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Festive Family Fun

From Christmas pantomimes and Santa's grotto to magical shows and festive films, there's something for all the family in Belfast this Christmas.

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Pantomimes

Hansel and Gretel

The MAC
28 November - 7 January

Join Hansel and Gretel in a modern version of their classic tale. Expect big songs, an evil witch and an all-important candy trail. Read more >>

Beauty and the Beast

Lyric Theatre
6 December - 7 January

When the intrepid heroine Belle is captured by the cantankerous Beast and held in his decrepit castle in the forbidden forest, she needs to summon all her gumption to get home. Along the way, she discovers the grumpy old Beast isn’t quite what he makes out to be, and that there’s more to this tale than meets the eye... Read more >>

Sleeping Beauty

Belfast Waterfront
6 December - 7 January

You'll love this production of the traditional Christmas adventure, brought to you by a fabulous cast of larger than life characters. The beautiful princess has been doomed to sleep for a hundred years - can anyone break the spell and wake her? You won’t know unless you go! Read more >>

Peter Pan

Grand Opera House
2 December - 14 January 

May McFettridge is back in this year's Christmas Extravaganza - Peter Pan! Defying gravity, Wendy, Michael and John Darling take the second star to the right and straight on 'til morning as they fly from the rooftops to join Peter, the Lost Boys and Tinker Bell in Neverland. Read more >>

The Spectacular Aladdin

SSE Arena
14 - 27 December

The classic tale receives a bombastic makeover in Belfast's newest pantomime production at the SSE Arena. With X Factor favourite Rhydian playing the evil Abanazer and everyone's panto favourite Ross Anderson-Doherty as the genie, plus production helmed by two of Northern Ireland's leading theatre directors Dan Gordon and Martin Lynch, this star-studded cast is set to impress. Read more >>

Elf Jnr The Musical

Belvoir Studio Theatre
16 - 18 December

Don't be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins, and get yourself down to see this wonderful musical. William 'Buddy' Hobbs, a young child in an orphanage, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Years later, Buddy finds out that he's an ordinary human being and heads off to New York City in search of his father, Walter Hobbs. Read more >>


Family Favourites

Belfast Christmas Light Switch On

Belfast City Hall
18 November

Join the Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister and the Cool FM Breakfast crew, Bing and Flop, The Twirlywoos, Milkshake Live's Derek and Jen and Cavehill Primary School choir. Please note that all tickets for this event have now been allocated. Read more >>

Dreamworks Animation In Concert

SSE Arena
28 November

This night out features iconic movie moments from DreamWorks Animation's most beloved hit films including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and many more. With favourite moments from the films set to live music performed by the RTE Orchestra, this is sure to be an exhilarating and memorable night for the whole family. Read more >>

Ulster Orchestra - The Snowman: Family Concert

Belfast Waterfront
2 December

One of the most popular children's books ever written, The Snowman is even more enchanting when it's experienced in this big-screen, animated version, with live music by the Ulster Orchestra and a young singer performing the iconic 'Walking in the Air'. Read more >>


Mr Hullabaloo's Winter Wonderland Show

Linen Hall Library
16 December

Full of festive cheer and sure to warm the heart, the audience at Mr Hullabaloo's Winter Wonderland Show will be treated to some magical wintertime favourites including 'Hansel and Gretel' and 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'. Watch in amazement as the enchanted kingdom is brought to life. Read more >>

Home Alone

Belfast Waterfront
23 December

See one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time on the Waterfront's big, big screen. Festive fun for the children begins an hour before the screening, with face painting, colouring in and Christmas-themed arts and crafts. Read more >>

Shh! We Have A Plan

Crescent Arts Centre
13 - 16 and 19 - 24 December

Bring the family along to The Crescent this Christmas to be enchanted and amazed by Cahoot's NI's production of 'Shh! We Have A Plan', a nonverbal, delightful and poignant tale that follows the journey of some madcap characters who all want to capture a beautiful bird perched high in a tree. Read more >>


Meet Santa

A Magical Christmas Experience

Titanic Belfast
22 November - 23 December

Step through the Old Curiosity Shop and enter the Magical Workshop. Watch the excitement unfold as Father Christmas and his elves count down to their favourite night of the year. Peek into the toy shop where the elves have been hard at work and join Mrs Claus in her cosy kitchen to hear Christmas tales, and don't forget to make a Christmas wish to hang on the Magical Wishing Tree. Read more >>

Meet Santa at W5

W5 at Odyssey
25 November - 23 December

Celebrate Christmas at W5 this festive season. Ride the magical miniature train ride, The Winterland Express and visit Santa in his icy cavern. Read more >>

Wildlife Wonderland

Belfast Zoo
2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 December

Visit Santa and his elves in the grotto, wrap and deliver presents to the cheeky chimpanzees, decorate Christmas trees for the asian elephants and wish all of the animals a Merry Christmas at feeding time as they enjoy some special surprises. Read more >>

Search For Santa

McComb's Travel Centre, Victoria Square
25 November - 16 December

Jump on board McComb's open-top coach and help Mrs Claus search for Santa to help save Christmas. You'll hunt all over Belfast, and keep your fingers crossed that he'll pop up at some of Belfast's most famous sights. If you manage to find Santa, he'll be sure to have treats for everyone! Read more >>

Santa Special Steam Train Journeys

Departs Belfast Central Station or Portadown Train Station
9, 10 (Portadown), 16, 17 and 23 December

Hop on board for a return journey of festive fun by steam train, with an onboard visit from Santa and presents for the children. The trip runs from Belfast to Whitehead or Portadown to Lisburn on selected dates in December and last around two hours. Read more >>

Santa's Sweet Factory Tour

Departs Castle Place
2 - 23 December

Experience the sweetest Christmas you'll ever have as you jump on board Santa's very own double decker sleigh, where the elves will tell stories of how Santa makes his way around the world and how he can fit each cookie into his jolly belly. Once you arrive at Aunt Sandra's candy factory, be amazed by a sweet show you'll never forget, and meet Santa before his sleigh brings you back into the city. Read more >>


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