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Belfast City Hall at Christmas

Buy Belfast Virtual Christmas Market

20 November to 20 December

Shop local this Christmas at the Buy Belfast Virtual Christmas Market where local businesses will share and sell their Christmas gift ideas! You can join it by visiting Facebook and searching for ‘Buy Belfast Virtual Christmas Market’. Once in the Facebook group, enjoy browsing through all of our fantastic, local businesses whilst supporting local this Christmas! The online market runs until 20 December.

Decorate Your Own Christmas Tree

Decorate your Own Virtual Christmas Tree

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Make your own Belfast Christmas tree with our interactive decorating game! Simply drag and drop the Belfast baubles onto the tree, then screenshot and share using #BelfastBelieves.

Clifton House in the Snow

Christmas in the Poor House Online Talk

11 and 18 December
Hosted on Zoom

Join Clifton House for their weekly online talks which, on 11 and 18 December, will look at the Christmas traditions in the Poor House and how they developed through the years. You will hear the story of those responsible for bringing some festive cheer into the house in the 1800s, bringing it right up to the present with the annual Benn Christmas Dinner which has been celebrated in Clifton House since 1882!

Ulster Orchestra Christmas Online Concert

Ulster Orchestra: The Magic of Christmas

18 December
Streamed online

Ulster Orchestra returns with their festive spectacular ‘The Magic of Christmas’ – this time from the comfort of your sofa! This wonderful one-hour Christmas show features an array of enchanting carols, festive music and a few little surprises that will make it fun for all the family – get ready to sing along in your living room and enjoy a real Christmas cracker of a night!

MAC Winter Workshops

Winter Wonderland Workshops

12 and 19 December
Hosted on the MAC’s Facebook and YouTube

Join storyteller Genevieve Swift for weekly, wintery workshops with lots of play and imagination! Visit the MAC Facebook page or YouTube channel from 10am each Saturday between now and Christmas for a new Winter Wonderland online workshop each day, perfect for little ones aged 3 to 8 years old.

Paul Currie Live Mac

Paul Currie: Shy Talk

17 December
Hosted on Instagram Live

Join comedian Paul Currie live from the MAC on Instagram Live as he stuffs his face with all the best surreal brandy soaked best bits of his last eight award winning, five star Edinburgh Fringe show, unwrapping a live extravaganza to warm your brussels and spike your sprouts!

MAC Festive Fables

Still I Rise

Selected dates until 23 December
Hosted on Zoom

The MAC has teamed up with Still I Rise Diversity Storytelling to bring your family some beautifully diverse stories via Zoom to your home or classroom at this festive time of year. Join on Zoom each Wednesday and Sunday before Christmas as Anna and Orla (and some special guests) come live from the Family Room with beautiful stories for little ones aged 4 to 11 years.

Ryan McMullan Ulster Hall

Ryan McMullan Live from Ulster Hall

27 December

The Ulster Hall have launched their new innovative digital entertainment experience, Live from the Ulster Hall, proudly supported by The Arts Council for Northern Ireland and the Department for Communities. Ryan McMullan’s gig is the first of an incredible line-up of homegrown talent to be announced.

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