An Alternative Christmas Programme

2 Nov 2018

Gulbenkian offers a magical programme of theatre, music, cinema, and dance lined up for the upcoming festive season.

We invite you to come into the woods to dance in the snow and bask in glistening seasonal lights of Night Tree, a show that is created especially for audiences 3+ and their families. Join us in this celebration of winter as we dress a rather special tree with edible decorations, sing songs and meet the animals of the forest.

Wild in nature and exploring darker themes in contrast, our performance of Pinocchio offers an evening of rapturously frenetic dance in an imaginative re-telling of the classic tale. Jasmin Vardimon’s breath-taking dancers bring to life what it means to be human, and what it means to have a sense of family – at a time when we’re often thinking of those who we hold dearest, this is one not to miss. If you have pantomime-fatigue, Pinocchio will keep you on your toes.

Throughout our cinema programme, we have some fantastical new wintry tales stirring up a storm, including the hugely-anticipated Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Allow yourself to be whisked away into another universe, whether it’s inhabited by an increasingly divided wizarding world or an army of talking mice. Not forgetting timeless cult classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life, The Muppets Christmas Carol and The Nightmare before Christmas, putting a healthy dose of anarchic fun into the festive period.

If you’re in the mood for a deliciously silly evening out, seek out the Faulty Towers Christmas Dining Experience, where you’ll be a guest at the Faulty Towers hotel – expect many cries of ‘Maanueeel!’, a three-course meal, and some hilarious interactive, improvised comedy.

And not forgetting music – we’re showcasing one of the most celebrated folk voices to emerge from Ireland. Cara Dillon will be capturing the mysterious spirit of Christmas with a collection of songs both ancient and modern – providing a welcome reminder that the festive seasons can connect us with the past and bring the energy of the ancients into the present moment.

If you’re eager for a flavour of something new to explore, try something different this year; whether it’s swapping carols for some Celtic folk or the London Pantomime for Pinocchio.