What's on...festive family fun in Bangor

Jacqueline McGonigle of shares her pick of family events across the north this week

Santa will be making an appearance at the Christmas lights switch on in Magherafelt on Saturday November 23


This Saturday in Bangor, expect family fun, food and craft market and seasonal entertainment, all leading to the lights switch on at McKee Clock arena with extra special guests The Snowman and The Snowdog followed by a fireworks finale.



This year’s Courtyard Theatre Newtownabbey’s pantomime will be the 10th Anniversary Production of the Courtyard Theatre and Mr Hullabaloo Productions bringing timeless magic to your Christmas treat. Prepare to soar away on a magical carpet ride of non-stop laughs and thrills in one of the most spectacular pantomime adventures of all time – Aladdin. Run from November 23 to December 21.



Enjoy a magical evening of festive song, dance and merriment with performances for all the family, including carol singing from local primary schools at the Portadown Twilight Market and Christmas Lights Switch On this Friday evening November 22 from 6pm.



Join in the fun in Magherafelt on Saturday November 23 for live entertainment and the Christmas market, before the street party kicks off and countdown begins to this year's Christmas lights switch on. The market is back again for a second day on Sunday November 24.



On Sunday November 24, Share Slalom is back for the 16th year in a row at Ballyconnell Lock Gate. Waterways Ireland has developed this area with canoe steps and assisted flow boulders to provide a superb venue for this Paddle 4 Sport League event.



It's time to get signed up for Dog Trails NI’s next race event in the magical and wild grounds of Lissan House, Cookstown this Sunday November 24. Muddy Mutts comprises a 5K, 3K and kids race. This is a canicross race... but one with a twist. As a location for equestrian events, Lissan House is going to be a muddy one, with jumps and swamps to challenge you and your dog.



Every Sunday evening comedic improvisers at the Accidental Theatre, Shaftesbury Square put together scenes, songs, and stories from audience suggestions. All scenes are created in the moment, and no two shows are ever the same.


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