Festive Family Fun in Northern Ireland

December 7, 2016

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With the countdown to Christmas well underway, Northern Ireland is full of festive flair.

Be it winter wonderlands, enchanting cottages, Victorian street-scapes, or magical Father Christmas experiences, a great selection of festive family fun events await.

Festive Family Fun Northern Ireland

Festive Family Fun in Northern Ireland

Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Argory, Co. Armagh, December 7.

Take a magical journey to see Santa in the grotto and meet his team of helpers from the North Pole. Passports to Santa’s Magical Kingdom issued to each child on booking and stamped on arrival. Includes complimentary festive refreshments. Booking essential.

The Nutcracker, Playhouse Theatre, Derry~Londonderry, December 8.

The Royal Ballet’s glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. Tchaikovsky’s glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs and The Royal Ballet’s captivating dancing – including an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince – make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.

Fermanagh Choral Society Christmas Concerts, Castle Coole, Co. Fermanagh, December 9 – 10.

Join the Fermanagh Choral Society for an evening of traditional Christmas songs and some not so traditional at their annual Christmas concert. Castle Coole provides a stunning backdrop and a festive atmosphere for the evening, setting the tone for the rest of the season.

Maghera Christmas Festival & Lights Switch On, Derry~Londonderry, December 10.

Enjoy street entertainment, craft workshops, face painting, balloon modelling and prize draws as you wait for Santa Claus to arrive and turn on the town lights.  Following the big switch on, join in on a lantern walk in the Walled Garden, followed by storytelling and hot chocolate.

Christmas Movies at the Museum, Ulster Museum, Belfast, until December 17

Celebrate Christmas with four of the best-loved seasonal movies at the Ulster Museum. In partnership with Cinemagic. The screenings will take place in the Lecture Theatre on the ground floor.

Days of Christmas Past, Mellon House, Ulster American Folk Park, Co. Tyrone, until December 18.

Looking for a traditional Christmas Santa experience where the kids meet Santa, Mrs Claus and all their festive friends? Step back in time to a traditional Christmas in Omagh for the Days of Christmas Past at the Ulster American Folk Park.

Santa’s Grotto, Castle Espie, Co. Down, until December 22 

Enjoy a magical adventure to remember this Christmas at Castle Espie when your very own special elf will take you on a quest to find the secret to opening the door to Santa’s grotto. Make your very own woodland elf and fairy decorations for your Christmas tree, enjoy delicious festive refreshments from the Kingfisher Kitchen, and find out if you have been naughty or nice when you meet Santa himself in his enchanted grotto.

Santa Experiences 

From snow tubing with Santa to holly-jolly sing-alongs, create magical memories for the little ones this Christmas with a visit to Santa in Northern Ireland.


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