Christmas Events at National Museums NI

We've seasonal celebrations at Ulster Museum, Ulster Folk Museum, Ulster Transport Museum and Ulster American Folk Park every year guaranteed to spark the spirit of Christmas in the whole family. 

Journey back in time and delight in life's simpler pleasures. Hear stories of bygone years by the firelight. Smell festive fayre freshly baked on an open hearth. Experience seasonal craft demonstrations and see decorations made by hand. Reconnect with the values, customs and traditions associated with wintertime in Ulster and Frontier America. Follow bespoke winter trails and watch family friendly film screenings of Christmas classics. There's something for everyone. 

Find out more about Christmas events at National Museums NI below. Check back for more information and dates later in the year.

Christmas events at the Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra

Step back in time to Ballycultra where you’ll experience the customs, values and traditions of Christmastime in Ulster over 100 years ago.

Stroll through cobblestone streets and see shops and houses bedecked in traditional Christmas decorations. Soak up the seasonal smells of peat fires, oil lamps, and Christmas fayre baking on the open hearth. Experience crafts such as printing and basket making, or watch the blacksmith hard at work in the forge. See how local people celebrated the festive season, from labourers in Tea Lane to white-collar-workers in the Bank Manager's house.

Stop by Ballycultra Tearooms to warm up with some seasonal delicacies, from hot chocolate to mince pies, and visit our gift shop to purchase that last-minute Christmas gift.

Christmas events at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh

Immerse yourself in the rituals of wintertime in 19th century Ulster and Pioneer America and unwrap a truly traditional Christmas at the Ulster American Folk Park.

Meet Mrs Mellon as she prepares the home and the dinner table for Christmas Day. See Christmas cards and letters from emigrants to family and friends kept apart by distance. Marvel at our uniquely decorated Christmas tree and a fine display of wooden toys in the American General Store. Learn how straw masks worn by Christmas Mummers across rural Ulster were made, decorating their heads as they travelled door to door bringing music and merriment. 

Stop by our Loaf Café for takeaway sweet treats and seasonal refreshments, including hot chocolate with marshmallows and warm mince pies, and pop into our gift shop to browse our unique selection of gifts and souvenirs perfect for Christmas.

Christmas events at the Ulster Transport Museum

Discover the story of transport and social change in this part of the world at Christmas.

Spark that festive feeling with screenings of magical family film Polar Express in the unique surroundings of our rail collection. Follow a bespoke winter trail around the museum and inspire the designers, engineers and adventures of the future. 

Christmas events at the Ulster Museum

Leave the hustle and bustle of Christmas behind and immerse yourself in extraordinary art, history and natural sciences collections.

Follow a bespoke winter trail around unique exhibitions, watch family-friendly film screenings of festive favourites and take part in Christmas crafts.

Warm-up in our Wynne and Pym café overlooking the beautiful Botanic Gardens with a bite to eat or seasonal treat. Don't forget to pop by our renowned gift shop to browse unique and locally sourced gifts and souvenirs, perfect for art-lovers and history buffs.

Are you a history buff? Explore Christmas objects in our collection online.