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12 Days of Christmas

In a city bursting with Christmas cheer, there’s no better place to spend time with family and friends this festive season. Check out our magical 12 Days of Christmas below.

1. Belfast Christmas Lights Switch-On

Join the crowds, Lord Mayor and special guests at Belfast City Hall on Saturday 18 November at they light up the city for Christmas! Victoria Square will also switch on its Christmas lights on Friday 10 November, and don't miss CastleCourt's Santa Parade! Read more >>

2. All I Want For Christmas 

Fill your loved ones stockings with the perfect gifts. From Victoria Square’s luxurious designer brands and CastleCourt’s high street favourites, to enticing local independent retailers offering that special, unique gift. Let the city take the stress out of Christmas shopping. View Belfast Shopping Guide >>

3. It's Behind You! 

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a family trip to a festive show. Choose from Peter Pan at the Grand Opera House, Sleeping Beauty at the Belfast Waterfront, Hansel and Gretel at The MAC, Beauty and The Beast at the Lyric or The Spectacular Aladdin at the SSE Arena. View all Festive Family Fun >>

4. Santa Claus is Coming to Town 

Don’t miss the chance to bring your little ones to visit Father Christmas in one of his many grottos, watch his parade through the city centre or enjoy a magical Christmas experience. View Santa's Grottos >>

5. Merry Markets 

The Belfast Christmas Market returns to the grounds of Belfast City Hall 18 November – 23 December offering an array of local produce, gastronomic delights, and crafts. Experience St George’s Market by night during the Twilight Market 7 - 8 November or enjoy extended opening hours in the run up to the big day. Inns Market will be running a special Christmas Market on Saturday 16 December. View Christmas Markets and Fairs >>

6. Party Time

Enjoy Belfast's legendary night life with fabulous events, concerts, award-winning restaurants, welcoming pubs and stylish clubs this festive season. View Festive Nights Out >>

7. All That Glitters

Christmas is a magical time to pop that all important question to that special someone. Let family run Lunn’s (Queen's Arcade and Victoria Square) help you choose the perfect ring from their portfolio of fine diamonds. Or browse for that special gift for your loved one at Steensons on Bedford Street.

8. The Boys Are Back

Get the guys together for an action packed night of adrenalin fuelled sport. Check out Ulster Rugby fixtures at the Kingspan Stadium for key European and Pro14 games. Top sporting events during November and December include the Friendship Four Ice Hockey Tournament on 24-25 November, Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic on 1-2 December and Boxing Day Races at Down Royal Racecourse. View sports events >>

9. Silent Night

Whether it's Christmas shopping, a great night out with friends or catching up with family, don’t rush home – avail of one of the great hotel rates on offer and make a night of it. View Belfast hotel offers >>

10. Leave The Car Behind

Avoid the traffic and stress of parking this Christmas and let Translink take you right into the heart of the city by bus or train. View bus and train offers >>

11. Festive Theatre

There will be plenty of laughs for the grown-ups in Belfast, with a great selection of Christmas comedies and shows on offer including What the Reindeer Saw at the Lyric Theatre and The Terrible Tragedy of the Twinbrook Turkey at The MAC. View Festive Nights Out >>

12. Happy New Year! 

Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in the New Year, right here in Belfast. With sumptuous meals, delicious cocktails and special party nights, a fantastic celebration awaits. View New Year's Eve Celebrations >>