A comprehensive guide to what's on this festive season

1 November 2019 - 1 January 2020

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.

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Saturday 23 November, Bangor Christmas Switch On and Fireworks

From 12noon

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Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November, Christmas Market, North Down Museum in Bangor Town Hall

Sat: From 10am, Sun: From 12noon

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Thursday 28 November, Comber Christmas Fair in the Square

From 4pm

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Friday 29 November, Stunning Wreath Design at Loaf Pottery Crawfordsburn

7pm-9pm

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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

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Saturday 30 November, Newtownards Christmas Switch On

From 10am

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Saturday 30 November, Heart of Winter by Lyngo Theatre

Queens Hall, Newtownards

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Saturday 30 November, Holywood Christmas Lights Switch On

From 1.30pm

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Saturday 30 November, Etsy Made Local Christmas Market

Project 24, Queens Parade, Bangor

11am-4pm

Buy from some of Northern Ireland’s favourite designers, makers and artists and watch them demonstrating their skills.

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Sunday 1 December – Tuesday 24 December, Christmas Time Special, Ark Open Farm

Newtownards

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Sunday 1 December, Etsy Made Local Christmas Market

Project 24, Queens Parade, Bangor

11am-4pm

Buy from some of Northern Ireland’s favourite designers, makers and artists and watch them demonstrating their skills.

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Sunday 1, 8 and 15 December, Christmas trains at Drumawhey Junction Railway

12noon-4pm

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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

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Sunday 1 December, Donaghadee Christmas Celebrations: Community Carol Service followed by the Christmas Light Switch On

From 6.30pm

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Tuesday 3 December, Festive Wreath Making Workshop with Kathryn Millar, Ballywalter Park Estate

From 6.30pm-9.30pm

Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to create your own Christmas wreath display to be enjoyed throughout the festive season.

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Wednesday 4 December, Christmas Wreath Making Workshop at WWT Castle Espie

Hosted by the talented Rebecca from The Floralicious Designs in Bangor

10.30am to 12noon

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Friday 6 December, On your Doorstep Christmas Concert with the Ulster Orchestra *SOLD OUT*

Bangor Abbey, 7pm

Join musicians from the Ulster Orchestra and soprano Rebekah Coffey for a special night of Christmas music.

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Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December, The Carol Ship on Strangford Lough

Portaferry and Strangford. From 4.15pm

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7 December – 22 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.

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Saturday 7 December, Merry Opera present Handel’s Messiah

Portico, Portaferry. Starts 7.30pm

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Starting from Saturday 7 December, Christmas at WWT Castle Espie, Comber

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Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December, Christmas Movie Weekend, Project 24

Everyone loves a Christmas movie and Project 24 is bringing back its pop-up cinema with two Christmas classics for the whole family to enjoy.

Seating available 3.30pm, Movie Screening 4pm  No tickets required.

Saturday movie: 'Miracle on 34th Street' Sunday movie: 'A Christmas Carol'

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Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December, Christmas Movie Drive in nights at Bloomfield Shopping Centre

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Sunday 8 December, Donaghadee Christmas Celebrations: Santa Fun Run

2pm

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Thursday 19 December, Market Fresh Christmas Special

Project 24, Queen’s Parade, Bangor

From 5pm-8pm

Buy from your local makers and bakers this Christmas


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

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Saturday 21 December 7.30pm Carol Service at The Portico of Ards, Portaferry

Annual carol service at Portico.  Donations requested.

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New Year's Day Historic Ards Walk

Newtownards. From 1.30pm

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New Year’s Day Walk, Mount Stewart

Newtownards. From 11am

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Mini train rides, Drumawhey Junction Railway | New Year’s trains

Donaghadee. From 1pm

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1 November 2019 - 1 January 2020

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Contact Details

  • Address Various locations in the borough Bangor Co. Down
  • Telephone 028 9127 0069 or 028 9182 6846
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