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10 things happening this week in Northern Ireland: December 17-23 - from Daniel O'Donnell to winter solstice



Daniel O'Donnell

Daniel O'Donnell

Daniel O'Donnell

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

1. The Elves and The Shoemaker

  • Belfast, November 27 - January 6


The MAC is once again collaborating with award-winning children's theatre company Cahoots NI for a magical production of The Elves and The Shoemaker. Based on the much-loved story by the Brothers Grimm, the uplifting story of a kind-hearted tradesman who has fallen on hard times and is assisted by a mischievous band of nocturnal fairy folk. Expect a unique twist on the traditional fairytale format with a funny script.

2. Daniel O’Donnell

  • Londonderry, December 19


No stranger to the Millennium Forum stage, Daniel O’Donnell returns to delight his many local fans. It’s no surprise he is one of the best loved artistes of our time, both at home and abroad. After more than thirty years in the spotlight as an engaging entertainer, he is still in love with performing and with audiences the world over.

3. Ulster v Munster

  • Belfast, December 21


There will be a wide variety of food and drink options available, as well as live music from a local artist in the Clubhouse Bar. All topped off with an intense battle on the field as Munster descend on Kingspan Stadium.

4. Lisburn Light Festival

  • Lisburn, November 22 – January 25


Share the Magic of the Season at Lisburn Light Festival. Over one million lights will illuminate the City Centre with a spectacular Light Canopy, glimmering the length of Bow Street. Experience the dazzling 40 foot Christmas Tree in Market Square and get into the festive spirit as you dance on the interactive light floor below glistening disco balls.

5. The Hedgehog Prince

  • Limavady, December 22


The Hedgehog Prince is based on an old traditional folktale and uses puppetry, object theatre and original music which will enchant young and old alike. The perfect Christmas outing for the family at the Roe Valley Arts Centre.

6. Winter Solstice

  • Armagh, December 21


Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a lantern-lit walk to Navan Fort and take part in a solstice ritual of morning meditation reflecting on the past and welcoming the arrival of new light. Appreciate the calmness and serenity of watching the sun rise over the sacred site of Emain Macha on the shortest day of the year, before returning to the centre for an optional breakfast.

7. The Magic Of Christmas

  • Belfast, December 19


Following its huge success last year, this magical concert is now a central part of the Ulster Orchestra’s annual festive offering. Playing all your favourite songs such as Winter Wonderland and Santa Claus is Coming to Town, it’ll definitely ‘look a lot like Christmas’ at the Waterfront Hall.

8. Santa Claus is Coming to The Boulevard

  • Banbridge, December 6 – 24


As the festive season begins to get under way, The Boulevard in Banbridge is the perfect place to take your little elves (and canine companions) along to meet Santa Claus, unwrap fantastic offers across stores and avail of late-night shopping.

9. Winter Skate

  • Belfast, December 15 – January 4


Take ice skating lessons at the SSE Arena, Belfast

Take ice skating lessons at the SSE Arena, Belfast


Take ice skating lessons at the SSE Arena, Belfast


Skating sessions at the home of the Belfast Giants, the SSE Arena, take place this festive season. Enjoy a family day out by purchasing a site pass which allows access to skating, W5 and a Giant's Game.

10. Margaret Keys 'The Gift of Christmas'

  • Londonderry, December 21


Due to popular demand, chart-topping internationally renowned Irish Soprano Margaret Keys returns home once again to perform an exclusive evening of beautiful music this Christmas at the Waterside Theatre.

Belfast Telegraph