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Looking for inspiring last minute Christmas gift ideas? Here are some suggestions of unique experiences and activities to make the perfect Christmas gift for your loved-ones.
Give the gift of a giraffe (sort of!)
Belfast Zoo have a range of options for your budding Zookeeper. Choose from Junior Zookeeper packages, animal adoptions, feeding experiences, gift vouchers and annual memberships and you could be getting up close and personal with a giraffe, lemur or penguin!
Get a round in!
After the phenomenal success of The Open at Royal Portrush in the summer, why not perfect your own swing and enjoy an overnight break with one of our Stay and Play offers.
Get your Game of Thrones® fix!
Now that the last ever series of HBO’s Game of Thrones® has been and gone and left a Hodor sized void in Thronie's lives, why not explore the fantasy world of Westeros and Winterfell?
There are 26 publicly accessible filming locations in NI and fans can easily visit a favourite scene or walk in the footsteps of a much-loved character. There are a range of exciting visitor experiences– self guided, guided tours and immersive experiences to a themed banquet and archery. Bed down for a night in ‘Winterfell’ located in Castle Ward in quirky heated camping pods set in the beautiful 820-acre National Trust-owned demesne. The experience includes the ‘Archery Range Movie Set Experience’ and ‘Film Locations Cycle Tour’.
National Trust Membership
Whether you’re looking to discover historic houses, roam in beautiful gardens or wander through stunning countryside, National Trust membership is your key to unlimited unforgettable days out. Their portfolio has over 20 properties in Northern Ireland, including the legendary basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway, the romantic ruins of Crom Castle in County Fermanagh and the Mount Stewart Estate near Strangford Lough. Annual adult membership is £72 for an individual or £126 for family membership (2 adults and their children under 17).
Luxury Spa Break in Northern Ireland
Do you find the festive season stressful? Then why not have some 'me time' away from the busy shops and feel revitalised by booking a pampering short break or a spa offer for yourself or a loved one (gift vouchers also available). Galgorm Resort and Spa in County Antrim won Global Luxury Spa Hotel of the Year 2018 at the 12th World Luxury Hotel Awards in Bali, placing them firmly on the map as a world-class destination, beating competition from some of the world’s most iconic spa resorts.
A taste and tour experience
In the small village of Bushmills lies the oldest working distillery in Ireland - home to the famous Bushmills Whiskey. Small batches have been handcrafted since King James I granted a license to distil in 1608, and the whiskey’s golden hues are now enjoyed the world over. You can pick up a bottle at any good off-licence, from the classic blend to the rich Black Bush, sweet Irish Honey and the 10, 16 and 21-year single malts. Or visit the distillery to take a tour and the watch the traditional craftsmanship first-hand.
Belfast Christmas Markets: 16 November – 22 December
The popular 14th Belfast Christmas Market returns to Belfast City Hall on 16 November for 5 weeks. The grounds of City Hall will ring with Christmas cheer, beautifully wrapped in a festive package of delicious tastes, tantalising smells and twinkling lights. The Market has 20 traders from all across Europe offering a range of high quality goods from their hand-crafted chalets. Cheery alpine chalets will offer up an exciting selection of handmade jewellery, Christmas decorations and a wide range of festive arts and crafts. Experience the outdoor food court and indulge in a spot of people watching, or enjoy the Continental Bar and Lavery's traditional Irish Bar where you can hear some great live music.
We hope you enjoy these suggestions.