Celebrate the start of the festive season!
Date: 14 Nov 2015
Time: 6.45pm – 7.30pm
Join Lord Mayor Councillor Arder Carson and special guests as Belfast lights up for Christmas.
This year we’ve arranged a fantastic line up of festive entertainment hosted by Cool FM’s Breakfast presenters Pete Snodden, Paulo Ross and Rebecca McKinney.
Everyone’s favourite mythical story time monster The Gruffalo will be making an appearance as well as Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from The Octonauts who will perform their mini show ‘To Your Stations’. Some of the cast from Cinderella, the Belfast Waterfront Christmas pantomime will also join us and there’ll be Christmas carols to get us all into the festive spirit!
This is a free ticketed event. Free tickets are available from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, 9 Donegall Square North from 9am on Wednesday 4 November.
Tickets can be collected in person or booked online at www.visit-belfast.com (maximum 4 per person).
Tickets booked online must be collected before 5pm on Thursday 12 November (for collection in person only).
Access to the event
Access to the event site is via three colour coded entrances.
- Red wristband access via Donegall Square West / Wellington Place only
- Green wristband access via Donegall Place only
- Blue wristband access via Donegall Square East / Chichester Street only
- Yellow wristband (Accessible viewing Area only) – Access via Donegall Square West only
Accessible viewing for patrons with disabilities
An accessible viewing area for people with disabilities is available on the Donegall Square West side of the site. Tickets for this area are limited to one person plus carer only. Patrons should ask for the appropriate tickets for this viewing area.
Tickets can be booked by emailing email@example.com from 9am on Wednesday 4 November. Name, mobile number and post code must be provided. The number of available tickets for this area is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Belfast Christmas Market
The market will be operational from 12noon on Saturday 14 November and remain until Sunday 20 December at 6pm. Find out more information on the Belfast Christmas Market.
Santa’s Post Box
Santa’s Post Box will be within the grounds of City Hall from 14 November until 18 December for kids to post their wish lists. Letters should have addresses included to enable returns.
Key reminders for wristband holders:
- Please wrap up warm – this is an outdoor standing event.
- Event will begin at 6.45pm and end at 7.30pm.
- The Gruffalo will be on stage for 5 minutes only.
- There is no dedicated car parking at this event.
- Blue badge parking is suspended all day on 14 November on Donegall Place.
- Site opens at 6.10pm approx – Entry is advised before 7.10pm.
- The taxi rank on Donegall Square North will move to Donegall Square East (beside Ulster Bank) from 2pm on 14 November.
- Traffic diversions will be in place from 5.30pm on 14 November.