Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland next week (December 12 – December 18).

  • Christmas Moonlight Paddle on the Lagan, Belfast, until December 14. Are you in charge of the staff Christmas party? Enjoy an alternative Christmas party with a paddle on the River Lagan, followed by cookies and hot chocolate to wind down and warm up! Booking essential  To book call (028) 90 461711 or email info@brysonlagansports.org.
  • Made in Liverpool, Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry, December 17. Uniquely and unlike other Beatles tributes ‘Made in Liverpool’ are resident in the very place where pop/rock history’s greatest band were discovered. Born and bred in Liverpool the band performs to audiences World-wide. Their performance as The Beatles is unique, uncontrived and mind blowing, the show has an electric atmosphere and is not to be missed!
  • A Magical Christmas, Castle Coole, Co. Fermanagh, until December 18. Castle Coole will be home to Santa and Mrs Claus from 10-18 December as they welcome children into their magical Christmas home – the perfect way to get into the festive spirit. Start your journey through the magical tunnel with one of Santa’s elves up to the elves’ workroom where Mrs Claus will greet you. Meet Santa in the kitchen where he’ll get everyone gathered up in front of the range for a chat where each child will leave with a special gift.
  • Zat you Santa Claus?, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady, Derry~Londonderry, December 15. Named after the Louis Armstrong Christmas classic, come and celebrate the magic and miracles of the festive season with Dublin-based Emilie Conway and her acclaimed band. The perfect warm up to your winter wonderland Christmas, this will be in our candlelit, cabaret style set-up and is a BYO event.
  • Christmas Unwrapped with the Ulster Orchestra, Alley Theatre, Co Tyrone, December 17. Join the Ulster Orchestra for a very special performance of enchanting carols and festive music. This hugely popular and lively sing-a-long Christmas show will include all of your festive classics and promises to be fun for all the family – so have your tinsel, bobbles and sleigh bells at the ready for a Christmas cracker of a show!
  • The Mystery of the Christmas Star, Armagh Planetarium, Co. Armagh, until December 21. Join Armagh Planetarium this Christmas and journey back more than 2000 years to Bethlehem, and seek to discover an explanation for the star the Wise Men followed to find the baby Jesus in “Mystery of the Christmas Star”. The Star of Bethlehem is an iconic astronomical event whose true origin remains unknown even today, in spite of years of speculation and research.
  • Santa at Shean’s Experience, Sheans Horse Farm and Heritage, Co. Antrim, until December 18. Explore the indoor magical forest and the village square where the elves will roast you some marshmallows and offer you some tasty treats. Hop on the Santa Express to the Nativity scene followed by a visit Santa’s grotto where each child will receive a festive present.
  • Raucous – Presented by Tumble Circus, Writer’s Square, Belfast, until December 15 – 17. Join in the fun and enjoy a Gala Cabaret Circus Club featuring daredevil acrobats, jaw dropping trapeze, stand-up comedy, cheeky burlesque dancers, special guests and live DJ. Let the exciting mix of local and international acts charm you and leave you wanting to see more under the heated Circus big top in Writers’ Square, in the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. Food and bar will also be open through-out the show.
  • Comber Farmers’ Market Christmas Special, Comber, Co. Down, December 15. Get all your essentials for the Christmas period at Comber Farmers’ Market Special Christmas Markets and support local producers.  The market opened in July 2014 and has built up a strong reputation for selling fresh, seasonal, award winning food and plant products.
  • Messiah by Candelight, St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Co. Armagh, December 15. For over 200 years Handel’s Messiah masterpiece has been enthralling audiences worldwide and leaving them humming along to The Trumpet Shall Sound and Hallelujah. This performance will be presented by The Palestrina Choir, Dublin along with four soloists and the Lyric Opera Ensemble.  For tickets contact (028) 37 522813.