What Christmas Means To Me

What Christmas Means To Me

5 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
(12 customer reviews)

By Andrew Oxspring
Christmas musical for KS2 (ages 7-11)
Running time approx: 60 minutes

 

This entertaining KS2 Christmas play takes a witty yet thoughtful look at the characters and events that shape our experiences of the festive season. Laugh at the blind panic of last-minute shoppers, Christmas day early-risers eager to get their hands on what’s under the tree, Christmas-cracker addicts, and the ageing Rich Clifford’s annual challenge for the Christmas number one! But we also consider how Christmas came to be, and learn that all the trappings of our modern celebrations mean very little, unless we are able to share this time of year with our nearest and dearest.

Sample Songs

Listen below to some of the songs from What Christmas Means to Me.

Plot Summary

The show begins with a resounding, whole-cast sing-a-long of the opening number – ‘What Does Christmas Mean To You?’ after which we find ourselves in the familiar surroundings of a classroom! Although it’s the last few days of the school term, and the children think they should be taking it easy, the teacher still wants her class to produce one more piece of writing, entitled ‘What Christmas Means To Me’. With the children’s discussion of their ideas providing the continuity, we become witness to some truly entertaining seasonal delights!

We all know what it’s like, trying to do some last minute Christmas shopping, and the characters in our first scene sum up the experience beautifully, providing us with lots to laugh at! (song – ‘I’d Rather Stay At Home’)

What would Christmas be without a festive song from an ageing pop star? Join daytime talk-show host, June Chandler, as she interviews the legendary ‘Sir’ Rich Clifford, who at sixty years old can still make his fans go week at the knees! Then sit back in a comfy chair and enjoy his not-quite-energetic performance, accompanied by his famous backing singers, the Bellafonté Sisters. (song – ‘The Christmas Number One’)

How many children can resist the urge to get up at 3 o’clock on Christmas morning to see what presents Santa has left under the tree? Certainly not the one in this scene, which isn’t surprising when the present in question is a shiny new games console! Mum and Dad’s numerous attempts throughout the day to drag their youngster away from the TV screen are futile! And what about poor Grandma and Grandpa, who just want to sit on the settee and watch the Queen? (song – ‘X-Box, Playstation or Wii’)

Christmas crackers – don’t you just love them? Well, nobody loves them quite as much as the children in the next scene. Even when their relentless pursuit of ‘bangs’, paper hats and corny jokes threaten to ruin Christmas dinner, they still can’t help themselves! And who can blame them! (song – ‘Let’s Pull Another Cracker’)

Next we are reminded of the reason why we celebrate Christmas – the Nativity. A traditional tableau is presented to a short narration of the bible story, and a meaningful song – ‘A Night To Remember’

So, with lots to think about, the class conclude that Christmas can mean different things to different people, and our hopes for the ‘big day’ may not necessarily be the same as everyone else’s. However, it is unanimously agreed that what really makes Christmas special is what many of us take for granted – the chance to spend some precious time with the people we love. (song – ‘Just Being Together’) After all, where’s the fun in pulling a cracker on your own?

Characters

32 Speaking parts in order of appearance
*Click on the Line count/Costumes tab for more details

Teacher – still ‘cracking the whip’ even though it’s the end of term
6 children – expecting to take it easy….how wrong they are!
Checkout assistant – working on Christmas Eve
5 shoppers – frazzled and fed-up
June Chandler – a genteel daytime talk-show host
Rich Clifford – doddering old pop-star
The Bellafonté Sisters – be-bop backing singers
Early-rising child – eager to unwrap those pressies
2 parents – all they want’s a good night’s sleep
2 grandparents – fed and watered and ready to watch the Queen
2 cracker-pulling kids – addicted to paper crowns and bad jokes
4 diners (adults) – not averse to the odd cracker themselves
Nativity narrator – this part could be divided between 2, 3 or 4

Ensemble characters for featured songs and scenes
More shoppers
Rich Clifford fans
Traditional Nativity characters
Carol singers

What do you get?

This musical production is available to buy in 2 different formats. When ordering, simply choose the option (details below) which best suits your requirements.

  • Option 1 – Book & Audio CD
    A wire-bound book containing the full script with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required. .
  • Option 2 – CD-ROM & Audio CD
    A CD-ROM containing both a PDF and an editable MS Word document of the full script, with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a PDF of the piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required.
  • Option 3 – Digital download
    All the PDF and MS Word files from Option 2 above, all audio tracks as MP3 files, plus JPEG files of cover artwork for use in making posters or other promotional material. Upon completion of your order, a link will be automatically sent to the email address you provided, from which all the files can be downloaded.

UK schools can order this title with an invoice to be paid within 30 days. Non-UK schools and private individuals (not ordering on behalf of a school) are required to pay for this title at the point of ordering.

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What others are saying

  1. 5 out of 5 scarlett ashdown

    was grandma love the songs

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  2. 5 out of 5

    This is really good especially the Rich Clifford bit

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  3. 5 out of 5 Bedford Girls School

    Our Year Threes did this play for this Christmas and it was a delight to watch. Very funny as ‘What Christmas Means To Me’ really shows modern times in it. 5 star production. Also The song ‘Just Being Together’ really brings a shiver down your spine and is a beautiful song to watch then all sing.

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  4. 5 out of 5 Owen Firth The Chandler

    The songs are AWESOME 👏 and I am doing a Christmas play today

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  5. 5 out of 5 Nicole in olog

    i love all those songs and we are doing a assembly about it in 2 weeks

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  6. 5 out of 5 Eldon primary school

    I LOOOVE it and I am doing it at school

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  7. 5 out of 5 duke street

    really good

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  8. 5 out of 5 brianna

    i love it its so good

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  9. 5 out of 5 Katie Eaton

    In our school KS2 are doing it i’m a dancer it’s cool. Our school is Wichelsea Primary School in ruskington

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  10. 5 out of 5 Eden,BH

    great plot my school are doing this product I cant wait I am shopper 1 and my lines are awesome!

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  11. 5 out of 5 oliwia iwaniuk hopping hill primary school

    i was singing and dancing in lets pull a nother cracker it was really fun.

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  12. 5 out of 5 Kaitlyn Ashdown, Canvey Junior School

    I was a dancer in Christmas number one it was fun

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