Christmas with the Kids in Derry~Londonderry

Christmas with kids

Christmas with the Kids in Derry~Londonderry

Christmas is about mulled wine, Christmas parties and mistletoe. But for us parents it also involves a lot of planning and scheduling – and dollops of good humour and patience! With so much to see and do in Derry & Strabane this festive season, we Airporter office elves (with 9 children between us!) have complied a list of fun family-friendly local events for your calendar, to make sure you make the best of the holiday season.

Whether you’re coming to Derry~Londonderry for a visit or you’re a local there are lots of suitably ‘Christmassy’ things to do with the kids for every budget. But be advised some of these events do need to be booked in advance and can sell out quickly! We’ve added handy links to take you straight to the booking page. Leave extra time to get there and to park (where necessary), wear appropriate clothing and enjoy!

Father Christmas & Alan Durant’s Dear Father Christmas

Nerve Centre

23rd November at 14:00

Christmas Light Switch On

Polar Express Showing

Brunswick Moviebowl (15th Anniversary Screening) By Foyle Film Festival

24th November from 14:00 – 16:00

Festival of Cribs

Thornhill Convent, Culmore

24th November from 12:00 – 18:00

The Mayor presents A Flying Visit!
Santa’s Magical Makeshift Weekend Workshop

Guildhall, Main Hall 
​Saturday 7th December 11:00 – 17:00
​Sunday 8th December 12:00 – 17:00


Alley Theatre, Strabane
​​Saturday 14th December 11:00 – 17:00

Snow White & the Seven Dwarves Christmas Pantomine

The Millenium Forum

4th – 29th December (various times)

Aladdin Christmas Panto @ Waterside Theatre

The Waterside Theatre

7th – 18th December (selection of times available)

Christmas Craft Fair

St Columb’s Park House

8th December from 12:30 – 16:30

Christmas Decoration-Making Workshop

Santa Sessions

The Playtrail

14th December (selection of times)

The Snow Lion and the White Queen

Guildhall Square

14th – 5th December (selection of times)

The Snowman & Other Christmas Classics
(With Allegri & Orchestra North West)

The Guildhall

15th December from 15:00 – 18:00

Christmas Elf Party

Le Petit Village, Bishop Street

16th December (selection of times)

The Ulster Orchestra – The Magic of Christmas