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Christmas in Belfast

  • Belfast’s festive season

    This year’s Christmas season kicked off on Saturday 18 November with the opening of the Christmas Market and our Let’s Glow Belfast switch-on event.

    The celebrations continue across the festive season, with an array of free events at 2 Royal Avenue’s Winter’s Den, plus a selection of festive activity in the city centre and beyond.

  • Christmas events

    Event title Date Venue
    Christmas Market Saturday 18 November 2023 to Friday 22 December 2023 Belfast City Hall
    Winter’s Den Saturday 18 November to Sunday 7 January 2 Royal Avenue
    Pantomimes Various dates Theatres across Belfast
    Christmas Chronicles at the Castle Thursday 30 November to Sunday 10 December Belfast Castle
    Wildlife Wonderland Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 December Belfast Zoo
    Christmas in the Community  Saturday 16 December Girdwood Community Hub

    View all our festive events

  • Holiday arrangements

    Some of our services and venues' opening hours may be affected during the Christmas and New Year period. Check when your bin will be collected or when our offices are open.

    See our holiday arrangements

  • 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, when your bin will be collected and what you can recycle, including Christmas trees, wrapping paper, crackers and Christmas cards.

    What goes in my bin

    Holiday bin collection dates

    Recycling centres

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

  • Shopping opening hours

    A range of stores will open late on:

    • Friday 24 November (Black Friday)
    • Friday 1 December
    • Friday 8 December
    • Monday 11 to Friday 15 December
    • Monday 18 to Friday 22 December.

    Please go to individual store websites to confirm opening hours. Opening times may vary for independent stores.

    For more information about shop opening hours during Christmas, visit Belfast One (link opens in new window).

    Read Visit Belfast's Christmas shopping guide (link opens in new window)

  • Travel with Translink

    Translink has your festive travel all wrapped up with a range of fast, frequent and convenient bus and train services.

    Translink tickets and travel cards make it easy to travel greener, healthier and smarter this Christmas.

    A Nightmovers service will also operate on Fridays and Saturdays over the festive season (Metro: 24 November to 22 December and Goldliner, Urby and NI Railways: 1 to 22 December).

    For more details go to (link opens in new window), call 028 9066 6630 or follow @Translink_NI on Twitter

  • 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

    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. View opening hours and access arrangements.

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