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A traditional Christmas all wrapped up at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

A traditional Christmas all wrapped up at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

A traditional Christmas all wrapped up at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

A traditional Christmas all wrapped up at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum invites visitors to take some time to leave the hustle and bustle of the high street and explore the traditional charm of Christmas from over 100 years ago at their series of fantastic, nostalgic events.

Every Friday evening from 1st – 15th December, 6pm until 9pm, visitors can explore the festively decorated, candlelit homes, Churches and shops in Ballycultra village at night time.   They will have the chance to hear some rousing, seasonal anthems performed by brass bands, watch the family magic shows as well as sample a range of tasty traditional treats. There are also opportunities to book a time and date to meet Santa as he calls in to visit the Folk Museum.

The ever popular Carols by Candlelight will also be taking place at 7.30pm each Friday evening from 1st December at the atmospheric Omagh Meeting House. This highly anticipated event on the Ulster Folk Museum’s calendar, offers visitors an evening of traditional carols and seasonal readings.

On 10th December a special day of festive fun, The Spirit of Christmas Past, takes place at the Folk Museum from 11am – 4pm. Visitors can experience the atmosphere of Christmas in the 1900s as they relax and enjoy a warming cup of seasonal homemade punch.  Children can visit Santa with that last-minute Christmas list.  And there’s lots of Christmas craft workshops, magic shows and readings from A Christmas Carol to entertain visitors young and old.

Greg Borne, Visitor Services Manager for the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, said – “Each event is curated to invite visitors to experience what Christmas was like 100 years ago and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the season at their leisure. These events are an opportunity to embrace the a truly traditional type Christmas from long ago; there are no bright lights, cheesy Christmas pop music or stressed shoppers, just festive cheer – something for everyone.”

Booking is essential for Santa visits and Carols by Candlelight. For further events information visit www.nmni.com/whats-on.

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