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Our Guide to What’s On this Christmas in Belfast

Christmas in Belfast is an enchanting time of year. From the twinkling festive decorations to most unmissable events, we’ve compiled the best of what’s on this Christmas.

So, take a look at what you can look forward to during the most wonderful time of the year!

Belfast Christmas Lights Switch On

When: 17th November 2018

Where: Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square

Kick off the Christmas in true festive fashion at Belfast City Hall. The annual Belfast Christmas Light Switch On is set to take place on 18th November from 6:30pm.

The seasonal celebrations will see the Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister and special guests come together to bring you a spectacular Christmas extravaganza. Expect traditional Christmas carols leading up to the big switch on, perfect for getting in the Christmas spirit!

Belfast Christmas Market

When: 18th November – 22nd December 2018

Where: Belfast City Hall grounds, Donegall Square

Without a doubt one of the best things about the colder months, Belfast Christmas Markets will be making a return from the 18th November. Filling the grounds of Belfast City Hall with traders from near and far, the markets will also feature a visit from Santa Claus himself.

So, as the winter nights draw in, get cosy with a mulled wine, take time to indulge in sweet and savoury treats and get some Christmas presents ticked off the list! Belfast’s Christmas markets are perfect for the whole family.

Elf The Musical

When: 23rd November – 24th November 2018

Where: Belfast Waterfront, Ulster Hall


Based on the hit Christmas film, the award-winning Belfast Operatic Company present the hilarious and heartwarming story of Buddy the Elf. Featuring a fantastic score by Matthew Skiar and Chad Beguelin, this festive production will bring you plenty of Christmas cheer.

A seasonal treat for all ages, don’t miss the chance to discover your inner elf!

Christmas Wonderland at The Jungle

When: 1st December – 23rd December 2018

Where: The Jungle, Magherafelt

Get the family together this Christmas for a festive day out to Christmas Wonderland. Get ready to step into winter wonderland as this magical event brings visitors the chance to meet and greet Santa and get to know his Elves.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy Christmas crafts and take part in fun-filled festive adventures. Not forgetting, you can look forward to a?cuddle with the adorable creatures of the Woodland Petting Farm.

The Music Box 2018 – 10th Anniversary

When: 13th December – 15th December 2018

Where: Belfast Waterfront, Ulster Hall


This Christmas, join Belfast Waterfront to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Music Box 2018. This enchanting production is best-loved as Belfast’s biggest and best Christmas show, hosted and produced by Peter Corry.

Special guest stars are also expected to be announced leading up to the event. Bringing you festive fun for the whole family, this is one festivity you won’t want to miss!

Dine at The George Best Hotel

When: Taking bookings for?December 2018

Where: Former Scottish Mutual Building, Donegall Square

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If you’re looking for somewhere to host a family meal this Christmas, catch up with friends or perhaps your Christmas party night out, look no further than dining packages at The George Best Hotel. Bringing a sprinkle of festive magic to the yuletide season, you could be one of the first to wine and dine at Belfast’s most exciting new venue.

Get ready to indulge in a delicious three-course meal and spend a Christmas Day to remember with us. Throughout December, we’re also inviting you to indulge in festive Christmas lunches for the perfect?No?l treat.

To enquire further or to book your Christmas visit, you can reach our friendly team on 0151 236 0166. We look forward to seeing you soon! In the meantime, head over to our Facebook page for regular updates, news and all things George Best.?