Jacqueline shares her pick of what’s on this weekend across NI


Enjoy afternoon tea at the Culloden Hotel with songs and carols performed by Bangor Ladies Choir, in aid of Waakissa charity this Sunday 3rd December. Doors open at 1.00pm with the show beginning at 1.30pm and afternoon tea  served at 2.30pm.   This is going to be a fabulous Christmassy event with stalls to purchase a few Christmas gifts, and a raffle with some amazing prizes.


The Market Place Theatre is delighted to announce this year’s Christmas spectacular, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, which runs from 2nd to 24th December. 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.


This Friday 3rd December, Music in Fermanagh presents Katherine Hunka (violin) and Finghin Collins (piano) who will be performing Beethoven’s violin sonata No. 4 in A minor Op. 23, Ian Wilson’s ‘from the book of longing”, Leos Janacek’s sonata for violin and piano and Brahms’ violin sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78. Tickets available from the Ardhowen Theatre Tel: 028 6632 5440.


Looking for gift inspiration? Look no further than The Hub Cookstown’s Christmas Market taking place this Saturday 2nd December.. Among a raft of special festive stalls you’ll find foodie gifts, hand-crafted presents and much more. The Hub Choir will create a festive ambience with their carol singing and you can enjoy a cup of mulled apple juice along with some M&S festive food samples. Admission is free!


A gigantic beanstalk, Daisy the cow, magic beans, a goose that lays golden eggs and the nastiest of giants – it’s panto time again at the Millennium Forum! Telling the story of peasant boy Jack and his attempts to please his impoverished mother and win the hand of Princess Jill, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK remains one of the best-loved pantomimes of all time. Packed with great song and dance routines, hilarious comedy, dazzling scenes and magical special effects, Jack and the Beanstalk is fun for all the family from 4-94! Runs from 1st to 31st December daily.


Little Miss Muffett’s Christmas Caper, Carrickfergus Town Hall, 2nd to 5th December. The eternal appeal of this classic nursery rhyme makes this a golden opportunity to present this production from the North’s premiere producer of Christmas plays, Centre Stage Theatre Company, with their usual values of clean family entertainment, funny and immediate scripts, simple effects, live music, memorable tunes and strong performances.  To book, call Carrickfergus Visitor Information Centre on 028 9335 8222.


The Cash for Kids Santa Dash Belfast City is back for 2017 and Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is delighted to be one of the local beneficiary charities.  This year’s Santa Dash in on Sunday 3rd December, beginning at Writers Square, Belfast at 10.00am.  You and your family could sign up for the original 2.5km Santa Dash led by Santa in his sleigh or step up to the challenge of running in the brand new 5km timed route to earn your very own Santa Dash medal.  All money raised through registrations and sponsorship for Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice will go towards providing specialist care for children with life-limiting illnesses.

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