Christmas Round-Up

5 Nov 2017

Come and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with us at Gulbenkian! Celebrate the season in music, movies and theatre!

Kick off the merriest time of year with the beautifully inventive The Little Match Girl which comes to the Gulbenkian from Wednesday 6 – Sunday 10 December 2017. Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic story with magical songs and beautiful imagery, this is a charming wintry tale that will delight audiences.

From Wednesday 13 until Sunday 17, Hans Christian Andersen’s magical journey through a winter’s night, What the Moon Saw, is re-imagined in this heart-warming performance. Watch a magical world come to life in this short interactive tale of dance, circus and music, bringing you a trove of secrets and surprises that will delight, excite and charm the whole family this festive season.

If you are already in the Christmas spirit, come along to The Ramshackle House on 24 to 26 November, awe-inspiring acrobatics, dazzling aerial and clowning experience created by the makers of award-winning family show, Bedtime Stories.

The ethereal voice of Cara Dillon comes to Gulbenkian for a night of Christmas songs for an undoubtedly magical and memorable festive experience on 3 December.

Once more rediscover the childlike wonder of the season with Christmas family film favourites such as the The Polar Express which stops by our screen on Sunday 3 December at 1.30pm. Let yourself go once again with Disney’s joyous Frozen in a special Sing-A-Long screening on Sunday 17 December at 1pm. Become enveloped in the world of Halloweentown and its unconventional Yuletide anew with a 3D screening of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas on Sunday 17 December at 4.45pm. And it wouldn’t be a Christmas line-up without the anarchic, warm and funny tale, The Muppet Christmas Carol on Monday 18 December at 2pm.

Come and escape the cold in our cinema to be wrapped up in the world of old Hollywood Christmas classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life on Saturday 16 December at 4.30pm as well as the iconic White Christmas on Tuesday 19 December at 4.30pm.

Immerse yourself in the awe inspiring and opulent Royal Opera House live and recorded screening of The Nutcracker. Experience one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of the age old tale of how a young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. It will be screened live at Gulbenkian on Tuesday 5 December, and then a recorded screening on Sunday 10 December.

Watch Charles Dickens conjure the timeless tale of A Christmas Carol in what is sure to be a new seasonal staple, The Man Who Invented Christmas, a film for all ages and starring Dan Stevens as Dickens. The story behind the most iconic Christmas tale will be screened at Gulbenkian on Saturday 16 December at 7.30pm as well as on Tuesday 19 December at 7pm.

Season’s Greetings from the Gulbenkian Team. Gulbenkian closes on Thursday 21 December 2017 for the Christmas holidays and will reopen on Friday 5 January 2018.