Christmas markets in Belfast in 2016

Christmas is approaching and so are the annual Christmas markets all around the world. Here is all the information you need about the Christmas markets in Belfast in 2016.

The Christmas markets in Belfast are arranged in front of the City Hall, at the beautiful square. At the market you can buy authentic products from Northern-Ireland, and you can of course grab something to eat and drink. The goal for this years Christmas market is to make it the best Christmas market ever in Belfast, and because of that they have decided to add even more stalls to this years market.

Christmas markets in Belfast in 2016 – Belfast Christmas Market” (CC BY 2.0) by  Ikubaru

Belfast Christmas Market 2016

Christmas market dates

November 19th – December 22nd

Christmas market opening times:

Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 8pm
Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm (finishes at 8pm on Thursday 22 December)
Sunday: 1pm – 6pm.

We wish you a fantastic stay in Belfast before and during Christmas. Read more about attractions and programs in Belfast here in our Belfast Guide. If you want to see and experience even more Christmas markets all around Europe, then you can read more about two fantastic Christmas markets in Prague in the Prague Guide.

Christmas Market in Belfast

The Northern Ireland’s capital’s habits are very similar to the British traditions. Here also Santa Claus or Winter Father puts presents into the socks and the Christmas menu are like in England too. Moreover Northern Irish people start preparation more weeks before Christmas, for example the preparation of Plum Pudding and Mince Pie need weeks. Irish people are deeply Catholics, so they also have Christmas tree; moreover evergreens have spiritual connection with winter equinox. The official holiday start is 13 December here, this is “Little Christmas”. In this time decorating is in full swing.

Irish people naturally go to midnight mass, but before they leave the house, they leave a glass of milk or whiskey on the table for Santa, and carrot for reindeer’s. Real fun naturally starts on 25 December until 12 January.

Belfast Christmas markets are very similar to the British ones. These events are also beautiful with amazing light decorations, and goods are really fantastic; Christmas decorations, tiny souvenirs, craft things and delicious foods welcome visitors.

Where are they exactly? The most popular Christmas market in the Northern Irish capital is Christmas Continental Market near to City Hall. Besides the beautiful products, children can meet with Santa Claus, even they can write letters to him and put it into his own mailbox, and Santa will answer for every letter until 18 December.

Celebrate in Northern Ireland! Have a great holiday!