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12 things to do in Northern Ireland Dec 4-10 - from Mrs Brown's Boys to The Divine Comedy

Christmas celebrations are in full swing with everything from the Coca-Cola Truck tour to numerous special events happening across Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile Mrs Brown's boys also makes a return to Belfast this week, along with a few concerts.

Take a look at what's on this week:

1. Christmas Evenings at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum,

  • Co. Down, December 1-15

Leave the hustle and bustle of the high street behind and step back in time into the candlelit Ballycultra village to experience a traditional Christmas from 100 years ago at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

Includes Christmas carolling, traditional Christmas fayre, make your own Christmas decoration and much more.

For more information, visit

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2. Christmas Craft Workshops

  • The Tower Museum, Derry~Londonderry, December 2-9

The Tower Museum will be offering visitors the chance to revisit the ghosts of Christmas past throughout December by hosting three special workshops focusing on Christmas crafts through the decades.

At each of the workshops participants will have the opportunity to create Victorian style decorations and cards which they can take home to give to friends and loved ones.

To book call 028 7137 2411

3. Coca-Cola's Christmas Truck Tour 2017

  • SSE Arena, Belfast, December 6

Holidays are coming back to Northern Ireland as the famous Coca-Cola Christmas Truck pulls into town.

Arriving at 2pm to the SSE Arena, the public will have an opportunity to take a souvenir photo with the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck.

For more information, visit

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4. The Divine Comedy

  • Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, December 6

After a run of sold out, acclaimed shows in 2016 and early 2017, The Divine Comedy announced an Irish tour which will make stops in Cork, Limerick, Derry / Londonderry, Belfast and Dublin.

The Northern Ireland band's new album Foreverland  was hailed as one of the albums of the year by the critics and debuted at Number 7 in the UK Chart.

They also perform at the Ulster Hall in Belfast on December 7.

For more information, visit

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Neil Hannon

5. Russell Watson

  • Waterfront Belfast, December 6

The UK’s best-selling classical crossover artist of all time returns to the stage with Songs from The Heart, featuring a stunning collection of our best loved songs along with tracks from his new studio album True Stories.

Show kicks off at 7.30pm.

For more information, visit

Russell Watson

6. Good Mourning Mrs Brown

  • SSE Arena, Belfast, December 7-9

Brendan O'Carroll and co are back with this latest live show where we see Agnes Brown planning Granddad’s funeral. The only problem is granddad is not dead.

What could possibly go wrong?

For more information, visit

Brendan O'Carroll

7. Chris Rea

  • Waterfront Belfast, December 7

Chris Rea returns to Belfast as part of a European tour to celebrate the September release of his new album Road Songs for Lovers.

Doors open at 7.30pm

For more information, visit

Chris Rea

8. The Winter Circus Show

  • Writer's Square Belfast, December 8-23

Tumble Circus are back again with their huge show which boasts modern, high skilled acts, including acrobats, aerialists and jugglers. 

The Family Circus Shows will be a spectacular circus with an inspiring modern soundtrack, international circus artists and comedy characters that both young and old can enjoy.

For more information, visit


9. Magical Christmas at Castle Coole

  • Co. Fermanagh, December 9-17

Visit Santa and Mrs Claus in their festive home as they prepare for the busy Christmas season.

Each child receives a present and grown-ups can enjoy warming mulled wine and mince pies.

To book visit

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10. The Magical Christmas Vintage & Handmade Fair

  • Belfast Castle, December 10

Frock Around The Clock will return to beautiful Belfast Castle for The Magical Christmas Vintage and Handmade Fair.

The fair will feature over 50 fantastic stalls of vintage, handcrafted and upcycled fashion, furniture, homewares and collectables, textiles and decor, jewellery, sweet treats, toys, art, craft, gifts, artisan food, Christmas crafts and decor and much more.

For more information, visit

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11. Belfast Community Gospel Choir Christmas concert

  • Waterfront Belfast, December 10

The Belfast Community Gospel Choir’s annual Christmas concert has become a ‘not to be missed’ event in December’s calendar. 

Hailed as the ‘Soul of Belfast’ BCGC performances are charged with passion and energy and the sheer joy they exude from the stage is infectious. 

Show starts at 7.30pm.

For more information, visit

Belfast Community Gospel Choir

12. André Rieu

  • SSE Arena, Belfast, December 10

André Rieu is a musical phenomenon like no other, having sold a massive 40 million CDs and DVDs and notched 30 Number 1 chart positions worldwide.

Along with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra (the largest private orchestra in the world), André has created a global revival in waltz music, staging spectacular extravaganzas which are second to none.

For more information, visit

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