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The countdown is on for Enchanted Winter Garden

Two young women dressed up as fairies with lights

Only three weeks until the highly anticipated Enchanted Winter Garden kicks off bigger and better than ever with new lights and more popular attractions confirmed.

The Enchanted Winter Garden will be lighting up Antrim Castle Gardens from Saturday 25 November until Tuesday 19 December 2023, with two inclusive evenings on Wednesdays 6 and 13 December for those with additional needs. 

Many attractions and traders have been confirmed and word on the ‘Antrim High Street’ is that The Grinch is planning on stealing the show.

The grinch
The giant Ferris wheel lit up at night

The Giant Wheel will tower 40ft over the event, surrounded by thousands of lights and other attractions such as the Wave Swinger, Dazzling Teacups, The Enchanted Spinner and Helter Skelter.

Santa will be in his grotto and has organised themed attractions including Santa’s Toy Ride Carousel and Train Ride, suitable for the smaller children of the family. 

The Festive Fayre will feature various stalls selling hot chocolate and other tasty food and drinks, gifts perfect for Christmas and a marshmallow roasting station alongside a seating area for event goers to stop and take in all the Enchanted Winter Garden has to offer.

Festive garden light decoration
Festive light decoration in garden

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper commented:

"The Enchanted Winter Garden has become a festive family tradition for many people across Northern Ireland and tourists alike.

"I am so proud of our Borough’s offering at this time of year, spreading light and joy to everyone including those who need it most."

Festive swan light decoration

Tickets are priced at £10 for an adult, £7 for a child (under two’s go free) and £30 for a family ticket, with tokens purchased separately for rides and attractions. Discounted ticket price freeze applies to residents.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit


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