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Northern Ireland gears up for festive travel season

Northern Ireland gears up for festive travel season

Cheap flights to Northern Ireland could prove enticing for Brits in the lead up to Christmas, with a number of festive-themed events planned in the province.

This is the suggestion of Tourism Ireland, which said now is the "perfect time" to arrange a trip across the Irish Sea as the days get shorter and winter draws in.

Among Northern Ireland’s festive highlights is the Holywood Christmas Switch On & Family Fun Day near Belfast, which takes place on November 27th.

In addition to the lighting of the Christmas tree will be family festive fun, with a children’s lantern parade and speciality market also on the schedule.

Visitors to the province are also encouraged to visit St George’s Christmas Craft fair in Belfast city centre, which will remain open throughout the whole of December.

Those attending will be able to sample Christmas-themed gourmet foods, try their hand at festive crafts and browse the wide selection of market stalls.

According to figures from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, the number of the country’s residents choosing to holiday domestically increased by 13 percent in 2009, which highlights how attractive the province is becoming as a holiday destination.