The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of 12 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland over the next week (December 31 – January 6).

  • New Year’s Eve Celebrations on the River, in the Walled City, Co. Londonderry, December 31.  At 20.13 the city of Derry will be welcoming the New Year as the UK City of Culture with an incredible fireworks and pyrotechnics display.
  • Casino Royale, Titanic Belfast, Belfast, December 31.  Say farewell to 2012 in style with a Casino Royale bash in the spectacular Titanic Suite.  Play your cards right and make sure you enjoy this night of entertainment.      

  • New Year Day Dip, Portrush, Co. Antrim, January 1.  There is no better way to blow away the cobwebs for the New Year than with a quick dip in the Atlantic Ocean. 

  • New Year’s Resolution – Get Fit, Murlough National Nature Reserve, Dundrum, Co. Down, January 1.  A guided gentle exercise trail and walk to gently break you into your New Year fitness regime.  Suitable footwear essential.
  • When We Are Married, Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, January 4 – 5.  Three well-to-do couples celebrate their silver wedding anniversaries, having been married on the same day twenty five years before.  Relationships are explored, life lived before marriage is revealed and on top of all this a casual acquaintance from the past appears.

  • A Christmas Night with George, Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, until January 5.  Once upon a time in a land far far away a woman sits alone in her home with nothing more than a glass of vodka and diet coke and a life-sized George Clooney.  Enjoy this exclusive Christmas version of the popular comedy drama set in Belfast.     

  • Carrickfergus on Ice, Rodgers Quay, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, until January 5.  The ice rink returns to the Harbour Complex – grab your skates and enjoy some seasonal fun with your family and friends.
  • Fat Busting New Year, Colin Glen Forest Park, Belfast, January 5.  Start the New Year with a healthy walk from Colin Glen to Glenside woodland and shed the excesses of the festive season on this uphill walk through the Rumbling Hole and waterfall.
  • One Complete Dinner Party, Belle Isle Cookery School, Lisbellaw Co. Fermanagh, January 5.  Whether you are cooking for two, eight or 12, this course will share all the plan-ahead secrets for a truly memorable dinner party with delicious starters, mains and desserts that will impress your guests.
  • Keith Wilson in Concert, The Market Place Theatre, Co. Armagh, January 5.  From a musical theatre background, Keith can now be seen with his band going back to his Celtic roots and in this concert he will be playing songs from a new album as well as hits from the debut album One More Time.
  • Ulster Orchestra – Viennese Concert, Millennium Forum, Co. Londonderry, January 6.  The Ulster Orchestra’s Associate Conductor Christopher Bell whisks you off to Vienna to celebrate 2013 in style with waltzes, polkas and gallops that will have your toes tapping and hands clapping.

  • Guide in the Hide, Castle Espie, Comber, Co. Down, January 6.  Guides will be in the Brent Hall to share their expert knowledge on wildfowl and waders that come to our shores in the winter months.