Got the January blues? Read our Top 10 things to do this Winter to lift your spirits! From Candlelight concerts, festivals, hands-on activities, ice hockey games and winter walks, you can beat the blues in Belfast!

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Cookery School at Waterman House

05 January – 28 February

The Cookery School is a purpose built interactive kitchen and is perfect location for sharing a passion for produce and cooking. Cookery School at Waterman House offers a range of day, evening classes for all ages and abilities. They aim to celebrate great cooking skills at all levels, demystifying and engaging the class to learn new skills that will enable you to make delicious dishes that can be prepared quickly or in advance to be enjoyed with family and friends at home.

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The Out to Lunch Festival 2023

06 – 28 January

This year, Out to Lunch will enter its 19th year having had an immense impact on local arts provision in recent years. They have transformed the cultural landscape of January in the city with a packed programme of excellent theatre, comedy, music and literature events.

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Empire Laughs Back

16 January – 26 March

Belfast’s most renowned comedy club welcomes local, national and international comedians for a night of outstanding stand-up comedy. The Empire Laughs Back Comedy Club every Tuesday night, presenting top quality acts from across Ireland, UK and the international comedy circuit. Belfast’s longest running and most revered comedy club has been making people laugh since 1992, welcoming some of the biggest names in comedy through the doors for over 30 years.

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Candlelight Concerts

19 January – 23 February 

Enjoy a host of concerts illuminated by candlelight and performed by live musicians in some of the most iconic venues in Belfast. Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations never before used for this purpose in Belfast.

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Belfast Giants 2023/24 Season

27 January – 06 April

Whether you’re a diehard hockey fan or a total newbie, a Belfast Giants home game is not to be missed. Join the ‘Teal Army’ this season, as the Giants seek to bring their Championship titles back home again and enjoy one of Belfast’s biggest nights out at The SSE Arena, Belfast.

4 Corners Festival

4 Corners Festival

01 – 11 February

The 4 Corners Festival seeks to inspire people from across Belfast to transform it for the peace and wellbeing of all. It consists of innovative events designed to entice people out of their own ‘corners’ of the city and into new places where they will encounter new perspectives, new ideas, and new friends. They celebrate our city through music, prayer, storytelling, discussion and more.


Chinese New Year Celebrations 2024

04 February

Chinese New Year of Dragon Celebration is back at Ulster Hall, Belfast. This is a great time to visit and share in the spirit of the festivities as the city prepares to welcome another year. Come enjoy a day full of fun and joy!

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NI Science Festival

15 – 25 February

With over 180 events across 50+ venues, the NI Science Festival offers a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Soultrane Festival

17 February

Northern Ireland’s first dedicated soul and jazz festival event Soultrane Festival, takes place 17th February 2024 at the iconic Mandela Hall, Belfast. This exciting one-day festival is host to the coolest, neo-soul, jazz funk hip-hop and RnB jazz fusions with UK soul royalty Omar, set to headline this iconic event.

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Belfast TradFest Winter Weekend

23 – 25 February

Belfast will come alive to the sounds of traditional music once again with concerts, workshops, sessions, and talks during the Belfast TradFest 3rd annual Winter Weekend, throughout Belfast UNESCO City of Music. Taking place 23rd – 25th February and supported by Belfast City Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Ulster University and Dunville’s Irish Whiskey, the festival programme is filled with internationally renowned talent in traditional Irish and Scottish music, song, and dance.

Winter Walks in Belfast

Wrap up and head out for a walk in the stunning parklands, hills and estates in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. From forest parks full of wildlife to seaside strolls and stately homes’ gardens, discover the beauty of our landscapes in the winter while burning off some festive calories!

  • Botanic Gardens
    Botanic Gardens

    Botanic Gardens

    1.61 KM

    Botanic Gardens is an important part of Belfast's Victorian heritage and a popular meeting place for residents, students…

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  • Cave Hill Country Park
    Cave Hill Country Park

    Cave Hill Country Park

    5.32 KM

    Visitors to Cave Hill Country Park can enjoy panoramic views across Belfast from vantage points on the hillside.

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  • Stormont Estate
    Stormont Estate

    Stormont Estate

    7.71 KM

    Stormont Estate is a major tourist and visitor attraction on the outskirts of Belfast.

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Winter Events in Belfast

Light up the dark evenings with sensational events in Belfast and beyond. From festivals and musical productions, sport, tours and much more!

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