There’s loads to see and do with the family in Belfast this Christmas. From toddlers to teens and older family members too, check out these festive events and make some magic holiday memories.

Giant Ice Slide, Observation Wheel, Carousel Rides & Free Entertainment

Until 6 January

Experience magical entertainment, street animation and something new around every corner in Belfast City Centre this Christmas. Enjoy the Giant Ice Slide outside Belfast City Hall on Donegall Place, see Belfast from above on the Observation Wheel at Cathedral Gardens (beside St Anne's Cathedral) or enjoy free entertainment on Royal Avenue.

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Christmas Pantomimes

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a pantomime! Belfast’s venues have a cracking line-up of pantos for all the family – oh yes they do!

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Meet Santa

Santa Claus is busy visiting lots of locations in Belfast this Christmas. Don’t miss his arrivals at these top venues.

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Christmas Films

Watch your favourite Christmas films on the big screen and feel all warm and fuzzy inside at these screenings in Belfast.

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Belfast Christmas Market

17 November - 22 December, Belfast City Hall

Perfect for an afternoon or evening out with the family. Kids can meet Santa in his grotto, enjoy the amusement rides and indulge in tasty treats. Post a letter to Santa in the post box before 18 December and receive a letter back from him!

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W5 at Odyssey
W5 at Odyssey

Winterland Express at W5

Selected dates 24 November – 23 December, W5

Take an unforgettable journey to a fairytale winter world at W5. Hop aboard the Winterland Express and travel through the enchanted forest into the icy cavern to emerge in the courtyard of Winterland Castle, where a few surprises await!

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Fire and Ice Exhibition

7-8 December - Free
See the thrilling Fire and Ice Exhibition at Royal Avenue. Graeme Stratton, Northern Ireland’s leading ice sculptor, will be creating ten incredible sculptures. Plus, watch Northern Ireland’s most talented fire performers.

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Santa's Belfast Post Office

Weekends in December

Join the elves at Santa's Post Office on Royal Avenue where your little ones can write their letter to Santa, post it in his magical postbox and see its journey from Belfast to the North Pole!

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Belfast City Hall
Belfast City Hall

Elfish on the Shelf Christmas Walking Tours

Weekends in December

Join a free tour with Elfish, a grumpy elf who fell from his shelf and is definitely on Santa's naughty list this year. Help him solve seasonal clues and explore Belfast city centre.

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A Magical Christmas Experience at Titanic Belfast

23 November – 23 December, Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast has been transformed into the North Pole for Christmas. Kids can visit the Elves’ Workshop, listen to Mrs Claus telling stories in her cosy kitchen, journey through an enchanted forest and meet Father Christmas.

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MAC Events for Tots

Selected dates 1-24 Dec, The MAC

The MAC has a merry line-up of events for kids. Babies can explore scrunchy paper and tunnels of wrapping paper at Baby Wrap and Baby Wrappers (1-2 Dec); while toddlers can join the elves with song and dance at Tinsel Tots (8-9 Dec). Be transported to a world of imagination with Festive Fables on 16, 22 and 24 Dec.

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Christmas Craft Workshops

Selected dates 18 November - 23 December

Christmas Elves will be setting up their workshops at Castlecourt and Donegall Arcade this festive season. Bring your little helpers along and have a go at free festive arts and crafts from around the world.

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Winter Circus

14 December-1 January, Writer’s Square

The award-winning Tumble Circus troop puts on a show that everyone in the family will love. Check out their Winter Circus in Writer’s Square with high skilled acts, including acrobats, aerialists and jugglers as well as some comedy characters.

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Winter Skate

15 December - 4 January

Skate at the home of the Stena Line Belfast Giants in SSE Arena Belfast. Or enjoy a special Site Pass for ice skating, a visit to W5 and a Belfast Giants ice hockey game!

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Family-friendly Restaurants

It’s the season to eat, drink and be merry! Belfast is full of family friendly restaurants, many with special Christmas menus and offers. Tuck into a whole range of cuisines in some of the city’s cosiest places to eat out.

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Family Bus & Rail Offers

Travel with Translink during the festive period and save on bus and rail travel. The Metro and Glider Family Ticket is just £5 for 2 adults and 4 children. Or the Family & Friends Ticket, also for 2 adults and 4 children, can be used across the Northern Ireland bus and rail network for £18.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

From the top toy trends to unique experiences, have a look at our gift ideas for kids this Christmas. Find the perfect bear at Build-a-Bear in Victoria Square, pick up educational and sensory toys at Learning Space or get tickets for a show or attraction.

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