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When The Snowman Live Music Tour came to Salisbury Cathedral

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December 7, 2019

I found out yesterday that The Snowman first came out in 1982 – making me 8 years old when I first saw it.

Watching The Snowman has become a Christmas tradition in our house and whilst it doesn’t use CGI or modern animations, its quirky animation and heart warming story still captures the kids imaginations.

When I discovered the film was heading to Salisbury Cathedral, accompanied by a live orchestra I knew this would be an extra special performance.

We headed to Salisbury last night and found the city sparkling in Christmas lights.

I knew that The Snowman experience offers more than a viewing of the beloved movie, but even I was surprised by the content of the show.


Before the performance started, the kids entertained themselves by admiring the costumes that the orchestra were wearing. How some of them played their instruments I don’t know, as we spotted a carrot, a cracker, a slice of cheese and even a Christmas Tree as well as elves and Santa costumes.

The performance started with some traditional Christmas songs played before a large screen, before moving on to a funny poem where we met the orchestra and the instruments they played.

It was then on to a performance of the story of the Bear and the Piano, also accompanied by the professional orchestra. Sebastian was particularly excited by this as he has been reading the story at school and excitedly narrated it for me as we watched.

Of course, the highlight of the evening was the performance of The Snowman itself, which was introduced by The Snowman himself, much to the delight of the younger members of the audience.

Eliza’s jaw dropped as a young soloist from Salisbury Cathedral Choir performed the famous Walking in the Air song live.

The whole performance lasted just over an hour and is the perfect introduction to live music for children. My three, aged 6, 8 and 11 sat transfixed throughout the whole thing.

Visit to get a sense of what a performance of The Snowman is like and for a full list their tour venues and dates. Sadly Salisbury is now sold out, but if you are fairly local, the performance will be in Winchester next weekend (14th December).

Salisbury Cathedral is a beautiful venue too and we will definitely be back to explore in the daylight as it is set in the largest Cathedral Close in Britain, has Britain’s tallest spire and the best preserved Magna Carta in the UK!

Have you seen a live production of The Snowman?

Disclaimer: We were gifted tickets for a review of the experience. All thoughts and opinions are our own

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    December 7, 2019

    That has to be the ultimate Christmas experience! I love that the kids got to enjoy the music aspect of it alongside the film – and what an amazing venue.

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    Latoyah Egerton

    December 7, 2019

    Love the Snowman, was always my favourite as a kid. I bet hearing ‘walking in the air’ live was magical!

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    December 7, 2019

    Oh my goodness, this look absolutely incredible. What a wonderful Christmas Experience. I know my daughter would absolutely love it!

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    Lyndsey O'Halloran

    December 8, 2019

    This sounds like a pretty magical thing to do at Christmas. I would love it.

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    lucy mackcracken

    December 8, 2019

    We went to see this show at Coventry cathedral two years ago, the live orchestra in such a beautiful setting definitely added to the magic of the story.

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    December 8, 2019

    Looks like an amazing evening out and the kids seemed to enjoy it very much

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    Jennifer Gladwin

    December 9, 2019

    We saw this last year and absolutely loved it! The perfect way to get in the festive spirit!

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    Emily Underworld

    December 9, 2019

    Oh, I would have loved to see this! Salisbury Cathedral is beautiful, I haven’t been in so long!

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    bex allum

    December 9, 2019

    I love live shows, as do my daughters. A magical Christmas for sure.

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    December 10, 2019

    This sounds like an absolutely magical evening! I’m a little jealous, it sounds so wholesome! It’s a great length for the kids to enjoy too.

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    Laura Dove

    December 11, 2019

    Oh how lovely! We saw this the other year at Blackpool tower in the ballroom and it was SO special!

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    Jennifer Gladwin

    December 11, 2019

    We saw this last year and had a fantastic time. It sounds like you all had a great evening.

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