Venture beyond the city and find magical winter wonderlands and family fun across Northern Ireland.

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Making Christmas: Wreath Making Workshop

10 December 
Ulster Folk Museum 

Give your house a rustic touch this Christmas with your very own handmade wreath, using materials foraged from the stunning grounds of the Ulster Folk Museum! There will be hot drinks and snacks provided throughout the day, and remember to wrap up warm as this event takes place outdoors!

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Until 11 December 
Whitehead Railway Museum

Staff at Whitehead Museum need you! Please come to Whitehead Museum to help them find Santa! This is an interactive guided trail featuring professional actors. Suitable for children of all ages.


Christmas at Hillsborough Light Trail

1 – 31 December
Hillsborough Castle & Gardens

Over a million lights and seasonal sounds will once again fill the air at the historical venue, where glittering tunnels of light, dancing lakeside reflections and trees drenched in jewel-like colours will come to life amongst a trail of larger-than-life illuminations where mistletoe memories will be made.

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A Homemade Christmas at Rowallane Garden

Until 24 December
Rowallane Garden

Join Rowallane Garden over the festive season for a homemade Christmas. Look out for alternative Christmas trees, homemade decorations and go for a winter wander as you look forward to Christmas. Grab a winter warmer from their café, wrap up and explore Rowallane Garden.

Castle Ward Artisan Market

Christmas Artisan Market at Castle Ward

2- 4 December
Castle Ward

The Artisan market at Castle Ward showcases a handpicked selection of local designers and artisan makers. so it’s the perfect place to pick up your locally crafted Christmas gifts this year.

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Christmas in the Country at Ulster American Folk Park

9 December – 2 January
Ulster American Folk Park

Experience the magic of Christmas past as you stroll around the wintery landscape of rural Ulster, from the humble surroundings of a single room cabin to the elaborate Christmas of the Campbell House. Stop by the Rogan House and find out the history behind the Christmas tree and how it was decorated in years gone by.


Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market

9 December
The Dark Walk & Hillsborough Fort

Head to Hillsborough for festive seasonal cheer at the Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market. The market will be filled with the sounds, sights and tastes of Christmas with an eclectic mix of independent and artisan food producers, artists, designers of handmade crafts, health and beauty and homewares.

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High Rise Christmas Party

18 December
High Rise Indoor Adventure Centre, Lisburn

Visit High Rise Lisburn for Clip ‘n Climb or soft play on Sunday 18th December and join in the fun at the High Rise Christmas party! There’ll be activities for all ages with Christmas music, party games, climbing competitions and more.

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Boxing Day Race Meeting

26 December
Down Royal

You don’t have to be an avid race-goer to enjoy one of these event – the hooves thundering are sure to get your heart racing and adrenaline pumping. Situated close to Belfast and just off the A1, the main Belfast/Dublin road, the racecourse races throughout the year and hosts both National Hunt and Flat racing.

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