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What's On: Carols from Cantilena, craic for kids courtesy of Cahoots

Jacqueline McGonigle of whatsonni.com shares her pick of family friendly events taking place around Northern Ireland this week

The Cahoots NI production of Shh! We Have a Plan is at Belfast's Crescent Arts Centre until December 24
Jacqueline McGonigle


Celebrate in style with family, friends or colleagues and enjoy a Christmas night out at the movies at the Bushmills Inn this Wednesday, December 20. Indulge in a four-course Christmas Banquet followed by a festive movie and popcorn in the exclusive surroundings of the Still Room Cinema.


Armagh's sensational a cappella group Cantilena pour some festive spirit into our Christmas Celebrations as they ring in the festive season on Wednesday December 20 at the Market Place Theatre. This evening of well-known traditional carols and popular Christmas songs, accompanied by the festive atmosphere, mulled wine and mince pies, will definitely put a Christmassy glow in your cheeks. Early booking strongly recommended.


The award-winning Children's Theatre Company Cahoots NI are casting a spell over young theatre goers at the Crescent Arts Centre this Christmas as they bring the enchanting tale, Shh! We Have a Plan to life. So why not bring along the family to the Crescent and prepare to be enchanted and amazed by this unique production featuring Magic, Music, Puppetry and lots more! Runs until Sunday December 24; is suitable for age 3-plus.


The Roe Valley Arts Centre is giving its annual family festive screening of Frozen a break this year for another superb Christmas favourite – ELF! The hilarious Will Ferrell plays the unforgettable Buddy, raised in the North Pole by Santa's elves. Discovering that he is actually a human, Buddy sets off on a festive trip to New York to find his real father. Saturday December 23, 2pm.


See Santa at Hillmount Bangor this Friday to Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Cost £10 per child, which includes a present. You're welcome to bring your own camera and professional photographs will be available to buy as an optional extra.


Relax in the charming surroundings of the festive Garden Hall at the Lough Erne Resort and enjoy the limited-edition Festive Afternoon Tea, which brings together a mix of savoury snacks, sweet fancies and spicy teas. Available until December 31.


The Silverbirch Hotel Omagh continues its festive calendar of events at Lola's with Lisa McHugh on Friday December 22. Festive Jive & Dine In 4-course Dinner in Barreta Bar & Grill & Country Dance at Lola's. Pre-booking essential.

:: For more details on these events and to add your events free go to whatsonni.com. Follow us on twitter @whatsonNI and on facebook at fb.com/www.whatsonni.com for news, competitions and what's on near you.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year!

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