It’s been a year and a half since ABBA opened their virtual residency in London.

Four decades on since breaking up, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad reteamed for motion-capture performances in Stockholm.

Since opening at the ABBA Arena last year, their younger ABBAtars have been performing on their behalf with a live band and backing singers to critical acclaim.

As Christmas approaches, the specially-made venue in East London has been getting into the festive spirit.

Express.co.uk went to check it out for ourselves finding the wooden panelled open area outside the concert hall being covered in decorations.

Mulled wine and seasonal food and drinks were available to purchase alongside Christmas jumpers and baubles in the ABBA Arena gift shop.

Entering the dance floor ahead of the start of the show, an animation of a snow-covered forest was projected onto screens in front of the stage, adding to the twinkly festive atmosphere.

The show itself was like nothing we’d seen before as the ABBAtars performed with cracking live accompaniment across a thoroughly entertaining visual spectacle. The only thing we’d say could have been improved is that up close the ABBAtars themselves looked a little like soulless CGI characters from a mid-2000s Robert Zemeckis mo-cap movie. But no doubt the already impressive technology is only going to get better as time goes on.

A real treat even for the casual ABBA fan, the seasonal schedule with extra performances has been announced alongside Björn Ulvaeus and Sir Ian McKellen’s latest knitting videos with ABBA Christmas jumpers and socks.

ABBA Voyage Seasonal Schedule 2023

Wednesday December 20th 7:45pm *extra performance
Wednesday December 27th 3:00pm / 7:45pm
Thursday December 28th 3:00pm / 7:45pm
Friday December 29th 3:00pm / 7:45pm
Saturday December 30th 3:00pm / 7:45pm
Sunday December 31st 1:00pm
Monday January 1st 3:00pm / 7:45pm

The standard performance schedule will resume from January 4th.

Tickets for ABBA Voyage are now available until November 2024 and can be purchased here.