Jacqueline’s Pick of Festive Family Events this Weekend.


Visit the Holywood Fair on Saturday 22nd December for those last minute Christmas presents. The fair takes place on Hibernia Street and perfect if you are still looking for that something special.


Always one of the major highlights in the Alley Theatre winter programme, the annual Strabane Cross Community Carol Concert takes place on Wednesday 19th December, a festive concert allowing the whole community to come together in the intimate Alley Theatre.  A heart warming, community event, this unique carol concert always attracts large, loyal crowds with plenty of festive cheer.  Enjoy the music of St Joseph’s Brass Band and Derg Valley Choir with a wonderful programme of readings, carols and recitals at the Alley, all in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.


It’s your last chance to see Santa at Castle Coole  which is home to Santa and Mrs Claus from until 18th December as they busily prepare for Christmas. They will be welcoming children into their magical Christmas home – the perfect way to get into the festive spirit. Here’s some of the fun that’s waiting to be enjoyed: Travel from Enniskillen to the North Pole through the magical basement tunnel, meet Mrs Claus and see the elves’ playroom, enjoy a story, chat with Santa and receive a special gift. Booking is essential.


See Irish singer and violinist Rhoda Barfoot perform at her Christmas Concert in St. Swithin’s Church Magherafelt on Friday 21st December at 7.30pm.  Join her for an evening of Christmas music with all proceeds go to Kilronan School where tickets are available to purchase, as well as Home Essentials. Admission £10 and under 16s go free.


Experience the thrill of a ride on Santa’s Sleigh at Millers Hill Equestrian & Fun Farm, Markethill until 20th December.  Meet Santa in his Grotto and receive child’s gift.  Make and take home magic reindeer food.  Bring your letter and post in Santa’s giant post box!  Visit and pet our animals.  Mrs Claus will be serving shortbread, mince pies & mulled wine, tea/coffee and a treat for the kids!  Special rates for school & youth groups. Refreshments & child’s gift included in price.  All Christmas activities take place indoors.


Get your skates on! From the 18th of December until January 6th as part of the Odyssey Winterfest programme, Odyssey Arena will be transformed into the coolest place in town. This is your chance to skate at the home of the fantastic Belfast Giants! Get the party started this Christmas…experience the thrills and spills of skating at Odyssey Arena and some delicious seasonal fayre with your work friends through our Corporate Skate package.  Or why not get a group together and plan the perfect day out for Christmas or the New Year with our Group Skate package?

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year!