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

Crafty Vintner Jameson Lodge

Jameson Alpine Lodge

01 January – 28 February

Step into a whiskey wonderland this winter at The Crafty Vintner and The Bowery. Cosy up on their heated terrace and enjoy a full selection of Jameson-winter-warmer hot drinks, seasonal cocktails and whiskey-infused small plates, perfect for any winter date night or evening out with friends.

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Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

02 January – 27 February

Have you ever dreamt of stepping into a painting? Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is a 360-degree digital art experience that invites visitors to step into more than 300 of Van Gogh’s sketches, drawings, and paintings by using floor-to-ceiling large-scale digital projections in an expansive, two-story tall (or taller) central projection area.

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Belfast Giants 2022/23 Season

06 January – 25 March

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!

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The Out to Lunch Festival 2023

07 – 29 January

The 18th Out to Lunch Festival will be serving up a bumper helping of music, comedy, theatre, film and spoken word – not to mention hundreds of hot lunches – to thoroughly warm the winter cockles throughout the long dark month of January.

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Candlelight Concerts

13 January – 17 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.

CHINESE NEW YEAR

Chinese New Year Celebrations 2023

22 January

Chinese New Year 2023 is a Year of the Rabbit, more specifically, Water Rabbit, starting from January 22nd, 2023, and lasting until February 9th, 2024. There are a range of events taking place across the the city.

4 Corners Festival

4 Corners Festival

29 January – 05 February

The 4 Corners Festival seeks to inspire people from across Belfast to transform it for the peace and wellbeing of all. It features 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 hopefully meet new friends. From Church leaders, to women in leadership to young loyalists to the homeless to artists you will hear the dreams and visions for a better Belfast.

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NI Science Festival

16 – 26 February

NI Science Festival offers a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. These events present some of the best scientists from NI and beyond to discuss their work, cutting-edge research and what the future might hold.

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Belfast TradFest: Winter Weekend

24 – 26 February

Belfast TradFest returns in 2023 with a Winter Weekend, jam-packed full of traditional music, song and dance, with some of the best traditional musicians, singers & dancers from across these islands. Featuring weekend workshops and a full programme of concerts, talks, lectures, sessions, céilís & festival club, this weekend is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland!

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Our Place in Space

24 February – 26 March

Our Place in Space, part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, is an epic scale model of the solar system designed by artist and children’s author Oliver Jeffers, incorporating a 10km three-dimensional sculpture trail in Northern Ireland, an interactive AR app, and major learning and events programmes.

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!

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

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    Stormont Estate

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

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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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