15 things to do across Northern Ireland between Christmas and the New Year

Now you’ve finished your Christmas feast and opened all your presents, you might be looking for inspiration on some things to do for the rest of the Christmas break.

NITB has highlighted 15 things to do over the holidays;


Take the family on a fun day out to the Family Fun Story Quest at The Mac Theatre on December 27. This fantastic workshop will allow families to be transported to a world of imagination as they creak open the storybox and read festive yarns of olde. This delightful drama based workshop is for children aged 7 to 11 and accompanying adults go free.


If it’s lots of laughter and shouts of ‘he’s behind you!’ that you’re after, then Aladdin at the Grand Opera House is the place to be. This is a particularly special year as much loved performer May McFettridge celebrates her 25th year in pantoland as Widow May Twankey.

Titanic Belfast is hosting a photographic exhibition of its World War 1 commemorative event Letters Home. The exhibition follows senior citizens from north and east Belfast who were brought to the Titanic Quarter to explore letters and other World War 1 exhibits at the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). The exhibition is free and is located in Titanic Belfast’s Atrium, and runs until 31st January.


Co. Antrim

The thoroughly entertaining Courtyard Theatre Cabaret runs from December 28 to December 31 with performances that are set to thrill with sensational singing, cabaret dancing and a party mix that will undoubtedly have you off your seat and dancing the night away.

The Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena is hosting the highly acclaimed ‘Christmas Country Showtime’ with the Stars on December 27. Country music fans will be delighted at the star studded line up which includes Trudi Lalor, Tony Kerr and Tom Cooper. This is the perfect night out with friends where you can sing and dance to your heart’s content and money raised from the raffle will be donated to the Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Societies.

Co. Armagh

Relax and listen to the stunning voice of songstress Andrea Begley at the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre on December 27. Andrea is the 2013 UK winner of ‘The Voice’ and her first album ‘The Message’ reached number 7 in the UK charts in October last year. Her tour brings a mixture of Irish traditional music and current music from her album.


And the music continues at the Market Place Theatre as it will also host Country Music Showtime on December 29 where guests can enjoy some toe tapping fun to the sounds of Louise Morrissey, Boxcar Brian, Tony Kerr, Lauren McCrory and Tom Cooper – the perfect way to get into the New Year’s Eve party spirit.

Co. Down

If you would like to treat the family to a fantastic evening of pantomime then Dick Whittington at the Belvoir Players Theatre is the place to be. The colourful performances run from December 27 until January 3 and you can cheer and sing as Dick and his lovable sidekick, ‘Puss’ travel to exotic lands and mystical worlds.

If you are in need of a good laugh make your way along to Newcastle Christmas Cracker on December 27. Giggle along to some of the finest stand up comics in Ireland including Kevin McAleer, Rory O’Hanlon, Neil Dougan and Ruan Hand.

Co. Fermanagh

As life can be hectic over Christmas why not take things down a notch or two and take friends and family to an afternoon tea for a catch up. The Killyhevlin Hotel serves a scrumptious afternoon tea in a relaxing atmosphere with warm fluffy scones, finely cut sandwiches and tempting pastry treats.


Co. Tyrone

Get in the party mood at The Logues New Year’s Eve Party at the Alley Theatre in Strabane on December 30. The Castlederg based folk-rock band will provide a highly energetic and electric set of original songs from their debut album mixed together with well known covers of hits from Bruce Springsteen and Avicci.

If all the excitement of Christmas has left you feeling weary then why not indulge in some rest and relaxation at the Lavender Day Spa in Ballygawley. Go with a group of your best friends or with your partner and let the treatments revive your mind and body in the most luxurious way. There are lots of ways to relax and treatments to choose from including a thermal suite, holistic treatments and light refreshments.

Co. Londonderry

Take the little ones to LegenDerry on Ice at Ebrington Square where families will be treated to a fantastic skating experience. Running until January 18 and with an even bigger ice rink this year, families can enjoy a fun filled day out gliding on the ice that is suitable for all ages and abilities.

First class entertainment is on offer at the Millennium Forum as world renowned Irish music band The Fureys will be on stage on December 27 performing hits like ‘When You Were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields of France’ and ‘From Clare to Here’.

For those who would like something more soulful, The Drifters will be appearing as part of their ‘The Optimum Tour’ on December 29. Sing along to much loved hits such as ‘Under The Boardwalk’, ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’, ‘Up On The Roof’, ‘Kissin In The Back Row’ and ‘Come On Over To My Place’.

For more information on things to do in Northern Ireland click on www.discovernorthernireland.com or visit your local tourist information centre.

Post Author: Belfast Times

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