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Christmas events in Newtownards, Bangor and Comber

christmasArds and North Down council have planned a bumper year of Christmas festivities to get us all in the mood for the arrival of father Christmas.

Events include a fair in Comber where you can bring your Kids to Santa’s Grotto and watch the Christmas Tree lights switch on with Santa Arriving in a Fire Engine.  This coming Saturday Holywood welcomes the festive period with the Open House Choir, a synthetic ice-rink and a visit from Santa and a giant snowman along side a market running all day and the light switch on at 4.30pm.

Newtownards is set to host a wide range of events over the festive period including craft fairs and the switch on of the Christmas Tree lights in Conway Square, Newtownards at 7pm on the Friday 27th November.

Bangor, not to be outshone will also be hosting a concert by the Ulster Orchestra, A Christmas Market and a special Christmas Tree lights switch on at Project 24.

Earlier this year we were pleased to be able to produce a website for the Comber Farmers Market, a monthly event showcasing some of the best locally produced food in the area.  There will be a special Christmas Market on Thursday 3rd December at St Mary’s Parish Church, Comber from 9am – 1.30pm.

This full list of festive events can be found on the VisitArdsNorthDown.com website :


Comber Fair and Christmas Switch On
Thursday 26 November
The Square, Comber, 4pm-8pm

Ards Christmas Switch On
Friday 27 November
Conway Square, Newtownards. 7pm
Market 11am-7pm

Christmas Fun in Groomsport
Friday 27 November
Presbyterian Church, Groomsport from 6.30pm
Adults (16+) £2

Holywood Christmas Switch On
Saturday 28 November
Town Centre 4.30pm
Entertainment 11am-6pm

Christmas Market at North Down Museum
Saturday 28 November 10am – 4.30pm
Sunday 29 November 12noon – 4.30pm

Comber’s Farmer Market
Christmas Special
Thursday 3 December, St Mary’s Parish Church car park. 9am – 1.30pm

Ulster Orchestra presents Christmas Unwrapped
Thursday 3 December, Bangor Aurora
Aquatic and Leisure Complex 7pm
Booking essential.

The Creative Peninsula Christmas Craft Fayre
Thursday 3 December 4 – 7pm
Friday 4 December 10am – 7pm
Saturday 5 December 10am – 4pm
Ards Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards

Santa Arrives in Donaghadee
Friday 4 December
Christmas Market stalls, from 4.30pm
Santa arrives 6.30pm

Project 24 Christmas Switch On
Friday 4 December
Queen’s Parade, Bangor 6pm – 8pm

Joy, Laughter and Cheer in Holywood
Every Saturday in December (5, 12 and 19)

Borough Bus Tours
Saturday 5 December 10am – 5pm
Experience Christmas across the borough.  Hop on and off in the town(s) of your choice as the bus travels between Holywood, Bangor, Newtownards, Comber and Donaghadee.

The Big Red Bus in Donaghadee
Saturday 5 December
Lemon’s Wharf 9.30am-12.30pm

The Big Red Bus in Comber
Saturday 5 December, St Mary’s Parish Church Car Park 1.30pm-4.30pm

Christmas Comes to Comber
Saturday 5 December
St Mary’s Parish Church 11am – 4pm

Skate your way to Christmas, Donaghadee
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December
Shore Street, Donaghadee,  11am – 8pm

Movie in the Hub
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December
Project 24, Queen’s Parade, Bangor
4.15pm (doors open 3.30pm).

‘Don’t Open til Christmas’
Meet the Maker 2015 Exhibition
Saturday 5 – Thursday 24 December (not Sundays)
Ards Crafts, 31 Regent Street, Newtownards
9.30am – 5pm

Santa Fun 5K Run
Sunday 6 December, Donaghadee

Donaghadee Christmas Switch On
Sunday 6 December
1st Presbyterian Church 7pm

Charles Dickens reading ‘A Christmas Carol’
Wednesday 9 December
Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards 8pm
Cost £10 (includes mulled wine and mince pies). SOLD OUT
Booking essential

Christmas Arts Scheme
Saturday 12 December
Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards 10am -4pm
Ages 6-12 years.

The Big Red Bus in Ards 
Saturday 12 December
Conway Square, Ards 9.30am – 12.30pm

The Big Red Bus in Holywood 
Saturday 12 December
Holywood Library car park 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Skate your way to Christmas, Comber 
Saturday 12 December 10am-6pm and
Sunday 13 December 1pm-5pm
The Dome, Comber Leisure Centre

Visit Santa at Project 24
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December
10am – 4pm
Project 24, Queen’s Parade.

The Carol Ship on Strangford Lough
Thurs 10 – Sat 12 December
6pm – 9pm

The Big Red Bus in Bangor
Sunday 13 December
Project 24, Queen’s Parade 12 noon – 5pm

Christmas Night at the Movies with Elluna
Thursday 17 December
Queen’s Hall, Newtownards, 8pm
£12 (includes mulled wine and mice pies).
Booking essential

Craft in the Hub – Last chance to buy!
Saturday 19 December
Project 24, Queen’s Parade 10am – 4pm

Christmas Storytelling
Saturday 19 December
Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards 10.30am
Free but booking essential.

Skate your way into the New Year
Friday 1 – Sunday 3 January
Project 24, Queen’s Parade, Bangor 10am-8pm