The old classics always prove to be the most popular and two of our local theatres have just that.
Aladdin kicks off at the Millennium Forum on Friday 4th December while across the water the guys at the Waterside Theatre have opted for Beauty and the Beast which starts on Wednesday 9th December.
Two classic pantomime tales which are sure to keep the kids entertained, and your ears ringing from shouts and screams, is the only way to kick off the festive season in style.
But if you are choosing only one to check out, which to go for?Beauty and the Beast is the cheaper option with adult tickets priced at £8.50, child and concession tickets at £6.50 while there is also a family ticket available for £27.50.
Beauty and the Beast is performed by the Grove Theatre Group which is a voluntary cross community organisation and features a local talented cast of all ages.
Founded over 30 years ago by the late Tony O’ Donnell, the Grove Theatre Group has been performing pantomimes, musicals and showcases to a very high standard around the city for many years and have built up a loyal following and a confident cast of seasoned performers.
Running until Sunday 19th December, Beauty and the Beast predominantly takes place at 10.30am and 3pm with only a small handful of shows at 7.30pm.
In the city’s largest theatre, Aladdin will walk the boards with a few well known faces taking up the roles in another fantastic seasonal pantomime.
Belfast actor Gerard McCabe takes up the role of Wishee Washee and may look familiar to local audiences as he is no stranger to Millennium Forum pantomimes. He has also had stints in popular NI comedy show Give My Head Peace and was the Harp Lager angel in the most recent Back to the Future inspired ad campaign.
William Caulfield stars as Widow Twankey and the Northern Irish comedian is sure to deliver a side splitting performance as one of the pantos most loved characters.
With tickets priced slightly more expensive and starting at £10, there are a variety of price bands to choose from and also a variety of times across various dates. The show runs until Sunday 3rd January so if you are too busy before the big day, you can always continue that festive cheer into the New Year.