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10 things to do in Northern Ireland this week - December 24-30: from Conall Gallen to Abbamania



Here's our pick of ten exciting things taking place across Northern Ireland this week.

1. Turkey Run Rally

  • Limavady, December 29



The annual Turkey Run Rally, organised by the Maiden City Motor Club, has risen in popularity over the last number of years, with visitors coming from all over the island of Ireland to both compete and spectate. Visitors to the Turkey Run Rally can expect to experience an exciting day out watching high-speed action. A fantastic family day out for over the festival holidays.

2. Brian Kennedy

  • Newcastle, December 27



One of Northern Ireland's favourite performers,singer-songwriter, Brian Kennedy will return to the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa for an unmissable concert this Christmas. Brian will perform his classic hits on the night including 'You Raise Me Up', 'Danny Boy', 'Brown Eyed Girl' and lots more.

3. Christmas at St George’s Market

  • Belfast, December 21 – 30



While Santa spreads his festive cheer, the traders will bear treats for one and all. From locally grown ingredients for that mouth-watering Christmas feast to one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for that perfect treat, all at St George’s Market this festive season.

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4. Christmas Ghost Stories with Ian McElhinney

  • Hillsborough, December 28


Ian McElhinney in Game of Thrones as the character Ser Barristan Selmy

Ian McElhinney in Game of Thrones as the character Ser Barristan Selmy

Ian McElhinney in Game of Thrones as the character Ser Barristan Selmy


An atmospheric, candle-lit experience of Hillsborough Castle with a special reading of ghost stories in the Throne Room by internationally acclaimed actor Ian McElhinney. The Northern Ireland actor and director has appeared in many theatre, film and television productions in a critically acclaimed career spanning more than thirty years; notable appearances include Taggart, Game of Thrones, The Fall and Derry Girls.

5. Conal Gallen - Happy Head

  • Newry, December 29



When it comes to comedians there is none better or funnier than the King himself, Conal Gallen. Conal is bringing his comedy show Happy Head to the stage in Newry at the Canal Court Hotel.

6. The Fureys

  • Londonderry, December 27



Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16 and The Green Fields Of France, return to the Millennium Forum in their 40th anniversary year.

7. Abbamania

  • Limavady, December 28



Abbamania’s widely acclaimed tribute to ABBA is a sensational two hour show featuring record breaking and timeless hits from Waterloo to Dancing Queen which will have you dancing in the aisles at the Roe Valley Arts Centre.

8. Winter Circus, Belfast

  • December 14 –  January 1



Following their run of sold out shows at this year’s Eastside Arts Festival, those wonderful, wacky folks down at Tumble Circus are back again with The Winter Circus Show at Writer’s Square.

9. Johnny Cash Tribute with June Carter

  • Belfast, December 27-28



Just like Johnny Cash took the stage in his famous gig in Folsom Prison, he will perform some of his biggest hits live at Crumlin Road Gaol. Capturing the unmistakable sound of the 'man in black', and accompanied by June Carter and band, you will experience what it was like to be at a real Cash show.

10. Dippy on Tour

  • Belfast, December 6 – January 6



As part of a road trip across the UK, Dippy is venturing out of London for the first time since 1905. He is currently in the Ulster Museum until January 6, 2019 - and he's on a mission to inspire five million natural history adventures, encouraging families to explore nature on their doorstep.

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