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10 things happening in Northern Ireland: November 26 - December 2 - from Def Leppard to Sperrins weekend retreat

Vivian Campbell onstage in Belfast
Vivian Campbell onstage in Belfast

Here's our pick of the top events happening this week across Northern Ireland.

1. Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic

  • Belfast, November 29 – December 1
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This year’s Belfast Classic will welcome eight NCAA Division I college basketball teams – University at Albany, University at Buffalo, Dartmouth College, LIU Brooklyn, Marist College, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, University of San Francisco, and Stephen F. Austin State University – to the SSE Arena as they go head-to-head in eight fast-paced games over the three-day tournament.

2. Fleadh Feirste: The Gaeltacht Quarter Festival

  • Belfast, November 28 – December 2

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Enjoy traditional music, art exhibitions, poetry events and activities for children. Line-up includes critically acclaimed production Aisling?, traditional musicians Robbie Hannan and Paddy Glackin and singer/guitarist SÍOMHA.

3. Comber Christmas Fair in the Square

  • Comber, November 29


Come along and visit Santa’s Grotto, meet Santa’s little helpers, and see him arrive on his sleigh pulled by real reindeers. With over 60 stalls with local food, arts and crafts along with music and carol singing – this event is festive fun for all the family. The Christmas lights will be switched on at 7pm.

4. Festive Fashion Edit at The Boulevard

  • Banbridge, December 1

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Join Ireland AM’s Sonja Mohlich at The Boulevard as she showcases three fashion shows, including winter staple pieces, smart-casual Christmas looks, glamorous evening looks and partywear. Get set to sparkle this season with an exclusive winter style edit on the mall, with a guide on how you can dress to impress in designer and high-street fashion for less this Christmas.

5. Def Leppard

  • Belfast, December 2
Def Leppard

This gig will see the band deliver what me fans have been waiting for – the Hysteria album performed in full, plus other Def Leppard hits. Rick 'Sav' Savage says: “After many requests from fans in the UK, I'm delighted that we can bring the whole Hysteria album to arenas across Britain and Ireland. Oh, and our old pals Cheap Trick will be there also to help with the celebrations! We can't wait."

6. Ballycastle Christmas Lights Switch On

  • Ballycastle, November 29
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Preparations are well under way for the Christmas lights switch on. Come along and help celebrate the arrival of the festive season with lots of family friendly entertainment. Santa Claus is due to make a very special appearance along with the Mayor, arriving by horse drawn carriage.

7. The Christmassy Christmas Show

  • Bangor, December 1
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Stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs and comedy, and overflowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts - all presented in that unique Squashbox style at Studio 1A.

8. Christmas Fair

  • Dungannon, December 1-2

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The festive period is not complete without a visit to the Argory's Christmas Fair, featuring craft, food and drink stalls, as well as traditional festive entertainment. Soak up the wonderful atmosphere and see the house decorated for the season.

9. Ladies retreat weekend

  • Omagh, November 30 – December 2
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The Ladies Retreat Weekend at An Creagán offers the chance to be pampered by the best that the Sperrins has to offer, including high tea, ladies night, candle making and walks in the beautiful landscape.

10. Creative Peninsula Christmas Fair

  • Newtownards, November 30 – December 1
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Be inspired to purchase the perfect, unique, handcrafted Christmas gift in the opulent festive setting of the Georgian and Sunburst galleries of Ards Arts Centre. Seasonal interludes, complimentary gift wrapping and festive refreshments combine to make Christmas shopping a pleasure.

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