What's On: Christmas fun across the north

Jacqueline from shares her pick of What's On this weekend across the north.

Christmas events are taking place all over the north over the coming days
Jacqueline McGonigle


IT'S back! The annual Comber Christmas Fair in the Square returns this Thursday November 24 from 4pm to 8pm. Join in the festive spirit and enjoy time browsing the different local stalls including gifts, jewellery, crafts and a kids' zone.

Santa will make an appearance as well as carol singers before the official turning on the Christmas lights.


On Georgian Day, Saturday November 26, a festive market will bring the city to life, with stalls offering high quality gifts and locally produced food and drink.

The city streets will offer something different on every turn including period characters, demonstrations, live music, street theatre and performers, walking tours, horse and carriage rides, mulled wine, mince pies, hot chestnuts and much more.

The Children's Market at The Shambles Yard will offer a family friendly experience with traditional fairground games and rides, festive stalls with treats and gifts suitable for little people, real reindeer, light sculptures, workshops and crafts all served with lashings of sprinkles and glitter.

As the city grows dark, the dramatic light show will burst to life, illuminating the backdrop of the Georgian Market House and creating a festive atmosphere with contemporary and seasonal music.

A must-see for all visitors to the city.


Christmas officially starts in Enniskillen on Saturday November 26 with the Christmas lights switch-on in the town centre at 5.30pm.

The town will become a hub of live entertainment from late afternoon to mark the start of the Christmas shopping season so come along and get into the festive spirit.

A programme of festive family entertainment at The Diamond includes Street Entertainers and Face Painters, Balloon Modellers, Marty Fay Band, Silver Bands, Cross Community Choir, Santa and much more.

Access via Water Street will be restricted from 4pm. Santa will leave The Town Hall to meet and greet families in The Diamond from 4.30pm with the lights switch on taking place at 5.30pm.


Tim McGarry goes Over The Top at Burnavon Theatre this Friday November 25 with a brand new stand-up show about our history.

This time, instead of taking on all of Irish history Tim will concentrate on the bits that we think matter the most. And because of the year that's in, it can only be the 1916 Easter Rising and the battle of the Somme.

In 2016 we have be inundated with worthy and serious dramas and documentaries about the meaning of 1916. There has been much chin stroking and nodding of heads sagely.

Tim McGarry doesn't want that. He wants to give you jokes.


The third annual Ballymaguigan Christmas fair will be on Saturday November 26, from 12pm to 4pm at St Trea's football club hall, Ballymaguigan.

You will find a whole host of amazing handmade products, from jewellery to clothes to art and gifts. Everything is made with love, care and time as the makers of handmade products all share one thing; a passion for what they do.

There will also be some independent stall holders, children's entertainment and ladies doing your make-up, hair and nails.

The Fairy Workshop will be in attendance for a two to three hour kids special Christmas workshop 'Making your own fairy door'.


The action kicks off in Market Square Antrim this Thursday November 24 for the Christmas Tree Switch On, with musical entertainment hosted by Sonya Mac from Q Radio, a visit from Santa at 7pm and the special Children's Prize Draw with some great prizes to be won.

A spectacular fireworks display will round off what will undoubtedly be a perfect festive evening for all the family.


The Folktown Market is a farmers and variety market running every Thursday from 9am to 4pm with stalls selling locally grown fruit and vegetables and locally produced meats and breads. You can also find coffee, hot food and local crafts.

The market is in one of the most central spaces in Belfast, Bank Square, only a few yards from the main shopping streets, Castle Court shopping centre and multi-storey car parks.

Surrounded by two of the oldest churches, Mourne Seafood Restaurant and traditional pubs, one dating back to the 18th century, the square is steeped in character and heritage, a perfect place for people meet and do their shopping crossing barriers and reconnecting the city.

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Jacqueline McGonigle



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