Christmas is a truly magical time of year.
So much so, there’s about 101 events on per day.
With all of the hysteria this Christmas (plus we hate the feeling of finding out about an amazing event after it has taken place – thanks Facebook), we’ve sat down and worked out the greatest events taking place in Belfast this festive season.
So whether you want to watch Elf in Narnia, eat the best macaroons in the world (and who doesn’t?), attend family friendly Christmas events or live out our childhood fantasy by sitting aboard the actual real life Coca Cola truck, our list will definitely have something for you…
Pop Up Film Club, Dec 5 – Dec 19, Adult £9, Child £5.50, Family £25,
Festive Flicks will see such epic Christmas movies as Elf (our all time favourite), Love Actually and Nightmare Before Christmas, and promises to take us on a full seasonal experience with their spectacular Narnia theme, fake snow, snow machine and all the Christmas goodies you could ever dream of. Check out the full schedule popupfilmclub.co.uk.
Nov 14 – Dec 20
Between the famous steins of Paulaner at the Merry Monk, mouth watering churros, and the ‘Best Macaroons In The World’ we never know where to begin at the amazingly festive Christmas Market. Plus, the fun of the ‘Meats of the World’ stall offers the chance to get creative with your foodie choices.
If you need help deciding where’s best to hit up first, check out our Top 20 Attractions At The Belfast Christmas Market.
SSE Arena, Wed Dec 16, 12 – 8pm
The famously festive Coca-Cola Christmas Truck will stop off in Belfast from 12noon to 8pm and in addition to seeing it up close, crowds will be entertained throughout the experience with a variety of games including giant ‘ice-block jenga’ and festive ‘pass the parcel.’
Families will also have the opportunity to capture a photo souvenir with the truck as it lights up in a winter wonderland setting while enjoying a choice of Coca-Cola or Diet Coke.
Lyric Theatre, Nov 24 – Jan 10, £10 – £22.50
Written by Marie Jones, this festive play takes place in Belfast 1992 – no Agreement, no Assembly, and no Accommodation at the Inn or anywhere else…
Then we meet Mackers – a Belfast cabbie who’d rather work Christmas Eve than suffer the celebrations. Half the city needs to be somewhere else – trouble is, not everyone’s in the mood for a merry Christmas, and those who are full of the festive spirit are, well, full of the festive spirit.
Check out lyrictheatre.co.uk for times and info.
Strand Arts Centre, Dec 6, Dec 12, Dec 19 & Dec 24-26, £3.50
It’s not Christmas until you’ve watched Elf at least once.
Catch up once again with Buddy, who is accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs, a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results…
Go to strandartscentre.com if you want to book online.
Victoria Square, Dec 6 – Dec 24
Sample the very best of local festive delights at the Christmas Fayre at Victoria Square. With crafts, gifts, food and more you’ll be spoilt for choice. All items are hand/homemade and made right here.
Runs daily (except Saturdays) from Sunday 6 – Thursday 24 December.
Titanic Belfast, Nov 29 – Jan 1, £11 – £35
Step back in time to a period of luxury, elegance and 5-star service with the special Titanic Festive Afternoon Tea. Set in the opulent surroundings of the Titanic Suite featuring the stunning replica staircase and live jazz music, enjoy a fabulous festive menu featuring a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, classic scones with Cornish clotted cream, mouth-watering cakes and exquisite éclairs and French Fancies! Children can choose from a special Afternoon Tea menu for those aged 2-11.
No Afternoon Tea would be complete without the tea itself – or why not add a little festive fizz to your day by including a glass of Prosecco or Champagne as you take in the atmosphere of the amazing live jazz band!
Go online at titanicbelfast.com for a list of dates available.
Crumlin Road Gaol, Nov 28 – Dec 20, £5 – £37.50
Step inside a magical walk through the winter wonderland in the heart of Belfast.
Meet Christmas characters as you enjoy a journey through a magical winter wonderland, with lots to see and do along the way…
You’ll get to create a personalised decoration with Santa’s little helper Trixie, add a little of magic to your visit with the help of Sparkle the Christmas fairy and Mrs Claus will tell you a festive story while you enjoy some tasty treats.
This magical experience is complete with a visit from Mr Claus himself. Go to crumlinroadgaol.com for more info.
Titanic Belfast, Queen’s Rd, Nov 27 – Dec 23, £15 / £4
For some family fun this Christmas, at the Titanic you can make your own decorations, play timeless street games, enjoy classic stories, write your Father Christmas letter and visit the man himself in his Old Curiosity Shop where he’ll check your name off the ‘Naughty or Nice List’.
Made all the more appealing by the fact adults can chose from a mug of mulled wine (over 18yrs only) or tea/coffee if preferred and a traditional mince pie.
For more info head to titanicbelfast.com.
Movie House Cinema, Fri Dec 4, 7pm, £12.50
Prepare yourself for a cinema event with a festive difference!
Guests of the event will enjoy arrival cocktails, special performances by Quire, Belfast’s LGBT Choir, a big Christmas sing-a-long, festive fun and games followed by a screening of the Christmassy cult classic, Gremlins.
Hosted by the fabulous Portia Di Monte, there will be raffle prizes up for grabs – a great opportuity to get an early Christmas present. A fully stocked bar will also complement proceedings, with a special festive cocktail sure to put the cheery atop the Christmas cake.
Head to belfastpride.com/gremlins for more info!