A weekend of events to herald the Christmas season in the historic ports of Portaferry & Strangford

6 December 2019 - 7 December 2019

Listen to Christmas music on the magical Strangford ferry crossings, or on the shore, from 20 different choirs and groups - a different one on each sailing from 4.30pm - 9pm.

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See the illuminated ferry, castles, boats and houses.

In Portaferry, follow the Parade of Lights and Christmas Tree trail in Portaferry. See Santa on a skiff, eat Polish Christmas food and enjoy mulled wine in the PSC Hub. 

All ages can enjoy the old fashioned Victorian Fair in a twinkly marquee on the green in Strangford village - crafts, family games , music and wintery food and drink. Don't miss Bells Traditional Funfair too.

Hear some of the groups perform in the marquee in Strangford and in bars in Portaferry.

Why not make a day of it and take in some of the other attractions nearby?  Even better, stay overnight in local accommodation - from hotel to hostel, guesthouse and self catering options there is something to suit whatever your budget. 

Enjoy Handel's Messiah, by Merry Opera,  in Portico on Saturday evening.

Experience the atmosphere of The Market on the Square in Portaferry from 10am - 1.30 on Saturday - get your taste buds tingling and fill your shopping bags with all manner of unique treasures and tasty treats.

Visit Northern Ireland's only aquarium in Exploris.

Take a tour of Echlinville Distillery where award winning spirits are crafted in the heart of County Down. (1pm Saturday) 

Explore the heritage trails in Portaferry and Strangford.

Tour the Portico of Ards, an Arts and Heritage Centre opened in 2016 by HRH The Prince of Wales.

6 December 2019 - 7 December 2019

Opening Times

  • Friday and Saturday 4.30pm - 9.00pm


  • Free event Charges may apply for some activities; normal ferry charges apply.

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