Come wind, rain or shine, there’s always something to do in Belfast!
As we head into the winter months, longer nights and lower temperatures are inevitable. Holiday Weather reports that the average December temperature in Belfast is 5°C, while in January and February it stands at just 4°C. Then there’s the rainfall. We can expect an average of 25 rainy days in December, 26 in January and 24 in February.
Of course, those of us who know and love Belfast aren’t going to let a little rain stop us from having fun! This is a city with something to do, whatever the weather. For those truly apocalyptic days, when heading outdoors is just too much to ask, there’s little better than curling up with a nice warming dinner and then settling down to play online betting games as the storm rages outside. Whether you’re a Lil Devil fan or a Wolf Ridge devotee, there are video slots available to suit all tastes these days and they’re apt entertainment for the warm inside while the weather is wet and wild outside.
When the weather is more reasonable – just your average Belfast downpour – it’s time to grab an umbrella and head out into the city. Between the Limelight, the SSE Arena, Ulster Hall and Waterfront Hall, there’s a huge array of events over the winter months to keep you entertained. It’s no coincidence that there are 1.5 million overnight trips to Belfast each year, with 72% of visitors coming from outside of Northern Ireland.
In addition to local gigs, Belfast’s dining scene remains lively over the winter months. A pre-dinner cocktail in the Apartment, with its great views of City Hall, is the ideal way to relax as the rain cascades outside, while the chic, contemporary atmosphere of the Ginger Bistro is perfect for forgetting about the weather while you feast on outstanding victuals.
The start of winter also means it’s time to enjoy Belfast’s Christmas market, which will run from 16 November to 22 December in 2019. From gourmet food and drink to inspiring gifts for all the family, this is a great way to enjoy time outdoors on sunny, crisp winter days.
With Belfast’s superb array of clothes shops at your disposal, spending the winter in the city also provides the opportunity to enjoy the very best of winter fashion. Whether it’s stylish coats, elegant scarves, sturdy winter boots or the most on-trend winter hats that you’re seeking, Belfast has the lot. Love Belfast’s very own Patience is always full of styling tips, to keep you looking your best, while the city itself is home to everything from renowned global brands to delightful independent boutiques.
Belfast is a beautiful city throughout the year and there’s plenty to do here over the winter months, so don’t let the weather interfere with your plans. Wrap up warm and head out into the city to make the most of its spectacular offering in the run-up to Christmas and beyond!