Christmas 2019: Free events for families in Northern Ireland

Christmas Craft Market - North Down Museum

NOV 23 - NOV 24 2019, 10:00 - 16:30 DAILY, NORTH DOWN MUSEUM

North Down Museum’s Christmas market has become a regular in the local shopping calendar.  The market will have everything you need for those special stocking fillers.  Local artists and crafters will provide a range of goods for you to browse.

On Saturday at lunchtime, there will be music in Coffee Cure and who knows, Santa may even make an appearance.  Keep a lookout!

Saturday 23 November: 10am - 4.30pm

Sunday 24 November: 12noon - 4.30pm

Bangor Christmas Lights Switch On and Fireworks

NOV 23 2019, 00:00 - 19:00, BANGOR SEAFRONT AREA

The Snowman™ and The Snowdog will help Santa light up Bangor this festive season.

There will be plenty of festive fun on offer at Bangor seafront, Project 24 and North Down Museum. Expect family fun, food and craft market and seasonal entertainment all leading to the lights switch-on at McKee Clock arena with extra special guests The Snowman™ and The Snowdog followed by a fireworks finale.

The big switch-on of the Christmas Tree lights will be at 5.30 pm

by the Mayor, Alderman Bill Keery, Santa and very special guests, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog, followed by the spectacular annual fireworks display [best viewing spots, along the coastal path and promenade.

This event is organised in conjunction with Bangor Chamber of Commerce and Main Street, My Street.

Georgian Day Light Show 'A Christmas Cracker'

NOV 30 2019, 17:30 - 20:15, MARKET SQUARE

Join the crowds for an unmissable experience as the city lights up on Georgian Day.  The dramatic 'A Christmas Cracker' Light Show will transform the Market House, a beautiful Georgian building into a shimmering canvas for images, special effects and other surprises!

Ticket wristbands are available to book online from Tuesday 5th November at 10:00 am with a maximum of 4 tickets per person.

Ticket wristbands can also be collected in person, free of charge, from Armagh Visitor Information Centre, 40 English Street, Armagh, BT61 7BA or posted out (additional postage charge applies).  

Please note that admission to the Light Show is by wristband only.  Only those wearing the correct wristband will be admitted to each show. 

Shows start at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:15pm (4 shows in total)

Tinsels and Tails Christmas Fair

NOV 23 2019, 16:30 - 20:30, DOG TYRED

Dog Tyred presents Tinsel and Tails Christmas fair on Saturday 23rd November at 4.30pm in aid of Disability Assistance dogs NI Join us for some festive fun as we will have lots of stalls with Christmas gifts and doggy accessories including Tilly and Me, RH Custom Designs, Paula's Pet Bakery and moreAll dogs welcome to come along as we will have an enclosed play area for your furbabies as We will also have prizes available to win in our raffles which have been kindly donated and pet portraits event held at dog tyred 456 shore road Whiteabby. 

Richhill Mini Twilight Market & Switch On

NOV 27 2019, 18:00 - 20:30, RICHHILL RECREATION CENTRE

Enjoy a magical evening of festive fun with a visit from Santa. This year take the opportunity to find that special gift or food treat as we have added a Mini Twilight Market to the event. For information on all council, seasonal celebrations and events across the borough visit #DiscoverYourChristmas

Banbridge Twilight Market & Christmas Lights Switch On

NOV 29 2019, 18:00 - 22:00, BANBRIDGE TOWN CENTRE

Santa Claus is coming to town! Meet him at the annual Christmas Lights Switch On and Twilight Market event. Come along to enjoy the festive atmosphere, street entertainment and visit our magical Twilight Market showcasing local artists, handmade crafts and Christmas delights. Get into the festive spirit and watch the trees sparkle while you explore and indulge your senses.

Ballymoney Christmas Market


Naturally, North Coast and Glens are looking forward to their Annual Christmas Market this year in Ballymoney at Castlecroft Square, on Friday the 6th of December from 11 am - 4 pm……So pop the date in the diary and bring your family and friends along to enjoy the start of the Christmas fun. With a wide selection of gifts and treats on offer the market has something for all tastes artisan treats, quirky gift ideas, sumptuous handcrafted treats,  and more! Castlecroft will be filled to capacity with around 25 traders offering eclectic treasures, delicious seasonal temptations and quirky handcrafted gifts from the very finest artisans. So why not come along and enjoy a sensational start to the festive season……..

Roe Valley Speciality Christmas Market

DEC 7 2019, 11:00 - 16:00, DRUMCEATT SQUARE

If you love local produce then there's never been a better time to 'love your local market'.   Join us on Sat 7th December, for our last of the year in Limavady, our Christmas finale! We are open from 11 am - 4 pm. Each market offers shoppers a warm welcome, with friendly traders and the choice of a range of unique local produce and speciality handcrafted items. Trade With UsWe are always looking to attract keen talented new traders that can offer something different to enhance our popular market.  If you are new to market trading and need some support or an old hand please get in touch and we'll do what we can to help get you started. 

Santa's Post Office - Royal Avenue

Nationwide, Royal Avenue, Belfast, Join Santa’s elves this Christmas at his Belfast Post Office!

Write your letter to Santa, get it stamped by the elves with their North Pole seal of approval, then post it in Santa’s magical postbox and see the journey it will make from Belfast to the North Pole! Santa will be busy making his list and checking it twice, with all the children on his nice list receiving a letter back from the man himself!

Opening times:

Thursdays 3-7 pm

Saturdays 10-5 pm

Sundays 11-5 pm

Soda and Champ’s Christmas Adventure

This special animated story tells the tale of Soda the cat and Champ the dog – an unlikely pair who embark on an exciting journey to make it home on time for Christmas.

The animated adventure will be projected onto the buildings opposite CastleCourt from Saturday 16 November, with the show repeated daily (every 15 minutes) from 4 pm.

An accompanying soundtrack has been specially curated for the festive tale and a new episode will be shown every Saturday, culminating in a screening of the entire Christmas adventure on Saturday 14 December which will then be shown daily until 10 January.

Meanwhile, little ones can enjoy seasonal crafts, puppet shows, colouring-in and get started on those all-important letters to Santa in Soda and Champ’s Activity Den in the former Nationwide building on Royal Avenue. Soda and Champ's Activity Den will be open from 16 November until 24 December. Santa’s elves will also be on hand to give letters the North Pole seal of approval at Santa’s Post Office!

Soda and Champ's Activity Den opening hours:-


Wednesday-Friday 12 pm-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-6 pm


Wednesday-Friday 12 pm-7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-7 pm

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