Belfast has endless things to do after dark, especially during the Christmas season. Explore the Christmas Market, go to a show or drink beneath the stars in a heated beer garden.

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Belfast Christmas Market

Start with a mug of hot glühwein or a craft beer at Belfast Christmas Market. Stroll through the labyrinth of food and craft stalls, then enjoy live music in Lavery’s pop-up traditional Irish bar; the perfect start to your festive night out.

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Festive Dining in Belfast

Christmas is the time to eat, drink and be merry and Belfast is full of restaurants to suit every taste. Here is our guide to the top food events, restaurant offers, party nights, Christmas menus and places to eat in Belfast this festive season.

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Pub Trail Map

After dinner, delve into Belfast’s pub scene and toast to the holidays with a few festive drinks. Follow our pub trail to lively nightlife spots in the city centre, Cathedral Quarter and University Quarter. From traditional pubs to cocktail bars, there are plenty of places to get the party started.

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Magical Music Events in Belfast

With sleighbells ringing and carollers singing, Belfast is brimming with music this holiday season. Join in the cheer at a Christmas music event, gig or concert.

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Christmas Party Nights in Belfast

Celebrate Christmas in style with these hotel party nights and quirky ideas for nights out; perfect for work parties or a festive evening out with friends.

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Christmas Film Screenings

Feel like settling down with a Christmas movie? Watch your favourite Christmas films on the big screen and feel all warm and fuzzy inside at these screenings in Belfast.

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Winter Igloos

Looking across the Lagan to Stranmillis the twinkly globes have made a welcome return to their idyllic riverside setting at Cutters Wharf. Cosily adorned with sheepskin rugs, tartan blankets and Christmas lights, the heated globes are the perfect place for a festive night with friends. Book a food and drinks package, which include warm mine pies, mulled cider and more seasonal treats, or catch a film screening, all from just £12 per person.


Belfast has a line-up of fantastic music, comedy and arts events throughout the holiday season. Have a festive night out with friends at these top events.

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Murder She Got Wrote Off – Christmas Special

11 - 14 Dec 2019

The Crescent Arts Centre are thrilled to announce that Jessica is making a merry return this December!

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Driving Home For Christmas

11 Dec 2019 - 04 Jan 2020

Grimes and McKee are back with another Lyric Christmas special!

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Ladies Night Goes to the Movies – Elf

Tue, 17 Dec 2019, 6:30pm

Join Galgorm for Ladies Night Goes to the Movies for a screening of Elf.

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Ladies Night Goes to the Movies – The Grinch

Tue, 10 Dec 2019, 6:30pm

Join Galgorm on Tuesday 10 December for Ladies Night Goes to the Movies for a screening of The Grinch.

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Shows and Displays

Xmas For Dummies

11 - 22 Dec 2019

Following on from the success of last year’s sold out hit ‘On The Shelf’, Tara Lynne O’Neill and Chris Robinson are back with another darkly comic antidote to a

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Deck the Falls

11 - 21 Dec 2019

This Christmas, comic duo Ciaran Nolan and Gerard Jordan are back with plans, scams and skulduggery to Deck the Falls at the MAC.

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Children's Events

Winter Circus

13 Dec 2019 - 02 Jan 2020

Tumble Circus are back again with The Winter Circus Show! The ever-popular show will be hosted in the fantastic, central location of Writer's Square, Belfast.

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Music and Concerts

The High Kings

Fri, 13 Dec 2019, 7:30pm

Catch The High Kings at the Ulster Hall, Belfast during their Irish tour this December.

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18 - 22 Dec 2019

This delightful theatre and dance production is inspired by a true story reported in the New York Times that touched hearts worldwide.

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2019 Highlights

Jack Whitehall – Stood Up

Thu, 19 Dec 2019, 6:30pm

Award-winning comedian, actor and writer Jack Whitehall has announced his biggest UK and Ireland arena tour ever for 2019 with a brand new show.

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Shows and Displays

Pigeon and Plums

19 - 20 Dec 2019

Back by popular demand Pigeon and Plums returns to The Black Box!

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Food and Drink

ABBA Unleashed

Fri, 20 Dec 2019, 8:00pm

Are you an ABBA fan? Or just want a good night out? Join The Old Inn for the ultimate ABBA night out this Christmas!

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Adam Kay – Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas

Wed, 11 Dec 2019, 6:00pm

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat... but 1.4 million NHS staff are heading off to work.

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Music and Concerts

Fontaines D.C.

Thu, 12 Dec 2019, 7:00pm

Due to phenomenal demand, Fontaines D.C. has upgraded their sold out headline show at Empire Music Hall to Belfast’s Ulster Hall.

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Paddy & Nigel – The Nige before Christmas

13 - 14 Dec 2019

Join Paddy Raff at Nigel’s pre-Christmas pre-drinks soirée for a night of festive stand-up comedy!

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Music and Concerts

Gráinne Duffy

Sun, 15 Dec 2019, 8:30pm

This December, the Crescent Arts Centre are thrilled to welcome to the stage the incredible Grainne Duffy.

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Stay for the Night

After a fantastic night out, what could be better than sinking into a luxurious bed in one of Belfast’s city centre hotels? Check out our fabulous accommodation offers and find an overnight stay designed to suit every budget, with prices from just £95 per room. It’s the ideal opportunity to make a night of it – whether it’s a romantic getaway or a big night out with friends.

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Get Home Safe

With pre-booking and all major credit and debit cards accepted in vehicles, you can get home safely with Value Cabs.

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