Christmas is to the fore with family shows at Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town Hall over the coming week.
First up is a cut-price chance to enjoy a favourite family film, with a screening of The Santa Clause tomorrow morning.
The 11am showing features Tim Allen as an unwilling stand-in for Father Christmas who has to step up and deliver gifts all around the world when the man himself comes to grief clambering down his chimney.
Tickets are only £3 so it’s a good tip for a budget outing.
Next week’s theatre production with families in mind has been proving a hot ticket.
Most of the performances in the short run from the team at the Blunderbus Theatre Company have already sold out.
But there are still some available for the 5.30pm show on Monday afternoon.
Blunderbus has been creating magical theatrical experiences for children and their families for the last 15 years, and the team reckons to play to 200,000 children every year in theatres and arts centres as well as in schools and at festivals across the UK and abroad.
The Very Snowy Christmas is a tale that won’t be familiar to many but it’s based on a best-selling book by author Diana Hendry and illustrator Jane Chapman.
It’s the night before Christmas and Big Mouse and Little Mouse are putting up decorations. Little Mouse scampers out to search for holly but finds big white flakes falling from the sky – and thinks the sky is coming undone.
With live music, beautiful puppets and a stunning snowy set, this is aimed at children aged three to seven and their families.
Tickets are £5.50 (£4 Dacorum Card) – call 01442 228 091 or visit www.oldtownhall.co.uk to check on availability.
But it’s not just the littlies who are catered for as the year heads to a close.
The Screaming Blue Murder team are gearing up for a seasonal special of gags and giggles on Saturday night, from 8pm.
Compere Windsor will be introducing three doses of festive fun from Scottish stand-up and impressionist Geoff Boyz, Mary Bourke – whose Muffragette show was well-received at Edinburgh this year – and Steve Best.
Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions, £6 Dacorum Card).
If music is your thing, the final Acoustic Café session of the year is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, night.
This is a chance for performers including poets, spoken word artists, singer-songwriters and instrumentalists to come and share their talents in the venue’s café bar.
It promises an informal atmosphere and the chance to savour undiscovered talent, and tickets are only £2.
As the Old Town Hall’s refurbishment programme continues, the acoustic crew get a higher profile next month – they’ll be moving into the theatre on Friday, January 31 for a showcase of local performers and others from further afield.
Daria Kulesh is booked in as compere and there’s a second showcase date planned for February. Artists will be announced nearer the time, but tickets have been priced at £5.