The Snowman tour review

The snowman tour review

Way back in July I told you all about The snowman tour which we were invited to. Today I’m sharing my The snowman live review. It’s not too late to book either, there are still tickets available for Coventry, Blackpool, Hanley and Hull. Read on to find out why you should book.

For me The Snowman is an essential part of Christmas. I remember watching it on tv on Christmas Eve each year as a child. I’m not sure who was more excited to see it live, me or my 4 year old. Ok, it was probably me.



We saw it on Saturday afternoon at Chester Cathedral and we had an amazing time. It was truly magical and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone. It was recently voted one of the top 15 festive family events by Netmums and I can see why.

We were really spoilt with front row seats and the cathedral was sold out. It created a really good atmosphere. There were 3 large screens so that everyone had a good view of the animations. The orchestra sits in front of the middle screen and accompanies the animations perfectly.

The show opened with the orchestra playing instrumental versions of Christmas classics like Santa Claus is coming to town and Jingle bells. F loved this and was dancing in her seat.


The Snowman Live Review


This was followed by the double bassist telling a story about the train ride up where he introduced all the different sections of the orchestra accompanied by cartoon images and of course the orchestra playing. This section was not only funny but a great introduction to the sounds of different instruments for children.


The Snowman Live Review

The Snowman Live Review


Next was an animation of the book, The bear and the piano by David Litchfield. The animations were narrated by Joanna Lumley and accompanied by the orchestra. Joanna’s voice is just perfect for this animation. A tale of a bear that learns to play the piano and leaves the forest for the bright lights of Broadway where fame and fortune await him. Soon though he misses his friends and returns to the forest to discover how proud they are of him. You can watch a sneak preview of a little bit of this by watching this video on The Snowman tour facebook page.



The next bit was probably the highlight for F and all the other children in the audience no doubt. The Snowman came into the cathedral whilst the orchestra played. The Snowman danced around the whole of the audience which everyone loved. Even F who bluntly told me it wasn’t the real snowman, just a man in a costume. When did 4 year olds get so wise to this?


The Snowman Live Review

The Snowman Live Review


Finally, it was time for the main event. The Snowman animation played and the orchestra played the original score. Of course, the highlight was when the soloist sang “we’re walking in the air”. At each venue, they use a local soloist. The one at Chester was amazing and I have no doubt that they will have chosen just as well at all the venues.


The Snowman Live Review


All too soon it was over. It lasted just over an hour (there was no interval but I believe there is at some venues). The length was perfect for our 4 year old. We didn’t take E with us as she’s not good at sitting still for very long at 18 months. The show is recommended from age 3 and I’d say that is about right but you know your own child and if you think they will be happy sitting for a good hour.

We had a fantastic festive afternoon out. The overall effect of the animations and the live orchestra is magical. I would not hesitate to recommend the show as a great family festive treat. Find out more and book your tickets here.

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Disclosure: I was given four complimentary tickets in exchange for this review. All photos, words and opinions are my own.


14 thoughts on “The Snowman tour review

  1. Su Chanprasong says:

    This looks really beautiful – the live orchestra would give me goosebumps. I’m sure this is something my children would enjoy. Su

  2. five little doves says:

    Oh we go to this next weekend at Blackpool tower ballroom and I cant wait!! This has made me even more excited for it, it looks so Christmassy and magical!

  3. Vicky says:

    Looks like such good fun and love how F so quick off the mark there. There’s no fooling some kids huh

  4. Kira says:

    This looks absoulately amazing! We all love the snowman , it’s definately the number one classic for Christmas isn’t it 🙂

  5. natalie says:

    Oh this looks amazing, my girls love The Snowman – its makes me feel so festive! We are close to Chester so will definitely check this out if there are still tickets available!

  6. Emma says:

    I would love to take my children to this. I have such fond memories of watching The Snowman as a child. It really signalled that it was Christmas. I would love to take my children to this and it would be a lovely bit of nostalgia for me 🙂

  7. Zena's Suitcase says:

    I haven’t heard of this until I read your review. What a lovely event to go to that is so festive too. I think no interval works for young kids if I’m honest

  8. Emma says:

    We went to The Snowman Tour and it was such a wonderful performance. Will definitely be looking into going again next year if we can get the tickets.

  9. michelle twin mum says:

    I’ve got some friends who went to this and they said it was magical too. I did try to to book but there wasn’t any venues close by, which was a shame. I love that it is in a magnificent church. Mich x

  10. Mudpie Fridays says:

    I love the snowman it reminds me so much of being a child and our Christmas as kids. This sounds amazing I will have to see if they have any more on locally to us. Thank you for the recommendation.

  11. MrsS says:

    I am so excited for our show now in a weeks time. Chester cathedral is just a stunning location and your pics are gorgeous.

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