If you're feeling the need for a little pre-Christmas pizzazz look no further: the magical show that is Disney on Ice is currently making its way around the UK.
It's aimed at kids, but when my husband and I took our two boys (aged 8 and 3) we were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed it too.
There were, admittedly, challenges: a foyer spilling over with mounds of merchandise, glossy programs and overpriced popcorn in a plastic Nemo cup (yours for only £7).
But it was worth it. For when the show began we realised that — just like the films — Disney on Ice is perfectly executed, with touches of wit and fantastic sets (the highlight for me were the truly stunning and true-to-character costumes, designed by Scott Lane). There is even an 'It's a Small World' sequence which celebrates different cultures and countries (we had fun guessing what character was from where).
Although a grown man pirouetting in a Buzz Lightyear outfit may seem a little surreal, it was fantastic fun to watch. This tour, the 20th Disney on Ice, also celebrates 100 years of Disney, and showcases some of the many loved films from over the years — from Beauty and the Beast to Toy Story, Pinocchio to The Lion King. Nonetheless it's easily digestible for children and, at just over 90 minutes, they won't get bored.
Oh, and all that merchandise? As you might suspect we didn't hold out very long. We gave in to the popcorn, the light up Buzz wand and a neon blue slush drink as soon as the interval began. But that's the magic of Disney, right?
Disney on Ice is at Sheffield Arena 16-21 November. For tickets visit ticketmaster.co.uk Book now for Disney on Ice, Disneyland Adventure coming to the UK in February 2011. The National Ticket Hotline is 0844 248 6600 or go to the website at disneyonice.co.uk