The Atrix Theatre is planning a weekend of family fun events to kick off the festive celebrations.

In a break from the tradition of the last few years, this year’s festivities will take place inside the warmth of the foyer and stage.

  • The Winter Weekender festivities begin on Saturday, December 7, from 11am for a fun-filled family day inspired by the festive classic The Polar Express (Cert U). The audience is invited to come dressed in their pyjamas and be whisked away on a magical adventure to the North Pole with a screening of the best-loved film The Polar Express, a free hot chocolate for every child, followed by festive music and activities in the foyer. Tickets are £7 for adults, £5 for children or £20 for a family of four.
  • Later the same day, Artrix welcomes legendary folk collective Quill for their Christmas Concert. From 8pm, lead vocalist Joy Strachan-Brain heads up the seven piece band in an eclectic mix of Christmas favourites. Expect stylish covers of well-known Christmas songs, Fairytale In New York, Rocking Around The Christmas Tree and Happy Christmas (War is Over) plus original songs such as Grey Goose Call. Tickets £20 each.
  • On Sunday, December 8, Artrix is screening latest rom-com Last Christmas (Cert 12A) at 11am. Starring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), Last Christmas is a romantic comedy inspired by a George Michael beat. Kate (Emilia Clarke), harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes. When Kate meets Tom (Henry Golding) on the job as an elf in a Christmas shop, her life takes an unexpected turn. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith. Last Christmas features the music of George Michael, including the bittersweet holiday classic of the film’s title. Audiences are encouraged to get into the Christmas spirit by sporting Christmas jumper. Tickets are £8 each or £6 for concessions.
  • On the evening of Sunday, December 8 Cara Dillon returns to Artrix with her Christmas show Upon A Winter’s Night at 8pm. Cara and her band will once again capture the mystery of Christmas with a collection of songs, ancient and modern, providing a welcome reminder that the festive season can be about more than just commercialism. Tickets for Cara Dillon are £23.50 each.

Throughout the Winter Weekender there will be festive music in the foyer and mince pies in the cafe.

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