Festive family fun will have you hooked

Warrington Guardian: Brookside’s Louis Emerick stars as Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Brookside’s Louis Emerick stars as Captain Hook in Peter Pan.

ITH Christmas just a fortnight away, Weekend rounds up the best of the panto season and festive family entertainment.

Jack and the Beanstalk - Club Theatre, Altrincham, until December 15

The Margs presents this tale of magic beans, a fearsome giant and a goose that lays golden eggs. Call 07980 931345.

Dick Whittington -  Manchester Opera House, until January 5

Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey lead an all-star cast. Call 0844 871 3018.

Selfridges ice rink - Trafford Centre, until January 5

Wrap up warm and make it a festive day out at the centre.

Aladdin - The Grange Theatre, Northwich, December 13 to 31

AB Productions’ performance features Allo’ Allo’s Arthur Bostrom as Abanazar.

Call 0844 8700 887.

ÃÃ Peter Pan, Liverpool Empire, December 13 to January 5 Dancing on Ice and Grease’s Ray Quinn stars as the boy who never grew up alongside Brookside’s Louis Emerick as Captain Hook.

Beauty and The Beast - The Brindley, Runcorn, December 14 to January 12

This family panto stars Andy Moss from Hollyoaks.

You can also talk to The Brindley about booking your own panto party prior to the show between December 27 and January 3. Call 0151 907 8360.

The Sleeping Beauty - Winsford Lifestyle Centre, December 16 to 24 Make Believe Entertainment returns with a new production of this classic. Call 01606 550700.

The Night Before Christmas - Lowry, Salford Quays, December 17 to 28

A mischievous elf is pretending to be hard at work in Santa’s workshop, but he is secretly hiding toys away for himself.

Winter Wonderland - EventCity, December 18 to January 5

The UK’s largest indoor Christmas theme park with more than 30 rides.

Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp - Altrincham Garrick, December 20 to January 5

The classic tale of Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp is brought to life in this traditional panto rendition. Call 0161 9281677.

The Wizard of Oz - Middlewich Town Hall, December 20 and 21 Middlewich Youth Theatre’s winter production will bring together both of its age groups for its take on this classic story.Call 07868 663529.

Disney Fantasia - Manchester Arena, December 28

Experience Disney’s classic 1940 film like you have never seen it before with the iconic music performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Call 0844 8478000.

Cinderella - The Parr Hall, Warrington, January 3 to 12

Join Cinderella on her quest to escape her stepmother and two ugly sisters. Call 442345

Mother Goose - Bath House Theatre, Manchester, January 22 to 25 Join poor old Mother Goose as she learns a valuable lesson in humility. The panto promises plenty of songs, dances and laughter. Call 07866 378569.

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