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.
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 Film Screenings
Swap the sofa for the cinema and watch your favourite Christmas films at Movie House Cinema, Odyssey Cimema, Odeon or Queen’s Film Theatre; which are all showing classics like Home Alone, Elf and many more. Plus, don’t miss special screenings at restaurants and outdoor locations.
On the Shelf
10 - 22 December, Grand Opera House
This fast paced, laugh out loud play is an antidote to the usual festive cheer. Starring Tara Lynne O’Neill (Ma Mary from Derry Girls) as Paula, who receives a visit from an unusual house guest, find out what would happen if Bridget Jones lived in Belfast and fed a Gremlin after midnight.
17 November - 5 January, Lyric Theatre
This hilarious, Belfast take on the classic Dickens’ tale A Christmas Carol will have you rolling and even dancing in the aisles. Ebeneezer Scrooge is the richest property developer in Belfast, who learns the value of Christmas in this amusing production written by and starring Grimes and McKee.
The Magic of Christmas
19 December, Waterfront Hall
Following its huge success last year, The Magic of Christmas show returns with more festive cheer for 2018. This spectacular orchestra performance will feature all your seasonal favourites such as Winter Wonderland and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
Gandeys Greatest Snowman Circus
23 November – 6 January, Hope Street
Britain's largest circus company, Gandeys, comes to Belfast Winter Wonderland with an all-new all human show, The Greatest Snow Man Circus! This one-hour show features international circus artistes, thrilling circus acts and Europe’s superstar clown Chico Rico.
Marco Pierre White Festive Fridays
Fridays in December, Park Avenue Hotel
Visit Marco’s on Friday evenings throughout December for live entertainment, a three-course meal and glass of mulled wine for just £40 per person; perfect for a romantic night out or a catch up with friends.
Sing We Now of Christmas
22 December, Belfast Cathedral
Ravara Productions presents ‘Sing we now of Christmas' at Belfast Cathedral. Expect a spectacular evening of festive song, story and dance from some of Northern Ireland’s finest young talent, in the magnificent surroundings of the cathedral. Tickets are available Belfast Cathedral gift shop.
Christmas Show at the Crescent
21 December, Crescent Arts Centre
Forget what you were told as a child, Santa is no saint. In this alternative Christmas show get ready for the real Santa to take you on a ride to the depths of tinsel covered, turkey flavoured hell! The night before Christmas Santa visits someone’s home but this isn’t the jolly tale you are familiar with.
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.