Jacqueline from www.whatsonni.com shares her pick of festive family events taking place this weekend across the North in the run up to Christmas.


See Sinbad presented by 2nd Skin Theatre Company in conjunction with the WEB Theatre Newtownards  all week until Saturday 15th December. Join in the family fun as SINBAD is ordered by the Caliph of Arabia to rescue the beautiful Princess Orchid from the clutches of Ali baddie and his band of pirate helpers. SINBAD has to journey to the Isle of the Dark Sea and cross the desert to find the Princess. Not so easy as the Princess is guarded by the monster from the Dark Sea. Will Sinbad rescue the Princess? Will the Caliph forgive him? What will happen to Ali baddie and his henchmen? Sinbad needs your help to overcome the odds against him. So come along and bring the whole family for a great night out.


This Saturday and Sunday Emma Heatherington, in association with SD Entertainment, presents SANTA & THE LOST TOYS at the Bardic Theatre Donaghmore. Join Lolli & Pop as they help Santa catch Naughty Nicker who has stolen all the presents for the boys and girls this Christmas. A family friendly Christmas show suitable for Children aged 2+ and up.   All children meet Santa after each show and receive a free treat from the man himself.  3pm & 5pm.


Share Discover Village Share are hosting an Indoor Christmas Craft & Food Fair on Saturday 15th December. The Fair will be open from 11am – 2pm.   Santa is scheduled to make an appearance at the event. Rock climbing, face painting balloon modelling and refreshments will also be available.


A magic mirror, a jealous queen, a poisoned apple and the tiniest friends ever imagined – it’s panto time again at the Forum!  Telling the story of the young princess who finds herself on the run from her wicked stepmother and takes refuge in the forest with seven pint-sized men, SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS remains one of the best-love pantomimes of all time.  Packed with great song and dance routines, hilarious comedy, dazzling scenes and magical special effects, this festive favourite is fun for all the family from 4-94!  Featuring William Caulfield and a star studded local and Northern Irish cast with a special ‘magical’ appearance by Daniel O’Donnell, this energetic Christmas treat is sure to be a hit with audiences far and wide. Performances run until 5th January.


The Market Place Theatre, in association with The Ulster Theatre Company is delighted to announce this year’s Christmas spectacular – ‘Sleeping Beauty’. This full-scale traditional pantomime will combine wonderful music, song and dance, colourful costumes, memorable characters, and loads of audience participation, in a lively and sparkling Christmas adventure.  Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a beautiful princess is born. The entire kingdom is delighted, apart from the evil Spectra, who places a curse on the Princess, so that when she pricks her finger, she falls asleep for one hundred years. Who could possibly break such a terrible spell? And who will brave the fearsome fire-breathing dragon to awaken the sleeping beauty in the magical ‘Land Of Dreams’? Come to The Market Place Theatre this Christmas to find out…runs until 23rd December.


The Shankill Players are proud to present our Christmas extravaganza ‘Beauty and the Beast’! Come along and see all your favourite characters take to the stage, alongside a typical Players modern twist. The show will be happening between 12th-14th December at New Life Centre, Northumberland Street, Belfast! Tickets will be available to purchase from Crumlin Road Church, Belfast every Monday and Wednesday evening between 6pm-6.30pm or by contacting them through their facebook page (Shankill Players).

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