Christmas – Events

From traditional Christmas pantomimes to continental delights at the Belfast Christmas Market, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas in Belfast.

Project 24 Christmas

01 November – 31 December | North Down Tourist Information Centre | Down and District

Project 24 is a unique temporary art project on Bangor seafront. Visit the multi coloured pods and the talented artists that work within them for that extra special Christmas gift! Out of the Shadows,… Read More »

Elf Hunt

02 November – 29 December | Learning SPACE | City Centre

Be Santa’s helper and take part in the free in-store Christmas Elf Hunt. Running all day, every Saturday until Santa comes. Find the clues, say the magic word and have a lucky dip!!  All day ev… Read More »

Christmas Crafts

02 November – 29 December | Learning SPACE | City Centre

Have fun making Christmas creations with the help of the Crafty Elves! All day every day in November and December.Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No booking required, first come… Read More »

Santa’s Grotto at Victoria Square

13 November – 24 December | Victoria Square | City Centre

The stunning Victoria Square Santa’s Grotto will be open from 13th November with Santa taking visits every day until Christmas Eve…. Read More »

Belfast Christmas Market 2013

16 November – 22 December | Belfast City Hall | City Centre

Christmas Continental Market at City Hall is back from 12 noon on Saturday 16 November. Enjoy the fantastic range of food, beverages, crafts and decorations on offer from across Europe and beyond.Over… Read More »

Santa’s Grotto at Castlecourt

16 November – 24 December | CastleCourt | City Centre

The kids will love meeting Santa in his new Grotto on the upper mall opposite the food court. Let them tell Santa what they want under the tree on Christmas morning.  Santa’s Grotto is open eve… Read More »

Once Upon a Christmas

23 November – 05 January | W5 at Odyssey | Titanic Quarter

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with your family this Christmas as W5 brings storybook fantasies to life in a brand new experience.  It is no secret that W5 love Christmas and this year… Read More »

Meet Santa

23 November – 24 December | W5 at Odyssey | Titanic Quarter

Complementing W5’s brand new seasonal event “Once Upon A Christmas”,  what could make Christmas more magical than an encounter with Santa Claus himself?  W5 have once again invited the… Read More »

Cinderella

24 November – 05 January | Adult £18 Child £12.50 Family (admits four) £54 | Lyric Theatre | South Belfast

Don your glad rags, put your best slipper forward and come to the Lyric by pumpkin turned coach, or more conventional methods, for the most popular Christmas title of them all. With schools prices, fa… Read More »

Forget Turkey (We Liked it so Much We’re Going to Phuket Again)

24 November – 05 January | Preview £15 Off-peak £18 Peak £20 | Lyric Theatre | South Belfast

From golfing triumphs to Titanic disasters, 2012 brought us all manner of historic and hysterical events ripe for a satirical plucking in the hugely popular Forget Turkey (We’re going to Phuket this… Read More »

Christmas at Titanic Belfast

28 November – 23 December | Titanic Belfast | Titanic Quarter

Go back in time at Titanic Belfast and experience a traditional Christmas come to life, with Father Christmas arriving on 28 November to spread festive cheer for all. Visit Father Christmas in his old… Read More »

Christmas – Events

From traditional Christmas pantomimes to continental delights at the Belfast Christmas Market, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas in Belfast.

Holywood Christmas Lights Switch On

30 November | Holywood | North Down & District

Enjoy a festive day out in Holywood, sample delights from the Christmas market, and participate in themed activities. The highlight of the day will be the switching on of the Christmas Tree Lights.11a… Read More »

Winter Fair

30 November – 01 December | Mount Stewart | Beyond Belfast

Celebrate the arrival of Christmas by visiting the festive Winter Fair. Browse craft and food stalls, listen to Christmas carols and master the art of homemade decorations.For more information, teleph… Read More »

Christmas Fair

30 November – 01 December | Argory | Beyond Belfast

Join the Argory for their fantastic Christmas Fair. Dozens of craft and food stalls and festive entertainment. They will be hosting afternoon tea in the house and there will be a chance to see Santa a… Read More »

Taste of Christmas Food Festival

30 November – 01 December | From £5 | Canteen at the MAC | Cathedral Quarter

Saturday 30 November:10am – Tea Brew Bar Masterclass with S. D. Bells. Enjoy the art of blending and tea tasting with help from the experts. Tickets £510am – Tea Brew Bar Masterclass with S. D. Bells… Read More »

Taste of Christmas at Saint Anne’s Square

30 November – 01 December | Various locations | City Centre

Following on from the success of their Summer Food Festival, St Anne’s Square brings you the Taste of Christmas Festival. Join the restaurants of the Square in their Christmas celebration of food and … Read More »

Santa Steam Train

30 November – 15 December | Adults, £11 Children under 16 £11.50 | Steam Trains Ireland | City Centre

Meet Santa on this special festive steam train journey from Belfast to Whitehead or from Portadown to Lisburn.  All children with a ticket will receive a present from Santa!Times and Dates:(Belfa… Read More »

Sleeping Beauty

30 November – 19 January | £15.50 – £26.50 | Grand Opera House | City Centre

Wakey, Wakey Northern Ireland! – Wake up and don’t leave it any longer to book your tickets for Northern Ireland’s biggest, most enchanting and spectacular pantomime.  The undisputed Queen of Com… Read More »

Christmas – Events

From traditional Christmas pantomimes to continental delights at the Belfast Christmas Market, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas in Belfast.

Santa’s House at Castle Ward

30 November – 22 December | Castle Ward | Beyond Belfast

When you visit Santa’s home at Castle Ward, you will be welcomed by Mrs Claus who helps you waken Santa as he sleeps by an open fire. While Mrs Claus serves some shortbread and pies, Santa will tell… Read More »

Studio Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert

30 November | Island Arts Centre | Lisburn and District

Enjoy feel good classics such as ‘White Christmas’, ‘Sleigh Ride’ by Leroy Anderson and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ as well as some traditional carols.There will also be some … Read More »

Belfast Winter Wonderland

30 November – 05 January | Custom House Square | City Centre

Custom House Square is getting ready for an extra special Christmas this year as it prepares for the arrival of Belfast’s Winter Wonderland.Santa will arrive in his grotto with a sack full of presen… Read More »

Christmas Story Ride at Streamvale

01 December – 23 December | Streamvale Open Farm | Beyond Belfast

The Streamvale Christmas Story Ride runs each weekend in December.  Each tour is fully guided by an experienced story teller who will gather the group into the big Christmas Tractor Ride.  A… Read More »

Sundays with Santa at Gillies Bar & Grill

01 December – 22 December | Galgorm Resort & Spa | Beyond Belfast

Enjoy a festive Christmas lunch and visit Santa in his magical Grotto.  Booking essentialDates: 1, 8, 15, 22 December… Read More »

Christmas Tea Dances

03 December – 04 December | Ulster Hall | City Centre

Get in the mood for the Ulster Hall Christmas Tea Dances!  Grab your dancing shoes and come along for an afternoon of old-time dancing to live music with a traditional cup of tea.Free tickets ava… Read More »

Retro Christmas Tea Dance

03 December | £8 | Ulster Hall | City Centre

Come along to the Ulster Hall for this latest retro night of old-time dancing, music and fashion. Get into the festive spirit by jiving, swinging and jitterbugging to Nightswing featuring Siobhan Pett… Read More »

Christmas – Events

From traditional Christmas pantomimes to continental delights at the Belfast Christmas Market, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas in Belfast.

Belfast Castle Christmas Tours

03 December – 21 December | £4 | Belfast Castle | North Belfast

Take a walk through time this festive season. Enjoy a short illustrated talk on the history of Belfast Castle and its development up to the present day. The tour also includes a visit to Cave Hill Vis… Read More »

Winter Weaving Christmas Card Making for Kids

04 December | ReFound | City Centre

There’s never a better time for your kids to get to grips with traditional crafts and making than Christmas!  In collaboration with ReFound, textile designer Jude Cassidy will be holding a Christ… Read More »

HATCH! Adventures of the Ugly Duck

04 December – 05 January | Child ticket: £9.50 Adult ticket: £12-£22 4 tickets for £46 (maximum of 2 adults) – Limited offer | MAC | Cathedral Quarter

The MAC presents HATCH! Adventures of the Ugly Duck. This Christmas get ready for the story of the ugly duck…but not as you know it. Join one lonely young duckling in this hilarious tale, which take… Read More »

Christmas Tree Festival

05 December – 10 December | Lisburn Tourist Information Centre | Beyond Belfast

This Christmas, from the 5th-10th of December, Lisburn Cathedral will become a forest of over 60 imaginatively designed Christmas trees telling the Christmas story in a modern, artistic and imaginativ… Read More »

Reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’

05 December | £12, £10 | Island Arts Centre | Lisburn and District

There can be no better way to herald in the Christmas celebrations than with Charles Dickens/Utton’s ‘A Christmas Carol’.Using the script and acting directions developed by Dickens himself, Pip Utto… Read More »

Santa Experience at Mount Stewart

06 December – 21 December | Mount Stewart | Beyond Belfast

At the Temple – Visitors will travel through the grotto, meet the Elves in their workshop, and will be served complementary refreshments before the group visit Santa and Mrs Claus. The Santa visit las… Read More »

Festive Carol Concert

06 December | Stormont Parliament Buildings | Castlereagh and District

Come along and celebrate the beginning of the festive season in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall at Stormont. This wonderful evening will put you in the Christmas spirit as guests will enjoy s… Read More »

Christmas – Events

From traditional Christmas pantomimes to continental delights at the Belfast Christmas Market, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas in Belfast.

Ireland in Christmas Praise

06 December | £24, £20, £16 Concessions £2 off full price tickets | Belfast Waterfront | City Centre

New Irish Choir and Orchestra, featuring New Irish Youth and guest soloists, directed by Jonathan Rea.Join in seasonal carols and enjoy great solo and choral performances in a Christmas spectacular fr… Read More »

Duke Special – A Victorian Christmas

06 December | £15 | Empire | City Centre

Join Duke Special for A Victorian Christmas as he brings his six date 2013 residency at the Belfast Empire Music Hall to a grand finale.  Duke will be aided by various musical guests for this fes… Read More »

Christmas Movies at Odyssey Cinemas

07 December – 23 December | Odyssey Complex | Titanic Quarter

Get into the festive spirit with these Christmas Movies showing at Odyssey Cinemas throughout December.  Films featured include The Grinch,  The Muppets Christmas Carol, The Polar Express, G… Read More »

Here Comes Santa

07 December – 08 December | Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre | Down and District

Have a magical time at Castle Espie this Christmas:Meet Santa in his magical grottoEnjoy story tellingHave a go at making Christmas crafts between 10am and 4.30pmFollow the Christmas trailEnjoy … Read More »

Christmas – Events

From traditional Christmas pantomimes to continental delights at the Belfast Christmas Market, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas in Belfast.

Dig for Christmas

07 December | War Memorial Gallery | Cathedral Quarter

A day for all the family to learn about Digging for Victory in the second world war. Learn how families coped with rationing and wartime shortages at Christmas.  You can make 1940s style Christma… Read More »

Santa’s Christmas Grotto

07 December – 15 December | Adult £10, Child £8 | Argory | Beyond Belfast

Add some magic to your Christmas at The Argory. Children can meet the elves in their workshop and Mum and Dad can enjoy some festive refreshments. Then take a magical journey to see Santa and Mrs Clau… Read More »

Magical Christmas Memories

07 December – 14 December | Springhill | Beyond Belfast

Visit Santa and Twinkle-Boots in the grotto and see the house festively decorated for Christmas. With children’s crafts, mulled wine and mince pies, this will be a magical Christmas you will never for… Read More »

Mother Goose

07 December – 14 December | £10 | Island Arts Centre | Lisburn and District

Christmas is coming and Mother Goose is coming too. Yes it’s that time again and, following last year’s sell–out panto, Lisnagarvey Operatic Society is delighted to be presenting this ever po… Read More »

Terrific Transformations

07 December – 04 January | MAC | Cathedral Quarter

Alongside their exciting Christmas family show, the MAC are inviting your children to break out of their shells with our artists for some Terrific Transformations.Don’t be shy! Waddle down to the MA… Read More »

Santa’s House at Hezlett

07 December – 22 December | Various locations | City Centre

Visit Santa and Mrs Claus at their holiday home in Castlerock. Enjoy mulled wine, juice, mince pies and a lovely gift from Santa!  Booking essential.7-8, 12-15, 19-22 DecemberVENUE: Downhill Desm… Read More »

The Jungle Christmas Wonderland

07 December – 23 December | Jungle | Beyond Belfast

Each December, Santa and his jolly troop of Elves take up residency in The Jungle’s enchanted realm. With the help of these magical folk, The Jungle NI is transformed into a Christmas Wonderland whi… Read More »

Christmas Craft Fair

07 December | Various locations | City Centre

Annual Christmas Craft Fair with lots of home made goodies, crafts and tasty treats. Bel-Cantoschool of singing perform Christmas Carols.VENUE: Belmont Tower, 82 Belmont Church Road, Belfast10am – 2pm… Read More »

Ulster Orchestra: The Snowman Live

07 December | Adults £15 Children £10 Family Ticket £44 | Ulster Orchestra | City Centre

Join Ulster Orchestra and their Associate Conductor Christopher Bell for this children’s classic as they perform Howard Blake’s uplifting music live while you watch the film on a big screen. Now a… Read More »

Santa Dash

07 December | Lisburn Tourist Information Centre | Beyond Belfast

The Santa Dash is a family event in aid of the Lisburn City Council Mayor’s Charity. Participants can choose to walk, run or ride a bike with the option of 1, 3 or 6 mile distances to choose from…. Read More »

Christmas – Events

From traditional Christmas pantomimes to continental delights at the Belfast Christmas Market, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas in Belfast.

St George’s Market at Christmas

07 December – 24 December | St George’s Market | Market Quarter

The annual Christmas Craft Fair takes place in St George’s Market on Saturday 7 December from 9am to 4pm and Sunday 8 December from 10am to 5pm.St George’s Market will be opening its doors for add… Read More »

Christmas with The Three Tenors

07 December | £22.50 | Ulster Hall | City Centre

Direct from the National Concert Hall Dublin… fabulous hit songs and a popular classic mix from Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, The Dubliners, and Pavarotti..Ireland’s Hottest trio Declan Kelly, Ray O’H… Read More »

Spirit of Christmas Past

08 December | Ulster Folk and Transport Museum | Beyond Belfast

Seasonal smells, Christmas fayre, brass bands and carol singing around the Christmas tree infuse the museum with the Spirit of Christmas Past.  Children can write their letter to Santa who will b… Read More »

Belfast Castle Christmas Craft Fair

08 December | Belfast Castle | North Belfast

Come along to the free Christmas craft fair in Belfast Castle for your unique Christmas gifts!  Listen to Christmas carols as you browse through a wide range of local hand-made crafts in this bea… Read More »

Christmas Afternoon Tea at Titanic Belfast

08 December – 22 December | Titanic Belfast | Titanic Quarter

Enjoy an extra special Afternoon Tea by the stunning Titanic Staircase with traditional Christmas music8, 15 and 22 DecemberTo book, telephone 028 9076 6399 or visit www.titanicbelfast.com… Read More »

Christmas Fayre

09 December – 24 December | Victoria Square | City Centre

The highly successful Sunday Fayre that takes place weekly at Victoria Square throughout the year, will adopt a festive theme in the run up to Christmas….Read More »

Christmas – Events

From traditional Christmas pantomimes to continental delights at the Belfast Christmas Market, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Christmas in Belfast.

Pony Panto

12 December – 18 December | MAC | Cathedral Quarter

The MAC are delighted to announce that following on from the success of Pony Panto 2012, the guys from ponydance will be returning this season to help add some necessary camp to your Christmas.Come al… Read More »

Grimes and McKee

12 December – 29 December | £16.50 – £19.50 | Grand Opera House | City Centre

Grimes & McKee – It’s a Wonderful Life… So It Is!Presented by Brassneck Theatre company, this is a Christmas comedy sure to make you laugh until you cry.The local community have been saving all … Read More »

Christmas Party Nights at Titanic Belfast

13 December – 14 December | £55 | Titanic Belfast | Titanic Quarter

Enjoy a Christmas cocktail and a delicious three course Christmas Banquet before dancing the night away with live entertainment from James Huish and his band.  Click here to view the menuTickets … Read More »

Ulster Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah

13 December – 14 December | £8 – £25 | Ulster Orchestra | City Centre

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Handel’s great choral masterpiece. Another essential element of the Ulster Orchestra’s Christmas and New Year Season. Step in out of the cold (and the seaso… Read More »

City of Belfast School of Music Christmas Concert

13 December | £10 Students £5 | Ulster Hall | City Centre

Welcome in the festive season in style with this programme of Christmas music performed by the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra, the City of Belfast Youth Concert Band and other groups from City of Bel… Read More »

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