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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Winter's Den

18 November – 31 December

2 Royal Avenue

Step into Winter’s Den for a season of fabulously festive, free events this Christmas, or simply pop in to soak up the cosy atmosphere. Chill out in the sensory igloo, write a letter with the elves at Santa’s Post Office or indulge in one of Yallaa Café’s hot chocolates!

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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.

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Indoor Snowball Fight

25 November – 31 December


Ever wonder what it’s like to have a snowball fight indoors? Well, now you can! Visit W5 over the holidays and enjoy a snowball fight with your friends and family – no coats needed! It may look like real snow but don’t worry – there is no chance of getting frozen fingers. The warm, dry and soft snow is really cool – but not in a cold way!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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