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Theatre: Seasonal shows fun for all the family ... oh yes, they are

Sleeping Beauty: Market Place Theatre, Armagh Until Sunday, various times

By Grania McFadden

This full-scale traditional pantomime combines music, song and dance, memorable characters and lots of audience participation.

All the old favourites are on show - the sleepy princess, the evil fairy and a helpful prince - and there's plenty of shenanigans before we get to the happy ending.

For details, tel: 3752 1821.

Tumble Circus: Winter Circus Writers' Square, Belfast

Until Wednesday, 2pm and 6pm

Those wonderful, wacky folks at Tumble Circus are back. The acrobats, aerialists and jugglers will be showcasing their talents to a modern soundtrack. The lunchtime show is filled with comedy characters that both young and old can enjoy, while the evening performances, hosted by Leonie Pony from Ponydance, promise raunchy comedy, beer and something to eat.

For details, tel: 077 7922 6508.

Hansel & Gretel The Mac, Belfast Until January 7, 7pm

This family show comes with gentle messages about friendship and laughter as brother and sister Hansel & Gretel set out on a magical Christmas adventure. Aimed at anyone over the age of five, it's a modern version of the story, filled with big songs, an evil witch - and an enormous bag of sweets.

For details, tel: 9023 5053.

What the Reindeer Saw Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Until January 6, 7.45pm

Santa Jnr is running the show now that his father has retired. He's going to make the North Pole great again.

But the elves are rising up against him, and his beautiful young wife is keeping close tabs on him.

His Christmas Eve booze-up is looking tricky - and what about the children? Will their Christmas going to be ruined? The perfect antidote to an overdose of jingle bells and carol singers.

For details, tel: 9038 1081.

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