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IN PICTURES: Ten great festive things to do

The festive season is now well and truly in full swing and there are plenty of Christmas activities happening across Northern Ireland to get you in the mood for a visit from the man in the red suit.

Check out some of our top picks of things to do this month.

Christmas Open Day, Donkey Sanctuary, Templepatrick, December 14'Held over two sessions at the centre in Templepatrick, the open day promises something for all the family, with a range of local craft stalls selling unique items including handcrafted gifts and delicious edible treats. There will be lots for the younger members of the family to do too, including a variety of craft activities and face painting. A visit to see Santa costs �3, which includes gift.
Christmas Open Day, Donkey Sanctuary, Templepatrick, December 14'Held over two sessions at the centre in Templepatrick, the open day promises something for all the family, with a range of local craft stalls selling unique items including handcrafted gifts and delicious edible treats. There will be lots for the younger members of the family to do too, including a variety of craft activities and face painting. A visit to see Santa costs �3, which includes gift.
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Winter Circus, Writer's Square Belfast, December 13 - January 2'Never ones to conform, the Tumble Circus troop will treat you and your family and friends to a Winter extravaganza unlike anything else on offer in Belfast. The Winter Circus Show will be all human, all skill and all thrill event. Expect modern, high skilled acts, including acrobats, aerialists and jugglers. For more information visit www.tumblecircus.com.
Winter Circus, Writer's Square Belfast, December 13 - January 2'Never ones to conform, the Tumble Circus troop will treat you and your family and friends to a Winter extravaganza unlike anything else on offer in Belfast. The Winter Circus Show will be all human, all skill and all thrill event. Expect modern, high skilled acts, including acrobats, aerialists and jugglers. For more information visit www.tumblecircus.com.
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Carols by Candlelight, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum Cultra, December 13 and 20'The popular Carols by Candlelight returns to the Ulster Folk Museum on December 13 and 20 at 7.30pm. Take in the Christmas atmosphere in the idyllic, candlelit Meeting House for an evening of singing carols and seasonal readings. Booking is essential. Tickets also include admission to the Christmas at Cultra event. For details and to book online visit www.nmni.com/Whats-on search Ulster Folk Museum. Pic by'. Darren Kidd/Presseye.com
Carols by Candlelight, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum Cultra, December 13 and 20'The popular Carols by Candlelight returns to the Ulster Folk Museum on December 13 and 20 at 7.30pm. Take in the Christmas atmosphere in the idyllic, candlelit Meeting House for an evening of singing carols and seasonal readings. Booking is essential. Tickets also include admission to the Christmas at Cultra event. For details and to book online visit www.nmni.com/Whats-on search Ulster Folk Museum. Pic by'. Darren Kidd/Presseye.com
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Visit Santa, Ulster Americann Folk Park, Omagh, December 14-22'Meet Santa and Mrs Claus when they pop into the Ulster American Folk Park to meet visitors in the run up to Christmas. Gather around the warmth of the turf fire, enjoy readings from The Night Before Christmas and singalong with Christmas mummers.
Visit Santa, Ulster Americann Folk Park, Omagh, December 14-22'Meet Santa and Mrs Claus when they pop into the Ulster American Folk Park to meet visitors in the run up to Christmas. Gather around the warmth of the turf fire, enjoy readings from The Night Before Christmas and singalong with Christmas mummers.
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