Things to do in Derry~Londonderry this Christmas and New Years

It’s now acceptable to put the Christmas music on and get in the festive spirit as the countdown to Christmas has officially begun! There are loads of festive events around The Walled City to get you in the mood to dig the Christmas jumper out of the cupboard for another year.

1 Come see the Coca-Cola Truck at Foyleside | 7 December

The Coca-Cola lorry returns to Derry~Londonderry on the 7th December in a fantastic Christmas spectacle as you share your festive selfies across the side of the lorry whilst embracing the Winter Wonderland event!

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2 Wonder Windows Trail | 8-23 December

Store fronts come alive this Christmas with performances led by In Your Space Circus!  Recapture a sense of childhood wonder as you track down and watch these magical scenes.


3 Meet Magical Reindeers at Bishops Gate Hotel | 9 December

Go on a magical reindeer trail before as they prepare for the big day at Bishop Gates Hotel’s Christmas Market!


4 Go on a Cruise with Bubbles the Elf | 2-23 December

Go on a Christmas cruise with Bubbles the elf and help him find the missing items from Santa’s sleigh. Afterwards make a Christmas clay tile with Mrs Claus and enjoy hot chocolate and a Christmas cookie.  £8 per child includes boat tour, art activity, candy cane, refreshments.25928_phpYftUoG_medium

5 Experience a magical Christmas in the Park | 10 December

Meet Santa and one of his Reindeers. Enjoy beatuiful music brought to us by Encore Community Choir and browse a range of locally made treats from our crafters. Stay warm with Hot Chocolate and a selection of christmas treats!

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6 Meet Bjorn the Bear at the Winterland Market | 14-17 December

Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere by experiencing the Winterland Market with food stalls, a festive bar serving craft and artisan drinks, live music and children’s entertainment.  Bjorn the Bear is a life-sized magical Polar Bear! Playful, mischievous and huggable, he is just about kept in check by Arctic Explorer Ursula. He blinks, sniffs and makes real sounds all within a sculpted inflatable ice environment to help him feel at home.

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7 Family Fun Day | 16 December

Enjoy a fun day for all ages at the Craft Village with live entertainment from the Hitmen and fun children’s characters, including Santa Claus himself! Kids can take advantage of the free Christmas themed face painting and balloon modelling.

All shops will be offering ONE DAY ONLY promotions including discounts, competitions and freebies – so be sure to come along and pick up the perfect gift for that special someone. With our wide range of unique gifts – there really is something for everyone.

“Crafters” will be taking over the Cottage for a unique meet the maker event. Come along to speak with the artists and take part in some of the live demonstrations throughout the day. Free refreshments will be served including mulled wine and mince pies. Followed up by the charity rickety wheel in aid of Foyle Hospice.

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8 Celebrate Christmas with “The King” | 17 December

Make Christmas even more special as you celebrate with “The King” Elvis Tribute act at City Hotel, accompanied by a delicious four course meal.


9 Festive Nights in Derry~Londonderry

Many of the amazing hotels, bars and venues surrounding the Walled City will be hosting festive nights over Christmas and New Year’s Eve which should not be missed!

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