What's On: Antrim Eye the star attraction in castle gardens this winter

Jacqueline McGonigle of shares her pick of family events this week across Northern Ireland

The Argory Estate in Moy, Co Armagh, is the place to see Santa by train this weekend


Enchanted Winter Garden returns to Antrim Castle Gardens bigger and better than ever before from this Saturday until December 19. This year’s new features include the star attraction, Antrim Eye – a 40m Ferris wheel where star gazing over Antrim Town and beyond will be one of the highlights of your visit.


Take a magical train journey around the Argory Estate in Moy to see Santa in his grotto and meet his team of helpers from the North Pole. Includes complimentary festive refreshments. Booking Essential. December 7-10 and 13-17 from 4pm-8pm. Adult £7, child £15, member adult £7, member child £15.


Christmas Supper (a two course traditional Christmas dinner followed by Tea and Coffee) with a live performance from the fabulous Belfast Community Gospel Choir this Thursday December 7 at the Stormont Hotel from 7pm. Visit to book.


Step back in time to Westeros this Christmas and enjoy a Game of Thrones-themed medieval banquet this Friday at the Waterfoot Hotel. The banquet will have Game of Thrones-themed props and music. Mulled cider reception, then a three-course meal plus live entertainment by The Hit Men & Silver Fox DJ.


Take some time to leave the hustle and bustle of the high street behind and explore the candlelit Ballycultra village to experience Christmas from 100 years ago at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum this Friday, December 8. Visit beautiful festive homes, sample seasonal treats by a cosy peat fire, and listen to the rousing, seasonal anthems performed by brass bands and carol singers. Opening hours 6pm – 9pm.


Join SHARE for a special, festive cruise of Upper Lough Erne on board the Inishcruiser on Saturday. Christmas High Tea cruise tasty festive treats including mulled wine, shortbread and mince pies, alongside other traditional high tea treats. These can be enjoyed as you cruise beautiful Upper Lough Erne towards Crom Estate. The cruise lasts approx 1.5-two hours. Booking essential.


Join the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh this Christmas for a festive celebration for the whole family with their Santa Sunday Lunch. The children will be thoroughly entertained with the kids Christmas party and disco from 2pm-4pm. Contact the Christmas co-ordinator to book: 028 8224 2520.

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