Release Date: 5 Dec 2019

Belfast is a special place to visit at any time of year, but add the magical lights, award winning continental market and cosy pubs and it becomes a winter wonderland, packed with festive activities that are suitable for the whole family and perfect for a last minute weekend break.

Belfast Christmas Market

With over 30 international traders selling incredible food and delightful gifts, expect the sights, sounds and smells of all things Christmas – not to mention the famous beer tent with flavoured drinks from around the world.

The Belfast Christmas Market is based in the picturesque grounds of the iconic City Hall, just five minutes from Belfast City Airport.

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Visit the Pantomime

Each theatre in Northern Ireland hosts its own pantomime, meaning you have a wealth of stories to choose from.

See local legend May McFetridge perform in Sleeping Beauty at the Grand Opera House, just five minutes from Belfast City Airport, or venture outside of the city and see Aladdin in the Belvoir Studio Theatre.

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Santa Street at w5

The SSE Arena’s interactive child’s play area, w5, has been transformed into a winter wonderland where kids can take to the magical streets of Snowtown, wander through a maze of quaint shop fronts and seasonal displays, and then walk on the rooftops of Snowtown to see Santa set off on his big journey on Christmas Eve night.

A truly uplifting experience for the little ones.

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A Magical Christmas Experience at Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast brings the Enchanted Forest alive, where kids can go on a quest to find Santa, Mrs Claus, the elves, and much more.

Enjoy festive games, storytelling, arts & craft, and letter writing, and the opportunity to see the elves at work in the Old Curiosity Shop.

Titanic Belfast is located only a few minutes from Belfast City Airport.

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Santa’s Post Office

Based in Belfast City Centre, Santa’s Post Office on Royal Avenue is where you can write your letter to Santa and have it sealed with the North Pole stamp of approval.

Santa will be making his list and checking it twice, with all the children on his nice list receiving a special reply from the main man himself.

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The Winter Tumble Circus

Look out for the fully heated big top tent in Writer’s Square – another one only five minutes from Belfast City Airport – which will play home to the Winter Tumble Circus from December 13th.

Described as an “all-human, all-skill, all-thrill” event, expect acrobats, aerialists and jugglers with a touch of Belfast inspired humour suitable for all ages.

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Lisburn Light Festival

Although it is a bit further afield (but still within 30 minutes of the Airport!), it is well worth the journey to see the Lisburn Light Festival.

Pick up your Trail Map in any store and follow it along the path where you will find the Light Tunnel, a 100 metre long walkway decorated with eye catching and sparkling lights, an LED Christmas Bauble and even a maze of pivoting light prisms – all of which make the perfect backdrop for that festive Instagram shot…

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Santa’s Steam Train to Whitehead

Catch the train straight from Belfast to City Airport to Lanyon Place, where you can then continue on Santa’s Steam Train to Whitehead.

Santa’s Steam Train is an unmissable experience for the wee ones, with plenty of free opportunities for photos with Santa and a gift for each child. Parents will also be taken care of with a brief stop at Whitehead Excursion Station and the Edwardian Tea Room.

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Enchanted Winter Garden at Antrim Castle

Visit Antrim Castle this Christmas and watch the gardens transform with dazzling lights to brighten up your holiday.

Attractions include ‘The Big Wheel’, with breathtaking views over Antrim Town and beyond, the Victorian Helter Skelter, Victorian Wave Swinger, Wonderland Wood and The Enchanted Express.

Antrim Castle will be hosting an inclusive evening on the 18th December with reduced numbers, lighting and sound levels, and a sensory and quiet room.

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Cheer on the Belfast Giants

The Belfast Giants (current Elite League champions….) will play six home games throughout December at their home stadium, the SSE Arena.

A night out with the Giant’s is a must do for any ice hockey fan, but also suitable for those who want to experience something a bit different. 

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