What's On: Christmas markets, Grainne Duffy, George Hutton and Peter Pan

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

Christmas markets are taking place all over Northern Ireland this weekend
Jacqueline McGonigle


Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has announced that its first Hillsborough Christmas Market will take place in the idyllic setting of the Dark Walk at Hillsborough Fort, for one evening only this December – Friday December 14, 3pm-9pm.


Grainne Duffy is a blues and roots artist hailing from Castleblayney. She is a seasoned artist and has been spending the last number of years touring in Europe, Asia and Canada. See her perform live at the Market Place Theatre this Saturday evening in the Studio Theatre with an unreserved, cabaret-style seating layout.


This Saturday Enniskillen Castle will showcase a wide range of bespoke craft items created by craft designer-makers and artists from the Fermanagh & Omagh District at their festive Christmas Craft Fair.


Join the Silverbirch Hotel s this Christmas for a festive celebration for the whole family, with their Santa Sunday Lunch. Children will be thoroughly entertained with the kids Christmas party, disco and entertainment by Mr Majestic from 2pm to 4pm. Includes four-course Sunday lunch. Adults £18.95pp, kids £9.80pp, unde-threes £5pp.


George Hutton will play a special hometown concert in Derry this Friday with support from Paul Casey at the Guildhall. Tickets £13.


Carrickfergus Christmas Market takes place this Saturday. There will be carefully selected, delicious artisan food and unique, locally produced arts and crafts. The markets are managed by Mid and East Antrim Borough council in partnership with award-winning Naturally North Coast and Glens Touring Artisan Markets. Admission is free.


This Christmas will see JM Barrie's magical story of Peter Pan brought to life in gigantic proportions at the SSE Arena. Reprising his role as the ultimate baddie Captain Hook is acclaimed actor and Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp, and playing Hook's simple-minded right-hand man Mr Smee is the pun-tastic hilarious comedian and star of BBC Two's Mock The Week Milton Jones, who will be swashbuckling his way across the seven seas for the first time. Matt Knight, who is once again playing the role of Peter Pan was in the band Iron Sun, who were semi-finalists in the BBC entertainment series Let It Shine. December 15 and 16.

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