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Like it or not, Christmas is fast approaching, and to ensure your share of festive spirit, book now for Raymond Briggs' The Snowman at London Sadler's Wells at the Peacock Theatre. It's the enchanting story of how a snowman comes alive, and befriends a young boy to take him on a magical journey. It is brought to life in this theatrical extravaganza as the boy and snowman fly over the audience. The show is on for eight weeks only from 8 Dec, so book early to avoid disappointment. Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2

(0171-863 8222)

Trip-hop maestros Massive Attack (left) take to the road in December on a tour to promote their recent album, Mezzanine. Following the success of their previous long-players, Blue Lines and the enduring Protection, tickets are sure to be thin on the ground.

Sheffield Arena (01142 565656) 3 Dec; London Arena, London E14 (0990 121212) 4 Dec, pounds 17.50; Cardiff International Arena (01222 224488) 7 Dec; Birmingham NEC (0121-780 4133) 9 Dec; Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton (0870 900 9100) 11 Dec, pounds 16.50; Bournemouth International Centre (01202 456456) 12 Dec