Experience Christmas in Northern Ireland
Belfast Christmas Market
Belfast City Hall: 16 Nov – 22 December
Visit the market and enjoy over 30 international traders offer foods and gifts ideas alongside fantastic quality produce from local artisan food and craft producers
Christmas at the HomePlace Hearth
Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy: 14 December 2019
Gather at the hearth at HomePlace for an evening of music, poetry and banter. Expect some songs, readings and recitations and some memories of Christmas – including songs from Anthony Toner, a piano from Rod McVey, some cello and uilleann pipe music from Neil Martin and readings from acclaimed author Glenn Patterson.
Lisburn Light Festival
Lisburn City Centre: 22 Nov – 25 January
Experience Lisburn City Centre transformed by amazing displays of light and sound, enjoy a series of artistic light installations over the festive period and see the city in a new light.
Hillsborough Castle Tour
14 December – 05 January: Hillsborough Castle, Hillsborough
Enjoy the 12 days of Christmas and meet Father Christmas himself on a festive tour of Hillsborough Castle led by a costumed Explainer. Discover the castle adorned with festive cheer as the State Rooms come to life with live music, historic characters and an extra-special visit from Father Christmas
Christmas at Cultra with Carols by Candlelight
Omagh Meeting House, Cultra: 13 – 20 December
Take in the Christmas atmosphere in the idyllic setting of the Omagh Meeting House a period building in the Folk Museum, for an evening of singing carols and seasonal readings. What better way to get you into the spirit of Christmas by enjoying this night time experience by candlelight.
Panto – Beauty and the Beast
Grand Opera House, Belfast: 30 Nov – 12 January
Christmas would not be Christmas without panto, so secure your seats for a family show and help May McFettridge celebrate her 30th season as the Queen of Belfast Pantomime.
Belfast Giants Game
SSE Arena, Belfast: December - January
One place in Northern Ireland where you are guaranteed a ‘White Christmas’ is at the SSE Arena, home of the Belfast Giants. Enjoy an action packed evening watching Northern Ireland’s only professional ice-hockey team. The Giants have 10 home games during the December/January period.
Ulster Orchestra - The Magic of Christmas
Millennium Forum, Derry: 18 December 2019
Waterfront Hall, Belfast: 19 December 2019
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas at this magical night with the Ulster Orchestra. Get you and your family in the Christmas mood, with an enchanting programme including O Holy Night, The Polar Express and not forgetting everyone’s favourite, White Christmas.
Christmas at the Ulster American Folk Park
Castletown, Omagh: 06 December – 05 January
Walk around the winter landscape of the museum and step back in time to explore a 19th century Christmas in rural Ulster and Pioneer America. Hear the stories and discover the origin of a number of mid-winter customs. Learn all about the making of traditional Christmas decorations such as evergreen wreaths and have a go at making your own paper and popcorn chains to decorate your tree.
Turkey Run Rally
Ballykelly, Limavady: 28 December
The annual Turkey Run Rally, is rated one of the best rally events off the public roads in Northern Ireland. Visitors to the Turkey Run Rally can expect to experience an exciting day out watching high-speed action. A fantastic family day out for over the festive holidays.