REVIEW |Christmas Under The Big Top

Christmas Under The Big Top

A Mesmerising Fusion of Circus Artistry and Holiday Joy

Reviewed by Brendan Daynes

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and experience the magic of the season like never before! Christmas Under the Big Top, the spectacular holiday event gracing Melbourne, has set the stage for a holiday extravaganza that captivates hearts young and old. From November 24th to December 24th, Circus Royale have transformed their Big Top into a festive haven that promises hours of joy and enchantment.

This festive extravaganza is a brilliant fusion of Christmas enchantment and circus thrills, creating an experience that resonates with audiences of all ages. Instead of a traditional narrative, the production cleverly intertwines the spirit of Christmas with the captivating allure of the circus. The simplicity of the overarching theme provides a delightful canvas for the diverse activities and performances unfolding beneath the grand big top.

The true highlights of the show are the vibrant characters who breathe life into this unique celebration. From the whimsical charm of Mrs. Claus’s hosting to the beloved Sesame Street icons, Elmo and Cookie Monster, each character contributes significantly to immersing the audience in the festive ambiance. The Sesame Street crew’s spectacular opening act, bursting with infectious energy and catchy tunes, solidify the joyous atmosphere that is experienced throughout the entire night.

The mesmerising showcase of daring circus skills had the audience on the edge of their seats. The hand balancing, silk work, and the death-defying wheel act were truly captivating, highlighting the exceptional talent of the performers. These acts, in conjunction with the enchanting holiday theme, added an artistic touch to the overall production, elevating it beyond simple entertainment.

Mrs. Claus, with her light-hearted and engaging hosting, added a personal touch to the evening. Her festive storytelling and carols created a warm and inviting atmosphere, drawing the audience into the heart of Christmas magic. The presence of Santa was warmly welcomed by visitors young and old, creating a highlight that allowed attendees to experience the true spirit of the season through meet-and-greets and photo opportunities.

What makes this production unique is the way it cleverly blends awe-inspiring circus acts and the delight of crafting into a holiday celebration that leaves a lasting impression in the hearts of all attendees. The event offers a plethora of activities geared towards children, making it an ideal family outing. From letter writing to Santa with special elves to crafting sessions with cheeky elves, the activities not only entertain but also contribute to the development of fine motor skills and creativity in the little ones.

The sensory delight of the interactive walkthrough under the big top tent extended both before and after the official circus show, providing families ample time to experience every facet. This offered a unique opportunity for attendees to see, hear, touch, and smell all the wonders of the season. The meticulous attention to detail in set design, coupled with the incorporation of festive elements, ensured an immersive experience that left both children and adults with big smiles and hearts full of Christmas cheer.

The combination of daring circus skills, the charm of beloved characters, and the interactive and creative activities make Christmas Under the Big Top a memorable experience. Whether you’re a seasoned circus enthusiast or a family seeking a magical outing, this production manages to strike a perfect balance between entertainment and the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas Under the Big Top runs from November 24th to December 24th at Burnley Oval, Richmond. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit

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