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City Hall in lights

  • Belfast City Hall exterior

    Belfast City Hall is a Grade A listed building. We use white light to illuminate the exterior most of the time, which is best for highlighting the building's beautiful architectural features.

    Our LED lighting system at City Hall reduces our energy costs and allows us to light up the building in various colours and combinations.

  • Light schedule

    Dates in 2021 when City Hall will be lit in different colours are listed in this table.

    Date Occasion Colour
    25 October

    Sustrans Active Travel Challenge 2021
    Lord Mayor's civic charity

    27 October Storehouse
    High Sheriff’s Charity 2021 - Cllr Michael Long
    Red and white
    29 October

    Belfast Shine Night Walk for Cancer Research UK

    4 November Diwali 2021 - Indian Festival of Light Red and yellow
    11 November Polish Independence Day Red and white
    14 November Remembrance Sunday Red on cenotaph
    18 November

    World Pancreatic Cancer Day 2021)

    19 November until 7 January 2022 Festive lighting programme Various
    20 November Christmas lights switch-on Various
    24 December Santa Siren Red siren on City Hall dome
    31 December New Year's Eve countdown Multicoloured

    This table shows earlier occasions in 2021 when City Hall was illuminated.

    Date Occasion Colour
    23 October Black History Month Green and red
    22 October 40th Anniversary of Jeff Dudgeon winning case at European Court of Human Rights on decriminalising homosexuality in Northern Ireland Rainbow colours
    18 October Anti-Slavery Day Red
    15 October Baby Loss Awareness Week 2021 Pink and blue
    10 October World Mental Health Day Green
    6 October To mark the removal of the £20 uplift of Universal Credit Lights off from 8pm to 10pm
    22 September Organ Donation Week 2021 Pink, red and violet
    23 September Bi Visibility Day 2021 Pink, purple and blue
    24 September The Cedar Foundation
    High Sheriff’s Charity 2021
    Blue and magenta
    30 September End of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Gold
    20 September National Recycle Week Green
    10 September

    Deputy Lord Mayor's Charity 2020-2021
    PIPS Mental Health Charity

    Pink, green and blue
    3 September Centenary of the 1st match played at Seaview Stadium; home ground of Crusaders FC Red and black
    31 August Groundwork Northern Ireland 30th anniversary Green
    29 August Belfast Mela 15th anniversary Turquoise, purple and yellow
    19 August 'WeThe15' Purple
    10 August UEFA Super Cup Blue and yellow
    1 August Belfast Pride Rainbow colours
    28 July British Heart Foundation 60th anniversary Red
    12 July Orangefest Orange and purple
    30 June Canada Day (lighting up on the eve of Canada Day) Red and white
    23 June Motor Neurone Disease Association 40th anniversary Blue and orange
    20 June  Red Cross Red and white
    14 June Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke Association 75th anniversary Red
    12 June Queen Elizabeth II's birthday Red, white and blue
    5 June World Environment Day Green
    1 June Bringing Hope to People with Cancer 15th anniversary Blue and yellow
    21 May Action for Brain Injury Week Green and blue
    19 May World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day 2021 Purple
    15 May Royal British Legion Red
    12 May International Nurses' Day Blue
    8 May World Fairtrade Day Green, blue and black
    5 May Endometriosis 2021 Yellow
    3 May May Day Red
    30 April Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Awareness Month Teal
    27 April 174 Disability Project White and blue
    24 April Northern Ireland Women's football team reaching Euro finals 2022 Green and white
    23 April RCity Youth Red and white
    22 April Friends of the Earth - Earth Day Green and blue
    21 April Acute Myeloid Leukemia Awareness Day Orange
    18 April Memory of Lyra McKee (second anniversary) Rainbow colours
    15 April 80th Anniversary of Belfast Blitz Lights off
    31 March Transgender Day of Visibility Pink and blue
    25 March 200th Bicentenary of Greek Independence Blue and white
    23 March Marie Curie National Day of Reflection Yellow
    21 March Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Teal
    19 March World Down Syndrome Day Yellow and blue
    17 March St Patrick's Day Green
    14 March Census Purple
    12 March Ardoyne Association Gold
    11 March European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism Red
    8 March International Women's Day Purple
    3 March Lymphoedema Awareness Week Blue
    28 February Rare Disease Day Pink, blue and green
    26 February East Belfast Mission Red
    22 February World Encephalitis Day Red
    14 February Valentine's Day Red
    11 February Chinese New Year Orange and red
    14 January until 4 February (Thursdays) In support of NHS staff and frontline workers Blue
    29 January Donors' Day Pink
    27 January Holocaust Memorial Day Purple
    24 January Antrim hurling Yellow
  • Lighting up City Hall

    We light up the building for events which we have organised in City Hall or the grounds. We will only accept other requests to light up City Hall in exceptional circumstances. For information, please email

    Festive lighting at City Hall

    Due to festive lighting on the fa├žade of City Hall during Christmas and the technical requirements involved, we cannot facilitate illuminate requests from 19 November 2021 until 7 January 2022.

Contact us

For more information and advice, get in touch.

028 9027 0281

Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square, Belfast, BT1 5GS,

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