Enjoy Belfast's legendary night life with fabulous events, award-winning restaurants, chic bars, welcoming pubs and stylish clubs this festive season.

Belfast Christmas Market

Start with a mug of hot glühwein or a craft beer at Belfast Christmas Market. Stroll through the labyrinth of food and craft stalls, then enjoy live music in Lavery’s pop-up traditional Irish bar; the perfect start to your festive night out.

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Eating Out

Christmas is the time to eat, drink and be merry and Belfast is full of restaurants to suit every taste. From fine dining to casual pub fare; Italian to Asian cuisine, the choice is endless. Browse our selection of restaurants and find the perfect place for a romantic festive meal for two or a big Christmas party with friends.

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Pub Trail Map

After dinner, delve into Belfast’s pub scene and toast to the holidays with a few festive drinks. Follow our pub trail to lively nightlife spots in the city centre, Cathedral Quarter and University Quarter. From traditional pubs to cocktail bars, there are plenty of places to get the party started.

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Belfast has a line-up of fantastic music and sports events throughout the festive season. Have a festive night out with a difference at these top events.

Friendship Four

23 - 24 November

A unique opportunity to watch the only NCAA college ice hockey tournament to be held outside of the United States. With many of these young athletes soon to be NHL stars, it's a chance for sports fans in Europe to see them up close.

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Winter Circus

14 December – 1 January

For something a bit different this Christmas, check out the Winter Circus in Writer’s Square; a thrilling show packed with  acrobatics and aerial, juggling and comedy acts. Performed by the award-winning Tumble Circus it’s a contemporary circus event not to miss.

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Christmas Twilight Market

11 - 12 December

Sample local food, drink and craft stalls at St George's Market, as well as a programme of live entertainment and cookery demonstrations against a spectacular backdrop of twinkling twilights.

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Snow Patrol

7 December

Snow Patrol is headlining an unmissable gig at SSE Arena as part of their UK and Ireland Tour. Featuring tracks from their new album Wildness along with all their former hits, don’t miss the opportunity to see the band in their home city.

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Kylie – The Golden Tour

5 December

Rescheduled from its original date in October, Kylie Minogue comes to the SSE Arena on 5 December with a tour centered around her new album Golden.


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Ulster Hall
Ulster Hall

Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers

6 December

Bay City Rollers icon Les McKeown brings his fantastic show to the Ulster Hall this Christmas. Journey back to the 1970s and get in the Christmas party spirit with original hits Bye Bye Baby, Shang-a-Lang and more.

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Get Home Safe

With pre-booking and all major credit and debit cards accepted in vehicles, you can get home safely with Value Cabs.

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New Year's Eve in Belfast

With unmissable parties and shows, Belfast is the top place to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Check out great hotel offers and stay the night. Or go beyond the city and bring in 2019 at alternative venues across Northern Ireland.

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Belfast Pub Trail

Enjoy a great range of Irish beers in Belfast, thanks to Diageo's Pub Trail Map. Sample a pint of Guinness, Harp, Hop House 13 or Smithwick's at some of the city's top pubs and bars.

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Belfast Waterfront
Belfast Waterfront

Magical Christmas Music Events

Between sleighbells ringing and carollers singing, Belfast is brimming with music this holiday season. Join in the cheer at a Christmas music event, or catch an unmissable gig or concert.

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