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Festive Nights Out

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

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Concerts

NI Soul Troop 10th Anniversary Show

The MAC
18 November

NI Soul Troop is regarded as one of the top live, original bands in Belfast since they first hit the music scene 10 years ago. Guaranteed to make you dance, their funk-laden soul songs have filled dancefloors all over Belfast and throughout the country. Read more >>

Van Morrison Live at the Europa

Europa Hotel
4 - 5 December

Van Morrison returns to the Europa Hotel to bring you both old and new favourites. With only 350 seats available for each show, this is the best chance to catch Van in an close, intimate setting. Read more >>

James Arthur

SSE Arena
20 November

Supporting his new album Back From The Edge, James Arthur will perform a headline show with special guest Ella Henderson. James' debut single, Impossible, was the most successful X Factor winner's song of all time, achieving over three million downloads. Read more >>

The Music Box

Belfast Waterfront
14 - 16 December

A delightful festive selection box of music gems past, present, traditional and contemporary, this lavish and family friendly show is a firm favourite for the festive season. The show is presented by singer Peter Corry, with special guests. Read more >>

Nelly

Ulster Hall
22 November

Multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning rap superstar Nelly has continually raised the bar for the entertainment industry since stepping onto the scene in 2000 with his distinctive vocals and larger-than-life personality, and this show is no exception. Read more >>

Wolf Alice

Ulster Hall
27 November

One of the biggest breakthrough independent bands of recent years, Wolf Alice make their eagerly anticipated return, announcing their new album Visions Of A Life. Read more >>

Andre Rieu

SSE Arena
10 December

A musical phenomenon like no other, Andre Rieu and his private 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra come to the SSE Arena to continue their unstoppable global revival in waltz music, staging a spectacular extravaganza which is second to none. Read more >>

Aled Jones with his Musicians

Ulster Hall
10 December

Aled Jones will be joined by special guest Donna Taggart and his musicians to bring you a powerful festive evening of emotional music. Read more >>

Belfast Community Gospel Choir Christmas Concert

Belfast Waterfront
10 December

The Belfast Community Gospel Choir's annual Christmas concert has become a 'not to be missed' event in December's calendar. Hailed as the 'soul of Belfast', BCGC performances are charged with passion and energy, and the sheer joy they exude from the stage is infectious. Read more >>

A Christmassy Evening with Brian Kennedy

Belfast Cathedral
16 December

Join Belfast's very own Brian Kennedy for an amazing Christmassy night in the wonderful surroundings of St Anne's Cathedral, where he will be singing songs from his new collection Christmassy and old favourites. Read more >>

Cara Dillon

Ulster Hall
17 December

Join the exceptional Cara Dillon for a night of Christmas songs in what will undoubtedly be a magical and memorable festive experience. Having recorded her highly anticipated Christmas album Upon A Winter's Night, Cara and her band will perform classic carols, celtic hymns and other Christmas songs to celebrate and share in the Christmas Spirit. Read more >>

The Priests

Europa Hotel
18 - 19 December

Join The Priests this Christmas, as Fathers Martin O'Hagan, Eugene O'Hagan and David Delargy bring an amazing evening of much loved classics as well as cherised seasonal songs while you indulge in a mulled wine and mince pie reception. Read more >>

Frank's Place

Grand Opera House
20 - 22 December

Join the Grand Opera House at Frank's Place for a festive evening with the top Frank Sinatra tribute around right now. Enjoy a delicious two course dinner and let musical maestro Paul Holgate take you back to a by-gone era with swing classics. Read more >>

Queen and Adam Lambert

SSE Arena
26 November

Queen and Adam Lambert will showcase a spectacular new stage production and a set list which will have some surprises. Read more >>

Imelda May

Belfast Waterfront
20 November

Featuring members of her longtime band with some additional incredible musicians, the new line up brings the wonderful new material and old favourites to full colour. Read more >>


Comedy

The Terrible Tragedy of the Twinbrook Turkey

The MAC
14 - 23 December

With the tinsel around the tree and the Christmas season in full swing in Belfast, all is not going to plan for two unsuspecting families in the west of the city. Will a mysterious guest to the west prove to be the Trump card? Will the Twinbrook Turkey vote for Christmas? From the same team that brought you the sell-out 2016 comedy Deck the Halls, 'Em Two Balloons', it would be a tragedy not to join this hilarious duo. Read more >>

What The Reindeer Saw

Lyric Theatre
19 November - 6 January

A brand new Santa has taken over the family business from his father. He is an entitled, lazy, plump, 40-something man-baby. With his formidable former model wife at his side, the new Santa has some out-of-the-box ideas for making the North Pole great again. He just needs to get the elves to implement his sweeping reforms and the job's a good 'un. Find out if he gets what he wants or what he deserves in this hilarious new festive show at the Lyric. Read more >>

The Gospel According to Blindboy

Crescent Arts Centre
19 November

Ireland's foremost satirist and most original comedic voice presents his debut book, The Gospel Accoding to Blindboy. Join The Crescent Arts Centre as the funny man with the plastic bag on his head reveals an astounding literary talent as he reads from his new book. Read more >>


Sport

Friendship Four Ice Hockey Tournament

SSE Arena Belfast
24 - 25 November

The Northern Irish Connections Friendship Four Ice Hockey Tournament returns to Belfast with four new colleges from the US competing at the SSE Arena for the Belpot Trophy. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Clarkson University, Providence College and the University of Maine compete over two days of non-stop, hard hitting, goal scoring action. Read more >>

World Snooker Home Nations Series Final

Belfast Waterfront
26 November

See the final of the Wolrd Snooker Home Nations Northern Ireland Open, where a stellar array of the sport's top players are expected to enter and battle for the coveted title - and also a top prize of £70,000. Read more >>

Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic

SSE Arena
1 - 2 December

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the field of teams for the first-ever Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a college basketball tournament featuring Holy Cross vs Manhattan College and La Salle University vs Towson University, followed by consolation and championship play on the second day. Read more >>

Ulster Rugby V Harlequins Rugby

Kingspan Stadium
15 December

Warm the cockles of your heart by singing your lungs out in support of the Ulster men as they take on the Harlequins on their home ground, hoping to deliver a Christmas win for their fans. Read more >>

Boxing Day Races

Down Royal Racecourse
26 December

The Boxing Day Races at the Down Royal Racecourse is Christmas' other great tradition. This long established event, held at Ireland's oldest race course, guarantees to blow away those cobwebs after a day of excess. Read more >>


Food and Drink

Belfast Christmas Market

18 November - 23 December
Belfast City Hall

Topping a Top 10 UK Christmas Markets list last year, enjoy a fantastic range of authentic continental food, clothing, arts and crafts and decorations from across Europe and beyond, as well as a range of local producers. Once you've browsed through the stalls, relax with a drink in one of the beer tents. Read more >>

Festive Shortcross Gin Experience

Rademon Estate Distillery
25 November, 1 and 2 December

Enjoy a festive Christmas distillery tour and tasting of Shortcross Gin. Guests will have the opportuity to meet the distiller and founders while taking part in a botanical journey and full tasting experience. Read more >>


Get Home Safe

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