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Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Monday 11th December 2017 at 4pm 0 Comments Dance , Drama , Film & TV , Music & Opera , Own Art , Literature , Take it away scheme , Traditional Arts , Visual Arts , Comedy , Craft

Tickets to live performances, exclusive artwork and new albums by local artists including Niall Hanna could be finding their way into your stocking this Christmas. Image: Tickets to live performances, exclusive artwork and new albums by local artists including Niall Hanna could be finding their way into your stocking this Christmas.

Support your local artists this festive season by buying something special for your loved ones. We have rounded up some ideas for that perfect Christmas present.

Female Lines
Bookworms will love Female Lines, an anthology of women’s writing from Northern Ireland, edited by Dawn Miranda Sherratt-Bado and Linda Anderson. It has 32 authors with multiple genres, and a variety of themes and tastes. Available from 

Out to Lunch Arts Festival
Out to Lunch, one of the best loved winter festivals returns in 2018 with a fabulous feast of lunchtime shows that feature the very best in comedy, theatre, literature and music. Visit for the full menu and to buy tickets.

Grand Opera House Gift Vouchers
Give the gift of entertainment with a Grand Opera House Gift Voucher. With over 40 fantastic shows on offer from West End hit musicals to beautiful ballets, family and friends are guaranteed a memorable night at the theatre.  Visit to purchase.

Hansel & Gretel at the MAC Belfast
Find the true meaning of Christmas at the MAC Belfast in their modern version of the classic tale, Hansel & Gretel. Expect big songs, an evil witch and an all-important candy trail until 7 January 2018. Visit to book tickets.

Musical instrument with Take it Away
Give the gift of a musical instrument this Christmas with the Take it Away Scheme, letting you spread the cost of a musical instrument over 10 months, interest free. Participating stores include:

  • Matchetts Music, Belfast
  • Ferris Music, Portadown
  • Henderson Music, Derry

Visit for more information.

What the Reindeer Saw at the Lyric Theatre Belfast
Continue the festivities into January with tickets to see What the Reindeer Saw at the Lyric Theatre Belfast with comic duo Conor Grimes and Alan McKee until 6 January 2018.   Book online from

Belfast Children’s Festival
Treat your littles ones to early bird tickets for the 20th Belfast Children’s Festival which takes place from 9-14 March 2018 featuring creative writing, dance, literature, music and theatre. Visit for the full line-up and to book tickets.

Art with Own Art Scheme
Purchasing artwork for a loved one has never been easier thanks to Own Art, an interest free loan scheme that lets you spread the cost of the artwork over 10 months. Own Art is available in the following galleries:

  • 136th RUA Annual Exhibition at the Ulster Museum
  • Gormley’s Fine Art
  • Eakin Gallery
  • Gallery 1608

Visit for more information.

Princess Concert Ball at the Waterside Theatre
Bring your little princesses to the Waterside Theatre, Derry-Londonderry on 13 January 2018 as they welcome Anna, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Elsa and Snow White for an hour long, special interactive concert. There’ll also be storytelling, dancing and colouring with the princesses before the show starts. Book your tickets online now -

On Balance by Sinéad Morrissey
Former Arts Council Major Individual Artist, Sinead Morrissey recently won the Forward Prize for her latest volume ‘On Balance’. The collection revisits some of the great feats of human engineering to reveal the states of balance and in balance that have shaped our history and is the perfect gift for the lover of poetry in your life. Available to purchase from

I Love the Musicals with the Ulster Orchestra
Treat the musical theatre fan in your life to a spectacular night of West End and Broadway’s greatest hits with the Ulster Orchestra, Belfast Philharmonic Choir and acclaimed West End stars on Saturday 17 February at the Belfast Waterfront. Tickets cost £15-£30 and are available from

Autumn Winds album, Niall Hanna
Traditional folk singer and guitarist, Niall Hanna has release his first album, Autumn Winds, as part of his Young Musicians’ Platform Award, an artist development programme for exceptional young musicians. The album can be downloaded from

The Radio, Leontia Flynn
Fellow Arts Council Major Artist Leontia Flynn, whose fourth collection, The Radio, shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize to be awarded in January, is funny, touching, satirical, breathtaking and dazzling by turns, packed full of exceptional poems. Available from


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