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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kylie – The Golden Tour
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.
Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers
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.
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.
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.
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.