Down District Council


Christkindl Celebration Events

Released: 25 November 2011

After a year of building works, Down Arts Centre will throw open her doors and welcome old friends and new this weekend, so join us for one, or all of our Christkindl celebration events.

The beautifully refurbished auditorium will host its first live performance on Saturday 3 December at8pm. We are thrilled that Pip Utton will bring his wonderful show, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Candlelight to Downpatrick, and what better way to bring in the Christmas season? Using the script and acting directions developed by Dickens himself, Pip will recreate the most popular of Dickens’ public readings in this almost totally candlelit performance.

On Sunday 4 December, Wireless Mystery Theatre will perform their festive show, A Christmas Present to You’. Originally broadcast on American radio, this Christmas special contains three classic radio plays as well as other festive treats. Wireless Mystery Theatre (in vintage dress) will recreate the in-studio excitement of the night, with music, sound effects and commercials from the time.

For those of you who can’t wait until Saturday night, there is the opportunity for a sneak preview of the Down Arts Centre on Thursday 1 December. Enjoy the Christmas lights switch-on in St Patrick’s Square then follow the Snow Queen to Scotch Street whilst listening to the big sound of Festival Brass. Watch in awe as the Artist in Residence demonstrates gold/silversmithing, wander through the Craft Exhibition in the Gallery and pick up that special gift in the craft shop. It will be a special night not to be missed!

On Friday 2 December, Down Arts Centre will be open from 10am to 9pm. From 6pm guitar master Paul McMordie will play some beautiful acoustic tunes to keep you entertained whilst you explore the refurbished premises. Watch jewellery demonstrations in the Gallery and buy some of the wonderful local craft that will be on sale in the craft shop.

To purchase tickets for ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘A Christmas Present To You’ (£10 / £8 concession for each event) and for information about any of the above events, please contact the box office on 028 4461 0747, or visit the Down Arts Centre website at