A comprehensive guide to what's on this festive season
Tours, Christmas, Ulster Folk Museum, Castle Espie, Ark Farm, Creative Peninsula, North Down Museum, Switch On's
Ards and North Down is a hive of excitement during the Christmas season... the anticipation is high for the annual fireworks display in Bangor every year, those loking for that something unique to give to their closest enjoy the many artisan markets that showcase the local artists' work, the kids delight at the entertainment and of course at the sight of Santa himself...
There is so much to do. Read on for your full guide to Christmas and New Years in the borough.
Saturday 23 November, Bangor Christmas Switch On and Fireworks
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November, Christmas Market, North Down Museum in Bangor Town Hall
Sat: From 10am, Sun: From 12noon
Thursday 28 November, Comber Christmas Fair in the Square
Friday 29 November, Donaghadee Christmas Celebrations
Entertainment at the Harbour, the Santa Parade, followed by fireworks, from 6.30pm.
Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November, Creative Peninsula Christmas Fayre
Ards Arts Centre, from 10am
Saturday 30 November, Newtownards Christmas Switch On
Saturday 30 November, Holywood Christmas Lights Switch On
Saturday 30 November, Heart of Winter by Lyngo Theatre
Queens Hall, Newtownards
Sunday 1 December – Tuesday 24 December, Christmas Time Special, Ark Open Farm
Sunday 1, 8 and 15 December, Christmas trains, Drumawhey Junction Railway
Various dates until 21 December, Santa at Mount Stewart
Come and visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in the wonderful setting of Mount Stewart House.
Various dates until Friday 20 December, Baby's First Christmas at Mount Stewart
Mount Stewart, National Trust
Sunday 1 December, Donaghadee Christmas Celebrations: Community Carol Service followed by the Christmas Light Switch On
6 December – Friday 20 December (Various dates), Spirit of Christmas at Ballycultra at Ulster Folk Museum
Leave the hustle and bustle of the high street behind and step back in time to Ballycultra to experience the magic of a truly traditional Christmas from 100 years ago.
Friday 6 December, On your Doorstep Christmas Concert with the Ulster Orchestra
Bangor Abbey, 7pm
Join musicians from the Ulster Orchestra and soprano Rebekah Coffey for a special night of Christmas music.
Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December, The Carol Ship on Strangford Lough
Portaferry and Strangford. From 4.15pm
Saturday 7 December, Merry Opera present Handel’s Messiah
Portico, Portaferry. Starts 7.30pm
Starting from Saturday 7 December, Christmas at WWT Castle Espie, Comber
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December, Christmas Movie Weekend, Project 24
Seating available 3.30pm, Movie Screening 4pm
Sunday 8 December, Donaghadee Christmas Celebrations: Santa Fun Run
Friday 20 December 6pm Frozen Singalong at The Portico of Ards, Portaferry
Some movies are worth melting for... Add a Sing-Along and what have you got? £5
Saturday 21 December 7.30pm Carol Service at The Portico of Ards, Portaferry
Annual carol service at Portico. Donations requested.