Experience the best of festive Belfast

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A short break to Belfast over the festive season is a great way to enjoy some Christmas treats and get in the holiday mood. There are markets, dances, films and special events to enjoy in this vibrant city, with activities that will appeal to the whole family. We take a look at some of the most sparkling festive events on in Belfast this Christmas.

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Make Merry

Take a trip to the designer Titanic Belfast building to enjoy a special Christmas treat. Grown-ups can book their place for a special Christmas Afternoon Tea by the spectacular Titanic Staircase, a Christmas Party night of cocktails, food and dancing, or a tasty three course Christmas Lunch. Families can visit Santa in his old curiosity shop, enjoy the atmosphere of the traditional street scene, take part in festive activities and use a magical post box to send their letters to the North Pole.

Enjoy Christmas with The Ulster Hall and don't miss out on magical Christmas events such as Carols at Christmas and Ulster Orchestra 2017/18 Season: The Magic of Christmas.

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The Belfast Christmas Market at City Hall is a fantastic place to shop for gifts and enjoy some festive fun. Over 90 traders offer products to peruse, like craft, decorations, toys, fashion and more, and you can savour a hot drink of Glühwein from a unique Belfast Christmas Market mug. Children will love to visit Santa in his grotto or ride on the carousel.

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The Annual Christmas Craft Fair in Belmont Tower has stalls of craft, gifts and food. Make sure to buy some handmade Christmas presents while enjoying mulled wine and Christmas Carols.

Festive Family Fun

From the end of November, Custom House Square in Belfast is home to some fantastic festive fun for the family. Belfast's Winter Wonderland has a variety of Christmas rides and attractions for everyone to enjoy, including Santa’s Sleigh Ride Christmas rollercoaster, a traditional Christmas Carousel, a Ski Jump experience, and a gentle journey on Santa's Reindeer cars or Santa's Tea Cups. The star of the show is a huge open air ice rink. Relax after the rides with mulled wine, hot chocolate or food from one of the refreshment stalls.

Christmas decorations in Belfast

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Your kids will love meeting Santa at Castle Espie where they'll receive a special gift and listen to storytelling while toasting marshmallows in the Crannog– magical! You can also take part in Christmas Craft, making cranberry decorations for the tree and bird feeders for our feathered friends. Activities run from 10am to 4.30pm. Booking is essential.

Families will love to see festive family films at Belfast Odyssey Cinemas. A number of favourite Christmas films are screening over the festive season!

Plan Your Visit

Make your festive trip to Belfast perfect with a stay in the comfortable, stylish Radisson Blu Hotel, Belfast. Our cosy hotel is close to Titanic Belfast and Victoria Square, and has stunning views out on to the River Lagan.

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