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Christmas lights switch-on

Date: 17 Nov 2018
Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Belfast City Hall

The city gets festive on Saturday 17 November as the Lord Mayor and her special guests, Paw Patrol’s Skye and Marshall, Fireman Sam and Norman Price, and TV presenter Andy Day, switch on the Christmas lights!

The event will take place from 6.30pm to 7.30pm (approx.) in front of Belfast City Hall.

Gates will open at 6pm with Q Radio’s breakfast team Stephen and Cate hosting on stage from this time, with mini shows and Christmas carols before the big switch-on.


All tickets for the Christmas lights switch-on event have been allocated. 

Tickets are ‘print at home’. Click through to download your tickets as the email confirmation will not be enough. 


Please ensure you are at the correct colour entrance on arrival and have your tickets ready as they will be scanned on entry. 

  • Green tickets enter via Donegall Place (access available through Fountain Lane and Castle Lane).
  • Red tickets enter via Donegall Square West/Wellington Place.
  • Blue tickets enter via Donegall Square East/Chichester Street.

You can download the map of event entry points.

Accessible viewing points are available at Donegall Square East and West. If you have booked accessible tickets, the location at which you should enter will have been allocated when you booked your accessible ticket.

There will be a sign interpreter at the event and sign language users will be able to view the interpreter on stage or on a screen. For those who can’t follow a sign language interpreter, they can follow via live captions on the screen.

Please check the weather before you leave home on Saturday as this is an outdoor event and will happen rain or shine.

Full terms and conditions of entry apply

Traffic information

Please note that due to the build for the Christmas Market and the Christmas lights switch-on event, traffic diversions will be in operation in and around City Hall from Thursday 15 November to Sunday 18 November.  Please follow the alternative route signage eastbound and northbound from the city centre as directed.

Parking restrictions will be in place in Donegall Place and Upper Arthur Street from 11pm on Friday 16 November until 11pm on Saturday 17 November.

The Public Hire Taxi rank at Donegall Square North will be relocated to Donegall Square East on Saturday 17 November.

Visit Translink for up-to-date Metro and Glider service routes.

Belfast Christmas Market and santa's grotto

The award-winning Belfast Christmas Market will also make a return to the city. It'll open its doors at 12 noon on Saturday 17 November with a unique offering of local and continental tasty food, sweet treats, wonderful gifts and crafts. You won't need Belfast Christmas Lights Switch-on tickets to visit on Saturday but a one-way system will operate for visitors with entry via Donegall Square West and exit from Donegall Square East.

Don’t forget to post your child’s Christmas wishes to the North Pole via our postbox beside Santa's grotto in the Belfast Christmas Market. Each child who posts their letter, with a return address, no later than Sunday 16 December 2018 will receive a response from Santa himself.

City centre entertainment

Come into Belfast early on Saturday 17 November and explore the city. There'll be entertainment around the city centre to enjoy.  


Belfast City Hall with Christmas lights

Suitable for everyone