Jacqueline’s pick of family events this weekend.


North Down Museum is excited to announce that, for the first time, it will be opening its doors for ”A Night At the Museum” on Friday 23 November 2012. The Museum will stay open until 9pm, offering the opportunity for you to discover the story of Bangor and the surrounding area in an entirely new way! Entry to Night at the Museum is free. The Museum Restaurant will be staying open for high tea, so you and your family will be able to fortify yourselves ready for the nights’ activities. Activities include Torch-lit tours that will run half hourly from 6pm round the Museum’s permanent collections, storytelling, craft demonstrations, films in Ireland’s smallest cinema, and advice on antiques and collectibles.


The Winter Craft Fair at the Burnavon Cookstown celebrates its 6th year this weekend, with a better than ever selection of quality crafts and foods, featuring many well known familiar producers alongside a selection of exciting newcomers. Running over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday you will have all the opportunity you need to browse and shop for the perfect Christmas presents for your family and friends, or just treat yourself to something special.


Little Castle Playgroup has organised a Ladies Pampering Night on Friday evening 23rd November at 8.00 pm at the Trinity Hall, Lisnaskea. On offer will be Henrietta Fawcett using The Body Shop at Home products, Couture Bridal NI specialising in handmade bridal/formal wear jewellery, fascinators, wedding stationary,  with light refreshments of available –  mulled wine/cheese. Have a  relaxing evening at a cosy venue. Enter in a pamper raffle to win make-up, jewellery and other luxurious gifts.* And a chance to purchase some great presents for Christmas! Admission £3 per person.


The Maghera Christmas Carnival promises to be a fun filled family day out. Back by popular demand, the Maghera Traders Association presents “Christmas Carnival” this Saturday 24th November.  Music concert in a Marquee starting at 12.30 with Kenny Paul & Niamh McGlinchey on stage.  Santa arrives shortly after with an opportunity to have your picture taken with him in our first ever human snowglobe and receive a gift for the kids.  MC for the day is our very own local celeb Emma Louise Johnston who will be joined by comedian Tim McGarry . There will also be kids zumba dancing and carol singing, local craft stalls, face painting, funfair stalls, free prize draws and Christmas tree lighting ceremony.


Georgian Day in Armagh is one of the most exciting and unique events of the Christmas calendar.    It sees the city of Armagh transformed this Saturday 24th November with market stalls offering stunning indigenous crafts and food to excite the Christmas shopper seeking that special gift.  The scent of warm mince pies and mulled wine combined with the sound of local musicians ensures a truly unique atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy.


Enjoy free, family fun before Top Cat switches on the Christmas tree lights this Saturday in Ballyclare.  3pm & 4.45pm – Live entertainment with local radio presenters Stuart Robinson and David McCammond.  3.30pm – Live band performance from Peach.  5pm – A short programme of Christmas readings, carols and music.  5.30pm – Arrival of Santa with Top Cat and the Mayor to switch on the Christmas tree lights. 2-5pm in the Town Hall car park – Bungee trampoline, rodeo bull, ‘The Flying Snowman’ simulator experience, face painting and festive tattoos – ALL FREE!  Kids can also visit Santa’s Grotto; £4 per child which includes a gift from Santa with all proceeds in aid of the Mayor’s charities.