This year will be the first Christmas that our two-and-a-half year old daughter starts to properly understand what all the seasonal fuss is about. I've been talking to her about Father Christmas for a few weeks now; telling her how he comes down the chimney and brings presents etc. So when I saw that The Lyric theatre in Hammersmith had on the classic Raymond Briggs' story of Father Christmas, I thought it would be a lovely thing to take her to.
The play is targeted at under 6s and is staged in The Lyric's smaller studio theatre, which is intimate and, I imagine, not as intimidating for little-ones as a full-size theatre. The running time is 55 minutes, which I worried would be slightly too long for a toddler, but Tabitha was captured by the whole thing from start to finish.
The story follows Father Christmas as he awakes from his dreams of sunny holidays to realise it is Christmas Eve and he has work to do. Father Christmas is accompanied on stage only by two puppets - his pet cat and dog.
For adults and children alike, the tickets are all £10, apart from babies under 18 months, who go free. The seating isn't allocated, so you can choose on arrival - there's a great view from wherever you sit though, even on the back row which is where we ended up.
Father Christmas is on until Christmas Eve with shows throughout the morning and afternoon each day. Tickets, which are bookable online, are selling fast, but there is still availability if you fancy giving your child their first taste of the theatre.
The Lyric theatre is in the centre of Hammersmith in West London, and is very easy to get to via the tube or bus.