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Thursday 20th December 2018 at 10am 0 Comments Dance , Drama , Circus & Carnival Arts , Northern Ireland Music

Tumble Winter Circus, Writer’s Square, Belfast, runs until Tuesday 1st January 2019 Image: Tumble Winter Circus, Writer’s Square, Belfast, runs until Tuesday 1st January 2019

Got some free time over the Christmas break? Here’s a round-up of some of the many arts events happening over the festive holidays, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery funds…

Jack and the Bean Stalk, at the Grand Opera House, runs until Sunday 13th January
A firm family favourite, what better way to round of the year than visiting the annual pantomime at the Grand Opera House, Belfast? This year, veteran panto star May McFettridge stars as Dame May Trot in Jack and the Bean Stalk. Expect magic beans, loads of laughs and maybe even some audience participation.  Doomed to sell the family’s trusty cow this is the story of how Jack fights to save the beautiful Princess, outwit the evil giant and win the hand of the girl he loves. www.goh.co.uk

Tumble Winter Circus, Writer’s Square, Belfast, runs until Tuesday 1st January 2019
Never ones to conform, the Tumble Circus troop will treat you and your family to a Winter extravaganza unlike anything else on offer in Belfast. Visit the Big Top at Writer’s Square to see this all, human, all skill, all thrill event. This modern, spectacular show will entertain all, young and old, with acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and plenty of laughs. www.tumblecircus.com

Alice The Musical, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, runs until Saturday 5th January 2019
Featuring a host of Lewis Carroll's most infamous characters, Alice The Musical tells the story of Alice's adventures in Wonderland and her attempts to escape the clutches of the notorious Queen of Hearts. Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice in pursuit of the elusive White Rabbit, to discover a fantastic realm where nothing makes sense. Can Alice and her new friends defeat the Queen of Hearts? www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

Vienna!, The Ulster Orchestra at The Braid, Ballymena, Saturday 5th January 2019
If you’ve never had a chance to hear the Ulster Orchestra, this could be your chance at The Braid in Ballymena. Part of the Ulster Orchestra’s On Your Door Step series, this concert will help you welcome in the New Year and transport you to the glittering world of Strauss for the waltz of your life! The concert will feature much-loved Viennese music from the Merry Widow to the Blue Danube – and not forgetting that all-time favourite, the Radetzky March. www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk

David C Clements and Arco String Quartet, Black Box, Belfast, Sunday 23rd December 2019
David C Clements and Arco String Quartet present an evening of original songs and Christmas classics with plenty of festive cheer thrown in for good measure. A fantastic way to be merry and celebrate the festive season with friends. www.blackboxbelfast.com

The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Mac, Belfast, on until Sunday 6th January 2019
Award-winning children’s theatre company Cahoots NI presents their very own version of classic magical fairytale The Elves and the Shoemaker.  This heartwarming festive show is suitable for all ages and is filled with lots of laughs and surprises. www.themaclive.com

Peter Pan, Millennium Forum, Derry/Londonderry, runs until Sunday 30th December
Join Peter Pan, Wendy and the Darling Family on their spine tingling adventures to Neverland where they meet Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, and his murderous motley crew.  Who will walk the plank on the Jolly Rodger pirate ship? With a powerful mix of music, dance and plenty of audience participation, it’s guaranteed to entertain and delight children of all ages. www.millenniumforum.co.uk

It’s a Wonderful Wee Christmas, Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey, runs until Monday 31st December 2019
Writers Caroline Curran and Julie Maxwell return to Theatre at the Mill for their fourth festive show, with a hilarious Belfast twist on the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. When life takes a turn for Georgie, the manager of the Lower Falls Credit Union, can a strange visit from a less than angelic angel help him to find the true meaning of Christmas? www.theatreatthemill.com

Out to Lunch Festival, Belfast, 4th-27th January 2019
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  this year features names like Scott Matthews, The Henry Girls, The Dodge Brothers, Marion Keyes and Lucy Porter. www.cqaf.com

Ulster Youth Orchestra 25th Anniversary Alumni Concert, Saturday 29th December, Ulster Hall
The Ulster Youth Orchestra will close 2018 with a special concert to mark its 25th anniversary, bringing players from across the years together for what promises to be an electrifying evening. The concert will include Michael McHale on Piano, leader Joanne Quigley and conductor Paul McCusker.

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