Cork Opera House
We might not be able to go to the Cork Opera House as we do every year but we can enjoy one of the best panto’s with Nanny Nellie’s Panto Telly and best of all from the comfort of our own homes. Cork Opera House have delighted families across Cork by announcing a new virtual Panto experience with festive favourite Nanny Nellie! Running from December 22nd to 31st Nanny Nellie’s Panto Telly will be sure to bring festive cheer to panto fans of all ages. The show will take a look back at Cork Opera House pantos, taking audiences on a magical trip down memory lane using recorded footage from the last five years. Tickets for the streaming link are €10.00 and available from Dice FM.
Trail of Lights at Bunratty Castle
December at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park will be a little bit different this year. Since Santa has to adhere to social distancing guidelines, he will not be able to sit and chat in his grotto at Bunratty Castle with all the lovely children as he would have done in previous years. Instead he will be making a whistle-stop visit to the drawbridge of Bunratty Castle to deliver a very special Christmas message for all the boys and girls, promising that he will be visiting them on Christmas Eve before taking off to his workshop in the North Pole leaving his most important personnel in the park to hold down the fort in his absence. Nevertheless, all is not lost … With a little sprinkling of magical fairy dust over this quaint little corner of County Clare Santa has created a magical illuminated festive trail for all to enjoy with an enchanted walk through the winter woodlands and twinkling lights of Bunratty Folk Park. Tickets are €10 an adult and €8 a child.
Jack and the Beanstalk Panto at University Concert Hall, Limerick
Round up the family, get your cosiest PJs on, snacks at the ready and enjoy the magic of the UCH Panto from the comfort of your couch this Christmas. This year’s UCH Panto, Jack and the Beanstalk is going ONLINE. This Christmas the University Concert Hall is bringing the magic of Panto direct to your living room with the daring adventures of Jack, some magical beans and a not so friendly Giant.
Online Streaming Tickets for Jack and The Beanstalk are on sale now at €15 for one streaming link. And the good news is, once you have bought your ticket you’ll be able to enjoy this giant adventure online and on demand anytime from the 26th of December to the 31st of December.
Festive Forest, Dungarvan
The Festive Forest drive-thru will feature a dazzling light spectacle, Santa’s sorting office, The Elves’ toy workshop, Santa’s grotto, plus the must-see experience of meeting Santa’s reindeer in person, all this and more from the safety of your own car. Tickets are limited, so you would want to book early. Children tickets are €18.50 and €13.50 for adults with a limit of 7 in a car. Located in Dungarvan town, by Dunnes stores this festive experience in running from 3rd December to 23rd December.
Glow, Cork City
The annual GLOW festival is being reimagined this year too, with a Creative Festive Windows Installation set to be unveiled in the city centre. There is a lovely buzz around the city in the evenings as families take in the Christmas Lights, post their letters in the giant red post box at the GPO and enjoy the various window displays including Casey’s Furniture and Brown Thomas. Make sure to sample the various take away hot pots and hot chocolates available from many of the bars including the Cornstore and Old Oak. The city’s panoramic Ferris Wheel and Carousel return to Grand Parade on Wednesday, December 2. Transforming the skyline and offering unparalleled views of the surrounding area, the much-loved and iconic 32m Panoramic Wheel brings back to Cork some very welcome festive cheer.
Like every other Christmas, the Panoramic Wheel and Carousel will be located on Grand Parade, from December 2 to January 10, daily from 12 noon to 9pm.
The world’s first interactive live stream pantomime
This unique interactive experience not only brings the panto live to your living room but engages the audience through Interactive buttons, live chat, sing-a-longs & a downloadable panto pack. The pantomime will be broadcasted completely live. This makes the online pantomime more exciting, unpredictable and unique to every audience.
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Tickets for live stream are available for €14.97.