Lisburn Virtual Switch On 'It's Christmas Actually'

Date: Fri 19th November
Time: 7.00pm

Join us for another fun filled virtual Switch On with Gyasi Sheppy of CBeebies and the Mayor. Watch online @LisburnCastlereagh.

“I hope you will enjoy our magical virtual switch on event with contributions from local groups and businesses across the Lisburn & Castlereagh area. Perhaps you could switch your Christmas lights on at the same time!"

The Mayor, Alderman Stephen Martin

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Lisburn Light Festival

Date: Fri 19th November 2021 – Thurs 23rd December 2021

You’re welcome to come along and enjoy our Lisburn Light Festival. Follow the magical window trail throughout Lisburn City Centre and enjoy the illuminating captivating light installations at various locations across the City.

Join us for light shows at the Light Canopy on Bow Street, Enchanting Christmas Tree and colour changing Prisms in Market Square throughout the evening. From the 28th November you can enjoy the magic of Christmas while you walk through the newly added Christmas Garden Light Trail in Castle Gardens. And don’t forget if you’re in the Castlereagh area to visit our illuminated Artic Fox in Carryduff and spectacular Reindeer in Dundonald.

For more information click here.

Christmas at the Castle, Lisburn

Date: Wed 24th - Fri 26th November
Time: 4.00pm - 8.00pm
Cost: £1 per ticket

Book your tickets now for our festive, visual extravaganza in Castle Gardens, Lisburn.

Professional dancers, singing performers, Christmas characters and fire jugglers  will create a magical walkway through our festively lit trees.

Browse the Christmas traders for that special gift, get something hot to eat or drink. The enchanted pathway will lead to Santa who will be wishing all the children ‘A Very Merry Christmas’.  

All ticket monies will go to the Mayor's two charities - ADD-NI and MACS, Lisburn. Please say hello and take a photo with Santa from a safe social distance.

To book please go to:

*You must register or log in to your Lagan Valley Island account in order to book for this event.*

Toy Story Character Walkabout

Dates: Sat 27th November
Time: 3.00pm - 5.00pm

You never know who you might meet at Christmas time in Lisburn while doing your Christmas shopping. Character lookalikes from Toy Story will be out and about in Market Square and Bow Street. Don’t miss them!

Supper with Santa at Dundonald International Ice Bowl

Dates: Sat 27th November to Sat 18th December at 6.00pm (every Fri and Sat evening)
Times: Various
Cost: Supper with Santa - Children's activity & children’s burger meal: £11.50pp.
           Adult Supper (Adult burger meal) only £5.50 per person.

Make it a Christmas to remember and join Santa for a magical supper, followed by a choice of ice skating, tenpin bowling or Indiana Land for a magical festive treat at Dundonald International Ice Bowl.

Adults wishing to participant in ice skating or bowling will occur an additional charge for the activity. (Vitality members can skate and bowl for FREE).
Please note age and height restrictions apply for Indiana Land and all adults go free but must book a place in the session.

Booking is essential.  To book please call our Sales & Bookings Team on 028 9080 9129 or 028 9080 9123.

Visit Santa at The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

Date: Wed 1st December to Thurs 23rd December
Times: Monday – Friday 10:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm
            Saturday 10.00am – 12:30 & 1:30 – 4.00pm.  You need to contact the museum to get a ticket to visit Santa each Saturday.

£1 donation per child which will go to the Mayor’s charities ADD-NI & MACS

Santa’s post box will return to Lisburn Museum on 19th November.  Last post for Santa letters will be 16th December to get a reply from Santa Claus.

Not everyone can visit Santa in-person this year…so the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum is bringing the magic of the North Pole to your front room. Santa has gone digital!

Log on to our website and request a personalised email or letter, available from 19th November (last date to request a response is 16th December). Choose to receive a letter in the post or a personalised email including a short video of Santa (please note the video will not be personalised).

For more information email: or telephone: 028 9266 3377

Festive Workshops for Group Bookings

Date: Wed 1st December to Thurs 23rd December
Times: Monday – Friday 10:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm
            Saturday 10am – 4pm

Calling all Educators, make this year the most magical year for your class!

Join the Education Team at Lisburn Museum for a festive arts and crafts workshop along with a visit to meet Santa.

Every pupil will receive a selection box and you are encouraged to bring your camera along to capture the excitement!

Festive workshops are FREE!

If you would like to include a visit to Santa with your booking please note there is a donation of £1 per child which will go to the Mayor’s charities ADD-NI & MACS.

For more information or to make a class booking please contact the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum at or telephone: 028 9266 3377 

Wishing Well at The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

Date: Wed 1st December to Thurs 23rd December

Christmas is a time when everyone is rushing around, making lists and checking them twice, doing what we can to bring a little light to the wintery days.

But it isn’t easy for everyone and this year Lisburn Museum is delighted to have a very special 'Wishing Well' to help support the Mayor’s charities.

All money thrown into the Lisburn Museum Wishing well will go to ADD-NI & MACS.  

Don’t forget to make a wish when you donate, with Christmas magic in the air it might just come true.

Dundonald Christmas Market

Date: Friday 3rd December
Times: 4.00pm - 8.00pm
Location: Comber Road Square – car park in front of Cordner’s Spar

We will have traders of food, art and craft. A number of local businesses are staying open late (Stack’s Bookshop, Café Nosh, Corries Butchers) and Lone Star Pizza in the square are having a Christmas Market special offer of 30% off on Friday evening.


  • We have a walkabout Santa for 3 hours between 4.30pm and 7.30pm.
  • Children can help Santa’s elves make Christmas decorations
  • Moneyreagh based Highland Dancers will perform

Jump, Jiggle and Jive

Dates: Fri 3rd December and Fri 10th December
Times: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Location: Lisburn Cathedral Hall

Add some sparkly fun to the festive season with Jump, Jiggle and Jive’s Christmas Party. Tickets are now released on

Dinosaur and Dragon Characters

Date: Sat 4th December
Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm at Market Square
           3.00pm - 4.00pm at Lisburn Square

Join us for an afternoon of fun, for a roaring walkabout Dinosaur and Dragon Day in Market Square, Bow Street and Lisburn Square.

Puppet Show

Date: Sat 4th December
Times: 11.00am - 12noon

Godshandiwork Puppert Show "A Chrismas Odyssey" with Lisburn Cathedral

Lisburn Community Orchestra

Date: Saturday 4th December
Times: 12noon - 12.45pm

Come along and enjoy a musical performance from Lisburn Community Orchestra.

The Band of the Royal Irish Regiment

Dates: Sat 4th December
Times: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

The Band of the Royal Irish Regiment with the Bugles, Pipes and Drums of 2nd Batt R. Irish Regiment will be performing in Market Square.

Meet the Fire Fighters

Date: Tues 7th December
Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Bring your budding fire fighters along to Market Square to meet the Fire Cadets and watch the fire jugglers and fire breathers perform a spectacular show. 

Santa Dash at Lough Moss

Date: Wed 8th December
Times: 6.30pm
Cost: £5 entry. This includes your very own Santa hat and a selection box for crossing the finish line.

Set yourself a challenge and complete as many laps as you can, up to a maximum of 5km, across our spectacular glow lit trails.

There may even be a few elves to give you a big cheer on the way! You don’t need to be an experienced runner to take part, you just need to bring plenty of smiles and lots of Christmas spirit. It’s the perfect event for families, plus there is a special Santa Zumba warm up class for a night of festive fun!

Registration will open on Friday 12th November and close on December 7th.

To register visit

All monies will be donated to the Mayor's charities: ADD-NI and MACS, Lisburn.

Rock around the Christmas Tree

Dates: Thurs 9th December and Thurs 16th December
Times: 4.00pm - 7.00pm

Market Square will be transformed into a family friendly dance party with DJ David Lamont from Lisburn’s 98FM. Join in the fun and enjoy dancing with our Christmas characters. 

Royal Hillsborough Christmas Farmer's Market

Date: Fri 10th  December
Times: 3.00pm – 9.00pm

Date: Sat 11th December
Times: 10.00am - 3.00pm

There will be lots of farm to fork produce for you to buy, plus chocolates, cakes and bakes.  There will also be local cheeses, charcuterie, preserves, jams, fresh veg and lots of seasonal items for the home or to give as Christmas gifts for friends and family.  There could also be a visit from the Main Man himself, Mr Claus! 

Whatever time or day you visit the Christmas Market, there will be plenty to eat for brunch, lunch or a late snack, with a wonderful array of street food vendors, coffee and sweet treats to go with it from the bakers.

Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market will bring the very best of local, seasonal and artisan food to the Dark Walk on the weekend of 10th and 11th.

Star Wars Character Walkabout

Date: Sat 11th December
Times: 3.00pm - 5.00pm

Meet the Star Wars character lookalikes in Market Square and Bow Street.

Carryduff Christmas Market

Date: Friday 17th December
Times: 4.00pm - 8.00pm
Location: Carryduff Town Centre (old shopping centre car park)

Join your local community for some festive cheer at Carryduff Christmas Market. Enjoy a hot drink and a bite to eat as you take in the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas.  

Browse the market for gifts and treats for the home with an array of artisan food, art and crafts stalls to explore.

Local dancers and musical performers will entertain us and Santa might find time in his busy schedule to pop in for a chat.

Children will be kept busy by helping Santa’s elves to make some festive crafts to take home.

Keep posted on the Visit Lisburn Castlereagh social media for updates.

Entertainment from local community:

  • Norney Henderson School of Irish Dancing (time tbc)
  • Just Stage It Academy (time tbc)
  • Live music by local artists (throughout evening)
  • Walkabout Santa 4.30pm- 7.30pm
  • Santa’s Elves will be on hand to help children make decorations to take home

Miniature Train

Date: Sat 18th December 
Times: 1.00pm - 5.00pm

Jump on the miniature train in Market Square and ride around the Enchanting Christmas Tree from 1.00pm-5.00pm.

Superheroes and Princesses

Date: Sat 18th December 
Times: 3.00pm - 5.00pm

Meet our superhero and princess lookalikes in Market Square and Bow Street.

Christmas Characters

Dates: Tues 21st December to Thurs 23rd December 
Times: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Enjoy some festive cheer and meet our Christmas characters.

Our festive programme will be kept under continuous review in the context of government guidance.

All events are subject to change.