Christmas markets open around the north


Watch Holywood light up this Christmas with a day of festive fun in the town centre on Saturday November 28. Featuring a Christmas market, Open House choir, a synthetic ice-rink, a visit from Santa, a giant snowman, activities in the library and street theatre – a great day out for the whole family. Market from 11am-6pm and the lights will be switched on by the mayor at 4.30pm.


Georgian Day on Saturday November 28 will see the ancient cathedral city of Armagh transformed with market stalls offering indigenous crafts and food as well as warm mince pies and mulled wine combined with the sound of local musicians start the festive season.


Irvinestown Christmas lights are being turned on Saturday November 28. PJ the DJ will be providing music with his famous snow machine filling the main street with snow. There are special appearances from Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Peppa Pig, George and The Arc Centre’s Racoon. Get into the spirit of Christmas and have the children dress up in fancy dress.


Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Ulster American Folk Park on Thursday November 26. At this time of year, Americans across the world turn their thoughts to home and family as they prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving. Join the Partridge family in Slippery Rock, Butler County as they prepare their Thanksgiving dinner of 1863 and explore how the celebration first started. Normal admission pricing applies.


The annual speciality Christmas market returns to Magherafelt this weekend with more than 35 food and drink suppliers. Browse and sample locally produced artisan food and drink, or unwind in the lounge, with a craft beer or hot mulled wine with entertainment by local bands and schoolchildren. Christmas lights switch-on is on Saturday at 7pm.


The Courtyard Theatre Ballyearl presents Jack and the Beanstalk beginning on Friday November 27. Featuring a cast of live performers, puppetry and lavish costumes, children can join in the excitement as the spectacular story unfolds. Special visit and present from Santa at the end of the show. Weeknights 7pm; weekends 1pm, 4pm and 7pm.


Frock Around The Clock will be returning to Malone House Belfast for the Wonderful Winter Vintage & Handmade Fair on Sunday, featuring 45 stalls of vintage, handcrafted and upcycled fashion, furniture, homewares and collectibles, textiles and decor, sweet treats, toys, craft, artisan food and more.



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