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10 things to do out and about in Belfast this December

Tuesday 12th December 2017 at 2pm 0 Comments Dance , Drama , Music & Opera , Comedy , Circus & Carnival Arts

What the Reindeer Saw, Lyric Theatre, runs until 6 January 2018 Image: What the Reindeer Saw, Lyric Theatre, runs until 6 January 2018

With December now well underway, there’s plenty to see and do in the run up to Christmas. Why not go see a show, pick up some local crafts, or get in the mood with a festive concert? Here’s a round-up of some of the many arts events happening across Belfast, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery funds…

What the Reindeer Saw, Lyric Theatre, runs until 6 January 2018
A brand new Santa has taken over the family business from his father. He is an entitled, lazy, plump, 40-something, man-baby. With his formidable former model wife at his side, the new Santa has some out-of-the-box ideas for making the North Pole great again. He just needs to get the elves to implement his sweeping reforms and the job’s a good ’un. Cast includes comedy writers Conor Grimes and Alan McKee. Performance contains strong language and adult content. www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

Peter Pan, Grand Opera House, runs until 14 January 2018
Led by the Queen of Panto herself, May McFettridge in her 28th consecutive year at the Grand Opera House, Peter Pan is packed full of all the magical ingredients needed to make a fantastic Christmas show. Expect comedy, outrageous costumes, stunning scenery, special effects, and a good sprinkling of fairy dust, as you fly off to Neverland with Peter, Wendy and Tinkerbell. www.goh.co.uk

Beauty and the Beast, Lyric Theatre, runs until 6 January 2018
A modern twist on a timeless tale, with a fresh score of original songs and enchanting visuals, this exciting new family musical tells the story of a sweet-natured singer-songwriter who makes a deal with an all-powerful music producer, and now he’s got everything he ever wanted: fame, fortune, stardom… Except he’s turned into a Beast. Can Belle save day? www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

Tumble Circus, Winter Circus, 8-27 December 2017
This December, Tumble Circus is back in the big top with a spectacular new show. Complete with a full bar and food stalls, forget what you think you know about circus and experience world class acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and Tumble’s unique blend of humour. This is the ideal alternative to the usual Christmas party. Strictly 18+. www.tumblecircus.com

Christmas with Northern Ireland Opera, First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary Street, Wednesday 13th December, 1.15pm, admission free
Pianist Donal McCrisken will be joining the Northern Ireland Opera Studio for a very special festive recital guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit. The concert will feature several best-loved traditional favourites.  www.niopera.com

Sing for Life Christmas Concert, Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Monday 18 December,  7.45pm
The Sing For Life Choir was formed in partnership by the Crescent Arts Centre and Cancer Focus NI in September 2012, so that anyone affected by cancer could come along and enjoy singing and meet new people. This special Christmas concert, hosted by the Choir's patron Noel Thompson, will feature classic carols and popular songs to mark the holiday season. www.crescentarts.org

Hansel and Gretel, The Mac, runs until 7 January 2018
Find the true meaning of Christmas in this modern retelling of an old classic. Join brother and sister, Hansel and Gretel on their magical journey in this family-friendly show, filled with music, laughter and a very important candy trail. www.themaclive.com

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop, Crescent Arts Centre, Sunday 17 December
Working with Linda O’Kane, you can create your own beautiful wreath for your door at this hands-on  workshop.  Come and learn how to make a wreath from scratch using only the finest fresh foliage and flowers. www.crescentarts.org

And for those wanting more…

Out to Lunch Arts Festival, 5-28 January 2018
Now in its 13th year, the ever popular Out to Lunch Festival features budget-friendly lunchtime and evening comedy, theatre, literature and music. Drawing acts and audiences from all over the world, the high-quality programme is a shining light on those cold winter days. www.cqaf.com

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