Belfast City Centre
Although we weren’t able to enjoy the usual Christmas lights switch-on event this year, Belfast is getting in the spirit with a new festive lighting scheme illuminating the city from 14 November. As well as the iconic Christmas tree and decorations adorning Belfast City Hall, the grounds of City Hall will be transformed into a brand new Christmas experience called The Star Factory – an enchanting trail through LED tunnels, magical projections and festive photo ops!
The Bank Buildings on Donegall Place will come to life for the festive season with a magical projection showing an uplifting and heartwarming cartoon series. Pop by to see the colourful animation, which has festive themes and messages about staying safe during the pandemic.
Victoria Square has been illuminated from top to bottom for the festive season! Santa and his reindeer made a special appearance to switch on the lights with the help of some of his elves, and they made a special video so you could experience the magic from home. Watch the shopping centre be transformed into a winter wonderland and experience the decorations for yourself when Christmas shopping in the city centre. Plus, look out for a Christmas-themed kids’ play area, special 3D photo opp and Santa post box on Level 3.
To ensure a magical festive season, the elves have been hard at work decorating Titanic Belfast’s iconic building with a festive display of lights which can be enjoyed from 14 November – perfect for stopping by on a winter walk or capturing a Christmas selfie at the iconic Titanic sign.
CastleCourt will be lighting up from 14 November and though Santa won’t be in residence you can still pop into his grotto to watch a special message from him on TV large screens.
After you’ve stopped at Titanic Belfast, stroll along with Maritime Mile to see the Great Light which will be illuminated red to bring some festive cheer to Belfast’s historic waterfront.
Ards and North Down - #LightUpAND
Ards and North Down Borough Council is spreading Christmas cheer and celebrating the people who make the Borough light up over the holidays, with a special video dedicated to frontline workers and local businesses. The Council will be sharing lots of virtual festivities on their social media channels, from arts and crafts demonstrations to festive music, and capturing the beauty of the Christmas lights in various towns and villages.