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Northern Ireland what's on guide: From Ulster Rugby to Love Actually, 10 things to do December 2 - 8

Bill Nighy in Christmas favourite Love Actually
Bill Nighy in Christmas favourite Love Actually
Gorgeous Christmas wreaths

Here's our top pick of things taking place this week across Northern Ireland (December 2-8).

1. Ulster Rugby vs Harlequins

  • Belfast, December 7

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As well as live sporting entertainment, there is also a wide range of activities for fans of all ages to enjoy, from player signing sessions and live music performed by local artists to inflatable games and street performers. At the heart of the Fan Zone you’ll find a range of street food trucks where you can indulge in the best of local hospitality and visit one of seven sports bars.

2. Victorian Christmas Event

  • Maghera, December 5 – 12

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Step back in time at Ardtara Country House this festive season where you’ll be greeted in the majestic hallway with a glass of mulled wine. Take a journey of Victorian opulence with a sumptuous three course Christmas dinner served in the stunning Clark Restaurant, before being entertained by our chamber ensemble and choir.

3. Christmas at Castle Espie

  • Newtownards, December 7 – 23

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Relax whilst the children make their own decorations to hang on your Christmas tree at home and take part in our special colouring in competition, before journeying through the Elves Workshop. Watch as Santa’s little helpers busily count down to Christmas, but come prepared, as they may need your help to be ready for the best day of the year.

4. Magical Christmas at Castle Coole

  • Enniskillen, December 7 – 17

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Castle Coole will be home to Santa and Mrs Claus on the 7th & 8th December and from the 12th-17th December as they prepare for the busy Christmas season. They will be welcoming children into their magical Christmas home - the perfect way to get into the festive spirit. Grown-ups can enjoy a warming mulled punch and a homemade mince pie from the kitchen range as the children meet Santa and Mrs Claus.

5. Ladies Night Goes to the Movies: Elf

  • Belfast, December 3

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Get together with the girls this festive season and enjoy a main Course, glass of wine, mini dessert buffet at Fratelli Ristorante, Pizzeria & Bar in Belfast followed by a private screening of Elf, one of the top favourite festive movies for only £25 per person.

6. Love Actually in concert

  • Belfast, December 5

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Love Actually, the seasonal romcom that has become a revelation and is synonymous for so many with the festive period, will tour to Ireland and the UK this December with a full orchestra performing its soundtrack live to picture, in what is becoming an annual highlight of the holiday calendar for many.

7. Yuletide Ritual Reflection Renewal

  • Armagh, December 6

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Experience a peaceful mid winter’s evening with the Celts during this period of ritual, reflection and renewal. Listen to stories and learn of Yuletide traditions, including the importance of the Druids’ Herb, mistletoe. You will be invited to place your own Yule decoration on our tree, representing yuletide memories of the past and wishes for the future.

8. Old Inn Copeland Gin Night

  • Bangor, December 7

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This Christmas, Join us for a fantastic evening of Gin & Food hosted by Copeland Gin experts at the Old Inn. Enjoy a four course tasting menu which has been expertly paired with delicious Gin cocktails, provided by Copeland Gin Distillery.

9. Richard Hayward's East Antrim

  • Larne, 6 December


In this talk Paul Clements, travel writer, broadcaster and former BBC journalist, will focus on the significance of this area of Richard Hayward’s work and how he helped to promote tourism in County Antrim in the middle decades of the 20th century. This talk forms part of the programme around 'Richard Hayward's East Antrim', an exhibition looking at the life of Richard Hayward which is on display until Tuesday, December 31.

10. Romesh Ranganathan: The Cynic's Mixtape

  • Waterfront Hall, December 6

Romesh Ranganathan (Matt Crossick/PA)

Fresh from the The Ranganation and A League Of Their Own, Ranganathan is putting showbiz aside to deliver a carefully curated selection of all the things he has found unacceptable since the last tour, including why trying to save the environment is a scam, why none of us are truly free, and his suspicion that his wife is using gluten intolerance to avoid sleeping with him.

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