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Have a Merry Christmas in Mid Ulster

Christmas 2021

This November and December are full of festive fun to help you countdown to Christmas. From our virtual lights switch on to town centre treasure hunts and entertainment, workshops and festive concerts, there's lots to get you into the spirit of the season. 

Virtual Lights Switch On

Join us from the warmth and comfort of your own home on the Council’s Facebook page as Santa, Council Chair, Paul Mclean and the Candy Cane Crew switch on this year's Christmas Lights on Friday 26th November. 

Town Centre Trails

Town Centres in Cookstown, Dungannon, Magherafelt, Maghera and Coalisland will be transformed for the season, with festive window displays and lighting, and families can follow an interactive trail through each town centre, (from Saturday 4 December), stopping in at shops along the way to collect clues, and if you solve all the clues, receive a special message from Santa at the end. 

OM Santa Experience

Enjoy an out of this world Santa experience at OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory this Christmas. As part of the OM Santa Experience, you'll be taken on a special guided tour, then venture outside before Santa arrives to watch the OM Christmas Odyssey - a new outdoor film capturing a magical journey from the North Pole to Davagh Forest! When you get to meet the man himself, Santa, you'll receive a stocking full of goodies. For more information, and to book, go to the OM website.

Santa's Grotto at Hill of The O'Neill

Visit Santa at Hill of The O'Neill, Dungannon from Friday 10 - Monday 13 December. Tickets to Santa’s grotto are £3 per child. This includes meeting Santa and a small gift. ASD friendly slots are also available. For more information, and to book, visit the Hill of The O'Neill and Ranfurly House website. 

Festive Events and Workshops

Burnavon Winter Craft Fair  Saturday 27 November
10am – 5pm
Children’s Christmas Felt Decorating with Louise Campbell Saturday 4 December
Christmas Decorations with clay at The Bridewell, Magherafelt 
Bookable through The Bridewell, Magherafelt
Saturday 4 December
10 am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm 
Meet and Greet with Santa! 
Bookable through The Bridewell, Magherafelt 
Saturday 4 December and 
Saturday 11 December
12pm - 3pm 
FREE (Booking essential)
The Burnavon Christmas Concert with Sperrin Choir and Bello Duo  Friday 10 December
£20 (concession available)
Candle Making With Rose Adair
from Soy & Sisters

Saturday 11 December
11.30am – 1pm
Bath Bomb Gift Making Workshop at The Bridewell, Magherafelt
Bookable through The Bridewell, Magherafelt
Saturday 11 December
11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm 
Children’s Printing Stars - Christmas Bauble Craft with Fionnuala O’Neill Saturday 11 December
2pm – 4pm
Christmas Decoration Making Workshop at Maghera Leisure Centre 
Bookable through Maghera Leisure Centre
Saturday 11 December
11am - 1pm 
Saturday 18 December
2pm - 4pm 
Film Screening of It’s a wonderful life in The Helicon at Seamus Heaney HomePlace  Sunday 12 December
Oddsocks and the Christmas Book of Spells! with Fizz Whizz Pop Friday 17 December
6pm (3-6 yrs) & 7.15pm (6+ yrs)
Christmas Crafts For Kids With Deborah Malcolmson Saturday 18 December
11am – 1pm
Christmas Country Cracker Thursday 30 December

Festive Taste of Mid Ulster Cookery Demonstrations

Town Centre visitors will be able to enjoy a festive taste of Mid Ulster in the run up to Christmas this year courtesy of three of the region’s most talented chefs. 

Norah Brown of Grange Lodge Country House, Sean Owens from Chef Skills Online and Bronagh Duffin from Bakehouse NI will each create a three course meal specially developed for the occasion, using locally sourced produce in a series of live cookery demonstrations this November and December. 

All cookery demonstrations are free to attend, with tasty samples on offer so you can try some fantastic local produce for yourself, and recipes will be available to take home so you can test them out in your own kitchen! 


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