What's On: Curtain goes up on Christmas panto season across the north

Jacqueline McGonigle of shares her pick of family events across the north this week

Little Miss Muffet’s Christmas Caper is on at Carrickfergus Town Hall, December 2-5


Little Miss Muffet's Christmas Caper, Carrickfergus Town Hall, December 2-5. The eternal appeal of this classic nursery rhyme makes this a golden opportunity to present this family friendly production from Centre Stage Theatre Company. To book, call Carrickfergus Visitor Information Centre on 028 9335 8222.


The Market Place Theatre is delighted to announce this year's Christmas spectacular, Sleeping Beauty, which runs December 2-24. This full-scale traditional pantomime will combine wonderful music, song and dance, colourful costumes, memorable characters, and loads of audience participation.


The Cash for Kids Santa Dash Belfast City is back for 2017 and Northern Ireland Children's Hospice is delighted to be one of the local beneficiary charities. This year's Santa Dash in on Sunday December 3, beginning at Writers Square, Belfast, at 10am. You and your family could sign up for the original 2.5km Santa Dash led by Santa in his sleigh or the brand new 5km timed route. All money raised through registrations and sponsorship for Northern Ireland Children's Hospice will go towards providing specialist care for children with life-limiting illnesses.


A gigantic beanstalk, Daisy the cow, magic beans, a goose that lays golden eggs and the nastiest of giants – it's panto time again at the Millennium Forum! Packed with great song and dance routines, hilarious comedy, dazzling scenes and magical special effects, Jack and the Beanstalk is fun for all the family. December 1-31 daily.


Enjoy afternoon tea at the Culloden Hotel with songs and carols performed by Bangor Ladies Choir, in aid of Waakissa charity this Sunday. Doors open at 1pm with the show beginning at 1.30pm and afternoon tea served at 2.30pm.


This Friday, Music in Fermanagh presents Katherine Hunka (violin) and Finghin Collins (piano) who will be performing Beethoven's violin sonata No. 4 in A minor Op. 23, Ian Wilson's "from the book of longing", Leos Janacek's sonata for violin and piano and Brahms' violin sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78. Tickets from the Ardhowen Theatre, 028 6632 5440.


Looking for gift inspiration? The Hub Cookstown's Christmas Market takes place this Saturday. Among a raft of special festive stalls you'll find foodie gifts, hand-crafted presents and more. The Hub Choir will create a festive ambience with their carol singing and you can enjoy a cup of mulled apple juice along with some M&S festive food samples. Admission is free!

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