Experience magical entertainment, street animation and something new around every corner. Belfast city centre is alive with Christmas.


Enjoy festive attractions at Donegall Place, Castle Place and Cathedral Gardens in Belfast city centre. With amusements and food stalls, there’s something for children and adults alike.

Giant Snow Slide

Donegall Place
Have a go on the giant Snow Slide at Donegall Place (in front of Belfast City Hall) and enjoy a range of food and craft products from the festive chalets.

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Carousel Rides & German Windmill Grill

Castle Place
In Castle Place (outside Donegall Arcade), enjoy children’s rides including carousels and an Olaf the Snowman Ride. A German windmill grill will be selling a range of bratwurst sausage, a Christmas market tradition.

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Observation Wheel & Fairground Rides

Cathedral Gardens
In Cathedral Gardens (beside St Anne’s Cathedral) enjoy family fairground rides including an Observation Wheel, Ship Swing, Carousel and Santa Train. After, you can indulge in sweet treats from the festive chalets.

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Music & Entertainment

Cinema on the Square

6-9 December - Free tickets (£1 transaction fee)
Visit the pop-up cinema as it takes up residency in Bank Square. Take a break from your Christmas shopping and enjoy some festive family favourites with up to four films screened per day from 6 to 9 December.

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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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Busk Off

15 December - Free
Pop into Belfast to enjoy a feast of festive tunes and original tracks from a range of talented musicians, including the ever popular Anna's Number, jazz and funk sensations Belfast Busking Band and electric performances from Jordan Farndell.


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A Gift For All

17-23 December - Free
Watch as light and sound come together in perfect harmony, lighting up the city centre with a ‘gift for all’ this Christmas. So as the light gets low, keep an eye out for this illuminating experience along Royal Avenue.

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Magical Music Christmas Programme

Weekends in December - Free
There will be lots of magical Christmas music in the city centre to get you into the festive spirit. Call down to the stage on Royal Avenue (outside CastleCourt) to hear the wonderful sounds from these talented performers.

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Q-Con Christmas Bizarro

15 - 16 December - Free
Q-Con, Northern Ireland’s premiere gaming event, comes to Belfast City Centre for the first time ever. The Q-Con Christmas Bizarro features gaming tournaments, console stations, traders showing off the latest new releases, cosplay artists and board games, and it’s free to come along!

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Belfast Waterfront
Belfast Waterfront

Magical Musical Christmas Stage at Castle Place

7, 8, and 16 December - Free
Get yourself into the festive spirit by enjoying a fantastic array of musical performances at Castle Place, with a selection of local choirs, orchestras, youth arts organisation and others.


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Afri-Caribe Christmas

16 December
Feeling the cold? Transport yourself to a tropical paradise on Royal Avenue as you experience Christmas with a Caribbean twist.


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Family Fun, Tours & Workshops

Santa’s Post Office

Weekends in December - Free
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 Tours

Weekends in December - Free
Join a free tour with Elfish, a grumpy elf who fell from his shelf and is definitely on Santa's naughty list. Help him solve seasonal clues, explore the city centre, and together, you might make sure Elfish is on Santa's nice list before Christmas Eve.

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Christmas Craft Workshops

Weekends in December - Free
Christmas Elves have set 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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Download the #YourBelfast Rewards app for your chance to win hundreds of prizes in Belfast city centre this festive season!

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