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What's on: 10 things to do in Northern Ireland Dec 11-17 - from Nathan Carter to Glen Hansard

This week across Northern Ireland there's plenty of festive themed events taking place, as well as a host of concerts including Nathan Carter, Glen Hansard, and Dana Masters.

Take a look through our top picks for this week:

1. Days of Christmas Past with Santa Visit

  • Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, December 9-17

The Ulster American Folk Park has an extra special festive experience for the family to immerse themselves in the magic of a traditional Christmas.

Gather around the warmth of the turf fire and enjoy readings from The Night before Christmas, singalong with the Christmas Mummers, taste seasonal treats and meet Santa and Mrs Claus in his workshop.

Take home a treasured memory of your day spent in Christmas past by purchasing a special photograph with Santa & Mrs Claus.

To book visit

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2. South Eastern Music Service Winter Concert

  • Ulster Hall, Belfast, December 11

Treat yourself to a selection of contemporary, pop and classical music, including some festive pieces to help spread the Christmas cheer.

The varied line-up features the Bangor Concert Band, Bangor String Orchestra, Castlereagh Concert Band, Castlereagh String Orchestra, Down Concert Band, Down String Orchestra, Lisburn Concert Band and Lisburn String Orchestra.

To book tickets visit


3. Shh! We Have A Plan

  • Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, December 13-16

The award-winning Children's Theatre Company, Cahoots NI, are casting a spell over young theatre goers at the Crescent Arts Centre this Christmas as they bring the enchanting tale 'Shh! We Have a Plan' to life.

Based on the Chris Haughton book, this nonverbal, delightful and poignant tale follows the journey of some madcap characters.

To book tickets visit

Shh! We have a Plan runs in the Crescent Arts Centre this December.

4. A Christmas Carol

  • Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy, December 14

Olivier Award-winning actor, Guy Masterson is famed for bringing multiple characters to vivid life in his enthralling one-man shows.

Masterson recreates Scrooge, Marley, the Fezziwigs, Tiny Tim and many more in an enchanting performance that will dazzle and linger long in the memory.

To book your ticket visit

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Seamus Heaney HomePlace

5. The Spectacular Aladdin

  • SSE Arena, Belfast, December 14-27

Take a journey to Old Peking and meet old Widow Twanky and her poor son Aladdin. Times are tough but Aladdin's life is dramatically changed when he falls in love with the most beautiful woman in the Kingdom, the Princess Jasmine.

Who: Starring Rhydian, Jake Carter, Nadia Forde, Nuala McKeever and Ross Anderson-Doherty.

For more information, visit

6. Nathan Carter

  • Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, December 14

Nathan Carter, one of Ireland`s biggest concert artistes, returns to the stage for another show that’s guaranteed to delight his many local fans.

Packed with great music, Nathan will sing all the hits from Wagon Wheel to The Town I Love So Well.

Doors open at 8pm.

For more information, visit

Pictured: Nathan Carter

7. Glen Hansard

  • Ulster Hall, Belfast, December 15

Glen Hansard is set to perform a Christmas show at Belfast's Ulster Hall with his big band of strings, horns, bells and whistles.

Glen has appeared in the BAFTA-winning film The Commitments, as well as starring in the film Once, which earned him a number of major awards, including the Best Song Academy Award for Falling Slowly.

Doors open at 7pm.

For more information, visit

Glen Hansard

8. Dana Masters

  • Mandela Hall, Belfast, December 15

Jazz and soul singer Dana Masters will be performing her headline show at Mandela Hall following the release of her latest EP Crossing Lines.

The US star, who moved to Northern Ireland in 2008, will take to the stage and says fans can expect "to be swept up in the experience".

For more information, visit

Dana Masters

9. Colin Geddis

  • Ulster Hall, Belfast, December 16

After an epic sell-out show in 2016 with the rest of the comedy squad Colin Geddis makes a triumphant return to the Ulster Hall in 2017 with his solo show General Banter.

Colin is combining the venomous social commentary from his successful online videos and podcasts to make for one bad-ass night of stand-up at this legendary venue.

For more information, visit


10. Cara Dillon

  • Ulster Hall, Belfast, December 17

Come and join the exceptional Cara Dillon for a night of Christmas songs in what will undoubtedly be a magical and memorable festive experience. 

Having recorded her highly anticipated Christmas album Upon A Winter's Night Cara and her band will be performing classic Carols, Celtic Hymns and other Christmas songs to celebrate and share in the Christmas Spirit.

For more information, visit

Pictured: Cara Dillon

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