Christmas ’tis almost here, but the festivities can start sooner than that. Jingle bells are ringing, as Christmas markets start to appear in city centres all around the country. This only means we can expect to see Belfast Christmas Market very soon.
Head down to Belfast City Hall from November 19 to start your Christmas shopping early with a selection of handmade gifts and trinkets. Of course, while filling up on traditional, jumbo bratwurst sausages and warm mugs of mulled wine. If that wasn’t enough, the vintage Helter Skelter will also make a return, offering stunning views across the market, and the much-loved carousel.
As always, Belfast Christmas Market is a melting pot of global festive flavours – from French crêpes to Dutch pancakes, Belgian chocolates to Spanish paella and sweets from Italy. You’ll even be able to fill up on an exotic selection of ostrich, wild boar and crocodile burgers! The Market will offer all sorts of unusual foods and gift ideas from 21 nationalities all over the world. A number of St George’s Market traders will also embrace the festive fun, while returning local favourites include Pappas Minerals, Tapitas and Rossi’s Ice Cream.
Once you’ve worn yourself out on Christmas excitement, visitors can treat themselves to the well-known ‘Hug in a Mug’ of Gluhwein from award-winning Kochem vineyard. Or how about ending the day in one of the many bars serving local and continental drinks? That will truly get you in the Christmas spirit(s).
What times and dates will Belfast Christmas Market be open?
Belfast Christmas Market will start at noon on November 19 (a Saturday) and hang around City Hall Gardens until December 22, when it will stop at 6pm. It will be open Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 8pm, Thursday to Saturday between 10am and 10pm, and on Sunday from noon until 6pm.
More than one million people are expected to visit the Belfast Christmas Market this year. So get down early to avoid disappointment.