If you follow me on social media you will know I write a post every day at the weekend with my top picks of entertainment from gigs to live theatre, film and TV as it’s Christmas weekend coming up I decided to go supersized and write a full blog list so here you go scroll down and see if you can find something you will enjoy and Merry Christmas! Emer D xx

Headliners

1. James Vincent McMorrow is headlining The Spirit of Christmas, an epic online music experience as part of Jameson Connects tonight at 9pm (GMT) on Jameson Whiskey Youtube channel.

2. Dolly Parton’s Christmas Concert is on BBC1 AT 11.15pm tonight (Wednesday 23 December)

3. Dua Lipa is live streaming tomorrow at 2am (GMT) for Pandora live RSVP for free via songkick.com.

4. Louie Vega and Lenny Fontana is live streaming tonight on Lenny Fontana’s Facebook page at 7pm.

5.The Plain White T’s are live streaming Christmas songs on their Facebook page at 1am Thursday 24th December.

6. Belle and Sebastain are live streaming at 1.30 on Thursday 24th December on their Facebook page.

Arts

1.Snow Water: presents, UNDER A CHRISTMAS SKY, from 10th – 24th December, 2020. Under a Christmas Sky features Northern Ireland’s finest musicians, actors, poetry and story-telling, filmed live at the Ulster Folk Museum. From traditional to contemporary everything you will see and hear has one thing in common. The…magic…of…Christmas!

2. Families can join the Lyric Online and take a trip to marvelous magical places with Peter Pan: The Musical, Alice: The Musical and Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf from 5th December – 3rd January. Why not wrap up your family Christmas experience with a bespoke Christmas hamper from the Lyric and local Belfast sweetshop, Aunt Sandra’s. The Listen at The Lyric series gets into the festive spirit with a Christmas special from Conor Grimes and Alan McKee from 8th December – 3rd January. The Nativity…What the Donkey Heard is an audio adaption of their hugely popular 2016 show, The Nativity…What the Donkey Saw.

The Lyric has also inventively created a wonderful range of merchandise to treat yourself or a loved one this Christmas including Christmas cards, tote bags, t-shirts, books and more. Visit http://www.lyrictheatre.co .uk

3. Brassneck Theatre Company and Brassneck Youth present: ‘A bELFast Christmas’, written & Directed by Tony Devlin and produced by Alison McCrudden. Starring Keith Singleton, Christina Nelson, Debra Hill and the young performers from Brassneck Youth, the film will be broadcast online on Sunday 20th December at 6pm for broadcast on Youtube and Brassneck/Feile Facebook pages.

4. Ulster Orchestra will also present an online concert, The Magic of Christmas, on 18th December. Their Festive extravaganza features their very own Santa – otherwise known as Derry Girls star Ian McElhinney – and features popular local performers Peter Corry and Emma Morwood. We also welcome Cormac Thompson, the 11 year old schoolboy whose videos for his Nannie turned him intoan online singing sensation! This event will be streamed on 18 December at 7pm and will be available to purchase and view until 1 January 2021. Visit https://www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk/whats-on/the-magic-of-christmas-a-special-online-concert/

5. Creation Theatre are streaming their virtual trip to Oz. Their festive production of The Wizard of OZ from today until 3 Jan. Check out my review here:

6. Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes is on BBC2 om Christmas day at 6pm.

Film and TV

Wednesday 23rd December

Family viewing:

The NeverEnding Story BBC1 AT 1.45pm

Finding Dory BBC1 AT 3.40pm

Daddy’s Home 2 on Channel 4 at 10pm

For the grown ups:

Casablanca on BBC2 at 2.15pm

Knocked Up on UTV AT 10.45pm

Calendar Girls on Channel 5 at 10pm

Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

Family viewing:Moana on BBC1 AT 12.35pm

The Snowman on Channel4 at 5.10pm

Jason and the Argonauts on Channel5 at 5.25pm

Worzel Gummidge BBC1 at 5.55pm

How to Train Your Dragon E4 AT 6pm

The Tiger Who Came To Tea on Channel4 at 6.15pm

Roald & Beatrix on SkyOne/Now Tv at 8.15pm

Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime on BBC2 at 8.15pm

Christmas Bake Off Channel4 at 7.40pm

For the grown ups:

Meet Me in St. Louis on BBC2 AT 1.25pm

It’s a Wonderful Life on Channel4 at 2.35pm

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Channel5 at 12.55pm

The Devil wears Prada on 5Star at 6.50pm

The Holiday on ITV2 at 7.45pm

Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special on BBC1 AT 8.40pm.

Father Ted Christmas Special on More4 at 9pm

Christmas Day!

Family viewing:

Oliver! On Channel5 at 12.05pm

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Channel 5 3.10pm

Zog and the Flying Doctors on BBC1 AT 2.35pm

Coco on BBC1 at 3.10pm

Goodbye Christopher Robin on Film4 at 6.30pm

Quentin Blake’s Clown on Channel4 at 7.40pm

Soul (the new Pixar movie) is released on Disney Plus today!

For the grown ups:

Strictly Christmas on BBC1 at 4.45pm

Call the Midwife on BBC1 at 7.40pm

La La Land on BBC2 at 10.10pm

A Few Good Men on 5Star at 9pm

Bridgerton is released on Netflix today!

Boxing Day!

Family viewing:

Horton Hears a Who on Channel4 at 12.

Calamity Jane on BBC2 at 1.10pm

Brave on BBC1 at 1.20pm

Cinderella on BBC2 at 2.50pm

Jumanji on Channel5 at 4.55pm

Peter Rabbit on E4 at 6.40pm

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on ITV2 at 6.15pm

The Masked Singer is back on ITV at 7pm

For the grown ups:

Grease on BBC1 at 5pm

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on BBC2 at 6.40pm

Hidden Figures on Channel4 at 6.40pm

The Holiday on ITV at 10.45pm

Sylvie’s Love is released on Amazon Prime today!

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Emer D xx