Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market

8th December, 3pm - 9pm

Join us for festive seasonal cheer at Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market.

Experience a truly festive Christmas Market as you stroll through the stalls along The Dark Walk, enjoy a hot drink and bite to eat against the backdrop of Hillsborough Fort.

The market will be filled with the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas with an eclectic mix of food, art and craft.

Santa himself just might find time in his busy schedule to pop in for a chat!

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Christmas at Hillsborough Castle

18th November - 7th January

Experience the magic of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman™, as Walking With The Snowman™ comes to Hillsborough Castle this festive season. The beloved Snowman™ is brought to life in a trail around the stunning gardens – a perfect Christmas treat for families and fans of all ages.

Wrap up warm, bring your family and friends, and get ready for a heart-warming festive adventure. There are 12 giant Snowman™ sculptures to discover, each beautifully hand painted by a different artist and inspired by the timeless Christmas classic '12 Days of Christmas'. Can you find them all?

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Castle Gardens Light Trail

24th November - 22nd December

Come and wander through our spectacular light trail in Castle Gardens this Christmas and take in the wonderful sights of the light show. 

Visit Santa's Grotto and mini Christmas Market each Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

There will also be Christmas markets and live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Dogs welcome!

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Lisburn Light Festival

23rd November - 22nd December

You’re welcome to come along and enjoy our Lisburn Light Festival and enjoy the illuminating captivating light installations at various locations across the city.

Join us for light shows at the Light Canopy on Bow Street, Enchanting Christmas Tree and the Castle Gardens Light Trail. And don’t forget if you’re in the Castlereagh area to visit our illuminated Arctic Fox in Carryduff and spectacular Reindeer in Dundonald.

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Christmas at The Ballance House

Saturday 25th November

Santa will be arriving at 11am at The Ballance House on Saturday 25 November 2023.  He'll be waiting to meet you in our cosy fire-lit 19th century Parlour and give you a Christmas gift and craft.

Start your Christmas shopping in our Craft Market so come along and support our range of local crafters.

"Half a World Away From Here" upstairs Exhibition open .

Tea Barn open for soup and sandwiches, plenty of sweet treats and musical entertainment.

Event entrance: adults £4. Complimentary festive beverage with your entrance. Children free if not seeing Santa 

Visit to Santa: £5 per child. Pre-booking for Santa essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult paying into this fund-raising event. 

Booking for Santa at

Get out your Christmas jumpers, elf suits and Santa hats - all welcome! Proceeds go towards the upkeep of The Ballance House.

From 11am - 4pm.  

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Christmas at Hillmount Garden Centre

22nd November - 24th December

Santa's Grotto is one the highlights of each year at Hillmount when you can bring your children along to explore their Winter Wonderland. Your journey will start off in the grotto with a range of festive scenes and characters. They will be welcomed by our elves, meet Mrs Claus before visiting Santa and receiving a unique Hillmount gift.

We have been working hard with Santa and his elves to ensure everyone is safe whilst visiting our grotto. To help with this they ask that you pre-book your tickets so they can keep numbers at a safe level.

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Santa's Post Box at Irish Linen Centre

23rd November - 16th December
Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4:30pm

Santa's Post-box is available from Thursday 23rd November. Last post to ensure children receive a reply is Saturday 16th December.

For more information email: or telephone: 028 9266 3377.

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Visit Santa at Let's Go Hydro 

2nd - 20th December

This December - Visit Santa at Let's Go Hydro Resort & Spa

Let's Go Hydro Resort & Spa are delighted to announce that Santa will make the long journey to the resort to ensure their magical Christmas experience is the best event yet.

From 2nd December - 20th December 2023 they mark the return of their annual Christmas experience with the arrival of Santa & a singalong with the resident elves. This year’s event will be traditional with a Father Christmas experience like no other. Santa Clause is the real deal and will entertain the children as well as offer a personal photo moment for the adults and children alike. 

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Carryduff Christmas Market

30th November, 4pm - 8pm
Parish of Drumbo & Carryduff (upper car park), Knockbracken Drive BT8 8EX

Join your local community for some festive cheer at Carryduff Christmas Market, enjoy a hot drink and a bite to eat as you take in the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas.

Browse the market for gifts and treats for the home with an array of artisan food, art and craft stalls to explore. Free Entry!

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Dundonald Christmas Market

14th December, 4pm - 8pm

Dundonald Christmas Market returns to Comber Road Square in the heart of Dundonald village for an evening of festive shopping and fun.

The market will feature local artisans of food, art, craft and skincare. There will be artisan street food and speciality hot drinks - think seasonal coffees and hot chocolates. Free Entry!

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Christmas Twilight Market 

Christmas Twilight Market in Market Square on Friday 1st December from 4pm to 8pm.

We'll have lots of traders offering your unique gift ideas, holiday treats and festive foods.   

The popular Belfast Busking Band will also be there to provide some music while you browse and enjoy the Christmassy atmosphere.

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Santa in the Square with Haslem Hotel

4th – 16th December:

"Santa at The Square" Full experience Tickets: Adults £10 / Children £15

Explore the beautiful grotto before meeting Santa himself and his cheeky elf! Remember the moment with a professionally taken, framed photo with the whole family! After your visit, relax and enjoy a Hot Chocolate or Mulled Wine in the beautifully decorated Haslem Hotel.

Price Includes: Santa Visit, 1 x framed photograph, Selection Box for children, Hot Chocolate or Mulled Wine in Haslem Hotel after visit.

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Santa comes to High Rise

Autism Friendly Santa Visit with Clip 'n Climb or Soft Play on Wednesday 13th December!

Quiet event - fewer guests & no music playing

A private family visit with Santa in our calming sensory room which has been transformed into Santa's Grotto.

Parents, carers & siblings welcome.

Get a special gift from Santa!

As a Social Enterprise, not only will families get to enjoy a fun Santa experience, but by purchasing a ticket you will also be helping this charity support families both locally and across the UK!

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Think Christmas, Think Lisburn & Castlereagh!

This Christmas, think Lisburn & Castlereagh! Keep an eye on our Christmas page for our full programme of events and all the latest updates.

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