Christmas Season 2022 at Gulbenkian

Gulbenkian’s Christmas Season 2022 is a scrumptiously festive selection box of treats! From merry music gigs, festive family events to comedy nights full of Christmas cheer, Gulbenkian has Christmas all wrapped up this December!


Home Alone (PG)  Sun 4 Dec, 15.00

Under The Frozen Moon  Tue 6 – Wed 21 Dec, Times Vary

Funny Rabbit Comedy Club: NJambi McGrath & Keith Farnan Fri 9 Dec, 20.00

Christmas Cornucopia  Sat 10 Dec, 19.30

Harriet Kemsley: Honeysuckle Island  Sat 10 Dec 20.00

The Muppet Christmas Carol (U) Sat 10 Dec, 15.00

ROH: The Nutcracker (U) Thu 8, 7.15pm & Sun 11 Dec, 14.00

Frozen Sing-Along (PG)  Sun 11 Dec, 10.30

Elf (PG) Tue 13 Dec, 19.00

The Polar Express (U)  Sat 17 Dec, 10.30

Relaxed Screening: The Grinch (2018) (U)  Sat 17 Dec, 15.00

Arthur Christmas (U)  Sun 18 Dec, 10.30

It’s a Wonderful Life (U)  Sun 18 Dec, 16.00

Join us throughout December (Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 21) for our magically festive theatre show Under The Frozen Moon. Award-winning Half a String presents a winter show perfect for ages 3 and above. In this heart-warming tale, a young girl sets out on a quest to confront the dragon under the ice who has hoarded all of the fires and lights for himself. With lively poetry, transforming sets, atmospheric live music and exciting puppetry; Under the Frozen Moon brings to life a beautiful world of ice and adventure.

We’re decking the halls and singing merrily on high with incredibly merry music gigs this December including the University Chorus and Orchestra’s Christmas Cornucopia as part of the ten-year anniversary of Colyer-Fergusson on Saturday 10 December.  Folk in the Barn bring us The Albion Christmas Band, who are back with more Christmas music, humorous stories and spine-tingling ballads on Saturday 17 December. Plus, the University of Kent Big Band returns with its annual festive cracker of a Christmas gig, Christmas Swing-Along! featuring season classics and big band swing on Wednesday 14 December.

There’ll be hohohos aplenty at our Funny Rabbit Comedy Club on Friday 9 December, featuring NJambi McGrath & Keith Farnan. We also have Canterbury’s own Harriet Kemsley with her new stand up show Honeysuckle Island on Saturday 10 December.

Snuggle up in our cinema and be enchanted by our incredible screenings this December. Cheer on pint-sized hero, Kevin as he runs rings around two would-be burglars in this Christmas caper full of pranks and booby-traps galore as Home Alone kicks off our Christmas season on Friday 4 December. Be wrapped up in the world of old Hollywood as we screen the evergreen classic It’s a Wonderful Life on Sunday 18 December.

Rediscover the childlike wonder of the season with Christmas family film favourites including Aardman Animations’ Arthur Christmas on Sunday 18 December, the joyous and anarchic take on the icon Charles Dickens’ tale The Muppet Christmas Carol on Saturday 10 December, and The Polar Express stops by our screen on Saturday 17 December. Let yourself go once again with Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along which skates onto our screen on Sunday 11 December.

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the inspiring and opulent Royal Opera House’s The Nutcracker. Experience one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of the age-old tale The Nutcracker. Follow a young girl’s journey as an enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. It will be screened live at Gulbenkian Arts Centre on Thursday 8 December and Sunday 11 December.