Ho, ho, ho… our magical Christmas Stars competition has now closed

Virgin Media Christmas Stars 2019

Virgin Media’s little helpers are busy creating a shortlist of the entries we received for the UK’s best primary school Christmas play. 


A very special panel of judges will then select the winner, runner-up and 22 regional finalists. All will be revealed soon! The judges are TV presenter Stephen Mulhern (who will narrate the winning school’s play), Laura Tebbutt from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School Of Rock The Musical, as well as Jeff Dodds, Mine Hifzi and David Bouchier from Virgin Media.


The Christmas Stars competition is giving UK primary schools the chance to have their festive play televised to our four million Virgin TV customers this Christmas. 


And that’s not all. A magical story deserves an equally sparkly narrator, so we’ve enlisted our favourite magician and presenter, Stephen Mulhern, to help the winning school tell their story in a special, one-off performance!

Stephen Mulhern Virgin TV Christmas Stars play

The play will be available to all Virgin TV customers in On Demand in the lead-up to Christmas. It’s guaranteed to be TV gold (and frankincense and myrrh)! The winning school will also receive £5,000.


Plus, thanks to our friends at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit West End show, School Of Rock The Musical, a class from the winning school will be invited to the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London for an electric, rip-roaring performance masterclass from the cast. The children will also be treated to tickets to watch the blockbuster show and see the talented cast in action. Travel is included, and accommodation will be available if needed. The masterclass is open to a class of 28 children and seven chaperones.


To keep the Christmas spirit going, School Of Rock The Musical will generously give the winning school ten ukuleles so they can keep strumming first-class performances well into 2020.


And, as it’s the season of goodwill, there are plenty of prizes on offer for the runner-up school and 22 regional finalists. The runner-up school will win £1,000 plus 15 ukuleles, while 22 regional finalists will each win £100 and two ukuleles.


We’re sure it’ll be another brilliant bauble of a show, with plenty of laugh-out-loud lines and a keen sense of Christmas spirit. Stay tuned to find out which school has won this incredible prize!


How to enter

This competition is now closed. Good luck if you entered!

To be in with a chance of seeing your kid’s Christmas show on the big screen, simply click here and follow the instructions. Your school can enter an original Christmas play or one of the festive tales available from Out of the Ark. The cut-off date for entries is Tuesday 19 November, 11.59pm. Good luck!


School Of Rock The Musical

School Of Rock The Musical star Noel Sullivan

Unleash your inner rock god at School Of Rock The Musical in the West End, where a band of insanely talented kids play live at every show! It’s “the most enjoyable few hours money can buy”, according to The Daily Telegraph, while The Sunday Times has branded it “a five-star triumph”.


Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and all the original songs from the hit movie starring Jack Black, this high-octane smash delivers face-melting guitar riffs and touching romance in equal measure.

Virgin Media Christmas Stars 2019 Terms and Conditions

Promoter: Virgin Media Limited.

1. Open to All UK primary schools (excluding residents of the Channel Islands & Isle of Man).

2. The Promotion closes at 11.59pm 19th November 2019. Entries received after the closing date will be invalid.

3. Maximum of 3 entries per school.

4. Full T&Cs apply http://www.ichild.co.uk/p/virgin-media-christmas-competition-t-2019.

On Demand: Content available to view depends on TV package. Time limits apply for viewing chargeable On Demand content – see virginmedia.com. Once purchased, all chargeable On Demand content must be viewed within 48 hours. Premium channels and upgrades must be kept for at least 30 days.

Interviews: Any opinions expressed in interviews are those of the interview subject and not those of Virgin Media.