Enjoy the festive season in Belfast with the whole family! With lots of family experiences to choose from like visiting Santa in his grotto, catching a Christmas Pantomime, or heading to see the circus. Here are our top picks for family friendly events happening around the city and beyond.

Hillsborough The Snowman updated banner

Walking With The Snowman™

18 November – 07 January

Hillsborough Castle & Gardens

Wrap up warm, bring your family and friends, and get ready for a heart-warming festive adventure. There are 12 giant The Snowman™ sculptures to discover, each beautifully hand painted by a different artist and inspired by the timeless Christmas classic ’12 Days of Christmas’. Can you find them all?

xmas option 2

A Magical Christmas Experience

24 November – 23 December

Titanic Belfast

Watch the excitement unfold as Father Christmas and his Elves count down to their favourite night of the year! Journey through the Enchanted Forest,  before joining Father Christmas and his Elves in their workshop at Titanic Belfast. Enjoy festive arts and crafts, hear Mrs Claus read a classic Christmas tale and have your name checked off the ‘Naughty or Nice’ list.

Snow White GOH

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

02 December – 14 January

Grand Opera House

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, don’t miss the fairest pantomime of them all! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery.

Belfast Castle Christmas Chronicles

The Christmas Chronicles

30 November – 02 December

Belfast Castle

Father Christmas has arrived at Belfast Castle! The Christmas Chronicles is a magical and joyous event for all the family. Meet with Father Christmas and receive a gift for every child, enjoy an interactive meet and greet with Mrs Claus and relish in YuleTide treats.

UFM   Christmas   1920x1080

Christmas at Ulster Folk Museum

02 – 23 December

Ulster Folk Museum

Wander the snowy, cobbled streets of the Ulster Folk Museum and experience a truly traditional Christmas. Meet their craft demonstrators as they prepare for seasonal celebrations and take in the festive scents of Christmas pudding warming on the griddle. Listen out for carol singers, traditional musicians, with added festive sounds from a harpist and brass band.

christmas on the ration crafts

Christmas on the Ration

02 – 16 December

Northern Ireland War Memorial

Learn how people celebrated Christmas under the restraints of rationing and make your own Christmas wrapping paper with scrap materials and potato prints. Listen to well-loved Christmas songs and taste some wartime Christmas treats. There’s something for all ages to enjoy with bonus drop in activities.

Muffet Christmas

Little Miss Muffet's Christmas Adventure

09 December

Queen’s Hall, Newtownards

Little Miss Muffet’s Christmas Adventure, presented by Centre Stage Theatre Company, is a hilarious Christmas Tale, with catchy songs and simple effects! Few nursery rhymes can have more instantly recognisable lines than Little Miss Muffet and ” Along came a spider…’ Guaranteed to have hordes of children shrieking their delight at these heart-stopping words!

NIOpera ChristmasSing Along 2

A Christmas Sing-along

03 December


Come and enjoy an hour of songs, carols and music with the NI Opera Chorus! Start your Christmas season off by belting out some rousing well-loved tunes: whether you sing in the shower or are a fully-fledged singer, this will be a fun, festive hour to get you in the Christmas spirit.

montalto festive choir

Festive Choir at Montalto Estate

03 December

Montalto Estate

Join family and friends for a musical afternoon at Montalto this festive season. Upon arrival at The Carriage Rooms, you will be greeted with a glass of mulled wine (non-alcoholic option available) and delicious canapés in front of open log fires while enjoying seasonal live music.

Winter Circus 22 122

Winter Circus

15 December – 02 January

Writer’s Square, Belfast 

Tumble Circus welcomes you to the 7th annual Winter Circus – a high skill, all-human and all-thrill circus featuring death defying aerialists, hardcore acrobats, eye-popping jugglers and hilarious comedy acts. This is Belfast’s non-traditional festive tradition and perfect for all the family.

UAFP Christmas   1920x1080

Christmas at the Ulster American Folk Park

09 December – 01 January

Ulster American Folk Park

Experience the traditions of Christmas past as you wander the wintery streets of the Ulster American Folk Park. Discover how the festive season would have been celebrated in rural Ulster, from the humble surroundings of a single-room cabin to the indulgent Christmas of the Campbell House.

Best Places to See Santa in Belfast

Come and meet Father Christmas in his grotto this winter. Santa has been very busy planning all the different places he will visit in Belfast and would love to meet all the children who have been very good this year.

All Christmas Events in Belfast

Experience a Belfast Christmas like no other this year! With a rich line-up of events, you’ll be sure to get into the festive spirit!

Getting Here

Translink Enterprise Train

Getting Here

Northern Ireland has three airports, sea crossings from England and Scotland, and a direct rail link from Dublin.

Find Out More
Value Car Park

Car Parking in Belfast

Secure car parking is available across Belfast. See our guide to car parks in the city.

Find Out More
Metro Glider
Travel and Transport


1.23 KM

Leave the car at home, relax and travel with Translink, Northern Ireland's main provider of public passenger transport.

Find Out More
Value Cabs
Travel and Transport

Value Cabs

Value Cabs is Northern Ireland's number one taxi company.

Find Out More

Read more

Ask Us
Ask Us

We're here to help, so if you can't find the info you're after, or you just want to ask a really odd question, then we're here for you.

Ask A Question

Ask a Question

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Choose a date
Choose a date
Back To Top
In order to display distances relevant to you, we'd like to be able to use your GPS location. Privacy Policy
In order to display distances relevant to your current position, we'd need to be able to use your GPS location. To find out more about how we use your location, please read our Privacy Policy
You have previously denied access to your GPS location. In order to allow access to your location, you need to update your site settings through your browser settings to allow this site access to your location.

To find out more about how we use your location, please read our Privacy Policy
Your settings have been updated. They will take effect next time you refresh the page.
By default, all distances on the site are calculated from Belfast City Centre. You can choose a different starting point here, or specify your own.

If you select a location more than 15km from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, your location will be set to Belfast City Centre.

Open 'Ask a Question' window Close 'Ask a Question' window

Ask a Question


Hide this tool

Open 'Sign up for Newsletter' window Close 'Sign up for Newsletter' window

Visit Belfast Newsletter


Sign up to the Visit Belfast newsletter and receive inspiring ideas, events and offers which showcase the best of Belfast and Northern Ireland.


Hide this tool