Experience the warmth of a Belfast Christmas. With the sights, sounds and smells of traditional Christmas markets, fantastic restaurants and comfy hotel stays, there are plenty of reasons to meet, eat and sleep in Belfast this festive season.
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Get together with friends or family and feel the festive spirit in Belfast city; from the continental market to Christmas shopping sprees and meeting Santa.
Belfast Christmas Market
For the ultimate festive atmosphere, head straight to the famous Belfast Christmas Market. With over 30 international traders selling incredible food and delightful gifts, expect the sights, sounds and smells of all things Christmas. Meet friends in the outdoor food court and cosy beer tents. Or get together with the family and bring the kids to the Victorian-style funfair attractions and Santa’s Grotto. Toast marshmallows, sip on mulled wine and take in the dazzling Christmas decorations on Belfast City Hall.
Then, wander to Victoria Square to kick start your Christmas shopping. Choose from big brand names like TopShop, Hollister and Urban Outfitters or luxury designer stores like Tommy Hilfiger and Kurt Keiger. Go to Nespresso for coffee lovers, the new L’Occitane store for luxury beauty items and Apple’s only store in Ireland for brand new tech.
You’ll also find big brands in CastleCourt including New Look, DV8, Dorothy Perkins and Matalan. For kids games and toys, go to The Entertainer or Hawkins Bazaar and find top end fragrances and gift sets for the whole family in Debenhams. Visit the Yankee Store for irresistible Christmas candles and don’t miss Wrapped Up, a gorgeous shop selling locally made candles, jewellery, prints and gifts.
Take a break from shopping and bring the kids to meet Santa! Find magical grottos in Victoria Square, CastleCourt and Belfast Christmas Market, and watch their face light up as they have they meet the jolly man in red. Kids can have their name checked off by the elves, pose for a photo with Santa and receive a free gift.
Warm up in Sweet Afton, a popular bar in the city’s historic Linen Quarter. Its mellow, welcoming atmosphere makes it the perfect place to get together with friends for a festive drink, watch a live sports game on the big screens or listen to live music. Don’t miss their great drinks offers during happy hour (Sundays to Thursday 4pm to 8pm), then pop next door to Rita’s and the Perch for cocktails and cosy rooftop drinks.
It’s the season to eat, drink and be merry, and our Christmas TV advert features some top foodie favourites you don’t want to miss.
Established in 1897 Sawers is Belfast’s oldest deli and a real feast for the senses. Offering everything from cured meats to local cheese, biscuits and chutney, you’ll not only find the makings of a wintery cheeseboard, but also hot sandwiches and baked goods to enjoy in the in-store café. The award-winning store also stocks ready-made hampers and a huge choice of gifts for foodie lovers.
Taylor & Clay
As evening draws in, treat yourself to a delicious meal in one of Belfast’s many restaurants. Go to Taylor & Clay in the Bullitt Hotel for prime cuts of meat cooked over a roaring fire on their Asador grill. The menu also includes seafood and vegetables that are hand-grown and harvested by their chefs, plus a mouthwatering Christmas menu available from 29 November.
For a city the size of Belfast the choice of places to eat is surprising. We offer everything from fine dining, brasseries and bistros to gastro pubs, cafes, coffee shops.
Make the most of it and stay for the night in one of Belfast’s city centre hotels.
Just a couple minutes’ walk from the city centre and Victoria Square shopping centre, Belfast’s Hilton Hotel is in just the right location to drop after you’ve shopped. Relax in a luxurious suite or executive room and simply enjoy the feeling of escape for the night. The hotel is right next to Waterfront Hall, where you’ll find a brilliant line-up of entertainment throughout the festive period.
Hop on a Translink Metro bus or Glider service to get into or around the city centre. Leave the car at home and enjoy additional late night services on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the festive period, meaning you can linger in the city’s festivities for longer.