What's On: Elves, lights, trees, craft fairs and fireworks – it all points to one thing...

Yes, yes, November's not even half over, but festive fun is breaking out all over Northern Ireland this week regardless


Antrim town is the place to be this Friday for the Antrim Switch On, with Sonya Mac and Q Radio kicking off the festive season with music and games for all the family. Mr Hullabaloo and Jingles will entertain the crowd from 6pm. One of the highlights is sure to be the special children's prize draw. See Toby Pinecone to make sure you are on Santa's list. A fireworks display will round off a great festive evening.


The Charlemont and Moy Christmas event takes place this Saturday, beginning in Charlemont at noon. Meet the elves and write a letter to Santa, then make your way to the Moy Square where Santa Claus will switch on the lights at 4.45pm, with plenty of family activities.


Discover your Inner Elf from November 16-18 at Belvoir Players Studio. Don't be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins, and get yourself down to see this wonderful musical production by Nismat Theatre School. And remember the best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!


A day of free family fun is on offer at this year's Big Christmas Lights Switch On in Bangor, Co Down, on Saturday. Ards and North Down Borough Council has joined forces with Main Street, My Street to put on entertainment that includes a Christmas market, local school choir performances, Santa's grotto and more. Santa's arrival and the official switch on and fireworks finale are at 5.30pm.


The Clay, Cake & Creativity at Ashbrooke's Ceramic Retreat takes place from November 16-18, Ashbrook House, Brookeborough. This exclusive course offers a rare opportunity to stay in the picturesque and historic Ashbrooke House and work with two Royal College of Art Ceramicists. Helen Moore and Sandra Robinson have been specifically chosen for their complimentary skills in both the form and finish of ceramics to offer expert guidance as a complete beginner or seasoned maker.


The Hub Cookstown will host their Holistic Fair this Saturday. This is an opportunity for you to try massage, reflexology, Bowen therapy, reiki, aroma-touch and more. All treatments £10 (excluding food intolerance resting). Call 028 8676 3398 for further information.


St Trea's Ballymaguigan fourth Christmas Craft and Gift Fair takes place this Sunday, 12pm to 4pm. Wacky Wax Hands will be outside the main door. Shop from 40-plus stalls from local crafters.

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