On the grapevine - November 25
The Marie Curie shop on the Cregagh Road are looking for donations — bric-a-brac, records, toys, anything you may have but no longer have use for is very welcome (but no electrical goods please).
Please drop in your wares during the shop’s opening hours, Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm.
If in doubt about what will be accepted, you can phone the shop to check with staff on 9046 1404.
Carols by candlelight for charity
This December, Mencap are celebrating the festive season with a truly unique event taking place at The Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast.
Carols by Candlelight starts at 6.30 pm on Thursday December 9, with a blend of traditional Christmas songs, carols and readings by special guests, not forgetting mulled wine and mince pies. We are delighted to be supported by our sponsor Courtney & Nelson and welcomed to Parliament Buildings by supporter Mr Tommy Gallagher MLA.
The Belfast Community Gospel choir will perform on the night, joined by members of St. Louise’s Comprehensive College and Tor Bank School.
Tickets cost £25 adult, £10 under 18s, £60 family ticket (two adults and two under 18s). Book quickly to avoid disappointment.
For more information or to book your ticket, please contact Lorna Patterson on 028 9069 0166 or email email@example.com||inverary mums and tots
Sydenham Community Development Agency has started a new Mothers and Toddlers group. Based at Inverary Community Centre, the group is being led by volunteer Leigh Wilson. The group runs on Mondays from 10am-noon. For further information contact Leigh on 07809486755.
Fun for the big children and little children in your family at Winter Wonderland.
Visit Santa and his Elves, get a present and see some of your favourite cartoon characters along the way (bring your own camera and capture a picture of Santa). Free Puppet Show and story-telling and there is Santa’s Snack Shack if you’re peckish.
All taking place at the Church of God Glenmachan (Glenmachan Road, Belfast Belfast BT4 2NN), there will be craft and gift stalls at the Christmas market for handmade and unusual gifts to buy including jewellry, pottery, cards, Captain Tortue French clothing, Hampton Blue accessories and gifts, jams and chutneys, Hatti Fair Trade Products, Wooden Gifts and much much more.
Opening times are:
Thursday November 25 from 6pm to 9pm, Friday November 26 from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday November 27, from 10am to 6pm.
Admission: £5 per child and £1 per accompanying adult. Childrens admission price includes a present from Santa. Remember to bring your own camera!
No charge for entry to Christmas Market. More info at www.winterwonder.co.uk or telephone Ruth on 07929 208950.
Annual christmas and car boot sale
The 12th Belfast Boys’ Brigade from St Mary’s Parish Church in Ballybeen, Dundonald, is hosting its annual Christmas sale and car boot sale on Saturday December 4 from 9am to 2pm in the church hall and car park.
There will be arts and crafts stalls, food stalls, toys and bric-a-brac, tea and coffee and cakes and much more.
Everyone is welcome.
Streamvale Farm’s Christmas Experience is a huge hit every year, with Santa drawing great crowds to his cosy cottage.
The fun starts with a ride in the big Tractor and Trailer, when an elf tells an exciting story about Santa and Rudolph. We then head of on a walk through the trees to find our deer and follow on up past the life size nativity scene and round the farmyard with its Christmas animals. We all go into the Santa Barn to make reindeer food to take home for Christmas Eve and then pop in to see Santa in his cosy cottage and get your pressie!
It is a fully guided tour and lasts one hour.
You need to wrap up warm and don't forget to bring your camera for lots of wonderful memories.
Streamvale Farm, at 38 Ballyhanwood Road, Dundonald, is open from December 1-23 for groups and parties. Family bookings are the first two weekends and then from December 17- 23 from 2-7pm.
Adults - £6, children £9. For details call 9048 3244.
Santa comes to castlereagh
The Mayor of Castlereagh, Councillor Vivienne McCoy is extending an invitation to a Christmas Craft Fair on Friday December 3, from 6pm to 9pm in the Civic & Administrative Offices at Castlereagh Borough Council.
The Fair will commence at 6.00pm, with Santa arriving in one of Castlereagh Borough Council’s famous ‘Bin Lorry’s’. A mascot from the Build a Bear Workshop will also be visiting the Fair to join in the festivities with the children..
Speaking prior to the event, the Mayor of Castlereagh said, “This is a great opportunity to purchase some Christmas gifts. We have a variety of 20 stalls to include:- Miglio Jewellery, Pandora, Belgian Chocolate Fountain, and Phoenix Cards, to name but a few. Hospitality will be available from Café 2 U, Dunkin Donuts and a French Creperie. A special thank you must go to Dundonald Community Band who will be providing the music for the evening.”
Everyone is warmly invited to the Craft Fair which will be held at the Council Civic Centre at Upper Galwally, opposite Forestside Shopping Centre. Entry is £1 which will go towards the Mayor’s Charity, the neo natal unit in the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.