Christmas displays – they make having to elbow your way through the jam packed city centre that little bit less miserable.
(Actually they generally cause us to wander inside and spend a small fortune. But we guess that’s the point…)
With bars also getting into the Christmas spirit (making our mulled wine even more enjoyable – and who knew that was possible?) we’ve snapped some of our favourite Chistmas displays so far this year.
We haven’t quite got the travelling powers of the man in the big red suit quite yet – so if you see any more fantastic Christmas displays make sure to send them to us at belfastvibe!
Our Pick Of The City’s Greatest Displays This Christmas…
1. Miel et Moi and The Albany
703 Lisburn Rd
Dazzling fairy lights wrapped around approximately one million Christmas trees, this hotspot on the Lisburn Road has never looked so inviting.
The Christmas trees go on for so long that we couldn’t even fit them in our shot – so you’ll just have to go down there and see for yourself.
2. Ian Thompson Interior Design
665 Lisburn Rd
Traditional vintage Christmas decorations at its best.
3. Jack Wills
22 Arthur St
We love the elegance, twinkling lights, Christmas trees – and stacks of presents.
4. Cafe Fish
539 Lisburn Rd
Call us childish all you like, but there’s just something special about cartoons featuring Santa Claus and polar bears. They scream Christmas and remind us of getting far too excited when we kids.
5. Fred J Malcolm
18 Chichester St
Just in case you needed any encouragement to approach this renowned jewellers – check out this shop window. Sure to lure in even the most suspecting customer.
44 Fountain St
Christmas books + Christmas decorations + Christmas lights = our kind of Christmas window display.
7. Christmas Workshop
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this Christmas shop is putting on quite the display. As are the hundreds of amazing Christmas shops up and down the high street of course, but unfortunately – we can’t add them all. Sad times.
Unit 34 Castle Court, Royal Avenue
Red, bright and shiny – featuring jammies we just want to curl up into.
9. House of Fraser
Victoria Square Shopping Centre
Similarly, making us nostalgic for our childhood, this cutesy window is making us even more impatient for December 25.
10. New Look
Fountain House Donegall Pl
We loved New Look’s take on the monochrome trend this season. Now it is extending to their Winter shop displays. And we thoroughly approve.
11. Fat Face
Now these are what we call fairy lights.
400 Lisburn Rd
Another (amazing) cartoon painted shop window. Remind you of anyone you know?
11 Royal Ave
The decadent array of lights and glitter looks even more amazing at night.
14. Hotel Chocolat
9 William St S
As if we needed any more encouragement to treat ourselves to some delicious chocolate – at Hotel Chocolat, this shop window display just helped kicked us through the door. (Sorry Slimming World).
15. Queen’s Arcade
27-33 Donegall Pl
16. Doris & Jeannie
25 Belmont Rd
3 Donegall Pl
18. O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors
75-77 May St
This is the original Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Christmas display.
Shown for many years at Belfast’s famous old department store, Anderson & McAuley. All proceeds from the display this year will go to Chest Heart & Stroke NI.
19. The Dirty Onion
3 Hill St
20. Victoria Square
1 Victoria Sq
Whilst not technically a shop window display, we feel like the Christmas display at Victoria Square deserves honourable mention.
21. Herbert Gould Home
384-392 Lisburn Rd
This massive festive wreath combined with all of the personal Christmas touches just made furniture shopping just that little bit more exciting…
22. Belfast Welcome Centre
9 Donegall Square N
The Belfast Welcome Centre is more than keeping up with appearances with this adorable display, featuring reindeers, snowflakes, glitter – and even a modern take on your typical everyday Christmas tree.