15 Oct 2019
Belfast’s sparkling Christmas Market, set in the grounds of the imposing City Hall, is the centrepiece of the city’s Yuletide celebrations.
This year the city’s Christmas Market will open its doors on Saturday 16 November and will run until Sunday 22 December, providing over a month of eating, drinking and shopping experiences from all over Europe.
With an array of international traders in beautiful wooden chalets offering incredible foods and delightful gift choices, the market is the perfect place for immersing yourself in Belfast’s renowned Yuletide spirit.
The food favourites on offer will include French crêpes, Belgian chocolates, Dutch pancakes, giant bratwursts from the iconic Schwenkegrill and everything from kangaroo and crocodile burgers and hog roast to speciality cheeses and hot glühwein.
If you are looking for an unusual Christmas gift then you are sure to find something among the great handcrafted selection of leather goods, scented candles, jewellery, natural carved wooden furniture and statues and figurines from somewhere exotic.
With warm and welcoming beer tents and festive bars offering toasty places to enjoy a selection of beverages, including mulled cider, hot chocolate and an excellent variety of continental beers, the atmosphere will be overflowing with Christmas cheer.
There is also the chance to bring the children along to visit Santa in his festive grotto, and after meeting the big man they will love a ride on the vintage carousel or the bird’s eye view of the market from the top of the helter-skelter.
The whole of Belfast is a wonderland at Christmas time and the rest of the city’s festive markets, shopping, music, nightlife and more will call out for exploration too.
A trip to St George’s Market is a must. This Victorian-era covered market is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions and is alive at Christmas with local fare, arts, crafts, music and fun.
Sightseeing in the city must include visiting the fascinating Titanic Belfast, the Ulster Museum and a stroll around the colourful series of stained-glass installations in the Glass of Thrones Trail.
Across Northern Ireland other cities and towns will also get into the festive spirit with local artisan markets.
Armagh city marks the start of the Christmas season with its excellent Georgian Festival (28 November–1 December), which includes a market, music, talks, tours and a spectacular Christmas lights show.
The walled city Derry~Londonderry will set up its Christmas Winterland Market in the historic Guildhall Square, while Frock Around The Clock will return to Market Square Lisburn for Christmas Craft in the City.
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