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Wishes do come true at the MAC

Deep in the heart of the magical Phoenix Wishing Wood at the MAC, Phoenix Natural Gas has launched a fabulous competition that promises to grant one very special wish this Christmas.

Cast of Pinocchio photographed in the Phoenix Wishing Wood

The Phoenix Wishing Wood on the ground floor of the MAC has now opened and will be in place for the next five weeks where families can spend some time and have fun casting their wishes into the enchanted well.  

Created by a team of local artists, the Phoenix Wishing Wood is a sensory experience for little ones. While they wait for their wish to come true, they can smell the real Christmas trees, listen to the sounds of crunching snow, throw a few (fake) snowballs and get a photograph with the 8ft snowman, commissioned specifically for the Wishing Wood.

Over the next five weeks, the Phoenix Wishing Wood is expected to attract close to 500 families who will interact, take photos and of course make lots of wishes. This fantastic competition was launched on Sunday 20 December at the annual Christmas light switch on at the MAC. Hundreds of families came out in their winter woollies to renew their family tradition and help celebrate the magic of Christmas at the MAC.

At the event, we switched on the fantastic Christmas tree display and stars of the venue’s Christmas show, Pinocchio, popped up to treat families to a mini performance. The Christmas Light switch-on marks the start of a whole host of Christmas activities at the MAC for everyone to enjoy. Our Christmas show Pinocchio, proudly sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas, opens Tuesday 29 Nov.

This family musical is perfect for six years plus, but younger audiences will enjoy the live music and the dazzling magic that local company Cahoots NI is renowned for. Directed by Paul Bosco McEneaney, expect thrilling acts of illusion that will leave you bewildered.

The Phoenix Wishing Well will remain in place on the ground floor of the MAC throughout Christmas until 1st January 2017 and is completely free to visit.  The MAC and Phoenix invite you to come along and make your wish. The winner of the Phoenix Natural Gas competition will be announced in early January.

Full competition details available here.