There are so many magical things to do this Christmas in Derry - here are our top ten! 

1) Christmas Toy Box Wonders

As the Guildhall clock strikes SIX each evening these tremendous toys will come to life with a burst of colour, light and sound.

DATE: Thursday December 13- Sunday December 16 6pm-8pm

WHERE: Guildhall Square

2) Peter Pan

Join Peter Pan, Wendy and the Darling family on their spine tingling adventures to Netherland where they meet Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and his moley crew. 

DATE: 30 November - 30 December 

COST: £12.50 - £19.50

3)Winterland Markets

The Winterland Markets welcomes the best artisan traders, offering visitors a family friendly shopping experience with a wide selection of specialty Christmas foods and handcrafted products. Tickle your taste buds with homemade jams, chutneys and sauces, artisan breads and cakes, a range of organic meats and of course some sweet treats.

DATE: Thursday December 14- Sunday December 17

WHERE: Guildhall Square & Waterloo Place

4) Grand Christmas Procession

Follow a magical festive procession through the city streets and arriving in Guildhall Square. Witness a host of Luxe performers bring the streets to life.

DATE: Saturday December 15, 6pm-7pm

WHERE: Various locations

COST: Free

5) Mini Walkabout Procession

Words from songs and carols. King Wenceslas or the poor the woodsman gathering sticks in pageant with six golden geese a-laying pushed by children through the Guildhall Square and surrounding streets.

DATE: Sunday December 16 4pm-6pm

WHAT: Mini Walkabout Procession

WHERE: Waterloo Place/Guldhall Square

COST: Free

6) Elf on the Shelf Workshop

Each session will commence with the Elf Wokshop, in the Green Room, where everyone will make a Christmas Tree decoration. When this concludes, the group will receive a selection box from the elves before departing.

WHEN: Multiple dates

WHERE: Guildhall

COST: Free

Tickets are free and can be booked at

7) T'was the week before Christmas

WHEN: Monday December 17, 6pm -8pm

WHERE: Studio 2

COST: £3

Mrs Claus is taking time out of her busy schedule to tell some fireside stories, face painting, Christmas arts & crafts, there will be Diana classical Christmas songs from Studio2’s show choir, The Elf show, cookies, hot chocolate and much more.

8) Coca-cola truck in Derry 

Watch the iconic coca cola truck arrive in Derry, which is the truck's second last stop on its Irish tour before it heads to Dublin on Sunday December 16. The truck will feature a glittering winter wonderland setting nestled amongst a festival of lights. 

WHEN: Saturday December 15, 2pm - 8pm

WHERE: Foyleside Shopping Centre coach park, neXt to the Visitor Information Centre

9) Santa's Grotto

See Santa and receive a selection box. There will be photo opportunities, arts and crafts, mulled wine, minced pies and music. 

WHERE: Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin Music Academy (35 Great James Street) 

COST: £7

10) Craft Village Family Fun Day  

Characters will fill the Craft Village for their Christmas Family Fun Day, there wil be Christmas music, face painting and balloon modeling as well as free kids prize giveaways. 

WHEN: Saturday December 15

WHERE: Craft Village

To find out about more events taking place in the city during the festive season and in 2019, then click here. 

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