Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra

Santa comes to town!  Here’s where you can meet the man in the big red suit this Christmas.  Make sure you’re on the nice list and you might just get a present.

A Magical Christmas Experience, Titanic Belfast (23 Nov-23 Dec)

A magical Christmas experience is coming to Titanic Belfast - families will love the opportunity to step through the old curiosity shop and enter the magical workshop of Santa's elves!  Watch the excitement unfold as Father Christmas and his helpers count down to their favourite night of the year.

Santa at Sea Cruise, Belfast (24 Nov-16 Dec)

Set sail for an afternoon of partying with Santa.  Get your party clothes on for disco, karaoke, party games and face painting.  Be on your best behaviour though - Santa will on board with presents.  

Belfast Christmas Market, Belfast (17 Nov-22 Dec)

Visit Santa in his magical grotto at this year’s Belfast Christmas Market at City Hall.  If you post a letter to him by 18th December, you’ll receive a letter back!  Enjoy a hot chocolate and lots of delicious sweeties as you walk around the market or take a trip on the Helter Skelter.

Enchanted Winter Garden, Antrim Castle Gardens (7 Dec-18 Dec)

Antrim Castle Gardens are transformed into a magical enchanted world for a truly memorable Christmas experience.  Take a trip on the Enchanted Express and stop off at Santa’s workshop.   Or have a go on the big ferris wheel, vintage wave swinger, helter skelter or take a walk in the enchanted wonderland wood.

Christmas Wonderland at The Jungle, Magherafelt (1-23 Dec)

Enjoy a meet and greet with Santa, hear festive tales read by Mrs Claus or toast marshmallows with the colourful festive elves all at The Jungle.  Santa will deliver fantastic gifts, and even pose for a photo with all the family.  While you’re there, visit the woodland petting farm and enjoy a jungle activity.

The Elves have taken over Todd’s Leap (1-23 Dec)

The mischievous elves have taken over Todd’s Leap but you can still visit Santa in his treehouse grotto or pay a visit to his authentic workshop.  Mrs Claus will be busy in her kitchen, so make sure and call with her to see what goodies are on offer.  There is also a craft village and sleigh rides to enjoy!

Days of Christmas Past at Ulster American Folk Park (8 -16 December)

This festive season take the family back in time to experience the magic of a traditional Christmas at the Ulster American Folk Park. Gather around the warmth of the turf fire and enjoy readings from The Night before Christmas, singalong with the Christmas Mummers, taste seasonal treats and meet Santa and Mrs Claus in his workshop.


Here Comes Santa (8 Dec-23 Dec)

Cosy up to Santa beside a roaring fire in his living room at Castle Espie.  Make your own decorations for your Christmas tree and visit the elves in their workshop. 

Enjoy breakfast, supper or even an ice skate with Santa (30 Nov-22 Dec)

Pay a visit to Dundonald Ice Bowl this festive season and you could enjoy some treats with Santa or take to the ice for a skate with him.

Spirit of Christmas at Ballycultra (7 Dec-21 Dec)

Take some time to leave the hustle and bustle of the high street behind and explore the candlelit Ballycultra village to experience Christmas from 100 years ago at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. As the holly and ivy wreaths are hung on the doors, take in the sights, sounds and seasonal smells of cinnamon toast and breads freshly baked over the open hearth. See some traditional crafts as our costumed guides share past times and tales from years gone by and listen to the rousing, seasonal anthems performed by brass bands and carol singers.

Want to make your experience extra special?  Visit Santa as he warms his toes by his open fire, tell him of your wishes and receive a small gift before you leave.

More things to do over Christmas.

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