Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

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As the dark nights draw in and the temperature drops, Mid and East Antrim lights up with an exciting programme of activities.

From communing with nature in one of our stunning parklands to welcoming in the festive period at a Christmas switch on, there’s something for everyone.

Find Your Christmas in Mid and East Antrim!

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Ballymena Discount Day

Join shops in the town’s Business Improvement District for a festive fling. With fantastic offers and a visit from the Cool FM roadshow team, the Discount Day is a great opportunity to make a dent in the present list.

Ballymena Town Centre

Thursday 2 November, 9am-9pm

Find Your Christmas in Ballymena

Ballymena Christmas Light Switch On

Join us in our new location at the bandstand for a festive switch on and a special broadcast of  this year’s eagerly anticipated Christmas TV ad. There will be a reindeer parade, musical acts, Christmas characters, lantern parade and seasonal food and craft stalls plus much more. Shops will also be open late to let   you get the shopping started.

Brought to you by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Ballymena Business Improvement District, the Tower Centre and Fairhill Shopping Centre.

Ballymena Town Centre

Thursday 16 November, 4pm - 7pm

Find Your Christmas in Larne

Larne Christmas Light Switch On

A horse-drawn carriage will lead Santa and the magical festive parade around Larne town centre, with extra ambience provided by local choirs and bands. The lights switch on will take place at the Broadway bandstand.

Larne Town Centre

Friday 17 November, 6pm - 8pm

Find Your Christmas in Carrickfergus

Carrickfergus Christmas Light Switch On

A full day of festivities is forecast for Carrickfergus, with fireworks finishing off the celebrations. Music, dance and Christmas characters will add to the charm, with the lights switch on taking place at High Street. The fabulous fireworks display will take place at approx. 5.45pm from Fisherman's Quay. (Weather dependent)

Carrickfergus High Street

Saturday 18 November, 1pm - 6pm

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Whitehead Victorian Street Fair

Join in the festive fun as the pretty coastal village switches on its lights in true Victorian style. There will be a street fair, walking tours, magic shows, food stalls, choirs, pipe bands, steam trains and more. 

Throughout Whitehead

Saturday 25 November, from 12noon

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Christmas Cake Decorating

£10 plus material costs

Fun, friendly and fabulous Christmas cake decorating class for all from a lady with many years’ experience. Bring your own cake. To book contact Ballymena Visitor Information Centre on 028 2563 5010.

Arthur Cottage, Cullybackey

Saturday 25 November, 12noon – 2pm

Christmas Wreath Making

Wreath Making

Make your very own wreath from all natural materials, take it home and hang it pride of place! All materials provided. For further information, contact the Growing Communities Officer on 028 9335 8231.

Dixon Park, Larne

Saturday 25 November, 11am – 1pm

Jack and the beanstalk

Mr Hullabaloo presents Jack and the Beanstalk

Tickets £7

Mr Hullabaloo Productions presents a fun filled family pantomime full of magic, wonder and enchantment for children of all ages. Combining spectacular sets, lavish costumes and a fantastic all singing all dancing cast.

This spectacular show is guaranteed to have you singing, dancing and laughing along, especially with everyone’s favourite dancing pantomime cow Daisy! It’s sure to be a giant of a tale!

Book your tickets online at Ticket Source.

McNeill Theatre, Larne Leisure Centre

Thursday 30 November, show starts 7pm

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Christmas Treasure Hunt

Collect your entry form from Carrickfergus Museum and follow the festive clues throughout Carrickfergus town centre. Return your answers to the Museum for your chance to win a prize!

Collect entry form at Carrickfergus Museum

Friday 1 December – Friday 22 December (excluding Sundays)

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Christmas Entertainment

Join in the festivities with children’s entertainment and seasonal sounds from silver bands.

Carrickfergus Town Centre

Saturday 2, 9, 16 December 2017 1pm-3pm

Little Miss Muffet's Christmas Caper!

Little Miss Muffet’s Christmas Caper

Admission £2

Every Christmas Day makes a dream come true and Ditzi Devilola the Dim Witch wants it!

When it’s stolen, poor Miss Muffet is in great distress - but help is at hand from a Handsome Prince, Jack and Jill and a very surprising ally!

Will Ditzi, with her friend Murdo the Mad Moo get away with the Magic Tuffet, or can the friends from Nursery Land stop them in time for Christmas?

To book tickets, call 028 9335 8222.

Carrickfergus Town Hall

Saturday 2 December – Tuesday 5 December

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Celebrate the Christmas Hedgerow

Hedgerows can provide nesting and foraging opportunities for bees and birds! Find out more about how to look after our hedgerows at this fun, family event.

Come and learn the ancient skill of hedgelaying and enjoy other activities including building nest boxes and homes for bees and enjoying beelicious hedgerow food and drink.

Suitable for all ages.

For further information, contact the Growing Communities Officer on T: 028 9335 8231.

Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead

Sunday 3 December, 11am – 2pm

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Greenisland Christmas Light Switch On

Join us for singing and sparkle as we switch on the tree lights.

Community Centre
Thursday 7 December, 7pm

Rapunzel Mermaid

Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale

A pantomime version of the popular fairytale Rapunzel, alongside a sing-a-long screening of the Disney movie Tangled.

Visit The Braid website for details.

The Braid Arts Centre

Friday 8 December – Thursday 21 December, matinee and evening shows available

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Carolling Night


Old favourites and some new carols for Christmas. Mulled wine, shortbread and mince pies will be served.

For further information, contact Ballymena Visitor Information Centre on T: 028 2563 501.

Arthur Cottage, Cullybackey

Friday 8 December, 8pm – 10pm

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Elf Day

Join us for some festive fun, storytelling, arts and crafts and find out your own unique Elf name!

For further information, contact the Play Development Officer on T; 028 9335 8235.

The People’s Park, Ballymena

Saturday 9 December, 11am – 1pm

Christmas Minecraft in Carrickfergus

Christmas Minecraft

£10 – 1 hour 45 minute session
£7.50 – 1 hour session

Explore 17th century Carrickfergus transformed into a winter wonderland. Children of all ages will explore Minecraft and complete Christmas themed tasks in our special workshops.

The sessions will have a treasure hunt and build time for tasks in both creative and survival.

Team building and fun is the aim of the game, we’re hoping you can join us for all the block shaped fun!

Prizes to be won.

Suitable for children under 12 only. Booking essential.

To book contact Carrickfergus Museum on T: 028 9335 8241 or E:

Carrickfergus Museum and Civic Centre

Saturday 9 December, 10am – 5.45pm (various sessions)

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Traditional Christmas

Post your letter to Santa and meet his reindeer!

With traditional food and kids’ craft.

Call Visitor Information Centre on T: 028 9335 8222.

Andrew Jackson Cottage and US Rangers Museum, Carrickfergus

Saturday 16 December, 11am – 3pm

Santa at Arthur Cottage

Santa Trail

£6.50 per family

Craft and games for children plus a gift from Santa! Refreshments available.

To book contact Ballymena Visitor Information Centre on T: 028 2563 5010.

Arthur Cottage, Cullybackey

Saturday 16 December, 12noon – 3pm

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Traditional Hogmanay Music Night


Enjoy an evening of traditional music with a flavour of Hogmanay at the cottage.

For further information, contact Ballymena Visitor Information Centre on T: 028 2563 5010.

Arthur Cottage, Cullybackey

Friday 29 December, 8pm