What's On: Bjorn Identity in Newcastle, Van tribute show Celtic Soul in Lisburn

Jacqueline McGonigle of shares her pick of this week's events in the north and wishes you a very happy Christmas!

Van Morrison tribute band Celtic Soul perform in Lisburn on Sunday


Join the Slieve Donard Hotel for an evening of music in a cabaret-style setting with the Bjorn Identity on Sunday December 29. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show begins at 9pm. Make a night of it and book in for a pre-show dinner or, even better, treat yourself to an overnight stay!


Island Arts Centre Lisburn presents Celtic Soul, the definitive tribute to Van Morrison, on Sunday December 29 for a special Christmas evening celebrating the music of the legendary Belfast songwriter. With years of playing in blues, folk, trad and jazz bands, this seven-piece band have the ingredients to deliver Van's music authentically.


Live Nativity at Tannaghmore Rare Breeds Animal Farm is open until the December 29. You will find Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the three kings in a remake of that world-famous stable complete with donkey, sheep, cows and other animals.


Junior Parkrun Magherafelt takes place every Sunday morning at 9.30am at Polepatrick, Castledawson Road, Magherafelt, BT45 6PB. This is a free, timed 2k event for juniors only age four to14. Get updates on the facebook page and don't forget your barcode.


Veteran Irish songwriter Kieran Goss and singer Annie Kinsella will perform live at the Ardhowen Theatre this Saturday evening. With songs, stories and harmonies that transport the listener to another world, this is music from the heart, for the heart. A show to make you laugh and cry.


Banyan Theatre Company presents the Emperor's New Clothes at Ranfurly House this Saturday at 2pm. Two Swindlers come into town pretending to be master tailors. The vain Emperor summons them to fashion him a set of clothes the like of which had never been seen before. This charming and humorous adaptation is told through the use of puppetry, original music and storytelling. Tickets only £5.


Panto season is still in full swing and continues with Belvoir Players' production of Aladdin. The wicked Abanazar is seeking the magic lamp that contains the all-powerful Genie, so that he can rule the world, and is just steps away from succeeding! Is all hope lost? The show continues until the January 4 at Belvoir Players Studio.

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