This festive season there is plenty of entertainment for all tastes at the Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen.

Children are called upon to help Santa, stuck in the chimney at the Ardhowen in the ‘Santa’s Sooty Christmas’ show, with kids invited to come along to help Rudi, a cheerful chimney sweep, get Santa unstuck.

Just a few seats are still available for performances today Thursday, December 8 at 10.30am, 1pm and 7pm, and tomorrow, Friday, December 9 at 10.30am.

This Saturday, December 10 Genevieve Murphy facilitates the Christmas Treasure Boxes workshop, for ages seven to 10, at 2.30pm.

There are also two seasonal movies screening at the theatre, with family favourite, ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’, on at noon, and ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, starring James Stewart, at 5pm. Both films are classified Certificate U.

To music now, and one of Northern Ireland’s most acclaimed singer/songwriters, Anthony Toner, performs in the Ardhowen Gallery Bar this Saturday, December 10 at 9pm, in an intimate evening of songs and stories.

Between songs, Anthony always shares some hilarious and insightful stories from the road. Note that gallery bar performances are for 18+ years only.

With a reputation of authenticity and outstanding musicality, ‘Human Touch: Springsteen – A Tribute’ this Sunday, December 11 at 8pm is a high-energy show and will be a must-see spectacle for all fans of The Boss.

This six-piece band comprises top Irish session musicians and is fronted by veteran American singer and guitarist, Monte Thompson.

Returning to film, and the Ardhowen’s Autumn season of films closes with Fermanagh Film Club’s final three presentations, with a daytime screening of ‘An Cailín Ciúin’ (The Quiet Girl, Cert 12A), at 11am on Wednesday, December 14, followed at 8pm with an unexpected tale of adventure, self-discovery and human connection in ‘Compartment No. 6’ (Cert U).

Finally, ‘Benediction’ (Cert 12A), on Tuesday, December 20, is the story of a troubled man in a fractured World War One era, searching for peace and self-acceptance, starring Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi.

Jumping from film over to music again, and you’re invited to join Paul Kelly and Friends including John Hogan, Karl Kirkpatrick, Bernie Kelly and Paul McManus, Vincie Carr and Gary Wilson for a concert that promises to be a great night of music and entertainment on Thursday, December 15 at 8pm

The Ardhowen Theatre will also be welcoming the return of ‘The Bjorn Identity’ on Friday, December 16 at 8pm. This smash-hit tribute show, with unrivalled reviews and much critical acclaim, uses stunning attention to detail in both staging and musicianship to create a very exciting ‘ABBA in Concert’ experience. Just a few seats remain available.

‘Christmas Crooners’ on Saturday, December 17 at 8pm is jam-packed with festive favourites including the Christmas hits of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Ol’ Blue Eyes himself – Frank Sinatra.

A fantastic cast of West End singers are backed by a superb and talented Swing band – The Jazz- All-Stars – performing Christmas hits including: ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’, ‘Chestnuts Roasting’, ‘Little Drummer Boy’, and ‘White Christmas’, along with Swing arrangements of Christmas hymns and songs such as ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’, ‘Deck The Halls’, and ‘Silent Night’.

Other live music events will see Fermanagh School of Music and Performing Arts present two showcase events on Monday, December 19 and Wednesday, December 21 featuring an array of extremely talented young performers, and Declan Nerney returns on Thursday, December 22.

Finally, don’t forget: a theatre gift voucher could be a fantastic Christmas present, and are available online to purchase or from the box office.

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