What’s on this weekend – 1st & 2nd Dec 2018

Written by on November 30, 2018

The Creative Peninsula Christmas Fayre
Friday 30 November & Saturday 1 December 10am – 5pm
Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards, BT23 4NP
£: Free.
T:  028 9182 6846
W: Visit Ards and North Down
For a unique shopping experience, join craftspeople and artists from the Creative Peninsula at the annual 2018 Christmas Fayre.  With musical interludes, mulled wine and complimentary gift wrapping, this is a lovely way to start the Christmas shopping.

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness!
Friday 30 November/7pm
Portico, Portaferry, BT22 1LE
£: £5
W: Book now
A celebration of everything Christmassy for children age 5+.  The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs and comedy, and over-flowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts – all presented in that unique Squash Box Theatre style!

For that extra special gift…
Call into your local Visitor Information Centre bursting with unique present ideas, souvenirs of home and local books!
Saturdays in December from 2pm,  enjoy a mince pie and seasonal drink while you browse
Ards Visitor Information Centre, 31 Regent Street, Newtownards, BT23 4AD
Bangor Visitor Information Centre, 34 Quay Street, Bangor, BT20 5ED
T: 028 9182 6846/ 028 9127 0069
W: Visit Ards and North Down

Celebrating the spirit of Christmas at Ballycultra
Saturday 1 – Friday 21 December
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Bangor, BT18 0EU
£: Adult £11, children £12
T: 028 9042 8428
W: CultraStep back in time and join us for a truly traditional Christmas experience this year at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum.  Visit the town of Ballycultra as we bring it to life and celebrate a traditional Edwardian Christmas.

Christmas at Ark Open Farm
Various dates in December
The Ark Open Farm, Bangor Road, Newtownards, BT23 7PH
£: adult £6.50; child £11 (includes gift from Santa)
T: 028 9182 0445
W: Ark Open Farm
Visit Santa at the Ark Open Farm and meet his real reindeer. Santa visits are available each Saturday & Sunday from 1 December. Santa also welcomes late night visitors on Thursday and Friday evenings at 5, 6 or 7pm but please book with him first!
You can even join Santa for breakfast each Sunday in the run up to Christmas – but please book and prepay – Breakfast with Santa is £12 per adult and £15 for a child and also includes a gift.  See website for full details of Christmas events.

Santa at Pickie Fun Park
Saturday 1 – Wednesday 26 December
Pickie Fun Park, Marine Gardens, Bangor/ 2pm-4pm Saturday and Sunday only
£:  Free Entry, charge for activities
T:  028 9145 0746
W: Pickie Fun Park

Portaferry’s ‘Market on the Square’
Saturday 1 December/10am – 1.30pm
Church of Ireland Hall, Portaferry, BT22 1LS
T: 028 4272 9598
W: Portaferry Market
Browse the stalls filled with local food, arts and crafts at Portaferry’s Market on the Square. A very special guest will be taking a break from the North Pole to visit Portaferry, too!  Please note that this month’s Market will be held in the Church of Ireland Hall.

Christmas Etsy Fair
Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 December/ 11am-4pm
The Hub, Queen’s Parade, Bangor, BT20 3BH
£: Free entry
W: Etsy Fair
The Global Etsy Christmas Market comes to Bangor for the first time this December. Etsy, the online handcrafted goods website, takes things to the next level with a Christmas Market this early December at Project24! Buy from some of NI’s favourite designers, makers and artists, there’s even an opportunity to watch some of them demonstrate their skills.  This event is organised by Etsy Sellers NI

Christmas Trains at Drumawhey
Sunday 2, 9 & 16 December/1pm – 4pm
Drumawhey Junction Railway, Donaghadee,  BT21 0LZ
W: Drumawhey
£: Train ride: Child £2; Adult £3; Family £17 (4 adults and 4 children).  Visit to Santa £10 per child including gift.
Join Santa this year as he ditches the reindeer for some trains down at Drumawhey Junction, a guaranteed success for any train loving children.  After a spin on the miniature trains, visit Santa and receive a gift.

Donaghadee Christmas Switch On
Sunday 2 December/6.30pm
Donaghadee First Presbyterian Church, BT21
T: 028 9188 8667
W: Visit Donaghadee
The Community Carol Service followed by Christmas Lights Switch On by the Mayor of Ards and North Down starts the seasonal celebrations in Donaghadee.  For the full programme of the town’s Christmas events organised by Donaghadee Community Development Association see the website.

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