Wes Grierson’s Big Gig at Christmas
11 December, Lagan Valley Island
Wes Grierson and a ten piece band featuring some of Northern Ireland’s best musicians come together for this charity gig for Hope365 Ethiopia, with a great night of music ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Christmas carols like you’ve never heard them before!
Carols by Candlelight
13 and 20 December, Ulster Folk Museum
What better way to get you into the spirit of Christmas than by joining in this traditional carol service by candlelight? Experience the atmosphere of the festive season in the 1900s at the Christmas at Cultra event and make it extra special by joining the candlelit carol service in the atmospheric surrounds of the Omagh Meeting House, Ballycultra.
Messiah at Christmas
14 December, Waterfront Hall
Enjoy Handel’s devotional classic, an essential part of the Christmas season. Messiah continues to captivate audiences worldwide and remains one of the best-loved oratorios ever written. Brought to life this year by four acclaimed soloists, the magnificent Belfast Philharmonic Choir and of course, the Ulster Orchestra.
Belfast Carols at SSE Arena
14 December, SSE Arena
With a delightful and versatile score ranging from traditional carols to show-stopping Christmas hits featuring special guests, Belfast Carols will bring an exciting new dimension to the story of Christmas. The show will feature an orchestra, a choir of over 1000 children and a hugely festive atmosphere.
Belfast Community Gospel Choir’s Christmas Concert
15 December, Waterfront Hall
Don’t miss the Belfast Community Gospel Choir’s annual Christmas Concert in the Waterfront Hall. Led by their charismatic director, Marie Lacey, BCGC is famous for their uplifting, foot-stomping and joyful performances. Sure to be a sell-out, the show will feature Christmas favourites, gospel classics and a few surprises along the way.
The Magic of Christmas
19 December, Waterfront Hall
Have a merry little Christmas night at this magical performance by the Ulster Orchestra! With a programme including favourites like O Holy Night and White Christmas, expect a heart-warming concert sure to leave you brimming with festive joy.
Michael Bublé Tribute Show
19 December, Wellington Park Hotel
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of Bublé! David Bradley returns to the Wellington Park Hotel with his world class tribute show that captures the sheer brilliance of Michael Bublé himself. Enjoy all of Bublé’s Christmas favourites as well as ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’ and ‘Home’.
Belfast Christmas Music Programme
16 November to 4 January, various locations
With pop-up performances and programmed events, the Belfast music scene is bursting with festive entertainment this Christmas! Look out for the Caribbean Christmas celebrations as well as performances by local choirs and bands.
12 Days of Christmas with David Lyttle
14 December, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Celebrate Christmas at Hillsborough Castle with jazz percussionist David Lyttle and his band, as they perform new music inspired by the traditional carol ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ alongside his renowned Dickens-inspired Christmas suite.
Christmas Country with the Stars
18 December, Lagan Valley Island
Join six of Ireland’s leading stars for a Christmas Country with the Stars festive cracker! Featuring the legendary Ray Lynam, the energetic Ritchie Remo, the hilarious Gary Gamble, the pure voice of Joe Moore, the entertaining Curtis Magee and local showband hero Crawford Bell who each will perform with a full live band of Ireland’s top musicians.
Rock Around the Christmas Tree
19 December, Market Square in Lisburn
Lisburn’s Market Square will be transformed into a massive family friendly dance party! With amazing outdoor lighting and lively tunes from DJ Andy Baird, dance on the interactive light floor with Christmas characters, Buzz and Woody from Toy Story and an LOL Surprise Doll!
Christmas at the Cathedral
20-21 December, Belfast Cathedral
World-class singers Peter Corry, Barbara Dickson and Patrick Smyth will be joined by the BSPA Voices for an enchanting show in the most stunning of settings. With Blood Brothers, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Elton John and the Greatest Showman in their combined repertoires, plus some seasonal favourites, Christmas at the Cathedral has the perfect festive experience all wrapped up.