Festive Fun at The Haymarket

Santa's Christmas Party

The show where every child receives a present from Santa!

Friday, 7 to Saturday, 9 December

Friday 1pm and 4pm

Saturday and Sunday 11am and 1.30pm

The Haymarket

Suitable for: ages two to seven

Christmas is the busiest time of year at the North Pole. It's when Father Christmas makes presents to deliver across the world, and when everyone gets ready for Santa’s Christmas Party.

But this year somebody has been up to mischief. Dotty the Elf’s decorations have gone missing, Dasher the Reindeer’s party games are broken, and what has happened to Pompom the Penguin’s Christmas music? It looks as though somebody wants to stop Santa’s Christmas Party - and that someone is Jack Frost!

Come along and help things get back on track in this fun-filled interactive adventure. And stay after the show to meet Santa himself where every child will receive a special present!

The show is 45 minutes long, and an ideal first introduction to live theatre. For those on the autistic spectrum and with other disabilities, there is a specially adapted Relaxed Performance on Saturday 8 December at 4pm.

Santa’s Christmas Party is presented by Honalee Media, husband and wife team Kate Ashmead and Martin Parson, from Basingstoke; Kate grew up in the town having attended The Vyne School and Basingstoke Technical College. They are delighted to be bringing their Christmas show to The Haymarket.


Win two family tickets for Santa’s Christmas Party for the Saturday, 8 December 11am performance.

To enter all you have to do is answer this simple question. Which elf has gone missing in Santa's Christmas Party ? Is it A) Spotty B) Dotty or C) Lotti

Send your answer to newsdesk@basingstokegazette.co.uk by midnight on Thursday, 15 November. All entrants must supply their full name and contact details, normal Newsquest terms and conditions apply.


Heigh Ho the Holly!

Tuesday, 11 December, 7.30pm

The Haymarket

Blowing the dust off medieval song and bringing seasonal cheer to The Haymarket, Joglaresa's Christmas concert is a romp through the carols of Christmas Past, when Yuletide was the time that the Holly King triumphed over the Oak King in their cyclical yearly battle.

With fidel, harp, bells, pipes and voices sounding together, Joglaresa ring in Christmas and New Year.

80s Mania

Wednesday, 12 December, 7.30pm

The Haymarket

Broader in its range of music than your widest shoulder pads, this show will feature the music of 25 chart-topping pop stars including Duran Duran, Wham!, Madness, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper plus many more live on stage.

Expect a full night of nostalgia, with 150 costume changes, dual-screen video projection, the New Romantic Band and the 80s Mania dancers.

The Be Bop A Lula Christmas Hop

Thursday, 13 December, 7.30pm

The Haymarket

This West End hit features the music of five giants of rock 'n' roll - Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison - in a festive spectacular.

Carols and Capers 2018

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band

Friday, 14 December, 7.30pm

The Haymarket

Renowned folk singer Maddy Prior joins up once again with the Carnival Band for their celebratory show Carols and Capers.

Together they mix renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour putting their inimitable stamps on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare.

Thea Gilmore

Christmas Tour 2018

Saturday, 15 December, 8pm

The Haymarket

Singer and songwriter Thea Gilmore has gained global acclaim for making music of beauty, honesty and insight; spine-tingling, pure-toned voice guaranteed to leave you moved, exhilarated and spellbound.

Her acoustic Christmas tour features material from her album Strange Communion, a collection of seasonal songs ranging from joyful to meditative, from introspective to darkly humorous, laced liberally with the occasional highly individual versions of Christmas hits.

Support from Nigel Stonier


by Adam Z Robinson

Wednesday. 19 December, 7.30pm

The Haymarket

Suitable for: ages 14 and over

A trio of delightfully thrilling new ghost stories to spook and scare, set to the haunting sounds of the violin. You feel a prickle on your neck. Your blood stills. A monstrous thing creeps in the shadows. Is it all in your mind? A trick of the light? Or something far more sinister? One thing is for certain: these stories will give you shivers.

Cara Dillon

Upon a Winter's Night

Thursday, 20 December, 7.30pm

The Haymarket

Having released her highly acclaimed Christmas album Upon a Winter’s Night in 2016, Cara and her band will be capturing the mystery of the season with a collection of songs ancient and modern providing a welcome antidote to 21st century Yuletide excess.

Abba Party Night

Saturday 22 (SOLD OUT) & Sunday 23 December, 7.30pm

The Haymarket

The Abba Party Night is back by popular demand for not one but two Christmas party nights at The Haymarket, renowned for their authentic voices, musical excellence and original costumes.

So dig out your platform boots and get ready to sing and dance the night away with this fantastic show. It features all your favourite hits, such as The Winner Takes It All, Mamma Mia, Money Money Money, and Waterloo.