7 Things to Do in Belfast This Winter

The nights are creeping in earlier and the weather is getting cooler.  Winter is definitely sneaking in.  We’ve put together a list of some of our winter favourites to do in Belfast.

Belfast Christmas Lights Turn On

Christmas Lights Switch-On
On Saturday 18 November the Lord Mayor and special guests at Belfast City Hall switch on the lights for Christmas.  Event highlights include family entertainment including performances, music and a special appearance from Father Christmas.  More information available on Visit Belfast’s website.


Wildlife Wonderland at Belfast Zoo

Wildlife Wonderland
Santa is coming to Belfast Zoo!  You can visit Santa in the grotto, write a letter to Santa, wrap and deliver presents to the chimpanzees, decorate Christmas trees for Asian elephants among other Christmas activities.  Running from 2-17 December.  More information on the Belfast Zoo website.



Belfast Christmas Market

Belfast Continental Christmas Market
Fun for children and grownups alike. The Belfast Market brings everyone into the Christmas spirit with food and drinks from across the word and activities for all.  Visit the Belfast Continental Christmas Market Facebook page for more information.

Malone House and Barnett's Demesne

Winter Walks
Get your walking shoes on and bundle up!  Just because the weather’s a bit cooler doesn’t mean you have to stay inside.  Visit Belfast has put together a great list of the walks you can take to admire the scenery in and around Belfast.


Crown Bar Belfast

A Drink in Town
There’s something magical about a pub at Christmas.  The Crown Bar is one of Belfast’s favourites at Christmas time. Visit The Crown Bar Facebook page for more information.



Victoria Square at Christmas

Christmas Shopping
Love it or hate it.  There is nothing like Christmas shopping.  We recommend making a day of it – hit Victoria Square and Castlecourt and then visit one of Belfast’s cafes or bars.


stove with book and tea

Stay at Home
Sometimes there is nothing better than sitting at home by a warm fire with a cup of tea and a book. Make sure your stove or fireplace are in working condition to keep you and yours safe and save on energy costs.