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Christmas in Belfast

  • Belfast’s festive season

    Belfast’s festive season got off to a magical start with our two ‘enchanted evenings’ on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November, marking the start of a seasonal programme of family fun and activities.

    You can continue to soak up the festive atmosphere in the run-up to Christmas with seasonal window displays, magical musical performances, Christmas lighting and illuminations, extended opening hours and pop-up entertainment every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

  • Christmas events

    There are a number of other Christmas themed events taking place in Belfast this year to get you in the festive spirit.

    See all Christmas events

    Christmas at our Markets


  • Holiday arrangements

    Some of our services and venue's opening hours may be affected during the Christmas period. Be sure to know when your bin will be collected or when our offices are open.

    See our holiday arrangements

  • Shopping opening hours

    There’s plenty of time to come on in and support Belfast’s retailers this Christmas with extended opening hours in December.

    Shops will open as normal throughout November and from 2 January onwards. Opening times for smaller independent stores may vary during the Christmas period.

    Remember that many stores are open for browsing on Sundays from 12 noon. Please check with individual stores for their Sunday browsing period.

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
    29 Nov
    9am – 6pm
    30 Nov
    9am – 6pm
    1 Dec
    9am – 6pm
    2 Dec
    9am – 9pm
    3 Dec
    9am – 9pm
    4 Dec
    9am – 6pm
    5 Dec
    1pm – 6pm
    6 Dec
    9am – 6pm
    7 Dec
    9am – 6pm
    8 Dec
    9am – 6pm
    9 Dec
    9am – 9pm
    10 Dec
    9am – 9pm
    11 Dec
    9am – 6pm
    12 Dec
    1pm – 6pm
    13 Dec
    9am – 9pm
    14 Dec
    9am – 9pm
    15 Dec
    9am – 9pm
    16 Dec
    9am – 9pm
    17 Dec
    9am – 9pm
    18 Dec
    9am – 6pm
    19 Dec
    1pm – 6pm
    20 Dec
    9am – 9pm
    21 Dec
    9am – 9pm
    22 Dec
    9am – 9pm
    23 Dec
    9am – 9pm
    24 Dec
    9am – 6pm
    25 Dec
    Christmas Day
    26 Dec
    Boxing Day
    1pm – 6pm
    27 Dec
    9am – 6pm
    28 Dec
    9am – 6pm
    29 Dec
    9am – 6pm
    30 Dec
    9am – 9pm
    31 Dec
    New Year's Eve

    9am – 6pm
    1 January

    For more information on shopping in Belfast go to

  • Belfast City Centre Gift Card

    Looking for the perfect Christmas gift idea? Then, look no further than the Belfast City Centre Gift Card. This hassle free solution gives the gift of choice to spend at over 160 Belfast City Centre businesses.

    Purchasing a Belfast City Centre Gift Card not only means that you #GiftTheCity to the lucky recipient but you have the comfort of knowing that you are supporting local this Christmas. Cards are valid for a year and can be used, in store, at participating businesses.

    For more information visit or follow Belfast City Centre Gift Card on Facebook and Instagram.

  • Travel with Translink

    Translink has your festive travel all wrapped up with a range of fast, frequent and convenient bus and train services. Travel stress-free to enjoy all the festive delights Belfast has to offer and look out for more details coming soon on special late night bus and train services. As the city begins to sparkle, Translink’s range of everyday value tickets make it easy to travel greener, healthier and smarter during the festive season.

    For more details go to, call 028 9066 6630 or follow @Translink_NI on Twitter


    Translink will run additional late-night bus and train services on Friday and Saturdays from 26 November – 18 December 2021.

    Full details

  • Car parking, public toilets and Changing Places

    Car parking

    We have information on all of our car parks, including holiday arrangements, to help you plan your parking before you leave. 

    Find all our city centre car parks

    You can also find out more about the range of Belfast car parking options from Belfast City Centre Management

    Public Toilets

    We operate and maintain public toilets in Belfast city centre and disabled access is available at 13 of our 14 public toilets.

    Find a public toilet

    Changing Places facility

    City Hall has a Changing Places facility. During the Christmas market you can access the Changing Places facility at these times:

    • Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 8pm
    • Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 10pm
    • Sunday, 12 noon to 6pm

    Changing Places facility

  • Your bins and recycling at Christmas

    Most of us produce extra waste over the festive period so it is important to know what goes in your bin and when your bin will be collected. 

    What goes in my bin

    Bin collection dates

    Recycling centres

    Our recycling centres are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. For more information, visit our holiday arrangements


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