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.


Eating Out

Christmas is the time to eat, drink and be merry and Belfast is full of restaurants to suit every taste. From fine dining to casual pub fare; Italian to Asian cuisine, the choice is endless. Browse our selection of restaurants and find the perfect place for a romantic festive meal for two or a big Christmas party with friends.

Cocktails at Sweet Afton Bar

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.


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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Curtains: A Musical Whodunnit

19 - 23 Nov 2019

Starring Jason Manford and Carley Stenson, this hilarious whodunnit is packed full of catchy songs, unforgettable characters and plot twists galore!

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Murder She Got Wrote Off – Christmas Special

05 - 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

19 Nov 2019 - 04 Jan 2020

Grimes and McKee are back with another Lyric Christmas special!

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SSE Arena, Belfast
Music and Concerts

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical

22 - 24 Nov 2019

The Award Winning Brendan O’Carroll and Mrs. Brown’s Boys invite you to their brand new production “Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Musical?” coming to arenas across the UK

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Ladies Night Goes to the Movies – Elf

03 - 17 Dec 2019

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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Belfast Waterfront Hall
2019 Highlights

Love Actually in Concert

Thu, 05 Dec 2019, 8:00pm

Kicking off the holiday season and getting many into the spirit, the Love Actually Live Concert tour will visit the Waterfront Hall on 5 December.

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Children's Events

Friendship Four 2019

29 - 30 Nov 2019

The thrill and excitement of American college Hockey will return to Belfast at the SSE Arena on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November.

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Shows and Displays

Xmas For Dummies

10 - 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

10 - 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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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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