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Shop Opening Hours

Shops in Belfast city centre, including Victoria Square and CastleCourt will be open until 9pm during the festive season, giving you more time to shop safely.

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Shopping Areas

Belfast city centre is a hub for great shopping. From large shopping centres to the surrounding streets which are packed with great stores, here’s the shopping areas not to miss.

Victoria Square Christmas Shopping 2020

Victoria Square

Victoria Square is a mecca for Christmas shopping. From designer to high street brands, stores include Fossil, Flannels, Guess, Mango, My Sister’s Closet, Topshop, Hollister and many more. For jewellery, head to Lunn’s the Jewellers, and go to the Apple store (the only one in Ireland) for the latest iPhones and Apple watches. L’Occitane, Kiehl’s and Rituals are perfect for quality beauty products, or find comfy pyjamas in Boux Avenue.

Fancy a new look for yourself? Book a Virtual Personal Styling session with Victoria Square’s resident stylist Katherin Farries. You can have a consultation from the comfort of your own home, then collect your chosen items from Victoria Square at a time that suits you!

Don’t forget your face mask while shopping in the centre. Signage and one way systems are in place to encourage social distancing and hand sanitising stations are located throughout the building. Car park is available in the on-site Q-Park, from £3.40 per hour.

Christmas Shopping Wrapped Up CastleCourt


CastleCourt shopping centre offers all your favourite high street stores under one roof. Go to Debenhams for fragrances, beauty products, gift boxes and homeware; and find women’s fashion and accessories in New Look, Dorothy Perkins, Matalan and Villa. Visit the Yankee Candle shop for Christmas candles and Wrapped Up for local art. In O’Neills, you’ll find something for sports fans and The Entertainer has a huge selection of kids’ toys and games.

Social distancing measures are in place and hand sanitising stations are located throughout the centre. Wear your face mask while visiting to. Looking for somewhere handy to leave the car? Parking is available on-site from £1.90 per hour.

Christmas Shopping Cornmarket 2020


Next to Victoria Square is the Cornmarket area, which includes Ann Street, Castle Lane and Arthur Street. Wander along each street to find stores like Seasalt and Avoca for womenswear, accessories, jewellery and gifts.

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Queen’s Arcade

Featuring many independent shops, Queen’s Arcade is the perfect place to find unique Christmas presents. Choose from Lunn’s for stunning jewellery and Robinson’s Shoes, which is home to high quality men’s and women’s footwear.

Christmas Shopping Donegall Place 2020

Donegall Place and Royal Avenue

Belfast’s main shopping street runs from the front of Belfast City Hall to CastleCourt. Along Donegall Place you’ll find a host of popular brands, including Next, M&S, River Island and Skechers, which has casual footwear for both men and women. Visit the Craft NI Gallery on Royal Avenue for items made by local arts, including functional objects that can be used every day as well as beautiful one-off decorative pieces as well as pottery, jewellery, textiles, wood and hand-blown glass.

Christmas St Georges

St George's Market

St Georges Market is extending its hours in the run-up to Christmas, giving shoppers more time to pick up unique handmade gifts and the freshest local ingredients. Traders will be open for a full week of extra shopping, from 10am to 3pm on Monday 21, Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 December, and from 8am to 2pm on Christmas Eve. The market is also running a ‘click and collect’ service to support local traders this year. When you buy an item from a seller’s website, Etsy, Facebook page or by phone, you can also organise a time slot for collection, between 11am and 1pm on usual market days of Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Traders will then bring your items direct to the collection point in Verner Street, alongside the market, for you to pick up.

Unique Boutiques & Hidden Gems

Support local businesses and artists by shopping at these independent stores, where you’ll find an abundance of one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts.

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Matchett’s Music

A friendly family run business, which has been serving the musicians of Northern Ireland for over 80 years, Matchett’s Music has everything you need for music lovers. Shop from an abundance of musical instruments, accessories, song books and gifts, and speak to the knowledgeable and passionate staff in store if you have any questions.

Christmas Shopping Born and Bred Face Masks 2020

Born & Bred

Visit Born & Bred on Ann Street, a unique treasure trove of local handmade products. With three floors of the best in creative Irish talent, you can browse arts, crafts, gifts and homeware. Hint: it’s a great place to find a piece of Belfast to send to a loved one overseas!

SS Moore Sports

SS Moore Sports

SS Moore Sports was founded by local hero in the 1930s who was an Olympic water polo player, and his family continues to run the store today. They boast a superb range of quality sportswear, from brands including Nike, Puma, Adidas, Canterbury and Skins, as well as Ulster Rugby and Ireland Rugby products.

Sawers Food and Drink


Established in 1897 Sawers on College Street is Northern Ireland’s oldest deli. It holds a charming heritage, but most importantly, an extensive range of delicious food items, such as charcuterie meats, cheese, preserves, olives and oils.

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UNIQUE Art and Design Shop

Find bespoke pieces, from an array of art and design disciplines including painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, fashion, graphic design, illustration, printmaking, textiles and fine art, that have been crafted by talented students and alumni from Ulster University.

The Steensons Jewellers


Steensons is one of Ireland’s leading designers in handcrafted contemporary jewellery, known for crafting their own locally made jewellery and costume pieces used in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones. Find unique jewellery and Game of Thrones inspired pieces in their store on Bedford Street.

Learning SPACE

Learning Space

Learning Space at the Fountain Centre is a wonderland for little ones. Find toys, games, puzzles and books; plus sensory items, educational tools and toys for children with special needs. There’s also an interactive zone where children can play and trial products.

Oakland Antiques

Oakland Antiques

Shopping for someone who has an interest in all things historic? Visit Oakland Antiques on Donegall Pass for two extensive floors of antiques, including antique furniture, silver antiques, porcelain antiques, antique glass, antique clocks and much more.

Beyond Belfast

Gifts from Ards and North Down

Why not treat your loved one with a day trip to Ards and North Down? Buy vouchers for exciting experiences, like kayaking on Strangford Lough with Mobile Team Adventure or paddleboading in Bangor Harbour with SUP Hub NI. Foodie fans will love a voucher for traditional bread making and gifts from Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen, or buy a bottle of locally distilled gin from Echlinville’s Distillery online shop. North Down Museum’s online store has handmade crafts from local artists, or treat them to a voucher for the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel – when you spend £100 on vouchers the hotel donates £10 to a local food bank!

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Car Parking

Secure car parking is available across Belfast. Have a look at our guide to car parking in the city below, or leave the car at home and take advantage of Translink’s public transport options.

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