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The Carol Ship on Strangford Lough

Portaferry, Portaferry, Down
A ferry on water at night with Christmas lights


Friday 3 to Sunday 5 December |  Main event, 5pm-9pm

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday | Between December Friday 3 and Friday 24 | Christmas Tree Trail

Join us in Portaferry for Christmas fun that not only celebrates the time of year but also showcases the rich and unique maritime heritage the village has, including the ferry itself which is the oldest continuous ferry crossing in the world.

The Strangford ferry will be illuminated and Christmas music, recorded by local schools and choirs, will also amplify across the the Lough from 3 - 5 December creating the merriest of atmospheres on a crisp winters evening, with a backdrop of illuminated buildings and boats - event the windmill won't be left out of what is sure to be a warming festive event.

Onshore activities will include a Parade of Lights which will see vehicles and bicycles lit in fan fare which starts opposite the ferry terminal at 7 p.m. on 3rd December. Prizes for best decorated form of transport. 

There will be a Christmas Tree Trail, made by local schools and groups, guiding you along the shore from the ferry to Portaferry Sailing Club; Christmas grottos and local Christmas fayre at nearby eateries will help keep the cold at bay as you wander the trail.

Look out for Santa who may well be arriving by skiff!

Extra parking will be available throughout the town in churches and schools.

Cancellation will only take place if there is any risk of gales and the coastguard deems the event is unsafe. If there is a further Covid lockdown, or if groups are not permitted to gather, then the event would have to be cancelled. 

Free event but please note, normal ferry charges will apply .


Supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council.

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Season (3 Dec 2021 - 24 Dec 2021)

* Activity 3-5 Dec, 5pm - 9pm

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