Thought it would be good to have a thread that keeps track of all of the various festivals and major events happening in and around Belfast.
Belfast Music Week
Belfast Music Week 2013 is a celebration of home-grown musical talent at over 70 venues. From intimate venues to the grandeur of the Ulster Hall, this year’s programme includes classical, dance, folk, rock and acoustic performances as well as industry panel events with some of the leading figures in the international music scene.
To keep up to date with ticket and gig announcements, logon to www.belfastmusic.org or check out the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/belfastmusic.
Belfast Christmas Market
Date: 16 Nov 2013 - 22 Dec 2013
Time: Mon - Wed 10am - 8pm; Thu - Sat 10am - 10pm; Sun 1pm - 6pm
Venue: Belfast City Hall grounds
Christmas Continental Market at City Hall is back from 12 noon on Saturday 16 November. Enjoy the fantastic range of food, beverages, crafts and decorations on offer from across Europe and beyond.
View Belfast Christmas Market Flickr gallery 2012
In 2013, there are 16 brand new traders for you to visit (and 15 local stalls). Browse a selection of handbags, satchels, socks, hats and gloves, wooden toys, essential oils, crystals, hand-painted pottery and Christmas decorations and much more!
Go retro and get a special photo taken with your family or friends in a snowy, festive scene and visit Santa in his grotto.
Santa's Grotto opening times:
- Mon - Tue 11.30am - 5pm
- Wed 2pm - 5pm
- Thu - Fri: 2pm - 7pm
- Sat: 12 noon - 6pm
- Sun: 1pm - 6pm.
Taste of Christmas at Saint Anne's Square
Following on from the success of their Summer Food Festival, St Anne’s Square brings you its’ “Taste of Christmas” Festival. Join the restaurants of the Square in their Christmas celebration of food & drink. With festive craft stalls and local food producers from Taste NI combined with chef demonstrations, kids cookery lessons and the turning on of the Christmas lights, this family friendly weekend will really get you in the Christmas mood.
Date: 30 Nov 2013 - 1 Dec 2013
Visit: www.facebook.com/StAnnesSquare for more details
Belfast's Winter Wonderland
Custom House Square is getting ready for an extra special Christmas this year as it prepares for the arrival of Belfast’s Winter Wonderland.
Santa will arrive in his grotto with a sack full of presents and goodies on Saturday 30 November, marking the start of the Christmas season in Belfast.
Belfast’s Winter Wonderland will also host a spectacular open-air skating rink which is set to dazzle visitors this Christmas.
Lose yourself in the magic of Christmas with rides including The Festive Ski Jump, Santa’s Sleigh Ride, Santa’s Reindeer Ride and Santa’s Tea Cups. Mulled wine, hot cider and hot chocolate are just a few of the seasonal goodies on offer to keep you warm this winter.
Douglas Taylor, managing director, said: “Belfast’s Winter Wonderland is the ultimate Christmas experience and the skating rink really completes the package.
“Children will get to visit Santa in his grotto where they will receive a special gift from the man himself and they will also have the opportunity to post their letters to Santa in a special Christmas post box. The fun doesn’t stop there as families can then venture out to the festive rides and enjoy some seasonal treats to complete the Christmas experience.
“Belfast’s Winter Wonderland is all about creating memories that will last a lifetime.”
Belfast’s Winter Wonderland will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and school holidays from 30 November from 10:00am to10.00pm; every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 8pm, and every Sunday from 12pm to 8pm (closed on Christmas Day).
For more information on money saving discount packages and family packages available please visit www.belfastswinterwonderland.com . These special packages are only available online. Please note than online packages and bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your visit date.