Jacqueline from whatsonni.com shares her pick of What’s On this week across the NI


Elsa and Anna are coming to the Newcastle Centre on Sunday 13th December at 11am and will perform live all the favourite tunes from Frozen.  The world’s most popular snowman, Olaf will also join the princesses and a visit to Santa will be included.  Tickets are £8 per child and £4 per adult each.  To book log on to www.buytickets.at/tinylife.  Book early to avoid disappointment.  This is a ticket only event.


Santa’s Magical Elves at Navan Centre & Fort, Armagh will take you on an enchanted Christmas Journey with Santa’s little helpers who arrive on their very own Elf Mobile!  How did the Elves come to be at Navan?  How did they help Santa make Christmas?  Be captivated by the secrets of the Elves as you journey with them from Navan to the wonderful ‘Elf-ville’.  On your travels the Elves will stamp your Christmas Ticket allowing you unlock the gates on ‘Elf-ville’ to meet with Santa in his magical kingdom, where he has gifts for all the boys and girls!  Pre-booking essential on www.armagh.co.uk/santa. Open until 22nd December.


Visit Castle Coole while Santa and Mrs Claus make it their home this Christmas. Castle Coole will be home to Santa and Mrs Claus from 11th – 20th December as they busily prepare for Christmas.  Journey up the magical tunnel to the basement kitchen where Santa and Mrs Claus will be waiting to welcome you into their winter home. Grown-ups can enjoy a warming mulled drink and a mince pie from the kitchen as the children meet Santa and Mrs Claus and receive a special gift from Santa.  Booking is essential.


Kinturk’s magical Christmas Trail opens this Sunday. Write your letter to Santa in the Reindeer Room and make some magical glistening reindeer food for Rudolf and his friends.  Step into Mrs Claus living room for a Christmas tale or two before stepping outside to be greeted by our Chief Elves toasting marshmallows for your delight and waving you on your way up Kinturk Road.  Don’t forget to call into the Elves craft workshop, where you will be able to make your very own Christmas craft to show Santa and take home.  Santa will be waiting for you in his cottage and if you’ve been good, he may even have a little gift for you.  On return to the Centre, warm yourself up with a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows or maybe Mum and Dad would prefer a little Mulled wine option whilst listening to Christmas carols.


No stranger to yap, Alan Carr is yapping his way around the UK & Ireland with his brand new stand up show ‘Yap, Yap, Yap!’ The BAFTA and British Comedy Award winning comedian, author and chat show supremo returns to his stand up roots with his hilarious take on life at the Millennium Forum 10th – 13th December.


See Antrim Castle Gardens transformed into an enchanted world where the magic of Christmas fills the air Saturday 12 December to Sunday 20 December 4.00pm to 8.00pm.  Make magical Christmas memories as you enjoy a stunning light installation, Forest of Fire, Santa Grotto, Reindeer Trail, Christmas Train, Christmas Carousel, Festive Fayre and Christmas Lights. Extra special treats are available on both weekends when Christmas characters spring into life and fire shows feature in the Forest of Fire.


This Christmas take a journey to the fairytale world of Winterland at W5. Take a trip on the Winterland Express, the magical miniature train ride. Travel through the enchanted forest into the icy cavern to emerge in the courtyard of Winterland Castle, where a few surprises await!  The Winterland Express is FREE with admission to W5 and the ride lasts approximately 5 – 8 minutes. To guarantee a place, the Winterland Express must be pre-booked. Open until 23rd December.

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